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COURSE NAME: "Operations Management"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2018

EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 1:30-2:45 PM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisites: MGT 301, MA 208
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment

Management issues related to the procurement and allocation of resources in the production of goods and services in order to meet organizational goals. Topics covered include product and process design, facility size, location and layout, quality management, production planning and control.

The course is designed to provide a solid base of knowledge in terms of concepts, principles and tools in the field of Operations Management. The course is organized in three main sections:

  • Understanding what operations are
  • Learning to design operations
  • Managing and controlling operations
  • To understand that operations management is a key managerial function impacting the whole of an organization with the objective of improving efficiency, competitiveness and customer satisfaction
  • To provide students with a methodology for dealing with operations management issues and problems
  • To offer students mathematical techniques for quantitative approaches to problem solving such as statistical models, forecasting, linear programming, quality control, work design and measurement and inventory management.
  • To make students aware of the main concepts and trends in operations management today, including Lean manufacturing, just-in-time systems, the use of IT, outsourcing and the management of the supply chain.
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Operations Management - 12th ed. Global EditionWilliam J. StevensonMcGraw Hill10-0077169522; 13-9780077169527  

Class participation 10%
Homework assignments 10%
Midterm exam 20%
Team presentation 10%
Team project 25%
Final exam 25%

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the cours
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised. There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture and reference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performance demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material. Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included. In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

Students are allowed three absences during the semester, for whatever reason. There is no need to explain or justify these three absences and they will have no effect on the final grade. However, every additional absence after that will lower the student's grade by one grade level (e.g. a final grade of B will be lowered to B- and so forth). 
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
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Week  Day   Reading Description Assignments
1 Mon 03/09/18 Chapter 1 Introduction to Course Contents Chapter 2 Homestyle Cookies case, pp. 67-8 - Qs 1-7
Wed 05/09/18 Chapter 2 Competition Chapter 2 P.64 Q4, 9, 10,        P.65 Q2, 4       P.66 Q8
2 Mon 10/09/18 Chapter 3 Forecasting - Excel workshop Chapter 3 Qs: 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 18, 21, 22, 30
Wed 12/09/18 Chapter 3 Forecasting - Excel workshop
3 Mon 17/09/18 Chapter 4 Forecasting - Excel workshop
Wed 19/09/18 Chapter 4S Reliability Chapter 4S Qs: 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, 12, 14, 17, 22
4 Mon 24/09/18 Chapter 5 Strategic Capacity Planning Chapter 5 Qs: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15
Wed 26/09/18 Chapter 5S Decision theory Chapter 5 S Qs: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 12
5 Mon 01/10/18 Chapter 5S Decision theory with Treeplan (Excel add-in)
Wed 03/10/18 Chapter 19 Linear Programming 
6 Mon 08/10/18 Chapter 19 Linear Programming with Solver (Excel add-in) Chapter 19, Qs 1 - 6a; Problems 1, 2, 4, 12
Wed 10/10/18 Chapter 6 Process Selection and Facility Layout Chapter 6, Qs 2, 11, 12, 13, 21 Problems 1, 2, 3
7 Mon 15/10/18 Review
Wed 17/10/18 MIDTERM EXAM
8 Mon 22/10/18 Chapter 7 Work Design and Measurement Chapter 7, review Qs p. 319: 2, 9, 11, 19;  problem Qs p. 320-321: 1, 2, 8, 11, 12, 15, 16
Wed 24/10/18 Chapter 10 Quality Control Chapter 10, Review Qs: 1, 3, 5, 10, 13 (pp. 447-448); 
9 Mon 29/10/18 Chapter 10 Quality Control Problem Qs: 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 (pp. 448-453)
Wed 31/10/18 Chapter 13 Inventory Management Chapter 13, Review Qs p. 588 - 595: Qs 1, 2, 3, 9, 11, 15. 
10 Mon 05/11/18 Chapter 13 Inventory Management Problems p. 589 - Qs 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 19, 20, 27, 36, 38 
Wed 07/11/18 Chapter 18 The Management of Waiting in Lines Chapter 18, Review Qs 1 - 5, problems 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13
11 Mon 12/11/18 Chapter 18 The Management of Waiting in Lines
Wed 14/11/18 Business presentation guide
12 Mon 19/11/18 Group project - Presentations Project due
Wed 21/11/18 Group project - Presentations
13 Mon 26/11/18 Chapter 11 Aggregate Planning
Wed 28/11/18 Chapter 14 Lean Operations
14 Mon 03/12/18 Chapter 15 Global production decisions
Wed 05/12/18 Review