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Managing Operations

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

Completion of this Open Universities Australia and Curtin University unit will help you gain a solid understanding of the fundamentals of operations management, and the core role it plays in organisations across industries. While studying Managing Operations, you will gain an awareness of the variation between operations in accordance with industry type and sector. This unit will also encourage you to consider differences in operations across cultures, and on an international scale.

During this online unit you will discuss the hot topic of sustainability, and gain an understanding of how operations can be designed to incorporate concepts of sustainability in order to promote a competitive advantage. You will also consider the synergetic relationship between business strategy and operations management.

This online unit covers a wide range of important business management topics, including product and service design, quality management, supply chain management, and project management. Part of the unit will revolve around a case study, allowing you to apply the theoretical knowledge you will acquire during the unit to a realistic scenario.

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In order to enrol in this unit, it is recommended that you have completed first year studies in the field.

Applicants must also ensure they have not completed a previous version of this unit.

Course pathways

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but content may be relevant to a number of courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this business unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to facilities and operations management
  • Business strategy and global competitiveness
  • Product and service design
  • Capacity and location planning
  • Inventory management and layout decisions
  • Aggregate planning and scheduling
  • Quality management
  • Supply chain management
  • Innovation, technology and knowledge management
  • Project management
  • Sustainability in operations
  • Operation settings, future trends and challenges
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

During this unit you will develop an understanding of operations management from a cross-industry, multinational perspective. Partake in discussions relating to the trends and challenges in Managing Operations, and augment your knowledge of the importance and extent of innovation, quality and knowledge management in operational performance. You will acquire knowledge of operations management in light of conceptual, analytical and practical factors, and will be able to discuss Managing Operations coherently in layman's terms, as well as at an academic level.

The insight and capabilities you will gain during this unit can be applied in a range of management roles, in service-based companies and manufacturing companies alike.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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