BUSINESS OPERATIONS (BIO0230) ASSIGNMENT 2011/12
2000 words (+/- 10%)
Valued at 50% of total module marks
Assignment based around all module topics up to and including week 14
Arial font, size 11-12pt
Line spacing 1.5
Submitted via turnitin and hard-copy
One hard-copy simply stapled at top left corner (no requirement for fancy binders, folders etc)
A minimum of ten references including at least five from textbooks and journals.
Assignment cover sheet must be signed and attached to essay
Front page, student name, student ID number and essay title
Introduction: set the scene and introduce the key points
Argument/Main body: where the student will discuss the main points outlined in the introduction.
Conclusion: draw everything together, stating the general conclusions and summerising the main themes.
(A more compressive guide to effective essay writing is available on unilearn, Operations Management “ Learning Resources.
Defining Operations Management.
1.Provide a definition of operations management and explain what you think are the main responsibilities and the main activities of an operations manager? 40% of total assignment marks.
Using a variety of text you are expected to come up with your own definition of Operations Management, and making the use of examples discuss and reflect on the direct responsibility and activities of the operations manager and discuss some of the indirect and broader responsibilities.
The application of planning & control techniques
2.Planning and control is concerned with operating resources on a day-to-day basis and ensuring availability of materials and other variable resources in order to supply the goods and services which fulfil customers demands. Using an example of a manufacturer and a service provider outline what you think are the key planning and control tasks involved in operations. 60% of total assignment marks.
Using an example of a service and manufacturer you are expected to discuss the nature of planning and control. Your examples should explain the broad aspects of planning and control and some of the techniques used in particular types of operations.