Course Description

Introduction to Operations Management

Operations Management is a captivating field, central to the success of businesses across industries. With proficient expertise in this area, professionals can substantially influence a company's day-to-day functioning and bottom line. A recent survey indicates that almost 45% of all employment opportunities lie in the realm of Operations Management. The role, albeit challenging, is pivotal for businesses. It requires an amalgamation of knowledge across accounting, statistics, finance, and risk management, coupled with a penchant for making informed decisions.

Why Take This Course?

Our course is meticulously designed to offer a comprehensive understanding of Operations Management. It is tailored for individuals across age groups, who are either looking to kick-start their careers or seeking to fortify their existing roles in this domain. The insights you gain here are versatile, applicable from the manufacturing sector to finance, from sales operations to food services.

Operations managers are the linchpins who answer the crucial questions of 'who', 'what', 'when', 'where', and 'why'. They rely on a mix of empirical evidence, industry experience, and intuition. Each module in our course distills the essential knowledge elements, providing actionable strategies for real-world applications.

By the end of this course, you'll have a clear understanding of:

  • Operations Management and its Organizational Context: How does it fit into the broader business environment? An example would be how Toyota's lean production system revolutionized its operational efficiency and became a model for other industries.

  • Strategic Dimensions of Operations: Deep dive into crafting operations strategies that align with business objectives. For instance, how did Apple's operations strategy lead to its industry-leading product quality and delivery times?

  • Decision Making in Operations Management: Grasp the art of making data-driven decisions. Explore case studies like how Amazon's decisions on warehouse locations optimize its delivery operations.

  • Product and Service Management: Understand the life cycle of products and services, and the strategies to manage them effectively. Consider how McDonald's continually revamps its menu based on operational feedback and customer preferences.

  • Supply Chain and Operations: Delve into the complexities of global supply chains, and how operations ensure smooth processes. An example here would be Zara's agile supply chain, which has become its competitive advantage.

  • Inventory Management: Discover the strategies behind keeping optimal inventory levels and reducing costs. Case studies like Walmart's inventory management system can offer deep insights.

  • Forecasting: Learn the techniques of predicting future demand, a crucial aspect for any business. For instance, how do companies like Netflix forecast viewer demand for new shows?

  • Operations Scheduling: Master the art of scheduling resources for maximum efficiency. Airlines, for example, have complex scheduling systems to manage their fleet, crew, and routes.

  • Quality Management: Understand the principles of maintaining and improving quality across operations. A classic example would be Six Sigma methodologies, widely adopted across industries.

  • Facilities Planning and Management: Get insights into planning, designing, and managing facilities. For instance, how tech companies design their campuses for innovation and productivity.

Course Structure

For a more structured learning experience, the course is divided into ten lessons. Each lesson will delve deep into its respective topic, supported by assignments, exams, and surveys. These tools ensure that you not only understand the theory but can also apply it practically.

Conclusion

The world of Operations Management is a dynamic one, fraught with challenges but abundant with opportunities. With businesses evolving rapidly, the need for adept operations managers is on the rise. Our course offers a holistic view of the domain, preparing you to be a leader in the world of operations. Whether you aim to enhance your job performance or gear up for future opportunities, this course promises to be your comprehensive guide. Join us on this enlightening journey into the heart of business operations.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define operations management and the organization.
  • Summarize operations strategy.
  • Determine the decision making in operations management.
  • Summarize operations and supply chain management.
  • Summarize inventory management.
  • Summarize forecasting in operations management
  • Summarize operations scheduling, management of quality, and facilities planning in operations management
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction 1 points
Lesson 1 Exam 9 points
Lesson 2 Exam 10 points
Lesson 3 Exam 9 points
Lesson 4 Exam 10 points
Lesson 5 Exam 10 points
Lesson 6 Exam 10 points
Lesson 7 Exam 10 points
Lesson 8 Exam 11 points
Lesson 9 Exam 10 points
Lesson 10 Exam 10 points
Final Exam 70 points
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