Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Managing Operations

Module N1582

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module provides the student with an understanding of how the fundamental principles of operations management can support the improvement of management performance in both public and private organisations. During the module, students will apply these principles to both manufacturing and service operations. The module will provide the student with an understanding of the systemic and interactive nature of operations management problems and their relationship to the external environment. The student will develop quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, through guided problem-based activities and case study analysis. The content of the module covers operations strategy, designing operations, organisation design, planning and control, lean operations, project management, managing quality and continous process/product improvement, managing the supply chain and future direction of travel for operations management.

Module learning outcomes

Critically review established principles on operations management in a variety of contexts (private and public sector) covering both manufacturing and service based organisations, to enhance organisation efficiency and effectiveness.

Critically evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches for improving the management of operations and evaluate the appropriateness of quality management techniques.

To defend operations management decisions and approaches using management science analytical techniques and tools appropriate for both manufacturing and service based operations.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group written submissionT1 Week 12 100.00%
Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment50.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture2 hours111111111111
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Anthony Alexander

Convenor, Assess convenor

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