Managing Operations - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study (20%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

Operations management is a core activity within all organisations, critical to business strategy, performance outcomes, competitiveness and sustainability. This unit examines the role of operations in service and manufacturing, profit and non-profit and small and medium organisations. A strategic approach to understanding operations is employed, with innovation and excellence examined to create sustainable competitive advantage. The unit provides conceptual, analytical and practical learning into management, challenges and opportunities of operations.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain the importance and interrelatedness of business strategy and operations
  2. examine how concepts of sustainability can be integrated into operation decisions for competitive advantage
  3. analyse organisations that focus on innovation, knowledge management and excellence in operational performance
  4. differentiate operations in a range of industry types (service, manufacturing) and sectors (profit, non-profit, SME) internationally and interculturally
  5. assess the operations, current trends and challenges of a business through primary research.
  • Case Study (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Mid-study period test (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MTM210 — Managing Operations

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of generic attributes and academic skills. eg. These skills are attained when studying Level 1 and 2 units.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to facilities and operations management
2Business strategy and global competitiveness
3Product and service design
4Capacity and location planning
5Inventory management and layout decisions
6Aggregate planning and scheduling
7Quality management
8Supply chain management
9Innovation, technology and knowledge management
10Project management
11Sustainability in operations
12Operation settings, future trends and challenges

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

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This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Operations Management 5E

    By:R. Dan Reid and Nada R. Sander

    ISBN: 9781118122679


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