The module aims to introduce some of the important tools and techniques of contemporary operations management.
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.
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.