Production Management


At the end of this course the student will have acquired the knowledge, skills and competences that allow him:
• Identify a comprehensive set of planning and management models
• Identify and characterize productive environments
• Characterize the main production costs and capacities
• Design aggregate plans
• Design production master plans
• Identify classic models of inventory
• Define material and resource requirement plans
• Implement management and control methods at the operational level, and
• Identify and adopt the most appropriate support models for management and control.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Paula Ferreira Barroso, António Carlos Bárbara Grilo


Weekly - 4

Total - 56

Teaching language



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Krajewski L. J., Malhotra M. K., Ritzman L. P. (2019) Operations Management. Processes and Supply Chains, Pearson Education Limited, 12th ed., Global edition, Harlow, England. 

Slack N., Brandon-Jones A., Johnston R. (2016) Operations Management, Pearson Education Limited, 8th ed., Harlow, England.

Heizer J. e Render B. (2011) Operations Management, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 10th ed., New Jersey.  

Stevenson W.J. (2006) Production/Operations Management, Irwin/ McGraw-Hill, 9th ed., Boston.

Teaching method

In lectures the expositive method is adopted to present concepts, methods and models. Oral questions are frequently made for prerequisite control, knowledge assessment and stimulate students’ participation.

In laboratory sessions the experimental method is adopted. Active methods are used. The students are challenged with multifaceted problems which should be solved. Also, case studies are analyzed and discussed. Frequently teamwork is used.

Evaluation method

The assessment is done remotly, on the moodle platform. The final grade is obtained by the weighted average of 5 mini tests, each with a weighting between 15 and 25%.

mT1: March 30th

mT2: April 13th

mT3: May 4th

mT4: May 18th

mT5: June 15th

Each mini test will be held during class time, will last from 30 to 40 minutes and the grade will be rounded up to hundredths.

          Final grade = 0.15 mT1 + 0.20 mT2 + 0.20 mT3 + 0.20 mT4 + 0.25 mT5

For approval in the UC, the student needs attendance and a final grade of at least 10 points (out of 20).

If the final grade is higher than 17 points, the student must do the Defense of Grade, which is carried out by means of a distance oral exam with at least two teachers. It will be scheduled with the student between 3 and 7 days after the final grade is released.

Students who do not pass the continuous assessment have the opportunity to take the Exame de recurso. The Exame de recurso is face to face and only a scientific calculating machine can be used.

It is mandatory to attend 8 of the 13 practical classes.

Subject matter

1. Introduction. Production and Operations Management
              1.1 Production and operations management
              1.2 Competitiveness versus productivity
              1.3 Productivity measures

2. Strategic Production Management
              2.1 Process strategies
              2.2 Assembly-line balancing
              2.3 Theoretical and balancing efficiency

3. Medium Range Production Planning
              3.1 Capacity planning
              3.2 Aggregate planning
              3.3 Master production schedule 

4. Inventory Management
              4.1 ABC analysis
              4.2 Inventory systems
              4.3 Inventory models for constant and independent demand
              4.4 Safety stock

5. Forecasting Models
              5.1  Importance in planning
              5.2 Type of forecasting models
              5.3 Time series and their components
              5.4 Absolute and relative forecast errors
              5.5 Smoothing models

6. Material Requirements Planning
              6.1 Lot sizing techniques

7. Manufacturing Resource Planning

8. Short-term Scheduling
              8.1 Loading jobs
              8.2 Sequencing jobs

9. Supply Chain Management