Production & Operations Management

Subject MGMT90047 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 20 hours of seminars taught intensively over 5 days 2 x 3 hour group case analysis sessions (held on two evenings from 6-9pm during the intensive week)
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 2.5 hours of personal study per hour of class time is required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance.


Entry into the Master of Enterprise.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Topics include the role of operations; the link between strategy and operations; productivity; decisions in the operations area; planning and control of inventory, projects and the transformation process including Total Quality management, Just-in-Time, kanban and 'lean production' systems. Students will understand the principles and practice of factors which influence the capacity to compete effectively in manufacturing and service operations

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:
• The overall framework of operations management as part of organisational strategy.
• How to plan capacity and facility usage.
• The managerial issues involved in introducing new projects.
• The different concepts of flexibility in service and manufacturing enterprises.
• How to generate different manufacturing strategies.
• The relationships between the manufacturing strategy of the enterprise and the competitive strategy for the business as a whole.
• The role of quality in the operations process.
• The implications for management of the differences between the various methods of organising manufacturing eg batch production, jobbing, continuous production and large project manufacturing.
• The functions within operations management in service and manufacturing industries, eg supplier management, inventory control, design, production planning, workflow management and customer service.

  • Take-home exam, due on the Tuesday after the delivery (20%)
  • 1,500 word assignment, due four weeks after the delivery (30%)
  • 3,000 word field project, due eight weeks after the delivery (50%).

Prescribed Texts:

Course materials are provided to all participants

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject students should have enhanced their skills in:

  • Ethical behaviour in leadership and organisations
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Capacity for intellectual curiosity, creativity and independent thought
  • Communication of key ideas and theories within the discipline areas
  • Capacity for effective teamwork and collaboration
  • Information retrieval and application in relation to practical problems.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Enterprise
Master of Enterprise (Executive)
Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Administration (Enhanced)

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