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PROFESSIONAL PRACTIC
E 2

STUDY GUIDE FOR

FIAP 271 P
E
C

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FIAP271PEC
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FACULTY OF

ENGINEERING





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Study guide compiled by:

Quintin van Zyl

Prof Piet Stoker




Edited

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Page layout by
Elsabe Strydom
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raphikos
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Printing arrangements and distribution by Department Logistics (Distribution Centre).

Printed by Nashua Digidoc Centre 018 299 2827

Copyright


20
1
2

edition. Date of

revision 20
1
2
.

North
-
West University, Potchefstroom Campus.

No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means without written
permission from the publisher.




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MODULE CONTENTS

Welcome

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Contact details

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General overview of this study guide

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Work programme

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Study material

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Syllabus

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Assessing performance

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Structure of the module

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Warning against plagiarism

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Study unit
1

Corporate communication and management skills

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1

Study unit
2

Entrepreneurial skills

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3

Study unit
3

Applied management skills

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WEL
C
OM
E


W
elcome to the follow
-
up of profession
al

p
rac
tice for engineers.


FIAP271


Professional Practice II, or
,

in short PP2.

PP1 focused on the engineering process and project management.
PP2 focuses on
entrepreneurship, corporate communication and business management

in
macroeconomics.

PP2 gives every engineering student the opportunity to pursue
an
entrepreneurial career in engineering.

For PP2, students will be divided

into groups to run a

simulated company consisting of an
innovative
entrepreneuri
al

proje
ct

in
the

e
ng
i
n
eering sector
.

The project will be identified and
developed by the students.
The com
pany will be started
by th
e students and they will
develop the company’s corporate identity. Taking the socioecological environment into
account, the company’s image shall be developed a
nd promoted.

PP2 will, to the best of the management team's ability, expose you to the busin
ess world of
the engineering industry.

CONTACT DETAILS

NA
ME

MY OFFICE

CONTACT NUMBER

Mr Quintin van Zyl

School for Chemical and
Mineral Engineering

Office 204A

20513178@nwu.ac.za

08
3

282 4269

018 299 1660

(
office
)

Mr Hannes du Toit

School for Chemical and
Mineral Engineering

Office

201B

Please do not phone.

Use e
-
mail and e
-
Fundi to
communicate.

In an emergency, send an sms to my
cell pho
ne
.

hannes.dutoit@nwu.ac.za

082 822 1769

018 299 1361 (
office
)

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF
THIS STUDY GUIDE

This study guide will help you to obtain

an overview of the

module
, which is based on

e
-
Fundi
.
This means that all the detailed resources, communi
cation
, ass
ignments, feedback,
announcements, etc., will be available on

e
-
Fundi.



v

W
h
at
is the purpose of FIAP

271?



To expose the engineering student to the
typical small
/medium
company that operates
in the engineering sector
.



To improve and develop the engineering student's management skill
s
, with the
emphasis on person
nel
,
business and

proje
ct management.



To create
the context in which businesses operates

in

reality and, in the

process,
expose the engineering student to the macroeconomic and socioecological
environment.


W
ORK
PROGRAM
ME

STUDY UNIT

ESTIMATED HOURS
OF
STUDY

DAT
E FOR COMPLETION

Study Unit

1

Corpo
rate

communication and
management skills

60

Will
be announced on

e
-
Fundi

Study Unit

2

Entrepreneurial skills

85

Will be announced on

e
-
Fundi

Study Unit

3

Applied management skills

95

Will be announced on

e
-
Fundi

TOTAL

240


STUD
Y
MATERI
AL

There is no comprehensive text
book for this module.
Th
e

stud
y
material
you will use in this
module will be available under the heading
:

Resources

o
n

e
-
Fundi
.

You will sometimes
receive guidance to examine certain study contents in the library and on the
Internet
, which
forms part of the study material you will

have to study for assessment purposes.

All the articles
,
publications and other resources you will have to study, are available
on
e
-
Fundi
.

