MECHENG 752 : Technology Management


2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An appreciation of the strategic systems and technology management aspects of manufacturing systems. Industry based projects that explore the design and optimisation of manufacturing operations form a major part of the course.

Course Overview

MECHENG 752 is a paper offered to final year and postgraduate students. It introduces students to "real world" problems and provides them with a solid understanding and hands-on experience of Process Innovation and Technology Management in an industrial setting. Providing experiences that extend beyond more traditional university courses, the paper is an excellent chance for students that want to challenge and extend their perceptions of the environment that contemporary New Zealand manufacturing and logistics businesses are facing.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: B grade or higher in ENGGEN 303

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand and apply basic technology management methods, e.g. value chain analysis, definitions of technology and innovation; (Capability 1.1, 2.2, 4.1 and 4.2)
  2. Develop project proposal and management skills suck as how to write a professional project proposal, identification of project scope and objectives; project management technology (Capability 1.1, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 5.1)
  3. Understand business analysis and strategic technology management: business analysis methodologies, strategic view of technology, vision, and strategy, strategic plan of technology and innovation; (Capability 1.1, 4.1 and 5.2)
  4. Understand and apply the principles of Industry 4.0 – the 4th Industrial Revolution, e.g. Cyber-physical systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT); (Capability 1.1, 3.1 and 4.2)
  5. Understand and apply approaches to process improvement, what/how to improve, process mapping, value stream mapping and theory of constraints (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1 and 3.2)
  6. Understand and apply the basics of technology design and development: customer requirement analysis, technology selection, design and development solutions, system testing, and implementation (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 3.1 and 5.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Portfolio 15% Group Coursework
Reports 40% Group & Individual Coursework
Presentation 15% Individual Coursework
Test 30% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course. 

During a typical teaching week, there will be 2 hours of lectures, 2 hours of tutorials. For the 12 teaching weeks, this totals to 48 hours. Since the course as a whole represents approximately 150 hours of study, that leaves a total of 102 hours across the entire semester for independent study, e.g. reading, reflection, preparing for, and completing assessments. This means that you can expect roughly 8-9 hours of independent study per week, acknowledging that the workload will be higher toward the end of the semester compared to the early part of the semester.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is at least 4 hours at scheduled activities including lectures/tutorials to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events including group discussions/tutorials.
Attendance on campus is required for the test.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Health & Safety

Students are expected to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Health and Safety section of the Engineering Undergraduate Handbook.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 17/11/2021 11:40 a.m.