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MGMT9040 - Operations Strategy

Title:Operations Strategy
Long Title:Operations Strategy
Module Code:MGMT9040
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Business & Management
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Pio Fenton
Module Author: Orla Cartner
Module Description: This module looks at the principles of operating in the global marketplace and implementing a Global Operations Strategy to support the Business Competitive strategy.The module will also focus on lean principles and provides the students with the tools and techniques to overcome the challenges faced in International project management across organisational boundaries.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Critically analyse the importance of Operations Management to implement a global operations strategy.
LO2 Evaluate the approaches to process design and location strategy.
LO3 Critically explore the strategies, tools and techniques of lean management with respect to service and manufacturing.
LO4 Critically explore the approaches to data analysis and its importance in supporting operation strategy decision making.
LO5 Critically evaluate operations control tools to improve operations in a selected environment.
LO6 Determine the key areas of International project management to implement operations strategies with emphasis on behavioural project management.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Global Operations Strategy
Operations Strategy development and Management. Trade offs in competitive strategy. Delivery focused strategies efficient use of resources
Operations Management
Operations Management Planning, organising and supervising in the context of production and provision of services. Planning Product and Process Design and Improvement,Job design Layout and flow, Capacity Management, Quality, Location strategy
Data Analysis
Data driven decision making, data mining, Key Performance Indicators, bench-marking,data driven process optimisation & operational improvements.
Lean Principles and Management
Waste, Toyota Production System, Continuous Improvement, Kaizen, Lean services.
International Project Management
International and global collaboration on International Projects, leading,communication,team building,motivation and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to ensure sucessfull implementation of strategic projects.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Prepare a Presentation and Supporting Documentation on a given operational/logistics Topic. 1,3,5,6 40.0 Week 7
Written Report Critically Analyse a Case Study on a operations/logistics issue and develop a strategy to address the problem/opportunity/issues identfied. 1,3,5,6 60.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture lectures 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent Learning 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture lectures 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed learning 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Martin, Christopher 2011, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Financial Times Series [ISBN: 0273694393]
  • Roberta S. Russell,Bernard W. Taylor 2014, Operations and Supply Chain Management,, 8th Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 978-1-118-808]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • John Mangan, Chandra Lalwani and Tim Butcher 2008, Global logistics and supply chain management, second Ed., wiley [ISBN: 978-1-119-998]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Journal: International Journal of Business Analytics

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BGLBP_9 Master of Arts in Global Business Practice 1 Mandatory
CR_BBADM_9 Master of Business Administration 3 Elective
CR_BSTRA_9 Master of Business Administration in Strategy 3 Elective
CR_BGLOB_9 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Global Business 1 Mandatory

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