Operations Management and Logistics
- Module code
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 24 hours
- Teaching period
- August – April
USU (August – December)
The module will examine logistics management in the agriculture and the food industry as a key component in business policy, defining its meaning and analysing trends. Emphasis is placed on three aspects of logistics: firstly, planning to minimise risks; secondly, how to manage customer service policy, and thirdly, the options for European transport management in the 21st century. The operations management element includes the management of any kind of transformation systems whether goods or services.
The module will concentrate on the management of production and plant location. The theme of quality management will be developed to demonstrate the interface with business management in general, and marketing in particular.
RAU (January – April)
The module will examine operations management from four perspectives: the contribution of operations to the overall organisation strategy, the importance of appropriate process choice and layout, the management of quality in the organisation and the supply chain. Use will be made of examples in both food industry and general business and the student will be encouraged to appraise operations management examples from their previous experience.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Understand logistics strategies and show awareness of different logistics decision areas.
- Show awareness of quality management in relation to business.
- Evaluate operations strategy contribution to the overall business strategy of an organisation.
- Recognise the main issues in supply chain planning.
- Formulate a response to an operations management situation.
|Coursework||Case study (Logistics)||50%|
|Coursework||Case study (Operations)||50%|
Students should be familiar with the content of the following:
- Slack, N., Chambers, S., Johnston, R. and Betts, A. (2012) Operations and Process Management: Principles and Practice for Strategic Impact. 3rd ed. FT Prentice Hall
- Slack, N., Brandon-Jones, A. and Johnston, R. (2013) Operations Management, 7th ed. Harlow: Pearson
- Hill, A. and Hill, T. (2011) Essential Operations Management. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan