Course Catalog

Golden Gate University offers degree and certificate programs at four teaching centers and online.

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OP 300

Introduces operations as a functional area of management and explores its links with other key functional areas of the firm. Students will learn about the acquisition and allocation of resources, product and process design, process improvement techniques, supply chain and materials management, operation of the production system, and technology deployment to support and improve the entire value chain. Both manufacturing and service systems will be explored. Students will be introduced to contemporary operations management issues, such as just-in-time systems, flexible production systems, agility, mass customization, process reengineering and quality management programs.

Prerequisite: MATH 40 or MATH 240., Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2019 , Fall 2018 , Summer 2018

OP 301

Designed to develop advanced skills in sustainable global supply chain management (GSCM). Focuses on how to acquire resources, produce products and services, and deliver them to customers with minimal environmental impact, while assuring maximum customer satisfaction and healthy organizational profits. Students will learn about the significant opportunities that GSCM has for sustainable development and key factors that are influencing them. Included will be incorporating sustainability into both product and service design and sustainable best practices in the areas of energy conservation, recycling and reuse. Addresses four interrelated areas of the supply chain: 1) upstream activities of manufacturing product, 2) downstream activities involving the usage of the products until finally consumed, 3) within-the-organization relating to green design, green packaging and green production and 4) logistics involving just-in-time, fulfillment and quality management connections to environmental criteria. The combined impact of these functions is focused on creating customer, economic, employee and social value for the business.

Corequisite: OP 321., Units: 3

OP 302

Presents a systems approach to the collaboration of all functions in an organization to attain a customer oriented quality operation and to maintain appropriate process improvement programs. The focus of the course is on the roles of customers, vendors, workers and management in setting and achieving quality and process improvement goals. A special emphasis is given to leadership skills, team dynamics, training and motivating employees and process improvement techniques such as business process reengineering (BPR), Kaizen, total quality management (TQM), statistical process control, continuous process improvement, just-in-time systems (JIT) and innovation.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2018 , Summer 2018

OP 303

Explores the theory and practice of managing innovation and technology and their role in competitive business situations. Students will examine the strategic and managerial issues related to the adoption and implementation of new technologies an to the innovation process. Product, process and information technologies will be covered through case studies, readings and class discussions. Emphasis will be placed on technology planning, development and acquisition, and managing the technically-oriented business functions.

Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2019 , Summer 2018

OP 305

Introduces supply chain management as a key business process for successful enterprises, and the enablement provided by information systems and technology in its evolution. The requirements for advanced, demand driven supply chains that provide rapid order commitment and responsive replenishment will need process alignment and contemporary information technology such as automatic data collection, advanced planning systems and linked communications, in addition to automation technology such as robotics. This course will use case studies, real-world examples and projects to teach the applications of the advanced information systems and technology that are required to enable the supply chain management process of successful companies.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2018

OP 320

Examines purchasing management's role in global supply chain management to accomplish the organization's strategy for a competitive advantage. Included are defining the requirements for materials and services, spend analysis, selecting, evaluating and developing global suppliers, establishing the correct types of trust-based supplier relationships, utilizing technology effectively and making fact-based decisions. Teaches the integration of purchasing with the other activities in global supply chain management to create a systems approach from resources to consumption. Future issues of resource opportunities, transportation issues, government regulations, environmental obligations, contract management and fair labor practices will be covered.

Corequisite: OP 321., Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2019

OP 321

Introduces the components of global supply chain management (GSCM) and its role in modern product and service based organizations using industry accepted models such as SCOR from the Supply Chain Council. Covers the determination of GSCM goals and objectives, strategy, macro process design, and level of competence required to accomplish the organization's business strategy. Studies the determination and alternatives in the design of the technology, personnel, and infra-structure resource networks to enable supply chain competence. Develops materials and capacity plans. Establishes effective control of process execution in sourcing, production and logistics through performance evaluation. Promotes performance improvement through programs and best practices such as demand driven operations. GSCM focus areas are covered so students can select the correct elective courses in this program. This class must be taken first in the concentration.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2018

OP 323

Studies the role of transportation and warehousing activities that impact the movement and storage of materials and services in the supply chain between suppliers, manufacturers and retailers. Students will examine the physical, economic, and functional characteristics of the major transportation modes as well as the increasing intermodal and global trends in logistics. Course includes the growing role of outsourcing to third party logistics providers. Students will review the integration of transportation, warehousing, order processing, inventory control, materials handling, and customer service with the other components of the global supply chain.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2018

OP 329

Introduces applications and issues in supply chain management of international trade operations in sourcing, production, logistics, services and customer service. These complex practices and procedures to support international trade management will be explored including import-export, risk management, regulations, transportation, foreign currency, information, and off shoring using current content, cases and real-world examples. Key analytical methods such as total landed costing and strategic profit modeling will be taught as tools for decision making. Students will work on a personal term project involving an aspect of international supply chain management of their interest. Should be taken as the final course in the concentration.

