Available in 2017

Course handbook


This course aims at providing the student with advanced concepts of engineering economic analysis and its role in engineering decision making. It is designed to offer the students the tools needed for rigorous presentation of the effect of the time value of money on engineering problem solving and the capacity to act with ethical and efficient professionalism. The tools introduced include present worth analysis, annual cash flow, rate of return, incremental analysis, future worth analysis, and payback period. Additionally, the course also covers topics such as depreciation, after tax analysis, replacement analysis, uncertainty, inflation, deflation, and estimation of future events. The course adds a compulsory knowledge for any project management professional in engineering fields.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, economics, and engineering principles to solve engineering problems.

2. Understand the major capabilities and limitations of cash flow analysis for evaluating proposed capital investments.

3. Recognise, formulate, analyse and solve cash flow models in practical situations. Understand the assumptions underlying these models, and the effects on the modelling process when these assumptions do not hold.

4. Develop the ability to account for time value of money using engineering economy factors and formulas, as well as the implications and importance of considering taxes, depreciation, and inflation.

5. Apply engineering economic techniques on solving engineering problems by using computer tools such as spreadsheets.

6. Communicate the results of the modeling process to management and other non-specialist users of engineering analyses in a lucid, informative manner (graphs, tables and/or text).


  • Introduction to decision making process
  • Time value of money, equivalence and compound interest
  • Nominal and effective interest
  • Present and future worth
  • Annual equivalent cash flow
  • Internal rate of return and minimum acceptable rate of return (MARR)
  • Discrete and continuous compounding
  • Incremental rate of return analysis
  • Inflation and deflation
  • Financing
  • Payback period and sensitivity analysis
  • Uncertainty and risk analysis
  • Retirement and replacement analysis
  • Depreciation
  • Income taxes
  • Break-even analysis
  • Cost/benefit analysis

Assumed knowledge

Basic mathematics, such as powers and exponents Linear interpolation Ability to generate and understand simple graphs, Basic Excel manipulation skills Students who have completed MECH4830 are not eligible to enroll in MECH6830.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz 1

Quiz: Quiz 2

Quiz: Quiz 3

Quiz: Quiz 4

Report: Written Report 1

Report: Written Report 2

Contact hours

Callaghan and Sydney Elizabeth Street


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term