Unit 25:  Principles of Operations Management

Unit code                           H/508/0539

Unit level                           QCF Level 5/ NFQ Level 6/7

Credit value                       30


The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the role of the operations in an organisation and how it contributes to sustained competitive advantage. Students will understand the purpose and importance of operations and resource planning on an organisation’s efficiency and effectiveness and its impact on organisational strategy.

By the end of this unit students will be able to analyse and evaluate an operations environment and implement a strategic plan that allocates resources in terms of materials, labour and equipment.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the impact of the business environment on operations.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the purpose of operations in support of organisational strategy.
  3. Determine the appropriate allocation of resources for operations management.
  4. Conduct a strategic risk analysis (SRA) on the operations functions of an organisation.