Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
Module Provider:
Surrey Business School
Number of Credits:
Module Title:
Module Co-ordinator:
ECTS Credits

Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkWeekly Assignments20
Examination2 Hour Exam (Closed Book)80

Alternative Assessment

An individual 2 hour examination assessment (80%) that is aligned with objectives of the module and assignment problems will have to be submitted (20%).

Qualifying Condition(s)

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

Module Overview

Methods and tools are used to tackle challenges occurring in the business and industrial environment. The obtained results are used for qualified decision making.



Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • Solve Management challenges analytically.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • To increase the efficiency and productivity of “sample” business firms (P, K, C)
  • To observe and define “challenges” in a concise, precise and logical manner (P, T, C)
  • To be familiar with a selected number of classical and state-of-the art Management Science methods and tools to solve management problems (K, C)
  • To create solution models, to develop and create procedures that offer competitive advantage to an “example” business/organisation (P, T, K, C)
  • To communicate and provide results to the management for decision making and implementation (T, C)

Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills

Module Content

The module content will focus on a selected set of critical areas in Management. As an indication of the kind of issues that will be covered, please find below an indicative set of topics.

  • Waiting Line Models (e.g. Multiple Server Waiting Line)
  • Transportation and Network Models  (e.g. Shortest Route)
  • Inventory Management (e.g. Economic Order Quantity model)

Methods of Teaching/Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: cultivate an understanding of the main issues and challenges; provide a coherent conceptual framework; develop a critical awareness of the various approaches of operational research in business firms.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 2 hour lecture per week x 11 weeks including student exercise sessions.
  • 1 hour computer laboratory per week x 11 weeks
  • Web-based/SurreyLearn learning support and electronic resources will be provided.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they:

  • appreciate the theories, conceptual frameworks and methodologies that underpin Operational Research;
  • demonstrate the ability to synthesise Management Science concepts within an analytical context;
  • demonstrate evidence of background reading and research of the academic and practitioner literature relevant to Management Science.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of: a closed book exam that assesses learning objectives. The closed book exam is a 2 hour examination during the exam period. This exam requires the use of Excel and results will be captured online.  Students have to submit weekly assignments.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will be given the opportunity to receive formative assessment and feedback to exercises relevant to the closed book exam during the exercises or via SurreyLearn discussion forums.

Module Hours

Lecture Hours:22

Lab Hours:11

Reading List


Last Updated

08 February 2017 by LIONS S Miss (Student Serv)