• MANS3111
  • Operations Management

  • Credits (ECTS): 5
  • Mechanical and Design Engineering
  • Available on Programme(s): DT023

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Module Description

This module focuses the student on 'discovering' Manufacturing Operations and developing the student's knowledge, skills and competence in this exciting area. The area is concerned with creating products and services upon which we all depend. Operations Management include a blend of topics from accounting, management science, industrial, engineering and statistical/non-statistical tools. The presentation of the various stages, from Operations Management decision making to the design of a process, product or service (for profit in this case) is key to students coming to understand the importance of operations in todays world. Operations Management is very exciting. It is at the centre of so many changes affecting the business. It covers the strategic elements of the organisation and the drivers of the operations and supply chain including corporate strategy, site selection world class manufacturing, lean manufacturing, e-commerce, supply chain as well as traditional techniques like MRP, forecasting, plant layout and the ecological environment etc... Cognisant that there are separate parts in an organisation, it underscores the organisation as a system with all components functioning together. This interrelationship, making Operations an exciting area of management, with an efficiently run organisation having a profound effect on manufacturing , services and their respective productivity, is a challanging, exciting, rewarding area to be involved in. This module provides a framework for the study of Operations Management and offers an approach that details specific problem areas and decision making techniques which provides a platform and set of ideas on which to build a better understanding of the relevance and importance of these problem areas. It equips students with the capability to design systems and apply tools and techniques to everyday production problems. This capability, using qualitative and quantitative techniques, interspersed throughout the module, enables the student via ideas, theories and concepts to understand the area for which he is studying and apply same in the environment where he will be gainfully employed, in the future. This module sets out and builds on the basic fundamental principles of Operations Management in a simply practical manner, enabling the student to obtain a clear understanding of the mechanics of Operations Management using both quantitative and qualitative techniques. The core elements of Operations Management and the supply system including forecasting, layout, inventory management, plant capacity, MRP, scheduling, Lean production, World Class Manufacturing and E-Commerce contains further analytical approaches to further improve the operations and supply chain system including decision making and risk. It is intended that this module will broaden the students' skill base and, should he make a career in manufacturing, enable him/her to make a contribution to the society in which we live.

Module Aims

1. To develop a critical understanding of the role of Operations Management in an Industrial environment and to familiarise students with important Operations Strategies, decision making tools, methodologies and philosophies employed therein. 2. To develop students understanding of best practice approaches to operations management within contemporary industrial environments in process, design and manufacturing environments. 3. To develop students ability to gather and provide information on a range of production problem areas and interrogate same to ascertain key problem areas and devise solutions. 4. To equip students with the capability to develop, apply and interpret relevant approaches in support of product/process/service characterisation and control. 5. To equip students with the capability to apply problem solving tools and modern methodology methods to optimize the system. 6. To analyse outputs, failure statistics, reliability and maintainability factors to optimize/control plant availability. 7. To develop students ability to set up a WCM Operations system via strategic decision making, failure analysis, planning, organising of resources, quantitative techniques, inventory control, work measurement analysis in commercial systems. 8. To expose students to best practice management approaches supporting the implementation of operations improvement in initiatives such as E-Commerce, Lean Manufacturing, World Class Manufacturing etc etc. 9. Exposure to relevant software Knowledge (breath, kind, range): This module will provide the student with a detailed understanding of Operations Management theory and knowledge of a variety of analytical tools and techniques while also exposing students to current best practise approaches to Operations Management. The student will be introduced to a range of Operations Management concepts and state of the art systems. The concepts and systems will be examined in depth and advantages/disadvantages of each considered. The students are exposed to Knowledge (kind) Students will be exposed to a variety of Operations Management areas e.g. Plant Layout, Industrial Engineering, Management Theories, Management Philosophies such as Just in Time, Lean Manufacturing, World Class Manufacturing, Business Excellence Models. Case Studies are used as appropriate. Additionally, students will learn to appropriately apply a wide variety of quantitative tools, approaches and techniques in support of Plant/Process Optimisation. This includes Learning Curve, Algorithms, Layout tools, Work & Work Systems, Capacity Management and Operations Forecasting and Scheduling and Materials Management. By study of the principles and using an understanding of the structures currently in vogue, the student will be able to design and optimize operations systems matching organisation and procedures to a particular system, taking cognizance of the environment in which it finds itself Know-how and skill (range and selectivity): Range: Students will develop an awareness of the principles of â??best practice' contemporary approaches to Operations Management .The learner will be able to use a wide range of Tools, Techniques, Heuristics and methodologies to solve Operations Management problems. Humanistic, moral and ethical considerations are catered for. Course work, complemented by problem solving and a series of cases will provide a background from which reasonable judgements will be made by the student/future engineer in the design of operations systems. Consideration will be given to the controls, procedures, manning levels, methods and structures required to operate and optimize such a system.

Indicative Syllabus

Approaches to improvement
Bar Coding
Behavioural Approaches to Job design
Bill of Materials Infinite & Finite Loading
Business policy
Capacity Adjustment to meet Demand
Capacity Planning & Control Assembly & Flow
Competitive advantage of Good Design
Context of Operations Management:
Design of Production System:
Division of Labour
Economic Run Lengths
Economic batch Models
Elements of JIT JIT
Elements of Job design
Employee Satisfaction Ergonomics
Environmental Analysis
Facility Design, Capacity & layout Learning Curve
Forecasting Decision Making Methodologies
Forecasting Tools/Statistical methods
Gannt Charts
Human resources in Operations management:
Inventory Costs & EOQ's
Inventory management:
Job Analysis, Design & Work Measurement
Just in Time Vs EOQ's
Kanban & Inventories in Lean Production
Lean Manufacturing Tools
Lean Operations & Just in Time
MRP & CRP Objectives
MRP Logic Time Phasing
Machine set up Times & SMED The Five S rules
Make vs Buy
Management of Improvement - The TQM Approach
Master Production Schedule Capacity
Material Require Planning:
Measuring & Improving Performance
Method Study
Methods of handling Inventory Uncertainties
Modelling the Supply Chain
Operation decision Making Tools, Decision Analysis Process
Operations Economics and Cost Control Productivity
Operations Improvement:
Operations Performance Objective
Operations Scheduling:
Operations Strategy:
Operations management and other Business Functions
Planning & Control:
Planning, Analysis & Re-engineering Facility Layout
Process Charts Equipment Selection
Process Planning & Analysis
Process/Product Design:
Project Management:
Purchasing Process
Purchasing and Inventory Acquisition (Calculus)
Quantity Discounts
Reducing Supply Chain Costs
Safety Stock Levels ABC Classification
Scheduling for Batch Processing
Selection Tools
Stages of Design
Supply Chain:
Techniques of improvement
The Activities of the Supply chain
The Five Zeros
The Supply Chain:
The design and scheduling of Flow Processing Systems
The design of a Supply Chain what it involves and its analysis & Optimization
Time Study Methodologies
Transformation Process
Volume/Variety effect on Planning & Control
Volume/variety effect on design
Waiting Line Modelling
Work Study
Worker Analysis
using Key Tools Process Mapping

Total Contact Teaching Hours:48
Class Size:35

Co-requisite Modules

Title Code
Operations Management MANS3111

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