MEEN40430 Professional Engineering (Management)

Academic Year 2023/2024

Engineering decisions are often affected by far more than just technical considerations. As professional engineers it is essential recognise these factors, and also to recognise how our work may impact others both within and outside our organisation. 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 principles, management processes and standards, organisation psychology, organisation structure, organisation culture and leadership, planning and monitoring of work and projects.

(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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Learning Outcomes:

- Describe the role and responsibilities of management in engineering organisations and projects.
- Apply tools and techniques for planning, decision-making, and problem-solving in engineering organisations and projects.
- 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.
- Assess the impact of legal and regulatory requirements on engineering practice.
- Recognise the responsibilities of professional engineering practitioners to coworkers, customers, and wider society.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Individual economics essay Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Short activities submitted throughout the trimester Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Final written examination with MCQs and short answer questions 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% No



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?

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Name Role
Gerald Byrne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor 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