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  • Objectives
    Typical compulsory and optional course units include: Global Operations Management: Theories and Concepts; International Operations and Logistics; Strategic Supply Management; Process Improvement Strategy; Introduction to Project Management Systems; Strategic Operations Management (cases and techniques); Research Methods; Managing Business Projects; Decision Analysis and Forecasting; Global Supply Chain Management; and Organisational Change, as well as a dissertation. Training in relevant skills such as the use of relevant software packages and research techniques necessary for conducting independent research are included.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements: Normally a UK bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours or the overseas equivalent in any discipline is required. When assessing your academic record we take into account; your grade average, position in class, references, and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification. We particularly welcome applicants from institutions of high ranking and repute.
  • Academic Title
    Operations, Project and Supply Chain Management MSc
  • Course description
    MSc Managing Global Operations – Course structure

    Semester one

    Students take the following compulsory course units (15 credits each) -

    • Global Operations Management: Theories and Concepts

    • International Operations and Logistics (same unit as Decision Sciences 2)

    AND at least one and no more than two of the following ‘specialist’ electives:

    • Strategic Supply Management

    This unit introduces supply chain management covering theoretical perspectives,
    strategy, inter-organisational relationships, network design, performance
    measurement, e-procurement and environmental and ethical issues.

    • Process Improvement Strategy
    This unit covers the concepts, principles and practice of process/quality improvement
    including Total Quality management (TQM). It considers how these are applied in
    different sectors, and self assessment models and quality awards.

    • Introduction to Project Management Systems
    The aim of this unit is to introduce you to some fundamental tools and methods for
    planning and managing the delivery of projects. Throughout the module, you learn
    ways to identify and characterise project management situations and underlying
    development processes; find out which tools and strategies may be appropriate to
    problem-solving; and how to effectively apply those tools and methods in real world
    situations.

    You may substitute one ‘specialist’ elective by another elective, for example: Chinese
    Business or an approved elective from Corporate Communications, Global Business Analysis,
    Accounting and Finance, Computing, MPA or Mathematics. This is by arrangement, and
    subject to timetabling and student’s background.

    Semester two

    Students take the following compulsory course units (15 credits each):

    • Strategic Operations Management (cases and techniques)
    This unit focuses on the role of an organisation’s operations strategy in delivering its
    objectives and how this strategy is developed.

    • Research Methods
    The unit introduces you to main issues in the research process as applied to research
    in operations management. The goal is to help you develop awareness for possible
    research purposes, questions, and methods as you start looking for a dissertation
    topic. The module provides you with tools to help you succeed in writing a research
    proposal,carrying on an independent research project, and writing up a dissertation.
    and at least one and no more than two of the following ‘specialist’ electives:

    • Managing Business Projects

    The aim of this unit is to develop a critical understanding of various concepts, perspectives
    and approaches for managing projects and programmes involving operations, IS and IT.
    Consideration is given to the limitations of
    mainstream project management ideas, business projects vs engineering projects. Core
    concepts include:

    - business projects as value creation processes
    - business projects as temporary organizations (including portfolio
    management and programme management)
    - other relevant images, eg projects and programmes as change processes.

    • Decision Analysis and Forecasting

    This course unit covers decision modelling and performance analysis, including both
    single and multiple criteria decision modelling and analysis, as well applied business
    forecasting techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the applications of these methods
    and tools to performance assessment and efficient extrapolation. The aim is to
    familiarise you with the applications of decision modelling, performance analysis and
    business forecasting methodologies. (This unit combines elements of the units
    Decision Sciences 3 and Decision Sciences 4.)

    • Global Supply Chain Management

    This course unit aims to provide an understanding of operational techniques in
    purchasing, logistics and supply chain management. It develops an understanding of
    international, sector-specific and other contextual issues. The impact of globalisation,
    and of ethical and environmental policies on supply chains are discussed.

    • Organisational Change

    This course unit gives you an understanding of: the main issues involved in
    organizational change; the main models of and approaches to change; the main
    issues involved in planning and implementing change and change from the
    perspective of the different parties involved.
    You may substitute one ‘specialist’ elective by another elective, for example: Marketing for
    China or an approved elective from Corporate Communications, Global Business Analysis,
    Accounting and Finance, Computing, MPA or Mathematics. This is by arrangement, and
    subject to timetabling and student’s background.

    Summer research period

    Research dissertation (60 credits)
    During this period you will carry out an original piece of work. These projects are generally
    based in or with a host organisation, or working with a real data set, or a literature-based.
    You will have a supervisor, who will discuss your choice of research project with you and
    advise and guide you through the process. Recent dissertations have covered:

    • Globalisation, risk, ethics and global supply chains: an operations perspective
    • The implementation, use and effectiveness of the balanced scorecard
    • Identification of best practices for the supplier pre-qualification model for Siemens
    (UK)
    • Production and control systems for small manufacturing enterprises
    • Risks in international purchasing and a case study in the UK paper industry
    • Risk modelling in an international management consulting group

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