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, TOC).

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

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alexandra Maria Batista Ramos Tenera, Ana Paula Ferreira Barroso


Weekly - 4

Total - 81

Teaching language



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


- Stevenson, W. (2017). Operations Management. Irwin / McGraw-Hill Education

- 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:

• Obtain the FREQ (>50% ) that occurs with  the delivery of  the IAs works

• Individual assessment works (IA)

• WorkGroup assessment (GA)

Work Group Work (TG), develop on a case study based, preferentially current.

The course final grade will be composed as follows:

CA = 0,55xGA+ 0,45xIA

For approval in UC, a minimum classification of  IA of 8 will be required with a course final grade of 9.5.

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

  • Assignment: Hungarian and transportation algorithms;
  • 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;
  • Applicability, conditions, and operational implications;
  • Kanbans systems characterization;
  • Capacity and number of kanbans quantification.
  • Scheduling in  JIT systems

4. Theory of Constraints (TOC)

  • Principles and concepts
  • System analysis with TOC POOGI logic.
  • Scheduling in TOC with capacity constraints


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