Module Details

Module Code: AGRI S7003
Full Title Operations Management in the Food Industry
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 5
Module Owner: Edel Healy
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: The aim of this module is to introduce the students to the concepts of Operations Management and to explain how these concepts can be applied in the Food Industry to help firms achieve a competitive advantage.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Analyse how operations management systems in the food industry and other sectors, can add value in competing supply chains
MLO2 Evaluate how the Production/Operation process is laid out and operates in both the manufacturing and service sectors
MLO3 Assess the objectives of holding inventory and to compare JIT with MRP systems
MLO4 To identify why and when to develop new products
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module Indicative Content
Understanding Operations Management
Operations and Supply Chain Management; The Operations Function; The importance of Supply Chain Decisions. Lean Management
Overview of the production operations system
The position of operations within an organisation. The importance of Value Chains in the Food Sector. Managing the Supply Chain in International Businesses
Operations Strategy for Sustainable Competitive Advantage
OM’s Contribution to Strategy. PESTEL and SWOT Analysis techniques. The Five Forces Strategy. Strategic Options for Operations Managers.
Facility Location to facilitate a Global Supply Chain
The Location Decision Process. The main Location Factors. Decision Tools. Factory Layout. Job, Batch and Flow production systems, Product and Process Layout.
Independent Demand Inventory Control
Inventory defined. Types of inventory and their functions. Objective of inventory holding. Methods of inventory control. ABC analysis. Inventory replenishment system.
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
Final Examination50.00%
Module Special Regulation


Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Written Report % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 9 Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Group Assignment
No Project
No Practical
Final Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
End-of-Semester Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Second Week 1.50 3
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 6.00 6
Online Contact Contact No Description Every Second Week 1.50 3
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Russell & Taylor. (2014), Operations Management: Creating Value Along the Value Chain, 8th. Willey, [ISBN: 9781118808900].
  • Stack, N., Chambers, S. & Johnston, R.. (2013), Operations Management, 7th. FT Prentice Hall, [ISBN: 9780273776208].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Chopra, S. & Meindl, P.. (2012), Operations Management, 5th. Pearson.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • [Website], APICS - The Association for Professionals working in Supply Chain and Operations Management,
  • [Website], The Instutite of Operations Mangement in UK.,
  • [Website], The National Institute for Transport and Logistics.
  • [Website], The Agriculture and Food Development Authority Ireland.
  • [Website], The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland.
  • [Journal], Supply Chain Management: An International Journal.
  • [Journal], International Journal or Operations and Production Management.
  • [Journal], International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management.
  • [Journal], European Journal of Innovation Management.
  • [Journal], International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management.
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