Inductive education will be used for PP2. For inductive teaching:



students will be confronted with a challenging
problem/situation;



students will be expected to find relevant information themselves to support the
problem/situation; and



students will have to master and apply the available information to provide an effective
solution for the given problem/situation.

Research has shown that inductive teaching leads to a better insight in the content of a
module, which relates to the purpose of this module.


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SYLLABUS

PP2

is
divided into three study units.

Each unit addresses various skills. The following is a
broad ove
rview of the learning process which is going to be followed in PP2:



Student orientation: to grasp the context of the module.



Individual case studies and communication skills



Corporate management skills



Identify the entrepreneurial project



Composition of gr
oups



Understanding of business ownership



Organising the company



Project management in the business context



Development and management of the company



Delivering of assignments

ASSESSING
PERFORMANCE

Assessment will take place on an ongoing basis. All assignm
ents, assessment guidelines as
well as feedback will take place on e
-
Fundi.

STRU
CTURE OF THE

MODULE

The module is divided into three study units:

1.

Corporate communication and management skills

2.

Entrepreneurial skills

3.

Applied management skills

For the first s
tudy unit, students will work individually. After the first study unit, students will
be divided into groups by means of an interview procedure. The groups will be monitored by
SI
-
leaders (supplementary instruction leaders). All particulars regarding the
composition of
the groups and information regarding the duties of the SI leaders can be found on e
-
Fundi.



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WARNING AGAINST PLAG
IARISM


ASSIGNMENTS ARE INDIVIDUAL TASKS AND NOT GROUP ACTIVITIES
.
(UNLESS
EXPLICITLY INDICATED AS GROUP ACTIVITIES)

Copying
of text from other learners or from other sources (for instance the study guide,
prescribed material or directly from the internet) is
not allowed



only brief quotations are
allowed and then only if indicated as such.

You should
reformulate

existing text

and use your
own words
to explain what you have
read. It is not acceptable to retype existing text and just acknowledge the source in a
footnote


you should be able to relate the idea or concept, without repeating the original
author to the letter.

The
aim of the assignments is not the reproduction of existing material, but to ascertain
whether you have the ability to integrate existing texts, add your own interpretation and/or
critique of the texts and offer a creative solution to existing problems.

Be
warned: students who submit copied text will obtain a mark of zero for the
assignment and disciplinary steps may be taken by the Faculty and/or University. It is
also unacceptable to do somebody else’s work, to lend your work to them or to make
your work a
vailable to them to copy


be careful and do not make your work available
to anyone!


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Study
unit
1


1


1

CORPORATE
COMMUNICATION AND
MANAGEMENT SKILLS




In
Study Unit

1
the students are introduced to effective communication and fund
amental
management skills. The students shall complete the study unit individually.

Students are exposed to the impact of good communication (both verbal and non
-
verbal) in
the corporate world. Attention will be given to writing reports, how to do researc
h and to
quote references correctly, as well as to the professional preparation of presentations that
will be applied later on in the module.

Students will be exposed to the business world through guest speakers who has been in the
corporate sector for man
y years.
Student
s

will work through various case studies and will
give feedback by means of reports that will serve as proof for mastering good non
-
verbal
communication.

Study
unit
1


2



Study unit 2


3


2

ENTREPRENEURIAL SKIL
LS






In Study Unit 2, students shall master skills that will lead to the identification of
entrepreneurial opportunities. In groups, students will analyse the viability of the opportunities
and evaluate them on the basis of the economic climate and social, eth
ical and
environmental responsibilities.


Study unit 2


4



Study unit 3


5


3

APPLIED MANAGEMENT
SKILLS




In Study Unit 3, students will have to apply advanced project management with regard to the
economy and financial bookkeeping. Stude
nts will have to use the knowledge to analyse cost
estimates, market analyses, risk analyses, profitability and economic viability of a simplified
project in the engineering sector.

Students will have to furnish proof as an individual and as a group, that

he/she is able to
apply fundamental business management skills in the engineering sector.

