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Operations and Project Management

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This module introduces the role, objectives and activities of operations and project management. Examples and case studies are drawn from a variety of

Operations and Project Management

    Module No. 2780323

Module Coordinator

    Dr Biao Yang

Credit Value & Student Workload

    10 credits

Contact Hours: 18 hours

    Private Study: 82 hours

Assessment

    Closed: none Open: Assessed by a 3,000 word written assignment

Description

    This module introduces the role, objectives and activities of operations and project

    management. Examples and case studies are drawn from a variety of organisations

    with an emphasis on the ‘fit’ of operations and project strategy. The aim of this

    module is to develop an understanding of a portfolio of techniques for operations and

    project management and their selection and use in appropriate situations. This

    includes an appreciation of the development of alternative theoretical perspectives

    behind management thinking in this field. On completing the module students should

    be able to recommend a complete operational and project management strategy for a

    given business context.

Learning Outcomes

    Successful completion of the module will demonstrate that students are able to:

    ? Assess the impact of operations on competitiveness;

    ? Articulate the complex role of the operations manager and the

    interrelationships with other key management functions;

    ? Recognise the similarities and differences in service-based and product-based

    operations;

    ? Analyse operations using a variety of process models and management

    theories;

    ? Propose an appropriate operations strategy for a given business context;

    ? Plan and execute a complex project.

Content

    Topics to be covered will include:

    ? The nature of operations management and its impact on competitiveness

    ? The role of the operations manager and the relationship with other functions

    ? Formulation of operations strategy and strategic fit

    ? Quality management systems quality control, Statistical Process Control,

    and Total Quality Management

    04/07/05

    ? Design methods and the uses of process technology

    ? Manufacturing operations capacity planning, information management,

    supply chain analysis and material planning systems

    ? Advanced project management principles and techniques

Teaching materials

    These will include: handouts of lecture slides; reading lists;. case study material;

    group discussions of students’ own experiences.

Indicative Reading List

    Dale B.G. Managing Quality Blackwell Drucker, P. The Practice of Butterworth Heinemann

    Management

    Goldratt, E.M. & The Goal Gower Cox, C.

    Hellreigel, D. et Management International Thomson

    al

    Lock, D. Project Management Gower Slack, A. et al Operations Management Financial Times / Pitman

    Publishing

04/07/05

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