Learn how to create efficiency within an organization with the Operation Management Specialization at Ashford University. Supplement your undergraduate degree and learn important management skills and knowledge. In this specialization, you will focus on topics such as quantitative techniques, quality management and productions operations control. Learn more about individual classes required for your specific degree. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.
Specialization for Undergraduate Degrees
Learn practical application of both organizational and technical skills in the Operations Management Specialization. The Operations Management Specialization has four (4), three (3) credit courses that prepare you to succeed in a broad range of manufacturing and service business settings where quantitative skills are essential.
BUS 307 Operations Management & Quantitative Techniques
A survey of relevant quantitative techniques commonly used in accounting, business, and information systems. Topics will vary but, typically, elementary probability theory and applications, decision theory, and linear programming are included. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of Quantitative Reasoning Core Competency.
BUS 445 Total Quality Management
This course presents quality procedures and concepts for enhancing goods, services and the entire business environment. Students learn various methods of process control and acceptance sampling, including using control charts and sampling plans. Quality planning, assurance and control are covered as parts of a total quality system. Probability and statistical concepts are further explored as related to process control.
BUS 446 Production Operations Control
Students analyze production control requirements as applied to both "push" and "pull" production environments. Students will gain an understanding of the ideologies related to forecasting, planning, scheduling, and managing operations with regard to the important relationship between the supply chain and production control. Students further learn to capture data to produce goods and services.
INF 336 Project Procurement Management
Designed to develop the basic knowledge base of project managers and project procurement managers, this course emphasizes partnering between buyers and sellers to create a single culture with one set of goals and objectives. Students will discover the key areas in procuring outside services and products—from the initial decision to buy through final contract closeout. They will recognize what must be done for success in the six key project procurement management processes: procurement planning, solicitation planning, solicitation, source selection, contract administration, and contract closeout. They will also formulate the make-or-buy decision, prepare an effective procurement management plan to guide the team, and use outsourcing for maximum benefit. Lessons and best practices from procurement theory and experience are also presented. This course can be used as a substitute for BUS 309.