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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: MAN2086
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: GARN W Dr (SoM)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Semester 1 

Assessment Pattern

Units of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)



 Two hours closed book exam. 



Module Overview

Methods and tools are used to tackle challenges occurring in the business and industrial environment. The obtained results are used for qualified decision making. 


Level 1 – Operations Management 

Module Aims

To explore a set of critical areas of Operations Management in more depth.  

Learning Outcomes

·        To increase the efficiency and productivity of business firms 
·        To observe and define “challenges” in a concise, precise and logical manner 
·        To be familiar with a selected number of classical and state-of-the art Management Science methods and tools to solve management problems 
·        To create solution models, to develop and create procedures that offer competitive advantage to the business/organisation
·        To communicate and provide results to the management for decision making and implementation 

Module Content

The module content will focus on a selected set of issues in Operations Management. As an indication of the kind of issues that will be covered, please find below an indicative set of topics.  

·        Waiting Line Models (e.g. Multiple Server Waiting Line)  

·        Transportation and Network Models  (e.g.

Shortest Route) 
·        Inventory Management (e.g. Economic Order Quantity model) 


Methods of Teaching/Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to: cultivate an understanding of the main issues and challenges; provide a coherent conceptual framework; develop a critical awareness of the various approaches of operational research in business firms.
The teaching and learning methods include: a lecture every week as well as several student exercises. Web-based learning support and electronic resources will be provided.
Assessment Strategy: 
In order to achieve the threshold standard for the award of credits for this module, the student must meet the following criteria related to the learning outcomes: 
·        Appreciate the theories, conceptual frameworks and methodologies that underpin Operations Management.
·        Demonstrate the ability to synthesise Management Science concepts within an analytical context
·        Demonstrate evidence of background reading and research of the academic and practitioner literature relevant to Operations Management.
Formative assessment will be provided throughout the course.

Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading
1)Garn, W., Issues in Operations Management, Pearson Education, 2010 
Selected chapters from ...
(2)Taylor III, B.W., Introduction to Management Science, 10th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2010 
Recommended Reading
(2) Heizer, J. And Render, B., Operations Management, 10th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2010
(3)Taha, H. A., Operations Research – An Introduction, 8th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2007
Background Reading
(4) Ahuja, R.K., Magnanti, T.L. and Orlin, J.B., Network Flows, Prentice Hall, 1993
(5) Hillier, S. and Lieberman, G., Introduction to Operations Research, 9th Edition, McGraw Hill, 2010
(6) Kleinrock, L., Queueing Systems, Volume I: Theory, Wiley Interscience, 1975
(7) Lawrence , J.A. and Pasternack, B.A., Applied Management Science, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2002
(8) Nemhauser, G.L. and Wolsey, L.A. , Integer and Combinatorial Opimization, John Wiley & Sons, 1988
(9) Russell, S. and Norvig, P., Artificial Intelligence – A Modern Approach, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2010
Interfaces (2*, ISSN 0926-2644,
European Journal of Operational Research (3*, ISSN 0377-2217,
Management Science (4*, ISSN 0025-1909,
Operations Research (4*, ISSN 0030-364X, 

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