MEEN41100 Operations Management

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module addresses the design principles for the basic elements of a product or service operation, from raw materials and resources, through transformation processes, to the final customer. Elements will include transformation, process design and manufacturing, facility layout and flow, job design, material and resource planning, inventory, logistics and supply chain management, quality control tools, service and production scheduling and control, process problem solving, and process reliability.
Particular emphasis is given to modern Information Technology platforms, as well as to digital manufacturing and Industry 4.0 concepts and technologies that are used in modern engineering and business settings.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of operations management theory.
- Synthesise and critically analyse operations management concepts and theories.
- Identify the key design decisions the components of an operation, and apply the design principles in technical sectors.
- Contrast the design and management of product and service operations.
- Apply the principles and models of operations management across a range of industries.
- Become familiar with digital manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies.
- Understand basic lifecycle assessment and sustainability concepts.
- Manage and work as part of a team and demonstrate written and presentation skills.

Indicative Module Content:

Indicative Module Content
1. Introduction to Operations Management
2. Process Design and Digital Manufacturing
3. Layout and Flow
4. People in operations
5. Planning, Scheduling and Control
6. Capacity Management
7. Dynamic Manufacturing Networks and Inventory Management
8. Enterprise Resource and Materials Requirements Planning Systems
9. Lean Operations
10. Quality Management
11. Operations Improvement

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Lectures
- Case studies with presentations
- Simulation exercises 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Exam (In-person): Final exam End of trimester
2 hr(s)
Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Work Assignment: Group project Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12 Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Groups of students will be receiving feedback after the completion of their assignments.

Operations Management / Nigel Slack, Alistair Brandon-Jones, Robert Johnston, Pearson, 8th Edition, 2016