Managing Operations

Subject MGMT20002 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 05-Jan-2015 to 15-Feb-2015
Assessment Period End 27-Feb-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 09-Jan-2015
Census Date 16-Jan-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-Feb-2015

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Summer Semester: 2 x 2 hour lectures per week and a 1 x 2 hour Tuturial per week for a 6 week period for a total tuition delivery time of 36 hours. Semester 1: 2 x 1 hour lecture and a 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

• Semester 1: 3 hours per week plus a minimum of 6 hours per week in self-directed study;
• Summer Semester: 6 hours per week plus a minimum of 12 hours per week in self-directed study.


One of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this


Dr Alka Nand, Dr William Ho



Semester 1:

Subject Overview:

Operations management is concerned with producing goods and services effectively. Operations management is a core functional area within all organisations, critical to performance outcomes and competitiveness. This subject examines the link between strategy and operations for both manufacturing and service organisations. It covers broad issues such as strategy, quality, inventory systems, service levels, capacity and demand management. The course also considers some of the latest concepts such as virtual and e-operations, Supply Chain Management and Lean and Agile operations.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe and analyse the role of the operations function in a business enterprise;
  • Identify and evaluate some of the tasks, tools and underlying principles of modern operations management;
  • Apply the tasks, tools and underlying principles of modern operations management to case studies in the manufacturing and service sectors.
  • A 2-hour end of semester examination (60%)
  • Individual/group assignment(s) totalling not more than 4000 words due between weeks 6 and 10 (in summer semester, one assignment due in week 5) (40%)
Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: written communication; problem solving; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information.

  • Moderate level of development: collaborative learning; team work; statistical reasoning; critical thinking; accessing data and other information from a range of sources; receptiveness to alternative ideas.

  • Some level of development: oral communication; use of computer software.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Management Studies
Related Breadth Track(s): Entrepreneurship &&&& Innovation

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