Note: for the BCom this major is named Management Science and Operations Management
Management Science seeks to improve a problem situation by supplying decision makers with information and insights gained through problem analysis, often involving mathematical models and computers.
A fundamental part of Management Science is the ‘systems approach’ to problem solving which takes into account both the context and the details of the problem. Defining a problem, collecting data, consulting with people involved in the solution and implementing change are all part of a systems approach to problem solving.
Operations Management is concerned with the design, planning and management of all facilities, processes and activities required to transform resources into goods and services.
Operations Management is applicable to many organisations and operational managers control more than 70% of organisational resources (people, money, materials and buildings) used in manufacturing or in providing services. To be competitive in global markets it is important that these resources are used efficiently and effectively.
To do this requires the kinds of skills and knowledge provided by Operations Management courses. Courses focus on issues such as product design, process design, capacity planning, production planning, inventory control, project management and quality management. Successful manufacturing and operations managers also need knowledge of marketing, human resource development and finance.
Operations Management is considered beneficial for students who study disciplines such as Marketing, Human Resource Management, Finance and Engineering. This broadens their education and enhances their prospect of progress in subsequent careers.
For Operations Management proficiency in statistics and modelling up to Year 13 is desirable.
Management Science students should also have an interest in solving problems for people and good communication skills. To specialise in this field some concurrent study in Economics, Accounting and Computer Science is highly desirable.
To major in Management Science for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science you are required to complete:
MGMT 100 Fundamentals of Management, ECON 104 Introduction to Microeconomics and ECON 105 Introduction to Macroeconomics are recommended. It is recommended that you include 15 or 30 points of 100-level Mathematics in your course of study for the Management Science major.
The first-year, 100-level courses required to complete a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management Science and Operations Management are:
- ACCT 102 Accounting and Financial Information
- ECON 104 Introduction to Microeconomics or ECON 105 Introduction to Macroeconomics or ECON 199 (a STAR course for secondary school students)
- INFO 123 Information Systems and Technology
- MGMT 100 Fundamentals of Management
- MSCI 101 Management Science
- STAT 101 Statistics 1
- Plus 30 points from 100-level Commerce or any other UC courses.
For the complete, three-year BCom Management Science and Operations Management major degree plan see the School of Business and Economics website.
There are a number of Management Science courses at 200 and 300-level, most of which deal with managing supply chains and operations within an organisation.
Many students specialising in Management Science choose to continue to a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours, which usually takes one additional year, or a Bachelor of Science with Honours. The Master of Commerce and Master of Science degrees are based on a one-year research thesis following the honours course. A number of students also progress to doctoral (PhD) study.
Every organisation, whether a company or a not-for-profit organisation, has some operations function to it, so the skills learnt in Management Science courses are widely applicable. Graduates are usually employed by manufacturing companies, management consultancies, transport companies, telecommunications service providers, the energy sector and state-owned enterprises and many rise to senior management levels.
Students in other disciplines often find it valuable to include some Management Science courses in their degree programme, as exposure to Management Science has become an assumed part of the training of quantitative social scientists as well as accountants, computer specialists and engineers.
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Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship
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