Production Planning and Control


In the end of this course the students must have competencies and expertise on:

O1: Understand the importance of the production and operations management in the organizations;

O2: Identify and characterize several production environments;

O3: Characterize main production costs and production capacities;

O4: Establish aggregate plans and master production plans;

O5: Define materials and resources needs according to the MRP logic;

O6: Schedule operations in different production systems (ERP, JIT/Lean).

CO: In addition to the specific technical competences of the subject, students are expected to develop group work and leadership skills, dialogue and communication capabilities.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alexandra Maria Batista Ramos Tenera, António Carlos Bárbara Grilo


Weekly - 5

Total - 81

Teaching language



Is advised that students have some expertise in: Inventory Management, Operational Research and Quantitative Methods.


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- Heizer, J. & Render, B. (2016). Operations Management: Sustainability and Supply Chain Management. Pearson Prentice Hall

- Krajewski, L.; Ritzman, L. & Malhotra, M. (2009). Operations Management (9th). Pearson Prentice Hall.

- Chase, R. ; Aquilano, N. & Jacobs, F. (2010). Operations and Supply Chain Management (13th ed.). Irwin / McGraw-Hill.

- Pinedo, M.(2012). Operations Scheduling: Theory, Algorithms, and Systems. Irwin / McGraw-Hill.

- Cox III, J. & Schleier, J. (2010). Theory of Constraints Handbook. McGraw-Hill.

- Wilson, L. (2009). How To Implement Lean Manufacturing.McGraw-Hill.

Teaching method

Lectures are carried out combining theoretical classes and applied classes.

 In theoretical classes course concepts and models are explained, discussed, and exemplified including in some cases the use of video projections, stimulating student participation during the lectures.

In practical classes, exercises and case studies are analyzed and discussed. To develop and improve other competencies and capacities, game simulations are sometimes used in classes. Computer classes are also administrated for case analysis using mainly spreadsheets and software applications available.

 Teamwork is also promoted either in theoretical research work or in the analysis of at least one case study (GA), discussed and presented in class.

Evaluation method

The final evaluation of the curricular unit (UC) of Production Planning and Control (PCP) will be based on the following elements:

• 1 Test. Dates: (to be confirmed by the MIEGI Coordinator)
• 1 Group Work (TG). It consists of the development of a work to be carried out as specified. The work will focus on a real company problem.

The final grade of MD will be composed as follows:

Final grade = 0,6*T/Exame + 0,3*TG + 0,1*PA

T - test score; Ex- Exam score; TG - group work,  PA- course participation level

The frequency (FREQ) occurs with  the delivery of  the workgroup assignment (TG)

For approval in UC, the minimum classification of the final grade of 9.5 is required.

Subject matter

1. Medium Range Production Planning

  • Production plans in companies a hierarchical approach;
  • Aggregate planning;
  • Strategies and variables used in production planning;
  • Production planning strategies associated costs;
  • Developing a master production schedule: functions and directives;
  • Linear programming in production planning.

2. Sequencing and Scheduling

  • Assignments methods: hungarian method and transportation model;
  • Priority rules and plan evaluation;
  • Johnson''''''''s method for n/2 e n/3.

 3. Lean and Just-in-Time (JIT) Systems

  • Main concepts and tools for Lean production systems ;
  • Fundamental components of JIT;
  • Aplicability, conditions and operational implications;
  • Kanbans systems characterization;
  • Capacity and number of kanbans quantification.
  • Scheduling in  JIT systems with capacity constraints



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