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University of Exeter Business School

Operations and Project Management

Module titleOperations and Project Management
Module codeBEMM223
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Professor Stephen Disney (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

Being able to organise and drive efficiencies through your company’s processes and assets is vital to staying competitive. This module provides a fundamental underpinning for the design of business strategies by focusing on how to achieve the efficient and effective management of resources and operations. The module will provide you with the means to analyse operational activities and design solutions to overcome wasteful operational processes and issues. It will also equip the participant with the skills to manage projects to achieve these goals.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of the module is to explore the frameworks and key thinking associated with operations and project management. Building on this, the module will reveal the complicated relationships and emerging complexity in operations. It will cover why operations management is of strategic importance and why project management is a critical tool in delivering business objectives. Finally, the module will be underpinned by the latest thinking in technology and how this can be harnessed to support disruptive business models.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Identify, apply and critique the strategic frameworks of operations management for start-ups and business growth initiatives
  • 2. Compare and effectively prioritise variables within a start-up business project
  • 3. Critically evaluate the role of operations within different technological disruptive business models

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Design and compose conditions which shape operations management
  • 5. Evaluate and apply project management tools and techniques linked to clear objectives

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Create and deliver SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable/ Assignable, Relevant, Time-based) business goals and objective
  • 7. Relate a wide set of operational conditions to the impact of emerging technology

Syllabus plan

  1. Operations Management - Theory and practice
  2. Project Management - Tools, techniques and skills
  3. Lean operations for start-ups
  4. Managing resources, decisions, and effective execution

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activity16Lectures: subject sessions and guest lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activity16Workshops exploring a variety of topics
Scheduled learning and teaching activity18Online introduction to topic (pre-learning) & in course
Guided independent study 100Research and assignment: Operations assessment; Project plan for business growth

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Workshop exercises and discussionsIn class (approximately per day = 60 minutes)1-7Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group assessment: assess an operations management situation30Group presentation via a 20-minute edited video1,3,4,6Written
Individual assessment: project planning702000 word equivalent2,5,7Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group assessment: build and assess an operations management situation (30%)Individual essay on the original assessment operational process and analysis of simulation output (30%) [2,000 words or equivalent]1,3,4,6August resubmission period
Individual assessment: project planning (70%)Individual assessment: project plan 2,000 words2,5,7August resubmission period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:


  • Slack, N, Brandon-Jones, A, and Johnston, R (2016) Operations Management(8th Ed.). Pearson. ISBN-13: 978-1292098678


  • Maylor, H., Project Management, (4th edition), Pearson. ISBN-13: 978-0-273-70432-4

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Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Other resources will be provided on ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Key words search

Operations, Project Management, Resources, Industry 4.0

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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