NBS8921 : Operations Management
- Offered for Year: 2020/21
- Module Leader(s): Dr Ying Yang
- Lecturer: Dr Paul Lewis
- Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
To introduce students to the increasingly important field of operations management. The aim of the module is to develop the students with a sound understanding and essential knowledge of operations management and strategies, and effective decision making skills through critical analysis, which will help them to make a significant contribution to organisations’ competitive effectiveness as well as to the wider environment of society as a whole.
Outline Of Syllabus
1. Operations Management – Introduction, products and processes design, layout design, inventory management, capacity management ,planning and control, people in operations and performance measurement.
2. Operations Strategy - historical context, competitive strategies, , lean strategy, and group technology.
3. Operations Improvement –operations improvement, , and operations changes (globalisation, ethical and cultural considerations).
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||3:00||30:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||65:00||65:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||1:00||1:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||2:00||2:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||50:00||50:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||2||1:00||2:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||50:00||50:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures introduce theoretical issues as well as practical issues and cases relating to operation management.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Module Code||Module Title||Semester||Comment|
|Written Examination||1||M||Class exercises to help student understand and apply the formulations into different contexts.|
|Prob solv exercises||1||M||N/A|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided, and to write clearly and concisely.
The lectures on process design, inventory management, capacity management, and project planning and controlling have class exercises to help student understand and apply the formulations into different contexts. Feedback is offered after the exercises are completed and also in the lecture notes.
Two seminars offer a case study group discussion and a problem solving session. Feedback is offered during the seminars and also on Blackboard.