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Undergraduate Course: Operations Strategy (BUST10092)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides students with an understanding of the content of organisation's operations strategy and the processes by which they are developed and implemented.
Course description The course is divided into six blocks: Introduction to Operations Strategy, Information Technology Strategy, Logistics Strategy, Quality Strategy, the Development & Implementation of Operations Strategy.


Lecture 1 - Introduction
Lecture 2 - Lean
Lecture 3 - Information Technology Strategy
Lecture 4 - Supply Chain Management Strategies
Lecture 5 - Strategic Procurement Partnerships
Lecture 6 - Business Process Outsourcing
Lecture 7 - Operational Risk
Lecture 8 - Development of Operations Strategies
Lecture 9 - Implementation of Operations Strategies
Lecture 10 - Course Overview and Report Presentations

Student Learning Experience

The course will be taught as ten two-hour sessions. The lectures will address the wide range of topics involved in operations management from a strategic perspective. The course will relate the development and implementation of Operations Strategy with current debates in management theory and practice. The course-work project and associated presentations will provide an opportunity for students to analyse and discuss the issues in a case study of their own choice.
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 must have at least 4 Business courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses.

High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% individual coursework (report)
50%) examination - 2 hours

The format of the examination will be for students to answer two essay questions from a paper with five questions.

The report will be a maximum of 2500 words supported by a single page summary and any appendices. It will involve the critical analysis of operations strategy in an organisation chosen by the student.
Feedback Generic feedback on your coursework, together with individual marks, will be available on Learn within agreed deadlines. You will also be able to review your individual feedback electronically via Grademark on Learn within agreed deadlines.

Your examination marks will be posted on Learn (together with generic feedback and examination statistics) as soon as possible after the Boards of Examiners' meeting.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and discuss the key operations strategy concepts covered.
  2. Discuss critically the practical use of the techniques covered, taking into account organisational context.
  3. Explain and discuss the relationship between operations strategy with other functional strategies and overall business policy in the context of the strategic goals and objectives of the organisation.
  4. Relate theoretical debates about the choices available to operations managers to the practical development and implementation of operations strategy.
Learning Resources
Course resources will be linked from Learn. Students are expected, and advised, to keep up-to-date with suggested readings.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

-Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

-Convey meaning and message through a wide range of communication tools, including digital technology and social media; to understand how to use these tools to communicate in ways that sustain positive and responsible relationships.

-Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.
Course organiserMr Ian Graham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3797
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Dunn
Tel: (01316) 513758
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