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Operations (BUSA90227)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBUSA90227
Campus
Parkville
Availability(Quotas apply)
January
April
July
September
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In fiercely competitive global and dynamic environments, companies face increasing pressures to exceed customer expectations along multiple performance measures, such as cost, quality, flexibility and innovativeness. To outperform their competitors, many firms make the mistake of mimicking their rivals, rather than focusing on developing the organizational capabilities that competitors will find difficult to match over the long term. And although operations are at the core of a firm’s value adding activities, few firms have sought to build a sustainable competitive advantage around these capabilities.

Operations deals with the design, management and continuous improvement of business processes. It aims at providing some of the core concepts in operations that are essential for leveraging a firm’s operational capabilities to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. This course provides a logical and rigorous approach to plan and control process structure and managerial levers to achieve desired business process performance.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Analyse real-world processes and evaluate their consistency with the firm strategy.
  • Apply process analysis techniques for identification of bottlenecks and suggest approaches for de-bottlenecking.
  • Identify managerial levers for controlling inventory and apply simple analytical models for estimating needed safety stock for a desired service level.
  • Identify the drivers of variability in processes and propose solutions to mitigate its ill effects using simple queuing theory concepts.
  • Use robust statistical process control techniques to ensure capability and control of a process.
  • Apply six-sigma and lean concepts to a wide range of business processes.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BUSA90480 Leadership
Summer Term
March
March
June
September
6.25
BUSA90481 Social Responsibility and Ethics
Summer Term
April
April
June
September
6.25
BUSA90060 Data Analysis
January
January
April
July
September
12.5

Corequisites

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BUSA90193 Managerial Economics
January
April
July
September
12.5

Non-allowed subjects

None

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Description

Gerardo Berbeglia:

  • Contribution to class learning (5%)
    • Throughout subject
  • 4 quizzes (20%)
    • 15 minutes each
    • Throughout subject
  • 2 x syndicate case assignments (30%)
    • Equivalent to 300 words per student per assignment
    • Week 4 and Week 8
  • Final examination (45%)
    • hurdle requirement
    • 3 hours
    • End of subject

Kannan Sethuraman:

  • Contribution to class learning (10%)
    • Throughout subject
  • 4 quizzes (20%)
    • 15 minutes each
    • Throughout subject
  • 2 x syndicate case assignments (25%)
    • Equivalent to 300 words per student per assignment
    • Week 4 and Week 8
  • Final examination (45%)
    • hurdle requirement
    • 3 hours
    • End of subject

EMBA:

  • Class Contribution (15%)
    • Throughout subject
  • Class preparation activities (15%)
    • E.g. completion of short basic questions/exercise sets
    • Total: 1,000 words
    • Throughout subject
  • Ongoing syndicate case studies (30%)
    • Total: 2,500 words
    • Throughout subject
  • Final Exam (40%)
    • Hurdle requirement
    • 90 minutes
    • End of module

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • January
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 hours
    Pre teaching start date 7 January 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsstudents are required to complete approximately 15 hours of readings to prepare for the subject during pre-teaching period
    Teaching period14 January 2019 to 21 March 2019
    Last self-enrol date 2 December 2018
    Census date25 January 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 1 March 2019
    Assessment period ends28 March 2019

    January contact information

    Melbourne Business School

    Degree Program Services

    Email: programservices@mbs.edu

  • April
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 hours
    Pre teaching start date 1 April 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsstudents are required to complete approximately 15 hours of readings to prepare for the subject during pre-teaching period
    Teaching period 8 April 2019 to 13 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date 3 February 2019
    Census date23 April 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail24 May 2019
    Assessment period ends20 June 2019

    April contact information

    Melbourne Business School

    Degree Program Services

    Email: programservices@mbs.edu

  • July
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 hours
    Pre teaching start date24 June 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsstudents are required to complete approximately 15 hours of readings to prepare for the subject during pre-teaching period
    Teaching period 1 July 2019 to 5 September 2019
    Last self-enrol date28 April 2019
    Census date12 July 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail16 August 2019
    Assessment period ends12 September 2019
  • September
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 hours
    Pre teaching start date16 September 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsstudents are required to complete approximately 15 hours of readings to prepare for the subject during pre-teaching period
    Teaching period23 September 2019 to 28 November 2019
    Last self-enrol date21 July 2019
    Census date 4 October 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 8 November 2019
    Assessment period ends 5 December 2019

    September contact information

    Melbourne Business School

    Degree Program Services

    Email: programservices@mbs.edu

Additional delivery details

This subject is only available to students admitted to GD-BA, MC-BAPT, MC-BAPTME, or students with permission of the MBA Course coordinator

This subject has a quota of 80 students. Students will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. However if any student is approaching their completion date, they will get priority in enrolment.

This subject is equivalent to BUSA90228 in MC-BAPTME

Further information

Last updated: 3 April 2019