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BSc (Hons) Engineering Management
Following successful completion of the Avensys Level 5 Diploma, the BSc (Hons) in Engineering Management is open for learners to enhance academic qualifications and work experience. The Level 5 Diploma awards the learner with the credits required to access the top-up BSc (Hons) degree.
The BSc (Hons) in Engineering Management is a work-based distance learning (WBDL) course, which takes 18 months to complete, and enables flexibility through learning whilst working in a relevant position. Taking into account a high level of skills and learning demonstrated every day in the workplace, this course provides the required tools and framework to support and accredit this learning. The course consists of five modules: Study Skills for Distance Learning; Reflection and Reflective Practice; Change Management; Applied Problem Solving in the Engineering Workplace; and Independent Dissertation.
Study Skills for Distance Learners
The module provides students with a structured framework within which to develop the essential skills for distance learning. You will be encouraged to take personal control of your learning and to balance the freedoms and disciplines inherent in a distance learning environment. Using models of theory and practice embellished by your personal experience, you will develop your ability to self-motivate, manage your own studies and reflect on how you learn. You will evaluate theories and practical models to challenge and to expand on received wisdoms to support both your academic and practical development.
Reflection and Reflective Practice:
Reflection as a technique for aiding and reinforcing learning is a powerful tool in professional development and a wide range of learning environments. Reflective practice is about learning and developing, through examining what we think happened on any occasion and how we think others perceived the event. The manager must open their professional practice to the scrutiny of others, becoming a more effective manager as a result. At an organisational level critical reflection is the basis for maintaining the appropriate alignment of an organisation and forms the basis for strategic planning and organisational change.
This module will provide you with a structured framework within which to reflect on experiences during previous formal managerial training or within past and present Engineering working environments. You will be encouraged to develop your own abilities to practice reflection in the practical arena by critically evaluating your own ideas against academic theories and models, challenging and expanding your own individual management skills. You will facilitate this process through the production of a personal Learning Log, individual reading and study, and face-to-face or online discussion with your tutor.
Management Of Change:
This module aims to enable you to develop your workplace skills in the management of change by investigating your own organisation in relation to change management from a number of perspectives. You will consider your organisation's business and market position— how it is structured and how it operates—to understand the context within which change happens. You will consider how organisational structure and culture may support or inhibit change as well as evaluating management of change theoretical models. You will also explore the impact of change on people and the skills needed by effective change agents and organisations.
Upon completion of the module, you will be able to use your learning to inform a study of change management in your organisation and to make recommendations about change strategies for the future.
Applied Problem Solving In The Engineering Workplace:
You will look at some more unusual approaches to the solving of complex problems and at techniques used outside your own organisation and experience in this module. At an early stage you select a complex problem in your workplace to study throughout the unit and you will be expected to develop, integrate and apply your learning, ideas and techniques in a real practical context.
The module aims to provide students with:
- An understanding of the nature of complex problems, including problems with unknown or unpredictable features
- A range of advanced skills that will equip you to solve complex problems in the workplace
- Experience of applied complex problem solving in the workplace.
The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your capacity to work independently on a major piece of research and to utilise and build on skills and subject expertise developed in the promotion of your professional and personal skills. You will demonstrate your ability to analyse problems and to apply appropriate professional and self-developmental skills.
You will work with your tutor to research, develop and present your study for assessment following the agreed formats prescribed by the University.
Throughout the course, assessment methods are designed to enable you to develop your potential and permit a close working relationship between the learning experience and individual assessment. Assessment strategies will reflect the focus of the course on independent self-managed learning.
Successful completion of the Level 5 Diploma, typically awards the learner with 240 credits through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) , meaning typically a further 120 credits are needed to achieve the BSc (Hons) degree.
Admission to this course is dependent on several criteria, however, your ability to complete the programme satisfactorily and benefit from it will be the main factor taken into consideration. The programme requires a high level of personal commitment and learners will need to be self-motivated.
Employers are increasingly looking to recruit graduates who can demonstrate that they have the skills and abilities to succeed in the workplace. This degree has been devised to give you just that edge. Because all students will already be employed the benefits of the degree are:
- Academic recognition for learning you have already achieved
- Study at a pace and place to suit you, the potential to work towards the degree when work and personal commitments allow and to take a break from the course when other pressures take over
- Learning is relevant and focused on issues in your job
- Direct access to specialist expertise to support work-based projects and to extend the scope of your activities
- Immediate opportunities to apply theory in practice
- Improved performance and the ability to respond to change.
- Improved performance and competitive edge
- Increased motivation, confidence and creativity of workforce
- Immediate benefits from availability of expertise and advice on work based projects
- Customised programmes to suit your organisation.