Module Catalogue 2014/15

BUS2029 : Operations Strategy and Management

  • Offered for Year: 2014/15
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jingxin Dong
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

Effective management of operations is critical to the success of organisations right across business and industrial sectors, the service sector, the public sector and the ‘not-for-profit’ sector. Organisations that produce products and/or deliver services have operational systems at their core. Well-designed, robust operational systems that align with an organisation's strategy and are managed consistently well are central to sustaining high levels of organisational performance.

This module provides a broad introduction to the Operations Strategy and Operations Management discipline with a focus on topics that are particularly relevant to practice. The aim of the module is to provide the foundations and frameworks to understand and analyse key issues of relevance to the management of operations in contemporary organisations. It also aims to offer an insight into the contemporary issues of the subject of operations strategy and its importance for an organisation.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module covers three key themes in Operations Strategy and Management:
1. Operations strategy
2. The management of operations
3. Operations improvement

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to
1. apply and appreciate the foundations and frameworks of operations management and operations strategy
2. understand and analyse key issues of relevance to the management of operations and the applications of operations strategies in contemporary organisations.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module students should have the ability to engage in strategic, tactical and operational analysis, and to understand, interpret and solve numerical problems with tools and techniques in operations strategy and operations management.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Numeracy : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Present
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Present
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Written Other : Present
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Peer Assessment Review : Present
  • Application
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Business Planning : Present
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:0064:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module includes lectures, exercises, readings, cases and discussions. The lectures will be formal sessions with discussion and illustration of concepts and techniques. Lectures provide the concepts and frameworks. These contribute to the module’s intended knowledge outcomes. The seminars consist of group work and response to questions giving students the opportunity to use the concepts and frameworks. These contribute to the module’s intended skills outcomes.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A25MCQ exam.
Written Examination1202A75Written paper.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exams assess students’ breadth and depth of understanding of the key concepts and techniques in operations strategy and management. The exams also assess numeracy skills associated with application of basic techniques in operations strategy and management.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 14/15. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.

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