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School of Management, Unit Catalogue 2011/12


MN50383: Operations, projects and supply management (OPS)

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 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Only available to students on the MSc Advanced Management Practice.
Click here for further information Description: Aims:

* To develop an understanding of the inter-related principles, practice and importance of operations, project and supply management. This reflects the increased dominance of organisational forms where efficient cross-boundary working and temporary project structures are widespread.
* To critically examine pragmatic methods for managing O,P and S.
* To engage with and reflect on core conceptual frameworks and latest research insights.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit, the student will be able to:
* Demonstrate meaningful knowledge and understanding of key principles of Operations (e.g. process types, flow, balance, capacity, quality);
* Projects (e.g. project types, critical path, stakeholder management) and;
* Supply (e.g. supply types, Bullwhip effect, contracting) management.
* Understand traditional/contemporary OPS tools and techniques for analysis of organisations.

Skills:
Intellectual Skills
* the facility to apply subject-specific knowledge into a range of complex, often inter-disciplinary, situations, taking into account the overall implications for the other areas of the business (T,F,A);
* a critical awareness of current issues and frameworks in management (T,A);
* the ability to acquire and analyse data, information and situations; to evaluate relevance and validity, and to synthesise it in the context of topical business problems (F,A);
* an understanding of appropriate research and methodological techniques that allow detailed investigation into topical business issues and ability to use these skills to produce professional, critical reports in business and management (T).
Professional Practical Skills
* evaluate the current standing of an organizations OPS and practically contribute to the attainment of strategies and objectives (T);
* operate effectively both independently as well as within teams and assume leadership roles where appropriate (F);
* be self-directed and able to act responsibly in planning and implementing projects at professional levels (T,A).
Transferable/Key Skills
* openness and capacity to continue learning with the ability to reflect on earlier knowledge and practice and integrate the new with past experience and effectively apply it to the present situations (T/F)
* ability to conduct real-time, `live´┐Ż field research into management and business issues (T,F,A).
Personal/Interpersonal
* the facility to communicate including presenting and marketing themselves and their ideas; preparation and production of effective analysis and reports (A).

Content:
In line with the learning outcomes described above the course content will cover key OPS elements (approximately 40/30/30 percent split) together with an integrative, reflective narrative.
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MN50383 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
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