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The Operations Management module will be assessed by a written assignment that deals with the application of any aspect of the theory covered in the module.
Aim of the assignment
The aim of the assignment is to allow you to show and develop your understanding of a topic that has been covered in the module. Operations management has a very broad base of knowledge and the intention of the assignment is to take advantage of that broad base, allowing you to focus on an area that concerns you or is of interest to you in some other way. The assignment will therefore emphasise the role that operations management plays in an organisation.
The assignment is a 2,000-word essay or report focusing on an aspect of the module.
The assignment appendices must not exceed 10 pages and the assignment must be submitted electronically as a single file.
The Operations Management module is assessed by an individual written report that deals with the application of one or more aspects of the theory taught on the course in the context of an organisation you are familiar with or of your own choice OR to discuss any of the operations management topics as it applies today. Thus your options are:
To apply the material covered in any ONE of the operations management topics in your own sphere of influence or Question 2
Evaluate the utility and relevance of any ONE of the operations management topics to the contemporary business environment
Question 1 offers the opportunity (if this is available to you within your organisation) to carry out research into the way a particular aspect of the module material works or does not work in your own sphere of influence - within your organisation. As an example, your organisation could be introducing quality management or lean management techniques. Thus giving you the opportunity to discuss the theory and
how well this applies in practice from your own experience, comparing and contrasting the two.
Question 2 offers the opportunity to further develop your knowledge in an area that is of interest to you. For example, should you have developed an interest in approaches to organising suppliers and wish to extend your knowledge, it is acceptable within the assignment requirements to research into the topic and to present your research as your assignment. This work does not need to be related to your organisation - it can relate to any organisation(s) currently in existence, i.e. the contemporary business environment.
The word count for the assignment is very small, hence the emphasis on ONE topic. There is inevitably some overlap between concepts, so please use your intelligence when scoping your response. It is very difficult to treat a very broad subject like ‘supply chain management' with sufficient insight to score high marks. If a broad topic interests you, we advise you to pick a specific aspect of it to focus on.The following details of the assignment are also available on Blackboard under the ‘Assessment' menu item. Here you will find examples of previous work as well as advice on study skills including referencing and critical analysis. When reading one of the previous assignments submitted, do take note of the examiner's comments as well as the way the work has been referenced.
It is good practice to write out a 500-word (or so) summary of the work you intend to achieve and to show this to your tutor as the formative assessment in Unit 9. This may well save you a great deal of pain and time later when you find that the work is unsuitable! This is an offer you are strongly advised to take advantage of. Note: this is not compulsory. Note also the one topic that is definitely NOT suitable is the management of an individual project - that is for the Project Management MBA module.
Your work may be in report format or in essay format. Always follow the basic rules for either style. Recommendations are not required; however it is always good practice to include a conclusion to your work.