Context of Planning and Organising

ENG3003 Engineering Management


1. What information sources (or potential information sources) could have been used to assist with the decision-making process for Wivenhoe Dam in this case? Explain why reliability of information sources is critical to decision making, and how reliability can be improved and/or enhanced using today’s technologies and engineering practices in relations to the case study.

2. With reference to decision-making theory covered in the chapter, describe the type of managerial decision-making in the context of planning and organising (management functions), and the conditions under which decisions were made.

3. Evaluate the decisions made in the case in relation to the classical, behavioural and judgemental heuristics approaches to decision-making that are outlined in the chapter. Which model do you believe best describes the situation and subsequent decision-making process in this case? Justify your answer.

(i) Marks will be allocated in the following way:
Question 1 Maximum 50 marks
Question 2 Maximum 30 marks
Question 3 Maximum 50 marks
Written Communication: Maximum 70 marks
Total Maximum 200 marks

(ii) The required format for the case study is:
Title page
Executive summary
Table of contents
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Body of the analysis (Answers to specific questions)
List of references

(iii) The answer should be no more than 2000 words in total. This is merely a guide and there is no penalty associated with this word count.

(iv) The exact number of words in the report should be reported on the Title Page.

(v) The report should be word processed and presented as if it was a professional management consultant report.

(vi) Written communication will be assessed in this assignment and will contribute to your overall Communications mark in the course ENG3003 Engineering Management.

(vii) Please note that if plagiarism or cheating is detected in this assignment it will  result in no marks for the assignment. Students should ensure they clearly understand the meaning of plagiarism and cheating. In particular, students should understand that while they may collaborate with other students on the conceptual ideas in their assignments, the final written report submitted by each student must be unique, and must not contain the written material of any other student in the course, or any other person without due acknowledgement.

(viii) All sources of information used in the preparation of the report should be adequately intext cited and referenced using Harvard AGPS Referencing Style, and you are recommended to consult resources and articles outside of the formal study materials.

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