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BUS2129 : Operations Strategy and Management (for Erasmus / Study Abroad Students)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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 examine 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 two key themes in Operations Strategy and Management:
1. Operations strategy
2. The management of operations (steering operations and processes)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Time for students to complete formative and summative coursework & assessments
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion133:0033:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week (not necessarily to do in that week)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PiP seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion20:301:002 per semester
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00Balance to equal 100 overall
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS2029Operations Strategy and Management
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1A1002,000 word essay
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study1MGroup discussion and a problem solving session. Feedback is offered during the seminars and also on VLE.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative feedback is provided throughout the module in order to help students check their understanding of the teaching material. Once a student has attended the lecture and undertaken the essential reading they can check their understanding through taking an online test. Where numerical concepts have been covered, students can undertake multiple exercises to test their understanding of these concepts. The assignment assesses students’ breadth and depth of understanding of the key concepts and techniques in operations strategy and management. The assignment assesses the work undertaken in the first part of the module.

Reading Lists