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Undergraduate Course: Management Science and Operations Planning (BUST10020)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryManagement Science is the application of scientific methods of analysis to the problems of managing systems of people, machines, materials and money, the objective being to provide a basis for decision making. This course introduces students to a range of management science techniques and explains how these techniques are used in the area of operations planning.
Course description Lectures explain the concepts underpinning a range of management science techniques, describe practical operations planning problems and illustrate how the techniques are applied using examples and case studies based on these problems. The coursework provides students with an opportunity to apply management science techniques to operations planning problems and is supported by on-line material.

The course is divided into three topic modules (1. Simulation; 2. Dynamic Programming; 3. Queuing Theory)
and two application techniques modules.

Student Learning Experience
The lecture programme provides details of management science techniques and operations planning problems, supported by suggested readings from the recommended texts.

Students gain experience in the application of the techniques covered in the course by working through the example questions in the course booklet at their own pace, supported by the web-based materials provided.

The two coursework projects present students with real-world operations planning problems and ask them to analyse the problem and present their findings in a written report.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Business Studies Honours entry.
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.

High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the features of practical operations planning problems.
  2. Discuss critically the practical use of the techniques covered.
  3. Solve a range of operations planning problems using the techniques covered.
  4. Apply appropriate models to support the analysis of operations planning problems.
  5. Plan and carry out a quantitative analysis of a real-world operations planning problem.
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).
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive Skills
On completion of the course students should:
1. Demonstrate that they can use management science techniques in the area of operations planning.
2. Demonstrate that they can discuss the results of their analysis.

Key Skills
On completion of the course students should 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 have developed their modelling skills.
Additional Class Delivery Information There will also be 3 optional review tutorials and 1 computer lab.
Course organiserDr Daniel Black
Tel: (0131 6)51 1491
Course secretaryMs Patricia Ward-Scaltsas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3823
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