Operations MANAGEMENT (OM)
Dr. Mike Conerly, Department Head
Office: 300 Alston Hall
In addition to completing the specific prerequisites included in the descriptions of the following courses, all students seeking to enroll in 300- or 400-level courses in the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration must have attained junior standing (61 semester hours).
All C&BA students must, prior to seeking to enroll in any 300- or 400-level C&BA course, complete or be enrolled in the following prerequisites: EC 110 and EC 111; MATH 112 and MATH 121, or MATH 115 and MATH 125; CS 102; AC 210; ST 260; and LGS 200 (or their equivalents); and at least 4 hours in natural science, 3 hours of fine arts, literature, or humanities, and 3 hours of history or social and behavioral sciences. Failure to fulfill all prerequisites prior to enrolling in a 300- or 400-level C&BA course will result in administrative disenrollment from that course.
This course is an introduction to the field of operations management and addresses the design and management of the activities and resources that a firm uses to produce and deliver its products or services. Topics include operations strategy, product and process design, total quality management, statistical quality control, supply chain management, location analysis, forecasting, inventory management, operations planning, and lean/JIT business processes.
Concepts of management science and their application to decision making. Topics include linear programming, transportation models, integer programming, dynamic programming, queuing theory, decision theory, and network models.
The planning and control of production and service systems. Attention is given to forecasting, operations planning, scheduling, materials management, and operations control.
Statistical methods useful in control of quality of manufactured products. Topics include Shewhart and cumulative sum control charts; process capability analysis; and acceptance sampling procedures by attributes and variables. Emphasis is on understanding, design, implementation, and interpretation of these techniques.
OM 385 Information Technology for Operations Management. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ST 260.
Introduction to the components of management information systems and applications of computer-based systems to business decisions. Open only to OM majors or by permission of the instructor.
The use of simulation as a tool to understand and improve the performance of complex systems and processes. Students will learn the details of a specific simulation language. Applications to production processes and operational activities.
A broad investigation into a variety of scheduling activities in a variety of environments. Topics include scheduling as applied to projects, job-shops, assembly lines, parallel machine systems, workforce, and transportation.
Control techniques for the large multi-item inventories frequently associated with manufacturing supply and wholesale-retail operations. The limitations and usefulness of models in actual practice.
OM 425 Effective Quality Management. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: approval of advisor.
Provides a broad understanding of the philosophies and methods used to enhance organizational effectiveness in a wide range of organizational settings.
Students may earn degree credit for only one independent study course (491).
OM 492 Internship in Operations Management. 1-3 hours.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Students may earn degree credit for only one internship (492).
Students are selected through a competitive process for assignments in approved business or public sector organizations.
OM 497 Special Topics. 3 hours.