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OM352 Operations Management Course Page

Description: A problem-solving course which introduces the student to deterministic and stochastic models which are useful for production planning and operations management in business and government. Note: Students are expected to have basic familiarity with microcomputer applications. Prerequisite: MATH 113 and STAT 151 or SCI 151. Not to be taken by students with credit in MGTSC 352.

OM410 Supply Chain Management Course Page

Description: The course focuses on the strategic role of the supply chain, key drivers of supply chain performance, and analytical methods for supply chain analysis. Possible topics include inventory planning and management, sourcing, transporting, and pricing products, supply chain network design, and coordination and value of information in a supply chain. Prerequisites: MGTSC 312 and OM 352.

OM411 Business Process Management Course Page

Description: Business use processes to produce and deliver goods and services to customers. This course is about the conceptual and quantitative analysis of those business processes. The emphasis is on strategic and tactical decision making about operations so as to create competitive advantage for the organization. Possible topics include process mapping, process flow analysis, inventory, and quality. The topics will be illustrated through discussion and analysis of several case studies. The topics and techniques selected for this course are applicable to a wide variety of industries. Prerequisites: MGTSC 312.

OM420 Introduction to Business Analytics Course Page

Description: This course provides an introduction to Business Analytics - the combined use of data analysis techniques and optimization models to make data-driven business decisions. Business Analytics has applications in finance, marketing, and operations, such as insurance risk management, credit risk evaluation, targeted advertising, appointment scheduling, hotel and airline overbooking, and fraud detection. Students will learn how to build basic predictive models using data mining software and how to integrate the predictions into spreadsheet simulation models. The emphasis is on the practical use of analytical tools to maximize profit rather than on algorithm details. Prerequisite: MGTSC 352 or OM 352

OM422 Simulation and Computer Modelling Techniques in Management Course Page

Description: Computer modelling of management systems in such functional areas as accounting, finance, marketing and operations. Basic concepts of deterministic and probabilistic (Monte Carlo) simulation and their applications. Microcomputer implementation of case studies using spreadsheets particularly emphasized. Required term project. Prerequisites: MGTSC 312 (or equivalent STAT course), MGTSC 352 or OM 352; and FIN 301 or ACCTG 311. Not to be taken by students with credit in MGTSC 422.

OM461 Distribution Management Course Page

Description: This course will deal with the economically efficient distribution of goods and services from their points of creation to the customers. Topics will include strategic decisions, such as aggregate distribution plans and warehouse location, as well as operational decisions, such as selection of delivery routes and dispatching. This course has a significant microcomputer component. The potential of geographic-information-systems as a profit tool will be demonstrated. Prerequisite: MGTSC 312, MGTSC 352 or OM 352. Not to be taken by students with credit in MGTSC 461.

OM468 Quantitative Management Consulting Project Course Page

Description: This course applies the techniques developed in MGTSC 467 to a group project. The emphasis in the projects is on quantitative approaches to operational problems. Student groups will be assigned to consulting projects from businesses and other organizations in and near Edmonton. Groups will work on their projects under the supervision of the instructor(s). Prerequisites: MGTSC 467 or consent of Instructor. Not to be taken by students with credit in MGTSC 468.

OM471 Decision Support Systems Course Page

Description: Decision support systems integrated with various management tools in a microcomputer environment. Programming language to be used is Visual Basic for Applications. Different multicriteria decision making tools such as the Analytic Hierarchy Process, Multiattribute Utility Theory, Goal Programming and Multiobjective Optimization are introduced. Students create decision support systems with graphical user interfaces that use a formal multicriteria decision-making front end as well as optimization, simulation or other appropriate engines for calculations in the background. Student projects in this implementation-oriented course will come from different areas such as employee scheduling, facility location, project/product selection and portfolio optimization. Prerequisites: MGTSC 312, MGTSC 352 or OM 352. Not to be taken by students with credit in MGTSC 471.

OM488 Selected Topics in Operations Management Course Page

Description: Normally restricted to third- and fourth-year Business students. Prerequisites will depend on topic but may include: MGTSC 312, OM 352 or consent of Department. Additional prerequisites may be required.

OM495 Individual Research Project I Course Page

Description: Special Study for advanced undergraduates. Prerequisites: consent of the Instructor and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program.

OM502 Operations Management Course Page

Description: This course focuses on (1) the competitive advantage that a business unit can derive from innovative and efficient production and delivery of its goods and services and on (2) analytical approaches that are useful in understanding and improving an organization's operations. Specific modules include process diagramming and analysis; measuring and managing flow times; inventory control and optimization; supply chain coordination and operations strategy. Cases will be used to illustrate operational efficiency and its significance to the profitability of a firm. Prerequisite: MGTSC 501. Not to be taken by students with credit in MGTSC 502.

