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7.4.11 CURRICULUM IN OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Operations management focuses on the analysis, design, and management of the operations that produce and deliver the goods and services. It applies structured, quantitative techniques to analyze and design business operations and to support effective business decision making.
Operations management helps evaluate and select actions based on information, process analysis, and quantitative modeling. There are tremendous opportunities for the effective application of these tools, techniques, and methods in a wide range of business operations including service operations, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, logistics, supply chain management, revenue management, quality management, finance, human resources, information systems, marketing, and strategic planning. Operations management can be effectively applied to virtually every component of an organization. The OM master's degree program features two tracks—operations management and enterprise integration.

See the Admission Criteria section of this catalog for more information.

 


 

Degree Requirements

 

Track I: Operations Management. Entering students should have strong quantitative skills and good written and oral communication skills. The program consists of 30 hours of coursework which students can complete in 18 to 24 months starting in the fall semester. All students are expected to complete the program within 24 months. No thesis is required. The track in operations management (OM) is designed to prepare students for the practice of operations management. The program is structured to provide instruction in materials management, scheduling and control, supply chain management, and quality control as well as topics in applied quantitative methods such as optimization, statistics, and simulation. The elective courses allow students to obtain additional instruction in other subjects such as project management, supply chain strategy, and quality management.

 

Required courses

 

Prerequisite: At least one semester of calculus equivalent to MATH 121 or higher.

 

OM 500 Management Science and Spreadsheet Modeling

3

OM 517 Supply Chain Modeling and Analysis

3

OM 522 Operations Scheduling Problems

3

OM 523 Inventory Management

3

OM 524 Manufacturing Scheduling and Control Systems

3

OM 540 Systems Simulation

3

OM 592 Practicum in Operations Management

3

ST 560 Statistical Methods I

3

ST 575 Statistical Quality Control

3

Electives (approved by the program coordinator)

3

Total Semester hours 

30

 

More information is available at the Operations Management web site: www.cba.ua.edu/omms.

 

 

Track II: Enterprise Integration. The enterprise integration systems (EI) track is designed to prepare students to enable business process improvement through information technology-based solutions.  The EI track provides a depth of knowledge in project management, workflow design and information systems delivery through a combination of classroom and project experiences. The program reinforces leading IS project and process management concepts through experiential learning.

 

Students will gain experience in leading teams that analyze, design, construct, and deploy cross-functional systems, and integrate business data and process improvements into existing business enterprises.

 

Required courses

MIS 516 Practicum*

3

MIS 525 Information Systems Project Management

3

MIS 527 Emerging Information Technologies Seminar*

3

MIS 535 Information Systems Consulting

3

MIS 560 Enterprise Integration Methods

3

MIS 562 Enterprise Integration Development*

3

MIS 598 Research in Management Information Systems

6

OM 500 Management Science and Spreadsheet Modeling

3

ST 550 Statistical Methods*

3

Total semester hours

30

*Restricted Elective—EIS track advisor's prior approval is required.

 

More information is available at the Management Information Systems web site, as well as

the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

 


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