MEEN40430 Professional Engineering (Management)

Academic Year 2023/2024

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
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




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
Mr Mark Finan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Michael Kinsella Tutor
Jonathan Mullen Tutor
Mary Nolan Tutor
Dr Eoin O'Donnchadha Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33 Mon 15:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 17:00 - 17:50