Operations and Project Management

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 sustainable 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.

Full module specification

Module title:Operations and Project Management
Module code:BEMM223
Module level:M
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Professor Nazrul Islam - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

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 entrepreneurial objectives. Finally, the module will be underpinned by the latest thinking in technology and how this can be harnessed to support disruptive business models.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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
Lectures 16Lectures: Subject sessions and guest lectures
Workshops16Workshops exploring a variety of topics
Online introduction 18Online introduction to topic (pre-learning) & in course
Research and assignment 100Research and assignment: Operations simulation; 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: Build and assess operational conditions through simulation30Group teaching lesson (20 mins + 10 mins Q+A) [2,500 words or equivalent]1,3,4,6Written
Individual Assessment: Project plan 7012 x A4 (landscape) PDF slides [2,000 words +/- 10%]2,5,7Written

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 operational conditions through simulation (30%)Individual essay on the original assessment operational process and analysis of simulation output (30%) [3,000 words or equivalent]1,3,4,6August resubmission period
Individual Assessment: Project plan (70%)Individual Assessment: Project plan 12 x A4 (landscape) PDF slides (70%) [2,000 words +/- 10%]2,5,7August resubmission period

Syllabus plan

  1. Operations Management - Theory and practice
  2. Project Management - Tools, techniques and skills
  3. Industry 4.0 and 4IR
  4. Lean operations for start-ups
  5. Managing resources, decisions, and effective execution

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Brown, S, Bessant, J, and Lamming, R (2013) Strategic Operations Management (3rd Ed.). Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0415587372

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

Benner, M.J and Tushman, M (2002). Process Management and Technological Innovation: A Longitudinal Study of the Photography and Paint Industries, Administrative Science Quarterly, 47(4), pp.676-706+768-769. doi: 10.2307/3094913

Benner, M.J., & Tushman, M.L. (2003). Exploitation, Exploration, and Process Management: The Productivity Dilemma Revisited, Academy of Management Review, 28(2), pp.238-256. doi: 10.5465/AMR.2003.9416096

Brown, S and Blackmon, K (2005) Aligning Manufacturing Strategy and Business-level Competitive Strategy in New Competitive Environments: The Case for Strategic Resonance, Journal of Management Studies, 42(4), pp.793-815. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2005.00519.x

Mrugalska, B and Wyrwicka, M, (2016)  Towards Lean Production in Industry 4.0, Procedia Engineering, Volume 182, 2017, Pages 466-473,

Kolberg, D., & Zühlke, D. (2015). Lean automation enabled by industry 4.0 technologies. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 48(3), 1870-1875.

Almada-Lobo, F. (2016). The Industry 4.0 revolution and the future of manufacturing execution systems (MES). Journal of innovation management, 3(4), 16-21.

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

TED Talks:

Markus Lorenz:  Industry 4.0: how intelligent machines will transform everything we know.  (2015)

Olivier Scalabre: The next manufacturing revolution is here. (2016)

Recommendations for implementing the strategic initiative INDUSTRIE 4.0. Final report of the Industrie 4.0 Working Group. (2013)

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