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Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The objective of the course is to practice and learn modern numerical methods for solving management problems.

Learning outcomes

After succesful completion of the course the student is expected to be able to:
- Describe, evaluate and select process and flow types for given industrial operation
- Know and use methods for forecasting of sales and materials requirements
- Describe and use various types of layouts
- Produce a layout for an industrial plant, by different methods
- Evaluate the goodness of a plant layout by the transport work method
- Describe and calculate materials requirements for a given process

Course contents

Course content:
- Process types and process design, flow types.
- Forecasting methods
- Facility design, layout methods and planning.
- Material requirements planning, JIT systems, lean engineering
- MPR I & II, DRP, ERP basics
- Recent hot topics in operations management.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Required courses: Industrial Economics, Cost Management, Practical Manufacturing, Manufacturing Processes. Recommended courses: Logistics, Statistics, Industrial Relations, Organisational Behaviour.

Additional information

The course is recommended as a free elective for IB students.

Recommended or required reading

Course notes as summary on the web.
Course book: Waller, Derek L: Operations Management - A Supply-Chain Approach. International Thompson Business Press. London 1999. It is recommended to buy this book or a similar one.
Reference literature: Slack, Harland,et.al. Operations Management.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 40 hours
  • Exercise based learning - 20 hours
  • Laboratory lessons and tasks in a simulated environment - 20 hours
  • Project work and productions - 20 hours
  • Individual studies - 20 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 120 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 40 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 80 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Reports and productions
  • Essays


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Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2008-02-01

Assessment methods

  • 2008-02-01 - Reports and productions
  • 2008-02-01 - Essays

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