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BSc International Management with American Business Studies / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Operations Management and Strategy
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The course is designed to give students a first look into one of the most fundamental functions of any organisation, its ‘operations’ and its relationship with strategy. The operations function of a business, whether it be in manufacturing or services, has the responsibility of making whatever it is the organisation will sell (whether it’s a product or service). During the semester, we will study this core function extensively and see the vital role it plays in strategy as well as analysing some of the important decisions that must be made by operations managers when it comes to design, planning and control and improvement of the organisation’s industrial engineering system.
On completion of this course unit the student should be able to use the operations management frameworks and techniques presented to develop strategies, design, plan and control operations.
- To give the students a general understanding of how a business operates, both in manufacturing and services.
- Students should understand the range of frameworks, tools and techniques taught in this module and how they relate to an organisation.
- Students should be able to analyse the operations of an organisation using the tools taught in this module.
- Students should be able to evaluate the operations of an organisation and understand how this output relates to strategy.
Introduction to Operations Management and Strategy
Design in Operations Management
Supply and Demand
Supply Chain Management
Lean and Improving Operations
Teaching and learning methods
9 two hour lectures
- A guest lecture delivered by an Operations professional and will give the students valuable insight into how the theories and concepts being presented during the duration of the course are applied in a real life scenario. This session will also give students the opportunity to see and ask questions about how a career in operations can be shaped.
This course has one form of summative assessment, 100% closed book examination. The exam will be 2 hours long. Special Assessment for exchange students only. The special assessment for this course is an essay weighted at 100% (3,000 - 3,500 word limit). Details of the topics and submission procedures will be made available on Blackboard. Resits - The resit examination will be taken by any student who fails the course unit. This will also be a 2 hour exam to take place during the resit examination period. Formative feedback - Students will be provided with formative feedback in breakout sessions, in addition turning point quizzes administered in lectures will give real time formative feedback to learners.
Extensive break-out sessions in lectures provides students with real time, targeted and specific formative feedback. , in addition turning point quizzes administered in lectures will give real time formative feedback to learners.
Slack et al. (Operations Management)
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|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Christopher Smith||Unit coordinator|
Dependent courses: None
Programme Restrictions:BSc Management and Management (Specialisms), BSc International Management with American Business Studies, BSc International Management,
For Academic Year 2020/21
Updated: March 2020
Approved by: March UG Committee