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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rod Martin


This unit presents operations management in manufacturing and service organisations. Topics include: Financial calculations, funds employed, product pricing, budgets, cash flow. Accounting terms, definitions. Contracts and contract law. An introduction to computer software systems in a management context. Production scheduling, planning and control. Students will prepare sales, purchasing and productions schedules. Materials requirements planning. History, methods, uses . Project management with cash flow, financial statements, quotations and costing. Students will learn how to plan and manage small to medium sized projects. Students will study project network calculations, critical path, floats, barcharts, scheduling. Just-in-time systems. The unit concentrates on the mechanics of material flow in Just-in-Time systems. Barcoding. EAN-13, Code 39, TUNs and Interleaved 2-of-5. Students will learn how to encode and decode the most common types of linear barcodes. Two dimensional barcodes will be described. The ISO9000 standards and quality standards. The unit will also explain different types of organisations and their business strategies.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • have sufficient understanding of operations to do computing, management and operational work in a manufacturing or service organisation;
  • understand the differences between business strategies of different organisations;
  • appreciate the structure and functionality of management software. Assist in the design and programming of software for management of operating organisations;
  • understand the essential aspects of contemporary productive systems;
  • be familiar with international quality standards;
  • understand how to do a literature search on an operations management topic.


Examination (2 hours): 80%; In-semester assessment: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Rod Martin

Contact hours

2 hr lecture/wk, 1 hr laboratories/wk


FIT1006 or ETC1000 or BUS1100 or equivalent.


BUS3530, BUS4630, BUS5630, BUS4560, MBA5470, GCO3806

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