Study unit 3


6



Module information form


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MODULE INFORMATION FORM


Module code:
FIAP 271

Prerequisites:
FIAP 172

Module name:
Professional Practice II

Module credits:
24

Co
-
requirements:

None

CESM:
08.99


Module objectives

PP2 has the following learning objectives:


a) To expose the student to the business environment of a typical small/medium
enterprise, operating in the engineering sector.

b) To
develop engineering students’ management skills with emphasis on personnel,
business and project management.

c) To create the context in which businesses operate in the real world, and in so
doing expand the student’s awareness and knowledge of the macro
-
economic and
socio
-
ecological environment.


Module outcomes

After completing the module the student
should:



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knowledge

of elements of project management and
economic and financial accounting, and
be able to apply such knowledge to
compile cost estimates, market
analyses, risk analyses, profitability
analyses and economic viability of non
-
complex projects in the engineerin
g
sector.



摥m潮獴r慴a
skills

to identify
entrepreneurial opportunities and
analyze and evaluate the sustainability
of such, and to plan, implement,
develop and manage a (simulated)
organization, with due cognizance to
economic, social, ethical and
environm
ental responsibilities.



摥m潮獴r慴攠
competency
, as individual
and member of a team, to apply project
-

Assessment criteria

ELO1: Identify entrepreneurial opportunities
in the engineering environment and provide
analyzed solutions.

ELO 5: Engineering and Scientific knowledge
are applied during trade off studie
s between
various entrepreneurial opportunities.

ELO 6: Weekly meetings with agenda,
minutes and action lists with every meeting.
Project and mini assignment presentations.
Each assignment requires a written report.

ELO 7: Social ecological policy to be
co
mpiled.

ELO 8: Groups of 8
multi
-
disciplinary students
must start and manage a fictional engineering
company.

ELO 9: Individual assignments to be
assessed. Weekly peer group assessment to
monitor individual contribution to the group.

ELO 10: Managing a fic
tional company with
due cognisance to people management

Module information form


8

and business management practices as
evidenced by a comprehensive
management plan, and to communicate
to stakeholders the development and
execution thereo
f verbally and in
writing, using appropriate IT.

Assessment methods and weights

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ECSA Exit Level Outcomes

This module contributes towards the development of the following ECSA ELOs:

ELO 1: Problem solving

ELO 5:
Engineering methods
, skills and tools, including Information Technology

ELO 6:

Professional and technical communication

ELO 7: Impact of Engineering activity

ELO 9:
Independent learning ability

ELO 10:
Engineering Professionalism

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Detailed content

Detailed content is contained in a number of “knowledge packages” available on request as
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Business establishment
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Project Management

Project management; risk management; Project organization structuring; Project control;
Work authorization systems; Project
quality management; Project human resource
management.



Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial success drivers; Know your problem; Idea generating, screening, evaluation
Module information form


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and selection; Writing the project proposal.



Economic feasibility

The feasibility concept;
Idea and opportunity identification; Technical feasibility; Market
feasibility; Financial feasibility; Project proposal writing.



Macro
-
economics

The elementary economic cycle; Total production, income and expenditure; Interaction of
households and business

with the market; The South African economy.
The public sector:
Government; The foreign sector; The monetary sector; Inflation; Economic growth and
development.



Corporate communication

Organisational communication; The audience; What is the message?; How

to get the
message across; Interpersonal communication skills; Communications ethics; Effective
communication in Project Management;



Speciality theme

related to engineering. Changes from year to year. Eg. “Hydrogen economy”; “Knowledge
economy”

Knowled
ge Areas


Mathematics

Basic
sciences

Engineering
sciences

Design and
synthesis

Computers
and IT

Complementary
studies






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Prescribed textbook(s)




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Module administration


Weeks per semester

14 x 2 = 28

Duration of lecture period

50min = 0.83 hr

Number of lectures per week

2

Number of tutorials per week

0

Hours of practicals per year

0

Other contact time per year (h)

40

Other non
-
contact time
per year (h)

110

Total number of hours per year

236

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