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Advanced Engineering and Economy


Numbering Code
  • G-ENG90 8i042 SE20
Term 2020/First semester
Number of Credits 2 credits
Course Type Lecture
Target Student Graduate
Language English
Day/Period Tue.5
  • Graduate School of Engineering, Associate Professor Juha Lintuluoto
Outline and Purpose of the Course Engineering economics plays central role in any industrial engineering project. For an engineer, it is important to apply the engineering know-how with the economic analysis skills to obtain the best available materials, methods, devices, etc. in the most economical way. This course is aimed to teach engineering students the basic economic methods to manage economically an engineering project. In addition, the report writing on various engineering economic issues prepares to write reports in a professional form. The lab sessions are meant for the verbal skills improvement as well as improvement of analytical thinking. The topics are of current relevant topics Small-group brain-storming method is used. The exercise sessions cover the use of Ms-Excel for various quantitative economic analyses.
Course Goals This course is aimed to strengthen engineering students’ skills in economics. The course concept is to teach students selectively those subjects which serve as major tools to solve economic tasks in engineering environment. The reports and lab sessions provide students stimulating and analytical thinking requiring tasks, and presentation skills training is an important part of this course.
Schedule and Contents Student orientation and Introduction to engineering economy,1time,Course contents, goals
Cost concepts and design economics,1time,Cost terminology and classification
Cost estimation techniques,1time,WBS for cost estimation, estimation techniques (indexes, unit, factor, power-sizing, learning curve, CER, top down, bottom up), target costing
The time value of money,1time,Simple interest, compound interest, economic equivalence concept, cash-flow diagrams, PW, FW, AW
Evaluating a single project,1time,MARR, present wort method, bond value, capitalized worth, internal rate of return, external rate of return, payback method
Comparison and selection among alternatives,1time,Investment and cost alternatives, study period, equal and unequal useful lives, rate-of-return method, imputed market value
Depreciation and income taxes,1time,SL and DB depreciation methods, book value, after-tax MARR, marginal income tax rate, gain(loss) on asset disposal, after-tax economic analysis general procedure, EVA,
Price changes and exchange rates,1time,Actual dollars, real dollars, inflation, fixed and responsive annuities, exchange rates, purchasing power
Replacement analysis,1time,Determining economic life of challenger, determining economic life of defender, abandonment, after-tax replacement study
Evaluating projects with the benefit-cost ratio method,1time,Benefits, costs, dis-benefits, self-liquidating projects, multi-purpose projects, interest rate vs. public project, conventional B-C ratio PW and AW method, modified B-C ratio PW and AW method
Breakeven and sensitivity analysis,1time,Breakeven analysis, sensitivity analysis, spider plot
Probabilistic risk analysis,1time,Sources of uncertainty, discrete and continuous variables, probability trees, Monte Carlo simulation example, decision trees, real options analysis
The capital budgeting process,1time,Capital financing and allocation, equity capital and CAPM, WACC, WACC relation to MARR, opportunity cost
Decision making considering multiattributes,1time,Non-compensatory models (dominance, satisficing, disjunctive resolution, lexicography), compensatory models (non-dimensional scaling, additive weight)
Final test,1time,90 minutes, concept questions, calculation task (option of choice)
,times,Additionally, students will submit three reports during the course on given engineering economy subjects. Also, required are the five lab participations (ca.60 min/each) for each student. Additionally, three exercise sessions (ca.60 min/each), where use of Ms-Excel will be practiced for solving various engineering economy tasks, should be completed
Grading Policy Final test, reports, class activity
Prerequisites -This course is highly recommended for those who attend “Project Management in Engineering course , Small group working method
  • Engineering Economy 15th ed. William G. Sullivan (2011)
  • Will be informed if necessary.