Prerequisite: OP 321 & both electives (can be taken with one or both of the electives)., Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2019

OP 396

Addresses significant, topical and practical problems, issues and theories in operations management or supply chain management. Topics are compiled and selected by the department chair. This course may be taken more than once, provided the same topic is not repeated. Prerequisites will vary based on topic.

Units: 3

OP 398

Offers students the opportunity to receive graduate-level work experience in operations management. Students are responsible for their own placement in an internship approved by the department chair. A written internship proposal is required before consideration for this course, and a written report is required upon completion of the internship.

Prerequisite: Approval of the department chair or program director., Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2019 , Fall 2018 , Summer 2018

OP 399

Provides an opportunity for the advanced student with a specific project in mind to do reading in a focused area and to prepare a substantial paper under the direction of a faculty member. Only one directed study course may be taken for credit toward a masters degree.

Prerequisite: completion of six graduate seminars in the Advanced Program and consent of the instructor and the department chair or program director., Units: 1 - 3

OP 100

Surveys the processes and techniques relating to both manufacturing and service systems. Emphasizes the systems approach to the efficient allocation of resources within the firm. Students will learn about the challenge of managing people, equipment and materials to jointly achieve organizational objectives. Students will have the opportunity to use relevant computer applications.

Prerequisite: MATH 40., Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2019 , Fall 2018 , Summer 2018

OP 108

Focuses on the business application of the integrated functions of logistics within the supply chain, including: transportation, warehousing, materials handling, packaging, inventory control, customer service, and logistics information systems. The role of government will be examined, and costing and pricing practices within the supply chain will be studied. Students will discover how logistics and the supply chain play major roles interacting with production, marketing and finance within the firm, and extend to suppliers, customers and others outside the organization.

Units: 3 , Offered: Summer 2018

OP 113

Emphasizes the practical aspects of import and export operations. Students will study the start-up and operation of an export department, the administration of international transactions, letters of credit and other forms of payment, collection methods and shipping procedures. Documentation, export regulations, import customs clearance and other government requirements will also be examined.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2018

OP 121

Surveys the design, development, implementation and management of production planning systems, including master production scheduling, aggregate planning, material requirements planning, capacity and inventory planning and production activity control. Students will be exposed to contemporary approaches such as just-in-time, theory of constraints and the relationship of enterprise-level planning and control systems to the overall materials flow.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2018

OP 124

Surveys the concepts and techniques used by manufacturing and service firms in improving their business processes. You will learn how to design and implement process improvement programs employing such techniques and philosophies as total quality management (TQM), statistical quality control, business process reengineering (BPR), Kaizen, innovation, just-in-time systems, process audit and process flowcharting.

Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2019

OP 164

Reviews basic purchasing, including organizational policies and procedures, development of requirements and specifications, bid and proposal preparations, selection and evaluation of suppliers, quality assurance and inspection, negotiations, materials management and legal considerations. These concepts will be applied to commercial, industrial and government contracts administration. Students will relate Federal Acquisition Regulations and the Uniform Commercial Code to the purchasing function. Students will also review the special problems encountered in global sourcing and negotiation practices in a worldwide setting.

Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2019

OP 197

Offers students the opportunity to receive work experience in operations management. Students will be responsible for your own placement in an internship approved by the department chair. A written internship proposal is required before consideration for this course. A written report is required upon completion of the internship.

Prerequisite: Consent of the department., Units: 3

OP 198

Address significant, topical and practical problems, issues and theories in operations management. Topics will be selected by the department chair. This course may be taken more than once, provided the same topic is not repeated.

Prerequisite: Consent of the department chair or program director. Prerequisites will vary based on topic., Units: 1 - 3

OP 199

Provides individual study of selected topics under supervision of a faculty member. You are limited to one directed study course per trimester.

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and the department chair or program director., Units: 1 - 3