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Service operations abstract 2010

  1. 1. Modular Education: an examination of Operations Management teaching in the United Kingdom Des Doran and Dilek Onkal Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, UK Abstract Purpose – This paper seeks to explore the application of modular practices and principles within the Education sector with specific reference to the delivery of Operations Management modules Design/methodology/approach – An electronic survey of all Universities listed on the Universities UK website was conducted in July 2010. The survey was designed to determine the degree of modularity on both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes by exploring areas of commonality and divergence between module Aims, Learning Outcomes, Assessment strategy, Syllabus content, Indicative reading and Teaching strategies Findings – There is evidence of the application and understanding of modular principles and practices within the education sector. This was particularly evident in terms of the content of a “module descriptor” with commonality of approach and content most evident within teaching content, module aims, desired learning outcomes and assessment strategy. There was evidence of module divergence between the constituent countries within the UK, particularly in Scotland and Wales where module divergence was evident within content, delivery and module assessment Practical implications – The paper provides a template for Operations Management modules which can be used to inform the delivery, content, structure and assessment strategy for those involved in the provision of Operations teaching within the UK and can be used to benchmark current provision. Originality/value – This is the first paper to explicitly investigate the application of modular principles and practices within the context of Operations Management teaching within UK Universities and as such provides useful insights for those involved in developing modules in the Operations arena and for those involved in exploring modularity within the Education sector Keywords – Operations Management, Modularity, Education Paper type – Research paper

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