Advanced Operations Management


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have gained both theoretical and practical knowledge about stochastic simulation and its utilisation in improvement of planning and control systems in companies and supply chains
  • Have gained knowledge of a number of numerical and mathematical methods and models for designing and improving planning and control concepts in companies and supply chains
  • Have gained knowledge and understanding about numerical analysis of demand patterns
  • Have gained knowledge about advanced order management systems
  • Have gained knowledge about stochastic discrete event simulation and simulation tools
  • Have gained knowledge to identify key performance indicators relevant to evaluate stochastic simulation models.


  • Be able to analyse and develop order management systems for both industrial and service companies
  • Be able to conduct a numerical analysis of a company’s and supply chain’s performance. This involves both choice and utilisation of statistical analysis methods on selected elements of companies and supply chains
  • Show understanding the utilisation of probabilistic models in connection with design and usage of planning and control systems. This includes knowledge and insight into the opportunities and limitations of probabilistic models
  • Be able to utilise stochastic discrete event simulation to assess opportunities and limitations of a production system and be able to utilise simulation as a tool for analysis and synthesis in their project work
  • Be able to be model and simulate a specific company’s production system and evaluate the performance of this system
  • Be able to design and redesign planning and control systems in production and service management companies and supply chains adapted to a company’s or supply chain’s specific situation.


  • Be able to combine a number of mathematical tools in an appropriate manner to conduct an analysis of the as-is situation of a company or supply chain.

Type of instruction

The course consists of a number of lectures as well as the student’s independent learning effort. The form and extent of the course is determined and described in connection with planning the semester. The lesson plans, literature etc. are created in connection with this. The course is conducted as a combination of single-disciplinary, problem-oriented and cross-disciplinary fields of study, and it is structured from a work and evaluation form which combines skills and reflection:

  • Lectures
  • Class work
  • Project work
  • Workshops
  • Exercises (alone and in groups)
  • Teacher feedback
  • Reflection on content
  • Portfolio work.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examAdvanced Operations Management
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aidsInformation about allowed helping aids for the examination will be published in the description of the semester/module.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleAdvanced Operations Management
Module codeM-OSM-K1-2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Production
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science