Executive Management Of Engineering Company

The executive management of an engineering company has assigned your group the task of evaluating how the four main management functions (Planning, Organising, Leading, Controlling) are operationalised within the company, and to consider how they may be improved. As a group, you have been tasked with examining management policies and procedures (e.g., OH&S, cross-cultural awareness, sexual harassment, drug & alcohol, business ethics, anti-discrimination) since these are likely to impact management functions, and to research current best-practice in relation to the functions. The result is to report to executive management on how management functions could be improved. This is a group assessment in two parts. The first is a group report (20% of unit total), followed by an oral presentation (10% of unit total).

Part 1: The Group Report In your group you will need to:

1. Identify at least two best-practice principles for each of the 4 management functions of Planning, Organising, Leading, and Controlling.

2. Select an engineering company (or one with engineering focus) and conduct research on the company in relation to its performance against identified principles in step

1. 3. Perform a SWOT analysis on the company.

4. Provide recommendations for improvement.

Instructions:
Write a 15-20 page (4,000 word) report addressed to the executive management of the engineering company which includes the following:

■ Section 1: Introduction

■ Section 2: Company background and description with sufficient detail to support analysis.

■ Section 3: Best practice relating to management functions identifying at least two best-practice principles for each of the 4 management functions of Planning, Organising, Leading, and Controlling

■ Section 4: Analysis of company performance against best practice

■ Section 5: Analysis of the company’s policies and procedures against best practice.

■ Section 6: Analysis of the company’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats relating policies and procedures to best practice.

■ Section 7: Recommendations

■ Section 8: A reflection on the challenges and lessons learnt in working on this report.

■ Section 9: Identification of Engineers Australia Stage 1 Professional Competencies you have met in completing this task, the extent and justification for your claims.

CRITERIAHigh Distinction (80-100)Distinction (70-79)Credit (60-69)Pass (50-59)Fail (0-49)
Section 1 & 2: Introduction and Company background 

5%

Relevant and detailedbackground information and description about the chosen company is provided.Relevantbackground information and description about the chosen company is provided.

 

Mostly relevantbackground information and description about the chosen company is provided.

 

Some relevant background information and description about the chosen company is providedLittle or no backgroundinformation about the chosen company is provided
Section 3:

Best Practice

10%

Current Engineering management best practice has clearly and comprehensivelybeen evaluated and consistentlysupported by scholarly research.Current Engineering management best practice has been clearly evaluated and often supported by scholarly research.Current Engineering management best practice has been evaluated andsometimessupported by research.Current Engineering management best practice has been superficially evaluated andoccasionallysupported by research.Current Engineering management best practice has been superficially or not evaluated andrarely or notsupported by research.
Section 4 & 5: Analysis 20%thorough and insightful analysis of the company’s policies and their potential impact on management processes. Skilful interpretation and inclusion of comprehensive performance analysis.comprehensiveanalysis of the company’s policies and their potential impact on management processes.  Appropriate interpretation and inclusion of comprehensive performance analysis.clear analysis of some of the company’s policies and their potential impact on management processes. Appropriate interpretation and inclusion of performance analysis.basic analysis of some of the company’s policies and their potential impact on management processes. Some interpretation and inclusion of a limited performance analysis.Limited or noanalysis of the company’s policies and their potential impact on management processes. No or inaccurate performance analysis included.
Section 6: Company strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats  

15%

A rigorous critical evaluation of the company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats is provided that considers policy and best practice information, and evidence of scholarly research, which consistently evaluates credibility.A critical evaluation of the company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats is provided based on policy and best practice information and evidence of scholarly research, which usually evaluates credibility.Aevaluation of the company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats is provided based policy and best practice information and scholarly research, which evaluates credibility.Aevaluation of the company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats is provided based on policy information and best practice, limitedscholarly research evident.Limited or no evaluation of the company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats is provided, limited or noscholarly research evident.
Section 7: Recommendations 

10%

Comprehensive conclusions and recommendations have beenprovided. Eachrecommendation details who is to action them, and by when.Clear conclusions and recommendationshave been provided. Most of these recommendations detail who is to action them, and by when.Conclusions and recommendationshave been provided. Some of these recommendations detail who is to action them, and by when.Some conclusions and recommendationsare provided.  A few of these recommendations are related to sections of the report.Few or no conclusions or recommendationshave been provided.
Section 8

Challenges, and lessons learnt

5%

The key challenges of working on this report and strategies for overcoming these challenges have been comprehensively identified.Most of the key challenges have been identified, with realistic strategies for overcoming these challenges.Some key challenges with basic strategies for overcoming these challenges have been identified.Some challenges have been identified, with superficial strategies for overcoming these challenges.Limited or nochallenges or strategies have been identified.
Section 9

Demonstrated competencies 5%

The report provides comprehensive details of the Stage 1 Competency Standard for professional Engineersdemonstrated.The report provides clear details of the Stage 1 Competency Standard for professional Engineersdemonstrated.The report provides clear details of some of the Stage 1 Competency Standard for professional Engineersdemonstrated.The report mentions some Stage 1 Competency Standard for professional Engineerscompetencies demonstrated.The report mentions limited or no Stage 1 Competency Standard for professional Engineerscompetencies demonstrated.
Written Skills:

20%

Language, style, layout and logical flow

Uses a wide-range of highly appropriate vocabulary and discipline-specific terms.

Precise and fluent expression which flows easily.

Sophisticated and complex style and report structure as detailed.

Error-free spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Uses a range of appropriate and accurate discipline-specific vocabulary.

Clear, concise and cohesive expressions with logical flow.

Style and structure are appropriate.

Occasional errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Uses vocabulary and discipline-specific terms accurately.

Reasonably well expressed and clearly flows.

Style and structure are mostly appropriate.

Infrequent errors in spelling and punctuation which do not impede understanding.

Uses mostly appropriate vocabulary and key discipline-specific terms.

Logical flow, not expressed as well as could be.

Basic organisation and style.

Errors in spelling, punctuation and/ or grammar occasionally impede understanding.

Uses limited vocabulary or inappropriate word choices; discipline-specific terms are misused or missing.

Lacks flow and may be difficult to follow.

Style and /or structure is inappropriate.

Errors in grammar, spelling and / or punctuation interfere with understanding

Referencing: 

10%

Citing and referencing in APA style is accurate throughout.Citing and referencing is generally appropriate and accurate.Some errors in citing and referencing may persist.Citing and referencing is attempted, but with errors.Referencing is consistently inaccurate or