Program Details

Operations management in modern organizations involves design, management and improvement of production processes. Learn to evaluate the transformation process involved in the creation of goods and services, as well as gain a foundation in business fundamentals.

This specialization offers the opportunity for in-depth study with more than half of your courses devoted to your area of interest. It can help you develop a focused, industry-specific knowledge base common to operations-management professionals.

You Can Learn How to:

  • Follow the transformation processes involved in the creation of goods and services in today’s modern business
  • Analyze the behavior of supply chain networks and drivers
  • Identify methods for improving work design
  • Assess decisions and employ methods for improving decision-making
  • Apply team-building and leadership skills
  • Use mathematical, statistical and research techniques to analyze contemporary business practices and functions
  • Apply the concepts and principles of finance and accounting to make effective decisions
  • Recognize and manage potential ethical and legal conflicts

General Education

BUSN 125Applied Business Mathematics

4.5

COMP 101Introduction to Computers

4.5

COMP 102Introduction to Computers Lab

1.5

ECON 220Microeconomics

4.5

ECON 224Macroeconomics

4.5

ENGL 106English Composition I

4.5

ENGL 107English Composition II

4.5

HUMA 205Art Appreciation

4.5

HUMA 215Topics in Cultural Studies

4.5

PRES 111Presentation Essentials

4.5

 

SCIE 206Biology

4.5

SCIE 207Biology Lab

1.5

SCIE 210Environmental Science

4.5

SCIE 211Environmental Science Lab

1.5

General Education Electives (1)

4.5

Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives

A combination of 8 electives dependent on Program

Total Credit Hours:36

Students enrolled in the Fashion Marketing Specialization Option are required to take: FASH 212, Historical and Contextual Studies, in place of HUMA 205 Art Appreciation; and FASH 209, Fashion Cycle, in place of one General Elective.

Lower Division Core

ACCT 205Principles of Accounting I

4.5

BUSN 105Introduction to Business

4.5

BUSN 150Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

4.5

MKTG 205Principles of Marketing

4.5

Total Credit Hours:18

Upper Division Core

ACCT 310Managerial Accounting

4.5

BUSN 311Quantitative Methods and Analysis

4.5

FINA 310Financial Management

4.5

MGMT 310Management and Leadership of Organizations

4.5

MGMT 315Survey of Human Resource Management

4.5

MGMT 305Management Information Systems

4.5

Total Credit Hours:27

Specialization

Operations Management

BUSN 310International Legal and Ethical Issues in Business

4.5

MGMT 333Materials Planning

4.5

MGMT 348Industrial Labor Relations

4.5

MGMT 370Cost Control Management

4.5

MGMT 415Global Operations Management

4.5

MGMT 430Production Planning and Quality Management

4.5

MGMT 450Supply Chain Management and Purchasing

4.5

MGMT 465Strategic Manufacturing Policy

4.5

MGMT 499Program Capstone

4.5

Key Skills

What skills and traits are most useful for operations management?

A good operations manager works to ensure that a product, process or service is being completed in the most efficient manner possible in regard to time, money and resources. They must be efficient and communicate effectively with their employer, the client, and their team to complete the project. That can require both strategic and tactical skills:

  • Creativity
  • Leadership and team-building skills
  • Critical thinking and rational analysis
  • Deep understanding of technology
  • Strategic thinking
  • Tactical skills to implement a larger strategy
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to create efficient processes
  • Thorough knowledge of the industry

The Day-to-Day

What does an Operations Manager do?

Generally speaking, operations management involves planning, directing, or coordinating the activities of public- or private-sector organizations. This often includes:

  • Directing and coordinating operations of businesses or departments concerned with the production, pricing, sales, or distribution of products
  • Reviewing financial statements, sales and activity reports, and other performance data to measure productivity and goal achievements and to determine areas needing cost reduction and program improvement
  • Managing staff, preparing work schedules and assigning specific duties
  • Directing and coordinating an organization's financial and budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments and increase efficiency
  • Determine goods and services to be sold, and set prices and credit terms, based on forecasts of customer demand

Businesses

What kinds of organizations rely on operations management?

Operations management is vital to companies across the business world, including:

  • Public sector
  • Private sector
  • Design & development firms
  • Production companies
  • Manufacturing companies across many industries

    Some Courses You'll Take

    At AIU, more of your program courses will be focused on this specialization than at other similar schools. For a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Operations Management, your classes can include:

    • International Legal and Ethical Issues in Business

      This course presents the ethical and legal issues of business including contracts, agency law and investor protection....

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    • Materials Planning

      This course takes an in-depth look at the planning and control of material flow and production activities in a manufacturing organization. Topics Incl...

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    • Industrial Labor Relations

      This course presents a history and understanding of the Industrial labor relations system in the United States. Topics include: History and future of ...

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