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ENG8101 Technological Impact and its Management

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Technological Impact & M'ment
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 039999 - EnginTech not classified
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Steven Goh


The world of today is one in which there is dynamic change in the creation and development of technology. It is necessary for managers of technology to understand the impact of technological development and the ways in which it can affect the society in which we live and the controls necessary to achieve a positive impact on mankind.


This course seeks to review current technological development and to evaluate its impact on the world on we live in. The relationship between modern society and technological development is examined and the role of technological development on wealth creation and business is presented. The overall social need to manage such development is assessed as well as Technology creation, transfer and exploitation.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. understand the role of technology in modern society;
  2. understand the process of innovation and its social context;
  3. assess the impact of technological development on society and the physical environment;
  4. assess the relationship between wealth creation and technological development;
  5. explain the process by which society manages technological development and the role managers of technology play in this process.
  6. critically evaluate technical literature to produce a literature review relating to the development of a technology, innovation, or invention.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Science, Technology and Progress 10.00
2. Technology and Society 20.00
3. Economic Development and Technology 10.00
4. Technology and The Environment 15.00
5. Management of Technology 10.00
6. Technological Innovation 15.00
7. Technology and Business 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Khalil, T 2000, Management of technology: the key to competitiveness and wealth creation, McGraw-Hill, Boston, MA.
Students must have Internet access.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Beder, S 1996, The nature of sustainable development, 2nd edn, Scribe Publications, Newham, Victoria.
Beder, S 1998, The new engineer: management and professional responsibility in a changing world, MacMillan Education, South Yarra, Vic.
Dorf, RC 2001, Technology, humans and society: towards a sustainable world, Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
Johnston, S, Gostelow, P & Jones, E 1999, Engineering and society: an Australian perspective, Longman, South Melbourne, Vic.
Various web sites will be cited in the more dynamic components of this course.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 42.00
Directed Study 24.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 71.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 29 Mar 2021 1,2,3,4,5
ASSIGNMENT 2 400 40 26 Apr 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6
ASSIGNMENT 3 400 40 31 May 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle).

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.

Date printed 18 June 2021