Operations Concentration

Operations Management Concentration in Business Administration Major
Efficient effective management of all organizational resources is crucial to the competitiveness and survival of all modern businesses and nonprofits alike in an increasingly 24-7 world. Courses in the Operations Management concentration provide a thorough examination of the fundamentals of production planning and control; quality management; facility oversight and utilization; vertical and horizontal supply-chain design and logistics as well as global operation strategies and effective use of information systems. Lean production management concepts and resource optimization techniques receive special attention, which are essential given narrowing production margins and increasing global competition levels.

Concentration Requirements
A minimum of 9 credit hours from any of the following 300 and 400 level elective courses is required to complete a Operations Management Concentration in addition to a student’s Business Administration major.

Three Elective Courses Listed Below (9 credits) Credits
BUS 360 Supply Chain Management 3
BUS 361 Systems and Operations 3
BUS 362 Global Operations and Logistics 3
BUS 363 Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement Management 3
BUS 364 Service Management 3
BUS 366 Lean Production 3
BUS 467 Seminar in Operations and Systems 3

Business Administration – Four Year Plan of Study and Elective Courses

Concentration Benefits and Career Information
Students who complete an Operations Management Concentration in addition to their Bachelors Degree in Business Administration are more prepared for careers such as Operations Manager, Operations Research Analyst, Logistics Specialist, Logistical Engineer, Production Manager and Distribution Manager.

Common Complementary Programs and Courses
Finance Concentration: Managing the operations of modern organizations, requires extensive financial planning and strategizing so as to minimize production, inventory and supply carrying costs; optimize economic order quantities and reorder points; and realize production and profit margin goals. Many business professionals integrate operational logistical optimizing and planning skills with astute financial management skills and international finance and trade experience. The following finance concentration courses may be of particular relevance to operation management career focused individuals:

BUS 345 – Advanced Topics in Business Finance
BUS 437 – International Finance
BUS 445 – Case Studies in Financial Management using Electronic Spreadsheets

International Business Concentration: Today’s modern organizations have material supply-chains and customer bases spanning the globe. Many operations specialists and managers interact routinely with customers, suppliers, and organizational colleagues from around the globe when working on international marketing campaigns, financial transactions, and business contracts, and when dealing with foreign government regulations and tax rules. The International Business concentration exposes students to fundamental business practices, rules and regulations from various regions of the world. The following international business courses may be highly beneficial to people pursuing careers in operations management:

BUS 329 – International Marketing
BUS 362 – Global Operations & Logistics
BUS 437 – International Finance
BUS 450 – International Business

Management Concentration: Operations management activities require extensive coordination and team management capabilities in dealing with a wide range of individuals from across all levels and parts of organizations and supply-chain partner firms. Depending upon the operations career path an individual wants to pursue, the following Management concentration courses may be advantageous to operations management professionals:

BUS 330 – Industrial Labor Relations
BUS 332 – Management of Organizations
BUS 333 – Human Resources Management
BUS 450 – International Business

Business Information Systems Minor: In today’s modern organizations, minimizing operating costs, maximizing profit margins, scheduling human and material resources with dynamic global supply-chains requires extensive use of business information systems and information technology systems. Multiple courses in the Operations Management concentration are cross-listed with the BIS major or minor. For a minor in BIS, Operations Management concentration individuals must have at least three courses (9 credits) that are unique from those used as part of the Business Administration Major and the Operations Management Concentrations. Some BIS elective courses that are of particular value in Operations Management are the following (please note BIS courses that may count towards an Operations Management concentration).

BIS/BUS 361 – Systems and Operations (counts for BIS or Operations Management)
BIS 365 – Emerging Technologies and Business Applications
BIS 375 – Electronic Commerce
BIS 377 – Organizational Website & Database Management
BIS 430 – Enterprise Resource Planning
BIS/BUS 442 – Information Technology Project Management (counts for BIS or Operations Management)
BIS 447 – Business Intelligence and Data Solutions