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7.6.11 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (OM)
Head: Professor Charles Sox, Office: 304 Alston Hall

OM 500 Management Science and Spreadsheet Modeling. Three hours.
Management Science concepts and applications in decision making. Emphasis is on problem formulation and interpretation of results using spreadsheet-based modeling and solution procedures.

OM 506 Business Spreadsheet Analytics.  Three hours.
Prequisite: Admission to the MBA program.
Operations research concepts and applications in decision making. Emphasis is on problem formulation and interpretation of results using computer-based solution procedures.

OM 516 Operations Management. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to MBA program.
This course will address the important concepts and issues related to the design and management of business operations including manufacturing, distribution, logistics, transportation, and service operations. The course will demonstrate how certain quantitative methods can be applied to the analysis and solution of problems that arise in operations management.

OM 517 Supply Chain Modeling and Analysis. Three hours.
Prerequisite: OM 500 or OM 506.
This course provides a framework and quantitative methods for designing, managing, and analyzing the supply chain operations needed to support a firm's business strategy. Students will study the structure of supply chain operations in terms of the following categories: facilities, information, inventory and transportation. Students will analyze the relationship between supply chain structure and performance through case studies and examples that require students to develop analytical models to support their conclusions.

OM 522 Operations Scheduling Problems. Three hours.
Prerequisite: OM 500 or OM 506. A broad investigation of a variety of scheduling activities in production, logistics or service environment are discussed. Typical topics include project scheduling, job-shop scheduling, routing related problems and manpower scheduling.

OM 523 Inventory Management. Three hours.
Prerequisite: ST 509 or ST 550 or ST 560.
Control techniques for the large multi-term inventories frequently associated with manufacturing supply and wholesale-retail operations are studied. The limitations and usefulness of models in actual practice are discussed. Coverage includes reorder-point procedures, single-period problems, and dynamic situations.

OM 524 Manufacturing Scheduling and Control Systems. Three hours.
Prerequisite: OM 500 or OM 506 AND ST 509 or ST 550 or ST 560.
An in-depth, analytical study of the systems used in manufacturing planning and control are covered. Alternative approaches used in practice (such as MRP and JIT) are studied.

OM 525 Effective Quality Management. Three hours.
Prerequisites: None.
Provide participants with a broad understanding of philosophies and methods used to enhance organizational effectiveness in a wide range of organizational settings.

 

OM 527 Purchasing and Sourcing. Three hours.

Prerequisites: OM 300.

Fundamental purchasing systems applications, supplier relations and evaluation, strategic planning in purchasing, purchasing techniques, value analysis and cost analysis.

 
OM 540 Systems Simulation. Three hours.
Prerequisites: ST 509 or ST 550 or ST 560.
A study of the management applications of stochastic and deterministic mathematical and computer models in systems design and analysis.

OM 542 Systems Simulation II. Three hours.
Prerequisite: OM 540. Methodology of systems simulation, including modeling, model inputs, simulation mechanics, output analysis, validation, and design of simulation experiments.

 

OM 550 Process Management and Improvement. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Program.
An analytical study of strategies, tactics and techniques for designing, evaluating, analyzing, controlling, and improving processes. Emphasis is on topics such as Design for Flexibility, Lean, Six Sigma, Constraint Management will be included along with process applications of OM analytical tools such as simulation, queuing analysis, and value stream mapping.

OM 591 Independent Study in Operations Management. Three hours.
 
OM 592 Internship in Operations Management. Three hours.

OM 597 Special Topics in Operations Management. Variable credit.

OM 598 Research in Operations Management. Variable credit.
Open to students nearing completion of coursework for the master's degree. A supervised study and investigation of specific problems in management and operations management.

OM 600 Linear Programming: Theory and Applications. Three credit.

Prerequisite: MATH 237 or permission of the instructor.

The theory and application of linear programming are rigorously studied. Software tools such as AMPL and OPL Studio for solving linear programs are introduced.

 

OM 601 Stochastic Decisions Models. Three hours.
Prerequisite: MATH 557. Probabilistic models in the decision-making process are discussed. Attention is given to the assumptions, development, and administrative implications of dynamic programming, queuing analysis, and decision analysis.

OM 602 Integer and Nonlinear Optimization. Three hours.
Prerequisite: OM 500.
Advanced optimization models are introduced and discussed. Topics include integer programming models and nonlinear programming models, and solution techniques for these problems.

OM 620 Production Management Models. Three hours.
Prerequisite: OM 500.
A quantitative study of models and procedures used in various decision problems addressed by production and operations managers is completed in this course. Mathematical modeling and optimization software packages are used in solving these models.

OM 622 Theory of Production Scheduling. Three hours.
Prerequisites: OM 522.
A rigorous mathematical treatment of various scheduling models and techniques are covered. Topics include performance measures, complexity theory, single machine sequencing, flowshop scheduling, the job-shop problem, and priority dispatching.

OM 623 Inventory Theory. Three hours.
Prerequisites: OM 523, MATH 557, and ST 550 or ST 560.
A rigorous, mathematical treatment of stochastic single- and multi-item inventory models is performed. A numerical analysis and software package is used to implement and analyze such models.

OM 697 Special Topics. Variable credit.

OM 698 Research in Operations Management. Three hours.
Open to students nearing completion of coursework for the PhD degree. A supervised study and investigation of specific problems in management and operations management.

OM 699 Dissertation Research. Variable credit. Three-hour minimum.

 


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