OPSMGT 732 : Readings in Operations Management

Business and Economics

2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A comprehensive review of the research literature in a particular area of operations management. The particular area of research must be jointly agreed upon by the lecturer and student(s) and approved by the Head of Department.

Course Overview

The aim of the course is to allow the students to research a contemporary aspect of operations and supply chain management in the New Zealand environment by undertaking a research project. The output is at the discretion of the supervisor. Here is an example of one option. The major deliverable(s) must be written to a standard able to be published in the ISOM Working Paper Series. The papers should be capable of refinement to a point where they are of sufficient standard to be accepted in, for example, the IEEE publications. The format of the papers to be handed in will depend on the journal or conference targeted. Another would be to mimic the requirements of the "Research Essay" of OPSMGT789. One aim of this course is to create a vehicle where students can attract funding such as the FRST - TIF 'Undergraduate' funds. It is necessary to have industry sponsorship (involvement and some funds) to apply for this with a University supervisor. This is potentially worth $4000. See www.frst.govt.nz There must be a research component. Students may in some circumstances apply to the faculty postgraduate research fund for a grant that will reimburse up to $1000 of research-related costs. 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Research, analyse, and communicate to students the fundamentals that are necessary towards a research topic and produce a good research piece. (Capability 1, 4.2, 5.1 and 5.2)
  2. Recognise and critically evaluate synergy between Operations and Supply Chain Management topics and other disciplines. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Reports 100% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html).


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

Published on 20/12/2019 02:55 p.m.