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BUS2034 : Operations Management

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Haiyan Lu
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 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 four key themes in Operations Strategy and Management:
1. Operations strategy
2. The management of operations (steering operations and processes)
3. Operations improvement
4. Planning and controlling operations

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Time for students to complete formative and summative coursework & assessments
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading166:0066:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week (not necessarily to do in that week)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00PiP seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion40:302:002 per semester
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study139:0039:00Balance to equal 200 overall
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time31:003:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS2032Service Operations Strategy and Management
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module includes lectures, exercises, readings, cases and discussions. The lectures will be formal sessions. Opportunities will be made available for discussions and Q&A. Lectures provide the concepts and frameworks. These contribute to the module’s intended knowledge outcomes. The seminars and other interactions allow responses 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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A35N/A
Written Examination1202A65N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
BUS2029Operations Strategy and Management1N/A
BUS2032Service Operations Strategy and Management1N/A
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.
Written Examination2MThe students can practice exam questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative feedback is provided throughout the module in order to help students check their understanding of the teaching material to help prepare for the exams. 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 and exam assesses students’ breadth and depth of understanding of the key concepts and techniques in operations strategy and management. The examination 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. The semester one assignment assesses the work undertaken in the first part of the module. The second semester exam assesses concepts and techniques covered across the module and also assesses numeracy skills associated with application of basic techniques in operations strategy and management.

Reading Lists