Management 624

MGNT 624: Operations Management

Prerequisite: MBA status or permission of the instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

A problem-solving course designed to help reduce uncertainty in the decision-making environment of operations and production in manufacturing and service firms of private and public sectors of the economy. Emphasis on employment of mathematical models for use and application in decision making in business.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Outline of Major Topics:

  • Introduction to Operations Management
  • The Role of Operations Strategy
  • Managing Technology in a Global Environment
  • Work Force Management
  • Capacity Management
  • Location Decisions
  • Layout Design
  • Total Quality Management
  • Statistical Quality Control
  • Inventory Management, JIT and MRP
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Impact of Electronic Business


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Methods of instruction are designed to develop a knowledge base, enhance critical thinking, create an awareness of strategic value, and provide practical operations related skills. Participation includes case studies, exercises, problem assignments, outside reading, and a team project replicating self-managed teams. Global and strategic considerations are emphasized along with practical techniques and computer applications.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At conclusion of course, student will be able to:

  • Describe the operations management function, its relations to other business and organizational functions, and its strategic value.
  • Demonstrate the use of quantitative tools, computer software, and problem solving skills.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments include problems, exercises, cases, computer applications, a term project, and exams.


Other Course Information

A field trip, outside speaker, or professional association participation is strongly encouraged.


Review and Approval

VPAA January 2005