OM604 Bargaining and Negotiation Course Page

Description: This course is a blend of both experiential learning and theory with the objective of making the student more effective in all types of bargaining. A study of positive theories on how to improve negotiation skills will be combined with analytical models of the game theoretic structure of bargaining. Through this mix of theories and several case studies and bargaining exercises, students will see both the opportunities for joint gain (win-win) and the constraints which can lead to inferior outcomes. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Prerequisites: First year MBA core courses. Not to be taken by students with credit in MGTSC 604.

OM620 Introduction to Business Analytics Course Page

Description: This course provides an introduction to Business Analytics - the combined use of data analysis techniques and optimization models to make data-driven business decisions. Business Analytics has applications in finance, marketing, and operations, such as insurance risk management, credit risk evaluation, targeted advertising, appointment scheduling, hotel and airline overbooking, and fraud detection. Students will learn how to build basic predictive models using data mining software and how to integrate the predictions into spreadsheet simulation models. The emphasis is on the practical use of analytical tools to maximize organizational objectives rather than on algorithm details. Prerequisite: MGTSC 501.

OM622 Simulation and Computer Modelling Techniques in Management Course Page

Description: This course will discuss computer modelling of management systems in such functional areas as accounting, finance, marketing, and production. Basic concepts of deterministic and probabilistic (Monte Carlo) simulation and their applications will also be covered. Micro computer implementations of case studies using spreadsheets will be particularly emphasized. A term project will be required. Prerequisite: MGTSC 502 or OM 502. Not to be taken by students with credit in MGTSC 632.

OM624 Project Management Course Page

Description: Examines project management including investigation and analysis, scope definition, resource analysis and estimation, timing estimation, cost estimation, scheduling, monitoring, and implementation.

OM671 Decision Support Systems Course Page

Description: Decision support systems integrated with various management tools in a microcomputer environment. Programming language to be used is Visual Basic for Applications. Different multicriteria decision making tools such as the Analytic Hierarchy Process, Multiattribute Utility Theory, Goal Programming and Multiobjective Optimization are introduced. Students create decision support systems with graphical user interfaces that use a formal multicriteria decision-making front end as well as optimization, simulation or other appropriate engines for calculations in the background. Student projects in this implementation-oriented course will come from different areas such as employee scheduling, facility location, project/product selection and portfolio optimization. Prerequisite: MGTSC 501 or 521. Not to be taken by students with credit in MGTSC 671.

OM686 Selected Topics in Operations Management Course Page

Description: Topics may vary from year to year. Students should check with the MBA Office for pre/corequisites of specific sections.

OM701 Introduction to Operations Management Research Course Page

Description: This course provides a general introduction to the major research fields of operations management (OM). The focus will be on reading and evaluating current papers from prominent OM journals. The theory of science and the review process will be briefly discussed. Students are expected to have as mathematical background the equivalent of an upper-level undergraduate or first-year graduate courses in optimization and probability or stochastic modeling. This course may be appropriate for some graduate students in engineering or computing science. Prerequisite: A graduate or undergraduate course in operations management. Open to all doctoral students or with the written permission of the instructor. Approval of the Business PhD Program Director is also required for non-PhD students.

OM702 Advanced Research Topics in Operations Management Course Page

Description: This course will provide an in-depth introduction to a particular methodology or a particular setting that is relevant to research in operations management. The topic may vary from year to year. Possible topics include optimization modeling and formulation, stochastic modeling and optimization, behavioural research in operations management, and health care operations management. The required background for students will vary depending on the topic. This course may be appropriate for some graduate students in engineering or computing science. Prerequisite: Written permission of the instructor. Approval of the Business PhD Program Director is also required for non-PhD students.

OM710 Individual Research Course Page
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OM804 Bargaining and Negotiation Course Page

Description: This course is a blend of both experiential learning and theory with the objective of making the student more effective in all types of bargaining. A study of positive theories on how to improve negotiation skills will be combined with analytical models of the game theoretic structure of bargaining. Through this mix of theories and several case studies and bargaining exercises, students will see both the opportunities for joint gain (win-win) and the constraints which can lead to inferior outcomes. Restricted to Executive MBA students only.

OM830 Operations Management Course Page

Description: Understanding the strategic role of operations in an enterprise and the relationship between operations and other business functions; designing, implementing and controlling an effective and efficient operating process. Restricted to Executive MBA students only. Not to be taken by students with credit in MGTSC 830.