The module aims to introduce students to the theoretical perspectives, roles, and practical activities associated with the management science in manufacturing operations both in contemporary organizations and in the historical context. Through the module learning, student should develop their awareness and in-depth understanding of fundamental supply chain management, inventory management, production scheduling, lean operation and maintenance.
A. Identify and explain the underlying behavior of manufacturing firms at many levels and the factors that control the system at each level with a holistic view;
B. Elaborate on the importance of supply chain strategies, risks and mitigation tactics;
C. Examine a variety of inventory models and identify the planning techniques;
D. Explain lean operations and identify basic approaches to eliminate waste, remove viability and improve throughput;
E.. Elaborate on the strategic importance of maintenance and reliability, and implement preventive maintenance.
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.
This module will be delivered through a combination of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials/case studies.