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School of Management, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

MN50175: Operations management

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 25%, EX 75%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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Click here for further information Description: Aims:
This unit aims to introduce students to the core concepts and techniques in operations management.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, students should be able to: identify and analyse operations issues; apply operations ideas in manufacturing, service, and non-profit contexts; and identify the link between operations and business strategy.

Intellectual skills developed through this unit include the ability to critique both practice and theory through their comparison using real-world cases. (T, F, A)
Professional skills include the development of the skill of analysing complex systems. (T, F)
Practical skills include those of understanding (through the workshop) the tensions created by functions in modern organisations. (F, A)

This unit focuses on the process involved in efficiently and effectively transforming inputs (labour, capital, materials etc) into useful outputs (i.e., goods and services) in both service and manufacturing operations. Theoretical concepts and application are applied to real-world situations. Topics covered include transformation processes; the trade-offs involved in process choice; capacity and aggregate planning; job design and workforce management; quality management and control; supply chain management; world-class manufacturing; and the relationships between operations and other functional business areas.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

MN50175 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci (hons) Chemistry with Management (Full-time) - Year 4
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci (hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Training (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
School of Management
  • TMMN-AFM03 : MSc Management (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TMMN-AFM20 : MSc Management with Corporate Social Responsibility (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TMMN-AFM08 : MSc Management with Finance (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TMMN-AFM06 : MSc Management with Human Resource Management (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TMMN-AFM07 : MSc Management with Marketing (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TMMN-AFM10 : MSc Management with Operations (Full-time) - Year 1

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.