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MN50175: Operations management

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 50%)
  • Examination (EX 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit aims to introduce students to the core concepts and techniques in operations management.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the unit, 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; operations strategy, mapping and improving processes; designing the innovation process; capacity management; quality management and control; supply chain management; lean operations; and the relationships between operations and other functional business areas.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50175 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 5)
School of Management
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
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