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MN50175: Operations management

[Page last updated: 23 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 30%, EX 70%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 30%)
  • Examination (EX 70%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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.

Aims: This unit aims to introduce students to the core concepts and techniques in operations management.

Skills: 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)

Content: 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.

Programme 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


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