DCU Home | Our Courses | Loop | Registry | Library | Search DCU


Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Productions and Operations Management
Module Code MT201
School DCUBS

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorProfessor P.J. ByrneOffice NumberQ137
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module examines the importance of the operations function in organisations. In doing so it gives students a firm foundation in the principles and concepts of modern production and operations management as they apply in world class manufacturing and service environments. The module is delivered primarily in lecture format.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the role of operations in business.
2. Evaluate and describe how operations management contributes to competitiveness in an organisational context.
3. Solve operational problems by the application of theoretical and analytical operational models.
4. Relate the different fundamental issues associated with operations management, for example: facilities location, output planning, inventory control, and scheduling;

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Outline of theory and practical elements of operaations managment
Directed learning6Preparation for class
Independent Study70Reading, problem solving and library work
Directed learning25Direct preparation for and completion of exam
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The Fundamentals of Production and Operations Management
The core concepts and measures used, overview of decision models used in POM, and the contribution of related disciplines such as management science and operations research to POM

The Design and Control of Production Systems
Product development and transfer from R&D to Production; factory location; process design and facility layout; value engineering, method study and continuous improvement; total quality management and statistical quality control.

Production and Materials Planning and Control
Resource planning, forecasting and master scheduling, material requirements planning, production control and purchasing.

Strategic Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management
Manufacturing strategy and competitiveness. Strategic partnering and supply chain management.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Slack, N., Chambers, S. and Johnston, R.: 2007, Operations Management, 5th, FT Prentice Hall,
  • Barnes, D.: 2008, Operations Management, an international perspective, Thomson,
  • Jacobs, F.R., Chase, R.B. and Aquilano, N.J.: 2009, Operations & Supply Management, 12th, McGraw-Hill,
  • Heizer, J. and Render, B.: 2008, Operations Management, 9th, FT Prentice Hall,
  • Reid, R.D. and Sanders, N.R.: 2007, Operations Management, an Integrated Approach, 3rd, FT Prentice Hall,
  • Stephenson, W.J.: 2004, Operations Management, 8th, McGraw-Hill,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BSBachelor of Business Studies
BSIBusiness Studies ( with INTRA )
BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
EBFBA in European Business (French)
EBGBA in European Business (German)
EBSBA in European Business (Spanish)
EBTBA in European Business (Trans.Studies)
ECSAStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)