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Operations and Supply Chain Management(Decision Sciences)

Undergraduate Courses

Students seeking a bachelor's degree in business can earn a concentration in operations management. In courses offered by the Operations and Supply Chain Management Department, students learn fundamental concepts and practical analytical tools that help managers make better operational decisions.

Operations management coursework will enable students to understand, analyze and improve all types of processes in order to improve organizational competitiveness in terms of cost, quality, flexibility, delivery, innovation or service.


Suggested Sequence of Courses

 

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Junior OPMT 310 Operations
Management
 OPMT 330 Quality
Management
     
Senior OPMT 320 Decision
Analysis 

OPMT 350 Supply Chain Management
OPMT 480 Operations Strategy w/Integrative Project

OPMT 340 Process Analysis and Improvement

 


Undergraduate Course Offerings

Operations Management (OPMT 310)

4 credits
Prerequisites:  IDTH220, MATH 101 or higher and junior standing; concurrent or previous enrollment in MGMT305
Offered each semester

Operations management focuses on planning, coordination and control activities involved in the transformation of resources into goods and services.  This course will examine the concepts and techniques utilized in the management of manufacturing and service operations.  It will focus on the strategic use of the tactical tools of operations management.  Topics covered include the management of process, technology, production, quality, inventory, workforce and facilities in operating systems.  After completing this course, the student will have a greater appreciation for the strategic power of the operations function and greater knowledge of how effective operations management can enable an organization to attain a sustainable competitive advantage. 

Decision Analysis (OPMT 320)

4 credits
Prerequisites:  OPMT 310, IDTH 200, MATH 101 and junior standing
Offered fall semester

The course is focused on developing the quantitative analytical skills needed to gain insight into the resolution of practical business problems.  Students will learn how to analyze and solve management problems using spreadsheet-based methods.  Specific methods for clarifying objectives, developing alternatives, addressing tradeoffs, and conducting a defensible quantitative analysis will be presented.  Topics include spreadsheet modeling, linear programming, transportation modeling, decision analysis, project management and simulation.  Students will also be introduced to building decision support models using Visual Basic Applications (VBA).

Quality Management (OPMT 330)

4 credits
Prerequisites: OPMT 310 and junior standing

Offered spring semester

This course provides an introduction to the principles and practices of quality management. The course focuses on the application of quality philosophies and quality tools in both manufacturing and service organizations. The course will provide practice in using the tools and techniques of quality, such as Statistical Process Control (SPC) and Quality Function Deployment (QFD). 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 & Improvement (OPMT 340)

4 credits
Prerequisites:  
OPMT 310, OPMT 320 and junior standing
Offered spring semester

This course is focused on learning and applying the theories and techniques of process analysis and improvement. Students will learn how to analyze and improve business processes in different contexts using different process improvement tools. In addition to simple process mapping, more programmatic improvement tools, including Business Process Reengineering (BPR), Just-in-Time (JIT), lean/flexible/agile processes and Theory of Constraints (TOC), will be included in this course. 

Supply Chain Management (OPMT 350)

4 credits
Prerequisite: 
OPMT 310
Offered fall semester

This course will develop a basic understanding of supply chain management both within and beyond organizational boundaries. It will provide the conceptual and analytic framework for the materials management function of businesses, including purchasing inventory management (MRP), capacity planning, scheduling, and manufacturing planning and control systems, as well as a broader supply chain view.

Operations Strategy w/Integrative Project (OPMT 480)

4 credits
Prerequisite: 
BETH 301, OPMT 320, 350; concurrent or prior enrollment in OPMT 330; senior standing
Offered spring semester

This course is the capstone course for majors in operations management.  It serves as an integrator for the courses that have preceded it by giving the students the opportunity to integrate and refine the knowledge and skills developed in previous coursework.  This course will include a real-world consulting type project in which teams will analyze a real problem/situation and make recommendations for improvement.

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