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Undergraduate Course: Management Science and Operations Planning (BUST10020)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaBusiness Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website http://www.bus.ed.ac.uk/programmes/ugpc.html Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionManagement Science techniques can be applied to a wide range of problems that arise in planning the operations of many organisations. The Management Science techniques will be selected from inventory management, maintenance and replacement, queueing theory, simulation & dynamic programming. The techniques will be introduced and their application in operations planning will be demonstrated.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Business Studies Honours entry.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Business Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information There will also be 7 optional tutorials (a one-hour tutorial at the end of each of the 5 modules plus 2 computer labs). The 5 review tutorials are Fridays 11.10am-12.00noon on 27 Sept. (Week 2), 11 Oct.(Week 4), 1 Nov.(Week 7), 15 Nov.(Week 9), 29 Nov.(Week 11) in Seminar Room 2.14, Appleton Tower; the 2 COMPUTER LABS are Friday 11.10-12.00noon on 8 November(WEEK 8) and 22 November(Week 10) in Room 1.12 Computer Lab, Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information There will also be 7 optional tutorials (a one-hour tutorial at the end of each of the 5 modules plus 2 computer labs). The 5 review tutorials are Fridays 11.10am-12.00noon on 27 Sept. (Week 2), 11 Oct.(Week 4), 1 Nov.(Week 7), 15 Nov.(Week 9), 29 Nov.(Week 11) in Seminar Room 2.14, Appleton Tower; the 2 COMPUTER LABS are Friday 11.10-12.00noon on 8 November(WEEK 8) and 22 November(Week 10) in Room 1.12 Computer Lab, Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Knowledge & Understanding
On completion of the course students should:
a) be able to describe the features of practical operations planning problems;
b) be able to discuss critically the practical use of the techniques covered;
c) be able to solve a range of operations planning problems using the techniques covered.

Cognitive Skills
On completion of the course students should:
a) demonstrate that they can use management science techniques;
b) demonstrate that they can discuss the results of their analysis.

Key Skills
On completion of the course students should:
a) demonstrate their ability to apply Microsoft Excel to support the analysis of operations planning problems;
b) demonstrate that they can plan and carry out a quantitative analysis of a real-world operations planning problem;
c) demonstrate that they can present the findings of a quantitative analysis in a concise written report.

Subject Specific Skills
On completion of the course students should:
a) have developed their modelling skills.
Assessment Information
By one project (max 3,000 words) (20%) and a degree examination (80%).
Visiting Student Variant Assessment:
Project(max 3,000 words) 50% and
One Essay (max 3,000 words) 50%.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus The course is divided into 5 modules: Inventory Management, Maintenance and Replacement, Queuing, Simulation and Dynamic Programming.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list There is no set textbook for this course, but the following books will prove useful:
1. Taha H. A., Operations Research An Introduction, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2007.
2. Anderson, D.R. Sweeney, D.J., Williams, T.A. and Martin, K., An Introduction to Management Science: Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making, Twelfth edition, Thomson South Western, 2007.
3. Taylor, Bernard W., Introduction to Management Science, Ninth edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2006.
4. Albright, Christian S. and Winston, Wayne L., Management Science Modelling
Thomson South-Western, 2005.
5. F.S. Hillier and G.J. Lieberman, Introduction to Operations Research, Fifth edition, McGraw-Hill, 1995.
6. W.L. Winston, Operations Research: Applications and Algorithms, Third edition, Duxbury, 1994.
7. S French, R Hartley, L C Thomas and D J White, Operational Research Techniques, Arnold, London, 1986 (Out of print, but in library).
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsMSOP
Contacts
Course organiserDr Daniel Black
Tel: (0131 6)51 1491
Email: Dan.Black@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Patricia Ward-Scaltsas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3823
Email: Patricia.Ward-Scaltsas@ed.ac.uk
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