BSc Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Operations Management

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATS22601
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 5
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Materials
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit provides a concise treatment of contemporary operations management; central to the unit is the recognition of the strategic importance of operations and the role of effective management in integrating organisational functions and aligning all activities with organisational goals


  • The unit aims to: 

    • Promote an in-depth understanding of the role of operations management in creating products and services of value, particularly in fashion and related industries 
    • Provide an opportunity to explore and interrelate a range of strategic, tactical and operational issues associated with contemporary operations management, including operations performance, designing the operation and developing the operation.
    • Develop an appreciation of the strategic impact of operations and how effective management can systematically drive competitive advantage.


Learning outcomes

A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Intellectual skills
  • Transferable skills and personal qualities

Teaching and learning methods

This unit will make use of a variety of learning and teaching processes including: online workshops, discussions, group activities and independent study. Blackboard will be used to present lecture notes, guided reading, articles and other information. Blackboard may also be utilised for assessment.



Knowledge and understanding

a.      Formulate the principal steps of design or redesign of production and business systems to meet a given pattern of demand for a selection of products and services

b.      Apply a range of contemporary techniques and philosophies underpinning operations management.

c.      Outline the strategic importance of effective operations management and its potential to secure competitive advantage 

Intellectual skills

  1. Appraise current and emerging practice(s) and comment on strengths and weaknesses using balanced, logical and supported argument.
  2. Confidently distinguish the key ingredients of complex problems; and use these to select and apply appropriate knowledge, tools and methods to a range of operations challenges in the fashion, textiles and related industries.


Transferable skills and personal qualities

  1. Engage effectively in academic discussion and present arguments in a professional manner.
  2. Act with increasing autonomy, with reduced need for supervision and direction, within defined guidelines.


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Written and verbal 

Recommended reading

Core text:

  • Slack, N, Brandon-Jones, A and Johnston, R (2016). Operations Management. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education Limited/Prentice Hall.


You can use any previous version of the core text, if you cannot access the most recent edition.


Further Reading

  • Jones, R M (2006). The Apparel Industry. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.


Sessions will also be supplemented by further directed reading if required.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 178

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Amy Benstead Unit coordinator

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