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Strategic Operations Management: Oil & Gas

Operations strategy, Design, Quality, Improvement, Capacity, Project Management, Supply chains, Sustainability, Performance.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2007
ApprovedSeptember 2014
AmendedAugust 2013
Version No.3

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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


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.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart TimeDistance LearningBlended Learning

Directed Study

Online Activities
Student centred learning

Private Study

Private study

Mode of 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.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4,5

Module is assessed by written coursework.

Indicative Bibliography

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

Additional Notes

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.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781