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Key Information

Part-time

3 years

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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UCAS Code

Not Applicable

Course Code

OPSMGTUF

FdSc Operations Management

Please note: This degree is a Work Based Distance Learning (WBDL) programme.

Key Information

Part-time

3 years

Typical Offer

View

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

UCAS Code

Not Applicable

Course Code

OPSMGTUF

Welcome to FdSc Operations Management

The FdSc Operations Management programme offers students the opportunity to advance their career through engaging in personal and professional development, increasing management competence, and enhancing overall employability. The degree is a Work Based Distance Learning (WBDL) programme.

The degree is based on the University's WBDL degree framework and aims to meet the study needs of people who are in full time employment within a relevant operations management environment. It attempts to break down the barriers between learning at work and learning at university, recognising the high level of skills and learning that are demonstrated every day in the workplace and providing a degree framework to support and accredit this learning. It is designed to allow individuals to make maximum use of their work experience and previous learning.

How You Study

The programme starts with a traditional study skills module which is aimed at creating the opportunity for the students to build their own body of knowledge. The module aims to introduce students to the various tools and techniques of study. At the end, it is expected that students will have a basic toolkit which they can draw on throughout their academic journey.

Students then move on to studying the management of people. As part of the operational process people will be an important factor in delivering the operation. This module sets the scene for this approach by outlining the theory, practice, and individual experiences of supporting and managing people to deliver the operation.
The course continues to build on the role of the operations manager by looking at tools and techniques of operations management, focusing on processes and systems. Students are introduced to the underlying concepts of operations management and how these can be used to develop and deliver the operational outcomes linked to the strategic outcomes of the organisation.

The final module at level 1 adopts a summative approach in which people and systems are brought together within the operational concept to develop planning and control insight into the delivery of the operation. Although focused on the internal elements of organisations and their operations, it does take the first steps at looking beyond the organisation to develop a view of the value chain the organisation sits in.

The first module of level 2 returns to the tools and techniques of academic skills. Students, having practised initial learning skills at level 1, now focus on more advanced skills and in particular research skills that arm them with the tools and techniques they will need to explore the capstone module the Operations Challenge.

The programme then returns to the role of people in delivering the operation. The module Developing as a Leader and Manager moves past basic management skills and looks at the role of the individual in leading and managing a team within the operational context. It draws on level 1 study to review the role of the manager as a leader within a team.

The penultimate module, Digital Technologies, begins to draw the study to a close by asking students to reflect on the operational process through the prisms of new technology and how this will impact the management of the process and systems within the operation. Digital technologies are presented as a key tool for the combination of various activities for the manager to use as a dashboard for the design, delivery and improvement of the operational process.

The work concludes with a capstone module which requires students to draw on the programme to develop a project for the improvement of a chosen organisation. This module has a pragmatic and practitioner focus offering students the opportunity to apply the learning to a real-life situation echoing the role a student as producer.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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An Introduction to Your Modules


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Introduction to Academic Study Skills 2021-22MGW1001MLevel 42021-22The programme starts, as might be expected, with a traditional study skills module which is aimed at creating the opportunity for the students to build their own body of knowledge. The modules aspiration is to introduce students to the various tools and techniques of study. At the end of this module it is expected that students will have a basic toolkit which they can draw on throughout their academic journey.CoreIntroduction to Operations Management 2021-22MGW1002MLevel 42021-22Introduction to Operations Management continues to build on the role of the operations manager by looking at tools and techniques supporting the daily delivery of the organisations outcomes. Building on the management of people this module focuses on processes and systems. It introduces the underlying concepts of operations management and how these can be used to develop and deliver the operational outcomes linked to the strategic outcomes of the organisation.CoreManaging People 2021-22HRW1001MLevel 42021-22The Managing People module sees the students studying the development of the staff within an organisation. As part of the operational process people will be an important factor in delivering the operation. This module sets the scene for this approach by outlining the theory, practise and individual experiences of supporting and managing people to deliver the operation This module reviews the principles of HRM to understand how people can be developed to meet their own needs and those of the organisation.CorePlanning and Control Systems 2021-22MGW1003MLevel 42021-22Planning and control systems adopts a summative approach in which people and systems are brought together within the operational concept to develop planning and control insight into the delivery of the operation. Although focused on the internal elements of organisations and their operations it does take the first steps in looking beyond the organisation to develop a view of the value chain the organisation sits in.CoreAcademic Study Skills 2022-23MGW2001MLevel 52022-23Academic studies at level 2 returns to the tools and techniques of academic skills. Students, having practised initial learning skills at level 1 now focus on more advanced skills and in particular research skills that arm them with the tools and techniques they will need to explore the capstone module and the Operations Challenge.CoreDeveloping as a Leader and Manager 2022-23HRW2001MLevel 52022-23The module Developing as a Leader and Manager moves past basic management skills and looks at the role of the individual in leading and managing a team within the operational context. It draws on level 1 study to review the role of the manager as a leader within a team within the operations setting.CoreDigital Technologies in Operations 2022-23MGW2002MLevel 52022-23The module Digital Technologies begins to draw the study to a close by asking students to reflect on the operational process through the prisms of new technology and how this will impact the management of the process and systems within the operation. Digital technologies are presented as a key tool for the combination of various activities for the manager to use as a dashboard for the design, delivery and improvement of the operational process.CoreOperations Work- Based Project 2022-23MGW2003MLevel 52022-23The Degree concludes with a capstone module which requires students to draw on the programme to develop a project for the improvement of a chosen organisation. This module has a pragmatic and practitioner focus offering students the opportunity to apply the learning to a real-life situation echoing the role a student as producer.Core

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

Optional on-campus days may be available to you. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, University of Lincoln provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

Entry Requirements 2021-22

All applicants will be selected for the programme individually based on the articulated entry requirements in line with the University policy. It is expected that some students will join the programme with RPL at level 2. Although RPL students will be armed with the skills they need to study provision is made, through open access materials, to offer additional support in the realms of study skills. The APEL process is listed below.

Features

Students may benefit many apsects of the course including:

  • Academic recognition for learning already achieved
  • Programme delivery at a pace and place to suit the student, the potential to work towards the degree when work and personal commitments allow, and to pause the programme when other pressures take over
  • Individual learning programmes focused on work related and relevant learning
  • Direct access to specialist expertise to support work based projects and extend the scope of student activities
  • Immediate opportunities to apply theory in practice in the workplace
  • Improved workplace performance and the ability to respond to change

Career Opportunities

This programme is designed to help students advance their careers by furthering their management competence and general employability. The course can enable students to extend their skills, knowledge, and perspective to provide them with opportunities for personal and career development.

Working in Partnership

Lincoln International Business School works with students and organisations to enhance the contribution of business to society. For students, that means developing their business skills and knowledge to improve their career readiness.

The University of Lincoln is a member of AACSB, a global nonprofit association connecting educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Find out more.

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The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.