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Module Title
Strategic Operations Management: Oil & Gas
Reference BSM659 Version 4
Created March 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved September 2014 SCQF Points 15
Amended August 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To enable managers in the oil and gas sector to understand the fundamental importance of operations management; to understand the relationships between stakeholder needs, organisational objectives and operational strategies; to analyse a range of strategic options available to operations decision-makers; to appraise and select the most appropriate sustainable operational strategies; to critically analyse the performance of organisations from an operations perspective.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Analyse organisations and stakeholder needs to clearly understand what is required for gaining competitive advantage.
2 Critically apply corporate objectives into coherent operational strategies, with reference to the design of products, services, processes and systems.
3 Critically appraise appropriate options, from a range of alternatives, that can deliver a sustainable operational strategy.
4 Critically appraise projects from a strategic perspective and apply a range of associated tools and techniques.
5 Evaluate problems, conduct research and develop solutions for a range of operational situations.

Indicative Module Content
Defining operations strategy; analysing operations; integrating corporate objectives and operations strategy; design in operations; capacity strategies; project management; operations improvement strategies; supply networks; global issues; technology in operations; sustainable strategies.

Module Delivery
Taught Mode (T) The module is delivered in taught mode by lectures, interactive group work, case study tutorials and directed self-study. Distance Learning Mode (DL) The module is delivered in DL mode by self directed learning from web-based learning materials, with on-line support.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 32 32
Non-Contact Hours 118 118
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Description: Coursework C1 100% weighting

Explanatory Text
The module is assessed by one component: C1 - Coursework - 100% weighting. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or above
B 60% - 69%
C 50% - 59%
D 40% - 49%
E 35% - 39%
F 0% - 34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

The module uses a comprehensive list of supplementary texts and Journal sources, for example; International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, International Journal of Purchasing Management, The Project Management Journal.

1 SLACK, N. and LEWIS, M., 2011. Operations strategy. 3rd ed. Harlow: FT Prentice Hall. ebook
2 SLACK, N., CHAMBERS, S. and JOHNSTON, R., 2013. Operations management. 7th ed. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall. ebook


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