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Module code: MAN2093

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 provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: N200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 11

Laboratory Hours: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


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)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


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 aims

  • Provide knowledge of fundamental concepts and frameworks widely used to solve management challenges analytically
  • Explore and apply theoretical concepts and use their understanding and insight gained throughout the model-based problem solution process
  • Provide decision analytic methods based on different types of managerial problems and data

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 To be able to critically understand and define business problems in a concise, precise and logical manner. KCT
002 To gain critical insights of the main Management Science methods and tools and how they are used for solving managerial problems. KCPT
003 To critically evaluate and select the relevant Management Science analytical methods to improve business productivity. KC
004 To apply relevant analytical solution models and develop procedures that offer competitive advantage to the organisation. KCPT
005 To effectively communicate and provide results to stakeholders and decision makers for implementation. CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Business Management (Entrepreneurship) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management (HRM) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.