Engineering

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ECM3164 - Operations Management (2015)

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MODULE TITLEOperations Management CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM3164 MODULE CONVENERDr Allen Naihui He (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 weeks 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 22
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

When managing operations, there are many aspects to consider, which can determine the success of a business. For instance, is it best to make your product with hand tools, or do you want to mass produce with moulds, but face huge costs when a design changes and you must re-tool? Designing a company's resources is central to operations management and a key focus of this module.
 

A large component of this course is a problem-solving case study, for which you will receive a brief on a real company. Pretending to be a consultant, you will be challenged to consider this business' problems and work out what you would do to solve them. Putting the theory into practice, you will analyse business and manufacturing strategies and operations systems; looking at the company's priorities and shortfalls and deciding how you would approach these issues. Mirroring the role of a junior consultant or plant manager, this gives you a taste of how to do these jobs in industry, providing you with excellent preparation for an engineering management career.

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module explores the current approaches to running engineering operations facilities and strategies, as well as giving you an introduction to computer tools used for aspects like stock control and purchasing, such as MRP. On completing this module you willl be equipped with the analysis skills to judge how best to solve a management problem and how you would set up your operations as a manager. You'll also have an understanding of change management, how you design a solution, present a report and then implement it, and some knowledge of personnel issues.

 

This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the  educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC).
 
 
 
This module correlates to references E1, P2, MU1 - MU3, MD1, GM2 and GM3. These references are indices of the specific learning outcomes expected of Bachelors/MEng/Masters candidates set out in UK-SPEC, codified with reference to systems used by professional accrediting institutions. A full list of the standards can be found on the Engineering Council's website, at http://www.engc.org.uk

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1 demonstrate an understanding of issues and concepts in operations management;
2 apply knowledge, concepts and ideas to any given situation to better understand the operations management task;
3 demonstrate an awareness of the tools and techniques to improve an operations function;
4 appreciate the central role of operations and its strategic importance in an organisation.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
5 choose the right tools and techniques for improving an operations function;
6 demonstrate an enhanced analytical approach to the understanding of an operations task;
7 make an informed contribution to the corporate debate and the overall business performance.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and Knowledge:
8 work in teams to analyse problems;
9 demonstrate critical analysis skills through the analysis of case studies.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- introduction to operations management;

- operations manager within the organisation;

- introduction to the concept of operations strategy;

- developing operations strategy;

- operations process - choice and trade-off;

- process design;

- capacity management;

- operations control - scheduling and execution;

- inventory management and control;

- make - or - buy decisions;

- improving operations;

- supply chain;

- information systems.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 22.00 Guided Independent Study 128.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22 Lectures and seminars
Guided independent study 128 Guided independent study
     

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Not applicable      
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written exam – closed book 70 2 hours All None
Coursework – individual case study 30 2000 words All Written
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Written exam (100%) All August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.
 

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Childe, S J An Introduction to Computer-aided Production Management 1st Chapman & Hall 1997 0412620103 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 16 September 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Operations management; mode of production; strategy; MRP; JIT.