Syllabus for SOP-720

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Strategic Operations Management includes creating and implementing organizational distinctive competitive advantages by exploiting new technologies to increase efficiency, and incorporating mathematical tools to guide management and employees on what decisions are best for the organization. It includes supply chain management, which involves strategic materials sourcing, forecasting, warehousing, inventory control and planning, transportation, purchasing, and financials. 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you will be able to:

 

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-280739-5

COURSE STRUCTURE

Strategic Operations Management is a three-credit online course, consisting of four (4) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in six (6) graded discussion forums, two (2) synchronous events, and to complete four (4) written assignments. You are also required to complete a comprehensive midterm assignment and a final group project.

Consult the course calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

This course requires you to participate in six (6) graded discussion forums. There are also one ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1. In addition, there are two discussion forums for synchronous events. Group discussion forums are also available for each group to work on the final project collaboratively. Click to view Online Discussion Grading Rubric.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete four (4) written assignments. Each written assignment includes selected problems at the end of chapters that require you do the calculations and interpret the results in making operations management decisions.

Synchronous Events

You are required to participate in two synchronous events during Week 3 and 7 of the semester. You will dial into a teleconference number (provided by your mentor) at a set time. Your mentor will work with the class to propose a time that works best and accommodates the majority. Both synchronous events will focus on case analyses. See the Module 2 and Module 4 areas of the course web site for further details.

Comprehensive Midterm Assignment

You are required to complete a comprehensive midterm assignment that covers modules 1 and 2. The midterm assignment consists of four (4) problems similar to problems in written assignments. You will submit this midterm assignment by Saturday of midterm assignment week (see the course Calendar), doing it in the same way you have for your other written assignments in this course.

The midterm assignment is located in the Midterm Assignment area of the course Web site.

Final Group Project

You are required to complete a final project as a group for this course. You are required to form a group of 3 or 4 members depending on the course enrolment at the end of Week 1 and work collaboratively to complete a final project based on a scenario. This includes to decide a final project title, research and identify the resources and references, draft the paper, write a progress report, present the paper in 20-25 PowerPoint slides with detailed speaker notes, and submit the final project slides and notes as a group. The Groups space in this course provides you an online space to discuss, share, critique, and elaborate among your group members. It is also an online space for you to demonstrate your group work together to complete your final project.  

As part of your final project grade, you are also required to rate your group members' efforts in completing your final project. This will be an anonymous peer evaluation that requires you to download and complete a group evaluation form. The mentor will average your peers' ratings which counts 20% of your individual final paper grade. The mentor's grading of your group's final project counts 80% of your individual final paper grade.

See the Final Project area of the course web site for further details.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

B–

=

80–82

A–

=

90–92

C+

=

78–79

B+

=

88–89

C

=

73–77

B

=

83–87

F

=

Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Students must maintain a B average to remain in good academic standing.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of the intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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