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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

The focus of this course is not people but processes, not outside the organisation but within. Operations transform materials, information and customers to create goods and services using staff and facilities. We study process types and focus particularly on projects. We see how capacity and inventory reconcile demand and output and explore location, supply chains, quality, risk and resilience. About 40% of the course is on projects and project-management techniques. Prepare for both critical discussion of theory and application (operationalisation), including calculation.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr John Lamb

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of MRes Business Research or MSc Environmental Partnership Management or Master of Business Administration (P/T) or Master of Business Administration or Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Man't) or Master of Business Administration in Energy Management

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course introduces students to operations management with a particular focus on project management. Operations management is the design, management and control of processes that transform materials, information and customers to create goods and services. Project management is the design, management and control of operations that have a definite start and finish point and use a defined set of resources. So project management is a specialised part of operations management. This course focusses on projects and operations that produce either services or mass/continuous processes. It has a particular emphasis on energy and environment. Topics covered include operations management definition and strategic importance, location and supply chain, capacity and inventory, risk and resilience, and quality management. And about 40% of the course is on project management.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 6 Lectures during University week15
  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 14, 16

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt:

Online MCQ (20%)

Group report 2500 words (30%)

Individual report 800 words (25%)

Individual reflective report 800 words (25%)


Resit: 100% resubmission of single assignement.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Grades for the online multiple choice test will be made available by the start of the teaching week (middle week of three-week block-taught MBA courses). Other grades will be made available within 15 working days of the end of the course. In addition, students will have summative case studies and exercises during teaching week, and they will get immediate feedback from them.

Course Learning Outcomes


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