Operations Management

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Assignment Title: Individual Operations Analysis

Length: 2,500 word assignment

 

Assignment Detail

Requirement:

  • Create a process map of your operation.You do not not need to use, in fact you are discouraged from using, process mapping software. Presentation software such as PowerPoint or Keynote is perfectly adequate. Your process map must be contained within a single side of A4 – landscape formatted. Use the process mapping concepts taught in the course.
  • Use the concepts, tools, techniques from the course, and apply these to analyse your subject.
  • Your analysis should identify the main operational problems in your subject.
  • You should rank the problems in order of importance.
  • You are to focus on one or two operational problems and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Your analysis is expected to focus on material covered in the 2ndhalf of this module. If you must reapply any material that you used previously in the group work, then the ‘bar’ is raised. You will have to carry out substantively deeper analysis.
  • You may use material from other Operations Management subjects (for example from textbook chapters not covered in the course).
  • Critically, you should search for further reading in the Operations Management journals that enhances your knowledge of the concepts you will apply. If you apply course content thoroughly, then you will likely get a pass. If you can show application of further reading in the peer-reviewed Operations Management journals then you are likely to earn high marks.
  • There is nothing wrong with common sense, but if all you do in this assignment is apply common sense you will fail. You really need to demonstrate by application that you understand Operations Management.
  • For each report the typeface to be used for body text is 11 point sans serif, eg: Arial, Helvetica, Univers, Calibri, etc. Use any typeface you like for headings.
  • Insert additional diagrams, photos etc as you see fit. It is up to you to decide on the balance of content.

Your submission is to be limited to 2,500 words. This word limit does not include the process map.

The process map should appear early in your document; ideally just after the cover sheet and introduction. Please see the structure guide here:

The process map should be in landscape format. The remainder of the document should be in portrait format.

 

Individual Operations Analysis

Overview

Your main individual assignment for the Operations Management course will be a structured and integrated application of theory and concepts from the latter weeks of the course. The subject of analysis will be a different operation to that which you analyse in the group analysis.

For the individual assignment the analytical lenses used will be different too. At your disposal is the all the conceptual material from the course. Additionally, you are encouraged to apply Operations Management material derived from your own investigations in, for example, library resources. The two parts of your individual assignment, a process map, and (the largest component) a logically argued set of recommendations for improvement in your subject operation or process.

 

Choosing the Operation

You need to choose an operation or process to which you can obtain ready access.

Ask yourself: Can I draw a sufficiently detailed process map of the operation? Can I capture enough data to critically appraise the operation and make recommendations for improvement?

By session 4 you will have been immersed in sufficient Operations Management theories and concepts to make an informed judgement about the content of your final individual assignment.  You will not have covered all of the taught content of the course, but you will be in a position to know roughly what is coming up.

In choosing your subject consider the following questions:

  • What is the operation or process?
  • What operations challenges or problems are there to be addressed in your subject operation, and why? You will not be hostage to this answer. After analysis you may change your mind. Rather, we want you to think about whether there is anything worth looking at. No operation is perfect. What flaws are evident at first glance?
  • Which of these challenges might need to be addressed first, second, and so on, and why?
  • What concepts, tools and techniques could be used to address these challenges and problems, and how might you apply them? In considering which course concepts to use, you are strongly encouraged to read beyond the course content in the Operations Management journals. Stated simply, the more evidence there is of application of wider reading, the more marks you are going to get.If you are interested in applying particular theoretical content, look in the relevant textbook chapter. At the end of the chapters are ‘further reading’ recommendations. Follow up on these. If you find a topical reference that is germane to your work, briefly, but critically appraise it.

Notes

  • I am far more interested in OM content than production values. If you focus too much on making things pretty you will have less time/space for the sort of content that earns marks. To be honest this sort of failure is a common one for Masters students, especially in the early courses. There is sometimes a reluctance to confront the theory – the content – and apply it in hard analysis.
  • I do appreciate good design of reports, presentations, and so on, but good design does not mean bells and whistles, fluff, embellishment etc. Please keep things simple.
  • If you must reapply any material that you used previously in the group work, then the ‘bar’ is raised. You will have to carry out substantively deeper analysis.
  • You may use material from other Operations Management subjects (for example from textbook chapters not covered in the course).
  • There is nothing wrong with common sense, but if all you do in this assignment is apply common sense you will fail. You really need to demonstrate by application that you understand Operations Management.

Insert additional diagrams, photos etc into your report as you see fit. It is up to you to decide on the balance of content.

 

Assessment Criteria

We will assess your work on the following criteria:

  • Understanding – Your work should demonstrate an understanding of operations and operations management issues.
  • Substantiation – The work should be underpinned by course material and additional reading around the topic chosen and tools employed.(Please only reference material you have read!)
  • Insight – Your work must demonstrate critical evaluation and insight into the operation, situation and topic.
  • Clarity and structure – The report should be well structured and clearly presented.

These criteria are translated into a detailed rubric which is available for you to view in Canvas. You can see the rubric if you go to the “Assignments” pages. At the top right of each assessment submission page is a tiny button that says “view rubric”.

You will be briefed in detail on the assessment criteria during the course.

 

Individual operations analysis requirement

You are now in a position to carry out your main operations analysis for the course. You have already determined the analytical tools, method and subject of the analysis.

Requirements

  • Create a process map of your operation.You do not not need to use, in fact you are discouraged from using, process mapping software. Presentation software such as PowerPoint or Keynote is perfectly adequate. Your process map must be contained within a single side of A4 – landscape formatted. Use the process mapping concepts taught in the course.
  • Use the concepts, tools, techniques from the course, and apply these to analyse your subject.
  • Your analysis should identify the main operational problems in your subject.
  • You should rank the problems in order of importance.
  • You are to focus on one or two operational problems and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Your analysis is expected to focus on material covered in the 2ndhalf of this module. If you must reapply any material that you used previously in the group work, then the ‘bar’ is raised. You will have to carry out substantively deeper analysis.
  • Critically, you should search for further reading in the Operations Management journals that enhances your knowledge of the concepts you will apply. If you apply course content thoroughly, then you will likely get a pass. If you can show application of further reading in the peer-reviewed Operations Management journals then you are likely to earn high marks.
  • For each report the typeface to be used for body text is 11 point sans serif, eg: Arial, Helvetica, Univers, Calibri, etc. Use any typeface you like for headings.

Your submission is to be limited to 2,500 words. This word limit does not include the process map or references.

 

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