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Module Code: IFB101TC
Module Title: Analytical Tools In Management Science
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2021/22
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: School of Intelligent Finance and Business
Pre-requisites: N/A
The module aims to introduce some of the important tools and techniques of contemporary operations management.
Learning outcomes 
A. Understand and critically examine some of the different approaches to operations planning and control within a single manufacturing organisation;

B. Understand and evaluate the alternative planning and control systems and tools appropriate for different manufacturing organisations,

C. Determine an appropriate system design and implementation programme;

D. Understand the role of lean thinking and alternative operations philosophies within today's manufacturing climate;

E. Understand the role of the logistics and distribution functions for the efficient operation of the complete supply (value) chain;

F. Understand the impact of the impact of e-business and Internet technologies within manufacturing operations planning, and how such developments influence future enterprise and supply chain based MPC systems.
Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments.

Students will be expected to attend lectures, seminars and tutorials.
Private study will provide time for reflection and consideration of lecture material and background reading. Students will be introduced to the academic content which is the subject of the module.

Students will also be given some practical exercises during lectures; such as performing materials requirements planning calculations.
Case study material will be drawn upon, and sometimes videos will be utilised.
Over a four-week period (two hours per week) students will play a business game to demonstrate supply chain dynamics.

The game also forms the basis for the continuous assessment component of the module which will be used to test to what extent practical skills have been learnt.

Topics will typically include:

• Operation Strategy

Relationship to corporate strategy and functional strategies, manufacturing philosophies.

• Operations Strategy Process

Methodology, fit sustainability, risk.

• Operations-Based Competitive Priorities

Quality, delivery speed and reliability, cost efficiency, flexibility, order winners and order qualifies, special focus on different types of flexibility and means of providing flexibility.

• Operations Strategy Content

Strategic issues and options regarding capacity, facilities, process, vertical integration, quality, organisation, and control systems, especially manufacturing planning and control systems

The role of material and capacity planning in a manufacturing organisation;
Inventory and inventory management techniques;

Independent and dependent demands; Material requirements planning (MRP), the core concepts, inputs and outputs;

MRP and master production scheduling;

From MRP to MRPII, ERP, APS and beyond; Configuring operations capacity;

Capacity dynamics;

Supply network relationships;

Supply network behaviour;

An introduction to just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing and lean thinking;

Logistics & supply chain management (SCM); Recent developments within SCM;

Pull vs. push

systems and kanban systems design;

Process technology, definition and characteristics, choice and implemention;

Operations organisation and role;

The planning and control hierarchy; Shop floor control, associated tools and techniques;

Operations development and improvement;

Product and service development and organisation.

• Performance Measures


Different types of measures for feedback to different planning and control levels.

• Accounting and financial perspectives. E-Commerce Impact

The impact of e-business and Internet technologies on manufacturing.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26    13      111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Assessment Task 1 30.00
2 Assessment 2 70.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 10/21/2020 6:46:53 PM