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BK10A4100 Management and Leadership Skills in Mechanical Engineering, 5 cr 
Code BK10A4100  Validity 01.08.2016 -
Name Management and Leadership Skills in Mechanical Engineering  Abbreviation Management and 
Credits5 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Energy Systems 

Tapio Saarelainen 

Description by Study Guide

Location: Lappeenranta


M.Sc. (Tech.) 1



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Docent, Ph.D. (Mil.), Tapio Saarelainen


After having passed this course, focusing on engineering tasks, the students will be able to:
- utilize basics of effective delegation and meeting management also in a networking
- utilize methods provided by digitalized tools
- employ effective communication techniques and apply both social and leadership skills to
optimize end results and to manage possible conflicts in contexts of teamwork or projects
- utilize the effective communication techniques through digital devices
- set and achieve goals for the set work and projects and lead themselves
- set and achieve goals via digital tools utilizing
- identify opportunities to enhance cooperation among their colleagues
- identify methods to utilize digital environments in reaching set objectives
- manage day-to-day challenges of leading a team and manage time and prioritize work
- use effective strategies for organizing projects and negotiating resources
- apply problem-solving and decision-making skills to accomplish tasks
- assess their flexibility and openness to new ideas to inspire other team members and to
create and sustain a positive, productive atmosphere
- create and implement changes as applicable to lead team work or projects when needed
. create and implement the performance produced by digitalized tools to achieve set goals
- understand the role of financial and business management in engineering projects
- understand the basics and roles of financial and business management in projects.


This course introduces fundamentals of leadership and management as regards contexts of
engineering projects. The students gain experience in project work, develop team work skills,
apply self-management and implement work discipline. Through interactive activities, self-
assessments, discussions, and practical team and project work, the students learn how to lead
either product design tasks, production or larger scale projects with the focus on the field of
mechanical engineering in particular. The skills introduced include communicating
effectively, solving problems, making decisions, working in teams, building relationships,
creating and implementing changes in an organization, and aligning one’s goals with the
organization’s mission, goals, and objectives. Depending on the given task within the course
module, the students are advised to recognize the special skills and competences needed for
leading design tasks, production or larger scale projects.

Teaching Methods 

Lectures and literature review 18 h, periods 1-2, orientation meetings 6 h, periods 2-4 and group
discussions 10 h, periods 2-4. Depending on the given task within the course, participation in the board meetings of virtual companies 4 h, periods 1-4. Building of a networking environment for the teamwork and project
management 10 h, period 1. Exercises and the utilization of a leadership journal to get
practical experience in working as a project manager, production manager, design manager, team leader etc. 87-91 h, periods 1-4. Total workload 135 h.

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

0-5, continuous and comprehensive evaluation of success in teamwork and project work, peer
review of management and leadership skills and the evaluation of a leadership journal.

Course Materials 

Lecture notes


B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering or other equivalent field of engineering
(Changed 20.5.2019/TP)

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 

max 5

Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 

max 5


Current and upcoming courses
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Timing
  Management and Leadership Skills in Mechanical Engineering  COURSE  Tapio Saarelainen 
02.09.19 -17.04.20 -

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