Production and Planning Control

Course Number: INDUSTDY 4950
Course Name: Production Planning and Control (Online)
Course Description:    An investigation and study of the current approach of effective management practices associated with production planning, scheduling, and control. Operations strategy, quality of work life, global competition, lean manufacturing, forecasting methods, supply chain management practices, scheduling and plant facilities layout are stressed.
Prerequisites:    INDUSTDY 1030 or BUSADMIN 2330
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Understand the role of operations management in the overall business strategy of the firm.
  • Understand the interdependence of the operating system with other key functional areas of the firm.
  • Recall the history and trends of operations management and lean methods.
  • To understand the application of operations management policies and techniques to the service sector as well as manufacturing firms.
  • Be able to practice some of the quantitative methods used in operations management for decision-making and the range of tools appropriate for analysis of operating systems.
  • Identify and evaluate comparative approaches to operations management in a global context.
  • Understand the importance of a manufacturing system and how it's relationship to the supply chain.
  • Identify and evaluate the key factors and the interdependence of these factors in the design of effective operating systems.
  • Look at process improvement and problems from a systems perspective and be able to examine and evaluate new concepts and methods of operations management.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: Production Planning and Control

Unit 1 introduces you to operations management as it relates to the supply chain, as well as the different entities that play a role in operations management. Unit 1 will be the foundation for the remainder of the course, so be sure that you understand the key concepts. You will review them in them next units and some of them will appear on the unit exams.

Unit 2: Managing Processes
Unit 2 builds on the concepts that were introduced in Unit 1. In addition, it presents the Theory of Constraints (TOC). The TOC is used when capacity is limited. Your book The Goal is based upon the TOC, or constraints management. TOC is a different philosophy than just-in-time (JIT). Unit 2 will also focus on capacity management, layout, location, and forecasting as it relates to the supply chain.

In Unit 2, we will review the principles we learned in Unit 1. In addition, we'll expand upon the manufacturing system in the layout section and we compare and contrast JIT with the TOC.

Be sure to take the weekly quizzes after each lesson. And remember, the unit exams are cumulative. The Unit 2 Examination will deal with material from Units 1 and 2.

Unit 3: Managing Value Chains
Unit 3 builds on the concepts we covered in Units 1 and 2, focusing on operations management as it relates to the supply chain, inventory management, and resource planning. The lessons that follow are more systemic in nature. Therefore, you have to consider how one decision affects other measures. For example, if you want to compete on the basis of cost and quality, you need to consider how improving quality is going to affect your costs.

The supply chain can be a responsive supply chain or an efficient supply chain. Operations managers must consider how inventory decisions affect the supply chain. You will learn some new terminology when defining inventory, as well as some decision making tools to reduce inventory costs. In addition, you will look at the larger picture to see how resource planning is conducted.

Grading Criteria for Activities                                                                        

Assignment Percentage
Unit 1 Quizzes 5%
Unit 1 Individual Assignments 5%
Unit 1 Discussions 10%
Unit 1 Exam 1 10%
Unit 2 Quizzes 5%
Unit 2 Individual Assignments 5%
Unit 2 Discussions 10%
Unit 2 Exam 2 15%
Unit 3 Quizzes 5%
Unit 3 Individual Assignments 5%
Unit 3 Discussions 10%
Unit 3 Exam 3 15%
Total: 100%

Grading Scale

A 93% - 100%
A- 90% - 92%
B+ 87% - 89%
B 83% - 86%
B- 80% - 82%
C+ 77% - 79%
C 73% - 76%
C- 70% - 72%
D+ 67% - 69%
D 60% - 66%
F 0% - 59%


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