Operations and Decision Making

Subject 208-729 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

September, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is taught using multimedia teaching techniques and is based around business case studies.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Students must be able to perform word processing and have a reasonable understanding of the Internet and the University's Learning Management System.


Mr Peter Francis Mcsweeney
Subject Overview:

Agribusiness management is becoming more complex, with global supply chains that need new systems and technologies to operate smoothly. Topics include design, planning, scheduling, control, maintenance and replacement, as well as the management of inventories and quality of goods and services delivered to customer. Students develop skills in categorising, describing and analysing operating systems and will be able to show the link between an effective choice of systems and the business strategy of the organisation.


Major Case Project, 3000 words (25%), Individual assignments, 2500 words (30%), group assignments, 3000 words (35%), Group Discussion Participation (10%).

Prescribed Texts: Davis, M. and Heinke, J. (2005). Operations Management, Integrating Manufacturing and Services. 5th Edition. McGraw-Hill, NY.
Recommended Texts: Davis, M., Aquilano, N. & Chase, R. (2003) Fundamentals of Operation Management, 4th Ed. McGraw-Hill, NY
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: It is expected students will develop:
  • Awareness of and ability to utilise appropriate communication technology and methods for the storage, management and analysis of data
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation through the application of skills and knowledge
  • Ability to integrate information across related management disciplines to solve problems in applied situations
  • Highly developed computer-based skills to allow for effective on-line learning and communication
  • Ability to collaborate, exchange ideas and debate across on-line learning platforms
  • Ability to plan, use time effectively and manage small projects.
Related Course(s): Master of Agribusiness (Coursework)
Master of Food Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Food Science

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