HST400 - Operations Management

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Subject Title
Operations Management

Subject Description
This course provides a foundation in operations management with an emphasis on the organizational and management principles that impact the flow of product through a corporation. Students will gain an understanding of strategies, plant organization and location, capacity (people and equipment) planning, forecasting, purchasing, production planning and quality management as they are integrated into corporate operations to achieve mission statement success. The business skills acquired by students will enable them to understand the role of human resources (HR) in an operations management context, as well as the role of manufacturing and supply chain management technology to conduct business functions.  This will thereby enable graduates to undertake the complex and global requirements of HR as a strategic partner.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast corporate and functional strategies used by organizations to achieve their mission statement.
  2. Explain the different roles and responsibilities assumed by various business functions within a strategic management framework. Understand the strategic drivers behind plant location and their operations make up.
  3. Distinguish between different capacity and production planning methods and evaluate their suitability to specific organizational needs.
  4. Differentiate and evaluate forecasting and purchasing methods within a corporate model.
  5. Improve the efficiency of an organization by applying the principles of lean manufacturing.
  6. Distinguish between different quality management methods, understand their impact on HR and evaluate their suitability to specific organizational needs.
  7. Describe the basic transportation and distribution processes including different modes, forms and trade terms as well as their strategic value.
  8. Evaluate the strategic alignment of a corporation with operations management methodologies and its products' life cycle, to achieve mission statement success.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.