MEEN40430 Professional Engineering (Management)

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module addresses four aspects of professional engineering practice: management, applied ethics, economics, legal and regulatory aspects of engineering. Each of these practices encompasses the following contents.

(1) Management: management theory, management processes, organisation psychology, organisation design, organisation culture and leadership, production system design etc.

(2) Applied Ethics: Ethical theory and principles, professional codes, the ethical use of technology and data.

(3) Economics: recent Irish economic history, population, and the labour market, industrial and trade policies, finance for development, external economic relations, and macroeconomic policy.

(4) Legal/Regulatory: contract law, professional liability, product liability, arbitration, employment law, negligence, employment equality, safety in the workplace, and safety regulations

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

- Develop an understanding of the role and importance of management in engineering organisations.
- Recognise the ethical implications of your actions as an engineer, and apply basic ethical principles to engineering problems.
- Understand the role of economics can have in technical and social issues in engineering.
- Evaluate the impact of macroeconomic policy on the Irish economy and globally.
- Recognize the impact of legal and regulatory requirements on engineering practice.
- Understand the responsibilities of professional engineering practitioners.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module utilized some of the key teaching and learning approaches used in higher education such as:
(1) Active/task-based learning; which is an approach where the planning of learning materials and teaching sessions are based around doing a task.

(2) Peer and group work: which is a form of voluntary association of members benefiting from cooperative learning, that enhances the total output of the activity than when done individually.

(3) Lectures: face-to-face presentation and discussions with module lecturers related to each topic.

(4) Case/Problem-based learning; which is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem found in trigger material.

(5) Student presentations: which requires students to present the outcomes of their projects individually or in a group.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Professional Engineering (Mgt) (EEME40260)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Individual essay assignment on an Economics topic Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Examination: Final examination focused on Management and Law course content 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Group Project: Group assignment - prerecorded Ethics presentation and written script Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Gerald Byrne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Gavin Cassells Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Mark Finan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Eoin O'Donnchadha Tutor
Jordan O'Donoghue Tutor