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Operations Management

Course Code: FPC2072

Level: 4
Subject area: Business, Management & HR
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Certificate
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: 17 weeks
When you'll study: Wednesdays, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

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About the course

Are you an operations manager or do you hope to become one? This university-level course in operations management provides operations training as an evening course over a 17 week duration. The course is awarded by the University of Plymouth and covers resource planning, stock control and utilising techniques such as ‘just in time’ and ‘six sigma’. It is designed to assist Operations Managers with responsibility for business operations such as design planning, capacity and supply chain management, quality monitoring and improvement, work organisation and developing efficiencies and how they are influenced by an organisation’s corporate and operational strategy.

What you'll learn

The module covers:

  • managing activities and operations management in context
  • product and process design
  • planning and control methods (eg work organisation, supply chain, inventory control, critical path analysis, programme evaluation and review technique, performance measurement)
  • communication and information, and improvement techniques (eg materials resource planning, just in time, TQM and Six Sigma)
Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but you should have relevant work experience.


This module will be assessed by coursework only.

What's next?

On successful completion of this module you may progress to a range of other CPD modules at the College. Three modules equate to a Certificate of Professional Development Award.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.