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Operations and Supply Chain Management (Decision Sciences)

Graduate Courses

Students considering an education in Operations and Supply Chain Management choose St. Thomas because of the wide variety of classes especially suited to meet their needs.

Classes range from basic introductory through highly specialized, and all provide students the knowledge and experience needed to help them make a positive impact in their workplace.

Graduate students in either the Full-time or Part-time Flex MBA may choose from among several tracks relating to Operations Management:

  • Operations Management Consulting
  • Service Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Quality Management

For more information on these options, see the Operations Management Elective Tracks page.

Classes meet throughout the day and evening and at numerous locations offering students great flexibility when making scheduling choices.


Evening MBA OPMT Course Descriptions

Statistical Methods for Decision Making (OPMT 600)

3 credits

This course provides students with a basic understanding of the role of statistics in the gathering of data, the creation of information and its use in decision-making. Students will learn methods for summarizing data, both numerically and graphically, and for drawing conclusions from sample data. Statistical analyses will be carried out using the computer and statistical software. The focus of the course is on how statistical methods can be applied to business problems to improve outcomes; stress is placed on the design of statistical studies, the collection of data, and the interpretation of results (rather than the details of computation).

Operations Management (OPMT 610)

3 credits
Prerequisite: 
OPMT 600

This course regards the student as a consumer of operations management results rather than a producer of the results. The operations function is examined from the general manager's perspective. The role of the operations function in goods-producing companies as well as in service organizations will be examined. The course discusses the decisions for which the operations manager is accountable. How those decisions are made and the various tools and methods used to make the decisions also will be addressed. You should not expect to become proficient in using these tools; rather, you should expect to understand why the tool is appropriate to the decision.

Service Operations (OPMT 620)

3 credits
Prerequisite: Standard core courses and OPMT 610

Service-providing organizations differ from goods-producing organizations in a number of important ways. Further, there are very few pure service or pure goods producing organizations. Most are some combination of service and physical product. This course will examine the differences and the similarities. The course examines the role of the operations function, the decisions for which the operations manager is accountable, and the various tools and methods used for decision making. Special emphasis will be placed on how the tools must, or may, be adapted for pure service or combination organizations.

Quality Management including Six Sigma (OPMT 630)

3 credits
Prerequisite: Standard core courses and OPMT 610

This course provides an introduction to the principles and practices of quality management. This course covers basic tools and techniques of quality, but will focus on the managerial application of those tools and techniques. Modern approaches to quality management such as the Baldrige criteria, ISO certification, and Six-Sigma programs will be included, as well as the philosophies of quality pioneers such as Deming and Juran.

Process Analysis, Lean and Agile Organizations (OPMT 635)

3 credits
Prerequisite:
 Standard core courses and OPMT 610

The primary objective of this course is to learn and apply the concepts and techniques of business process analysis and improvement. Students will learn how to analyze and improve business processes in different contexts, and using appropriate different process improvement tools. Fundamental concepts that can be used to systematically analyze any business process will be covered, as well as more focused programmatic techniques such as lean/agile/flexible (and/or JIT) systems, Theory of Constraints (TOC), and Business Process Reengineering.

Principles of Information Technology Management (OPMT 650)

3 Credits

Prerequisite: See BLACKBOARD

This course is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the emerging digital firm. Global business opportunities afforded by electronic commerce combined with the exponential change in technology have fueled the creation of a digital firm. Every aspect of the traditional firm has, or will be, transformed to create the digital firm. Managing information systems has become a task for all levels of management.

Topics in Operations & Supply Chain Management (OPMT 714)

3 credits
Prerequisite:
 See BLACKBOARD
 

These courses will address various issues in the study and practice of Decision Science. The nature and focus of the topics will vary based on current developments in the field and the offerings of the Decision Science faculty. For specific course descriptions please go to BLACKBOARD Student Services under Highlighted Courses.

Independent Study (OPMT 714)

3 credits

Students must apply to take an independent study class and gain approval from a UST faculty member. The independent study form is on the BLACKBOARD, Student Services site.

Supply Chain Management (OPMT 750)

3 Credits
Prerequisites:
 We strongly recommend that OPMT 610 be taken prior to OPMT 750 and that the two courses not be taken concurrently.

This course will identify the key principles and current practices in the logistics management of products and services to consumers, institutions and industry. Theoretical, analytical and application models will be presented and discussed as tools in developing supply chain strategies that offer appropriate service levels with optimal efficiency. Contemporary readings, guest speakers, case studies and simulation activities may be included in the course structure.

Operations Strategy (OPMT 770)

3 credits
Prerequisite:
 Standard core courses and OPMT 610

This course is focused on enabling the student to understand the value created and captured by different operating strategies. Students learn how these strategies must be designed to fit with the particular requirements of various competitive environments, as well as a company's competitive strategy. Students will develop the ability to identify and frame complex strategic issues in operations, design operating strategies that address those issues, and take effective action to achieve the full potential of the decisions.

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