Any of our closely related operations management courses will suit you if you have qualitative and quantitative skills and want to pursue a career in operations management:
They explore the decisions made to tackle management problems in business, industry and the public sector. They look at the methods, models and techniques that are used to resolve organisational difficulties.
Integrating management techniques and the technologies they control, they will equip you with the analytical skills to understand the complexity of operational management challenges in business as well as fostering your creative thinking to generate potential solutions.
Depending on your chosen course, you will undertake modules in management science for decision support; managing contemporary operations, and supply chain planning and management in semester one. During semester two, you will be able to develop in depth knowledge and skills in your chosen course and will be able to choose from a variety of options in order to focus on your career aspirations.
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Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 120 credits of taught modules. Each module typically consists of 10 two to three hour sessions.
You will complete a 60-credit dissertation over the summer, and will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.
Management Science for Decision Support
The emphasis in this module is on formulating (modelling) and solving models with spreadsheets. The topics covered include:
- modelling principles
- optimisation and linear programming
- network models
- introduction to integer programming
- key concepts of probability and uncertainty
- decision theory
- queuing systems
Managing Contemporary Operations: Fundamentals and Challenges
This module provides a general introduction to the management of operations. This includes an introduction to the core concepts and theory within operations management with many examples of good practice. These examples take the form of short videos in class, a number of cases, and visits to three different operations. Students will be working in teams for assessed coursework, with a final exam.
Core concepts and theory include:
- The transformation module, and an introduction to competitive priorities, and structural/infrastructural requirements
- Operations for products and services, and how they differ
- Understanding processes; Little's Law
- Introduction to lean theory
- Introduction to quality and services management
- Introduction to supply chain management
- Challenges in contemporary operations management
This material will be developed and expanded on in modules covering more specialist areas.
The module covers:
- definitions and classifications of projects
- objectives in project management - time, costs, quality
- activity identification
- resources and resource management
- critical path method, programme evaluation and review technique, and resource scheduling
- performance measurement and costs
- project lifecycles and models
- project teams and leadership in project management
- managing risk in projects
- critical chain planning method
- analysis of project success and failure
- Monte Carlo Simulation
- project management software
Supply Chain Planning and Management
The module takes a dual approach covering both the business processes and the quantitative models and techniques necessary for supply chain planning and management. It is divided into three major parts.
- Supply chain concepts and definitions:
- Fundamental planning and control concepts for supply chain and operations planning: classification of operational and supply systems
- Inventory - forms, functions, decisions, models
- Capacity – definitions and planning
- Forecasting for supply chain and production management:
- Planning, scheduling and control approaches: aggregate planning, hierarchical planning and control
- MRP-based planning and control
- JIT principles, kanban systems
- Theory of constraints (TOC)
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems
- Supply chain collaboration:
- Planning and control across the supply chain
- The bullwhip effect
- Supply chain collaboration approaches – continuous replenishment
- Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI)
- Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR)
Design of Operations Facilities and Systems
The module covers the following:
- Strategic issues in the location of businesses in a global context
- Location modelling and the analysis of factors influencing the optimum selection of country, region and location
- The facilities planning process and the optimum design of layouts
- Quantitative approaches to location and layout modelling
- Types of manufacturing layouts including cell manufacturing and layouts to support lean operations
- Material handling and packaging solutions
- Warehousing, storage, cross docking and order picking approaches
- Logistics challenges and solutions for next generation manufacturing and service operations, including omni-channel retailing
International Logistics and Transport
The module focuses on international transport and logistics management in the context of the global economy. It covers operational, technological, economic and regulatory issues relevant to contemporary transport and logistics practice.
Specific topics covered include:
- modes of transport in a modern society
- modal and inter-modal transport characteristics
- organisation, regulation and competition in international transport and logistics
- freight costs and pricing
- trade and customs procedures
Operations and Supply Chain Strategy and Practice
The module content is divided into three major parts:
- Strategy – Context of operations and supply chain strategy; the range of strategic decisions within and between operations; the impact of competition on operations and supply chains; supply chain strategies for coordination and integration; topical strategic issues faced by various industries and sector in their operations and supply chains, for example, sustainability, new technologies, etc
- Performance measurement – Concept and importance of performance measurement within operations and supply chain management; selection and application of key performance indicators; importance of intra and inter-organisational benchmarking and approaches to target setting
- Current practice – Current operations management, supply chain management, and logistics approaches in a range of industries/sectors; pertinent issues and drivers of change in practicing operations and supply chain management, including sustainability
You will research and prepare an individual dissertation on an approved subject in the area of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The dissertation will emphasise leading edge thinking in theory and practice of the subject, through critical awareness of current published research and research methods.
Advanced Operations Analysis
Module content is organised around four themes:
- More ‘advanced’ forecasting techniques (including more advanced time series and causal models)
- Inventory modelling (quantity discount models; joint replenishment; reorder point – lot size systems; periodic review models; news vendor model; (S-1, S) model; multi-warehouse situations)
- Shop floor control: WIP and Little’s law; introduction to operations scheduling and sequencing
- Introduction to distribution logistics modelling, reverse logistics and closed-loop supply chains
Procurement and Purchasing
The module covers:
- strategic sourcing concepts
- supplier management
- supplier segmentation
- category management
- retail buying
- services sourcing
- procurement organisation
Service Operations Management
The module covers:
- the role of operations management in services
- comparative analysis of similarities and dissimilarities and manufacturing and service operations
- unique features of services
- the development and delivery of a service package
- design of service operations
- strategies for balancing capacity and demand
- strategies for structuring and managing queues in services
- understanding and managing customer expectations and perceptions in services and their implications on quality of service provision
- tools and techniques for service quality management
- strategies for creating, developing and expanding services nationally and globally
- the role of ICT in enhancing strategic and operational efficiencies of services
- service supply chain management
The ideas and concepts will be illustrated and delivered through examples and case studies.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
You will be assessed through a combination of individual assignments or group projects and written exams.
Career destinations for our postgraduates include:
- finance and investment analysts
- higher education teaching professionals
- investment bankers
- IT business analysts
- management consultants
- marketing professionals
- public relations professionals
- university researchers
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As soon as you have accepted your offer of a place at the Business School, we can begin working with you to support your career planning needs. You can take part in pre-course careers discussions and take advantage of remote and online support through Career Leader, an online assessment tool which helps you to measure your business interests and motivations before starting your course.
Our support continues throughout your time at Nottingham and after you graduate.
Average starting salary and career progression
91.1% of postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £25,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £57,200.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
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