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Undergraduate Course: Operations Management 4 (MAEE10003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe objectives of this course are to develop an understanding of the concepts, tools and practices relating to the operations of an organisation, with particular emphasis upon manufacturing, and also the ability to diagnose operational dysfunction and suggest possible solutions. It examines the process nature of operations, the strategic importance of operations and the issues influencing efficient, effective and adaptable operations.
Course description This course provides a practical orientated course on Operations Management. It covers the topics of: Operations as a process, Work place design, Planning systems, Environmental & quality management, A role for technology, Design and its management, Supply chain management, Operations strategy, Japanese approaches, Newer approaches to operations, Corporate social responsibility. Whilst the emphasis is upon manufacturing contexts, the material is appropriate for any operational contexts, such as services.

Student understanding of the course content is assessed by the submission of a report at the end of the course which examines a real world operations (e.g. a kitchen, kilt-maker, bakery, factory), evaluates appropriate academic literatures and proposes a meaningful solution in terms of its suitability and feasibility. This assessment is explained in the first session. Students are expected to find their own operations case-study.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  90
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework (100%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. describe the key operations management concepts covered
2. critically discuss the application of these concepts
3. demonstrate that they can:
a) describe an operations scenario
b) critically evaluate this scenario
c) propose how these operations can be improved using the concepts covered during the course, explaining why the chosen option has been selected over others.
Reading List
Slack & Brandon-Jones (2019) Operations Management, Harlow: FT Prentice Hall
Though older editions can be used
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserMr Ian Graham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3797
Course secretaryMiss Mhairi Sime
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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