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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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr William Cooper

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 or Master Of Business Administration In Business Analytics

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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 15, 17
  • 5 Seminars during University week16

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

MCQ online Tests (20%)

Groupwork Assignment (30%)

2 x Individual Reports (25% each)


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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