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Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

Course Overview

Operations is the part of management that considers processes rather than people and focuses on the  organisation rather than its environment.

We study processes and process types: when we produce goods or provide services through projects, jobs, batches or by mass production or mass services. We study layout–how facilities are arranged–, capacity and inventory–how much we can make and when to store–, supply chains, project management, quality and improvement.

The course considers theories such as lean and just-in-time but also practice. You will need a calculator besides the ability to write reports.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr John Lamb

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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Course Description

The course will contain a range of core operations management theories, frameworks and tools. These will include basic concepts of operations management that reflect the currently including: definitions; operations objectives; the nature of process planning and control; capacity; supply chain management; process design; layout and flow; and project management. The course will include recent examples and will be adapted to reflect the changing nature of operations management and its tools and techniques. Students will be encouraged to take a critical approach when evaluating current initiatives in 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

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33
  • 1 Workshop during University week34

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

Online MCQ Test (10%);

1200-word Report (30%);

3 x 400-word Essays (choice from 4 topics, 60%)


Resit (for students who took the course in Academic Year 2020/21):   

Resit any failed element in same format during resit period.

Resit (for students who took the course in Academic Year 2019/20 or for C8 students):   
Resit failed report or take resit essays (3 x 400 words) in place of exam.

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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