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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 (steeering operations and processes)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion133:0033:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/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
Essay1M1002,000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay assesses students’ breadth and depth of understanding of the key concepts and techniques in operations strategy and management. It is an appropriate way to assess the theoretical underpinning and problem solving skills associated with operations management in order to identify what is important and how to think critically.

Reading Lists