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To provide learners with an understanding of the role and importance of operations management (OM) in the efficient and effective production of goods and services.
Operations management is the area of business activity concerned with the production of goods and services. It includes the responsibility of ensuring that all business/organisational operations are efficient in terms of minimising costs by using as few resources as possible, and effective in terms of maximizing quality and meeting customer requirements. It is concerned with managing the transformational processes that convert inputs (in the form of materials, labour and energy) into outputs (in the form of goods and services). It is important therefore that learners seeking employment in the business world realise that the ‘proper’ organisation of productive systems, and their interfaces with internal as well as external customers and suppliers, is essential if goods/services are to be produced on time, to cost and within the law.
Learners will need access to project management software and to flow chart templates – for illustrative purposes.