Credit Value: 20
Module Coordinator: Professor John Bowers, Management, Work & Organisation Division
Contact Hours: 10 hours lectures, 10 hours seminars
Assessment: 100% Coursework (3 assignments)
Applying management science techniques in the real world demands a range of skills. This module uses case studies to introduce you to the complexities of real-life open-ended problems. The cases require you to identify the most appropriate techniques, often combining knowledge from a range of modules in earlier parts of your academic programme. The module develops your skills in relating practice and theory: identifying the key data and using the appropriate theory, and then interpreting the results as recommendations for management. The module also enhances your technical knowledge with three case studies each developing your capability in a practical, commonly used Management Science tool: multi-criteria decision analysis, simulation and risk analysis.
The emphasis of the module and the selection of the specific Management Science tools depend on the particular case studies and their analytical requirements. The module develops an understanding of the techniques such as:
It also enhances more generic skills:
Pidd M (2004) Computer simulation in Management Science, Wiley
Belton V and Stewart T (2001) Multiple-Criteria decision analysis, Springer
This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.