Subject BUSA90228 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

September, Parkville - 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: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

In fiercely competitive global and dynamic environments, companies face increasing pressures to exceed customer expectations along multiple performance measures, such as cost, quality, flexibility and innovativeness. To outperform their competitors, many firms make the mistake of mimicking their rivals, rather than focusing on developing the organisational capabilities that competitors will find difficult to match over the long term. And although operations are at the core of a firm’s value adding activities, few firms have sought to build a sustainable competitive advantage around these capabilities.

The focus of the course will be to highlight how firms should design, manage and continually improve their business and operational processes to better manage the mismatch between supply and demand. It aims at providing some of the core concepts in operations that are essential for appreciating how operational capabilities can help organisations achieve sustainable competitive advantage. This course provides a logical and rigorous approach to plan and control process structure and managerial levers to achieve desired business process performance.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject, students should have a good understanding of the following:

  • Core fundamentals behind process analysis
  • Taxonomy of process types
  • The link between operations and finance
  • Role of inventories in organizations and managerial levers for controlling the investments in inventories
  • Variability and its adverse effect on process performance and ways of mitigating its negative effect
  • Quality of management, statistical process control techniques and fundamentals behind six sigma initiatives
  • Lean productions and core principles governing Toyota production system
  • Importance of collaboration and cooperation in supply chain management
  • Sustainable operations
  • Class Contribution (15%)
    • Throughout subject
  • Class preparation activities (15%)
    • E.g. completion of short basic questions/exercise sets
    • Total: 1,000 words
    • Throughout subject
  • Ongoing syndicate case studies (30%)
    • Total: 2,500 words
    • Throughout subject
  • Final Exam (40%)
    • Hurdle requirement
    • 90 minutes
    • End of module
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration

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