MANU9M7: Case Studies in Management Science

Semester:  Autumn

Level:   10

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)

Module Overview:

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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:

  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to assimilate diverse data and inform decision making
  • more advanced simulation
  • risk analysis

It also enhances more generic skills:

  • modelling
  • problem definition
  • report writing
  • use of multiple methods of analysis

Reading Lists:

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.


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