About B.Sc. Honours in Operations and Technology Management Degree Programme

Operations and Technology Management focuses on developing problem solving skills, analytical thinking, communication and the implementation of cutting edge management principles and technologies that are important to develop strategies aimed at obtaining competitive advantage which last longer than strategies of other functional areas. is is so because operational strategies and competencies are more difficult to copy and emulate compared to strategies found in other disciplines. Activities performed by operations managers include: improving quality of manufactured products or services, selecting and implementing appropriate technologies, increasing productivity, managing projects, planning and scheduling productions, and constructing models to facilitate decision making to improve pro ts or reduce costs.

With these skills, Operations and Technology Management graduates will be in a better position to perform up to the expectation of management so that their contribution to the national development is assured.

Students are expected to go through a practical training programme in addition to class room learning at the university to gather much needed exposure to the industry. is Internship, one of the key components of the degree programme, allows students to get first-hand experience in an industrial setting. Moreover, field visits and factory visits, assignments based on real work and data under various subjects allow students to gain an exposure and familiarity to the world of work. At the end of the programme students will have a sound theoretical as well as practical knowledge that are needed to gain entry in to the world of work.

The BSc Honours in Operations and Technology Management Degree Programme fulfils the requirements of the Level 6 of Sri Lanka Qualcation Framework (SLQF-2015) with 121 credits of teaching and learning workload.

Attributes of Qualification Holders (Graduate Profile)

The Department of Decision Sciences intends to produce knowledgeable graduates in the eld of Operations and Technology Management, who will be visionary leaders, professionals, scholars, innovators, and global citizens with a strong sense of integrity and a high commitment to the sustainable development.


The graduate should

1. Demonstrate through knowledge of core subjects such as Operations Management, Technology Management, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, Service Management, Logistics and Transportation, and Operations Research.
2. Possess good knowledge of other areas of business management such as Information Technology, Business Analytics, Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Finance, and Accounting, and Economics.
3. Demonstrate a good understanding of how to put theoretical knowledge into practice in order to design and manage operations systems in manufacturing and service organizations in both the public and private sectors.

The graduate should be able to
1. Communicate e ectively withboth written and spoken language skills.
2. Work in teams and to provide leadership when necessary.
3. ink critically and innovatively in making decisions and solving problem
when managing the operations function of an organization.
4. Recognize when information is needed and generate, evaluate and use this information e ectively in the context of Operations and Technology Management.
5. Perform numerically calculations by understanding quantitative information and present the results in a way that every stakeholder can understand.
6. Use modern information and communication technologies effectively.
7. Maintain good relationship with all the stakeholders such as customers, co-workers, suppliers.
8.Conduct research and scholarly activities in the eld of Operations and Technology Management by adhering to intellectual integrity and ethical considerations.

The graduate should
1. Have an awareness of the importance of ethical, sustainable, and legal aspects of business activities.
2. Be adaptable to the changes taking place in the environment and exible in performing tasks not only in the world of work but also in life as well.
3. Always maintain intellectual integrity and professionalism in performing duties.
4. Appreciate multi-cultural diversity in the workplace as well as in the broader society.
5. Appreciate Aesthetic Values.
6. Engage in Reective and Life Long Learning.

Aims of the Degree Programme

In consistence with the Subject Benchmark Statement in Management developed by the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council of Sri Lanka, the main aims of the BSc Honours in Operations and Technology Management Degree Programme are:

  1. To produce a knowledgeable, well accomplished, skilled and contended student with the appropriate attitudes to face the challenges in achieving excellence with factual thinking, creativity, innovation, and research with appropriate entrepreneurial ability of national and international relevance in the eld of Operations and Technology Management.To produce readily employable graduates with appropriate managerial knowledge in the eld of Operations and Technology Management together with required skills and attitudes.
  2. To develop a range of transferable skills in students that will be of value for employment and also entrepreneurial pursuits.
  3. To provide students with analytical skills and an ability to develop simplied frameworks for studying the real world.
  4. To provide training within an intellectually sound physical and social environment to achieve excellence in Operations and Technology Management skills.
  5. To develop a student to achieve the status of a leading consultant and a provider of advanced consultancy services to the public and the private sector for improving productivity and quality of goods and services.
  6. Contribute to the government policy making process and national development in building a production based economy in Sri Lanka.

Programme Learning Outcomes

In order to create a graduate with adequate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and mind-set in the eld of Operations and Technology Management, the programme is designed to achieve 12 speci c programme learning outcomes (PLO). us, at the successful completion of the B.Sc. in Operations and Technology Management (special) degree programme, a student should be able to:

PLO 1-  Demonstrate knowledge and skills that are required for the competent practice
of Operations and Technology Management while expressing suffcient knowledge around other general functions.

PLO 2- Practice e ective skills in written and oral communication using appropriate technologies to effectively collaborate and negotiate with business clients, colleagues, and other stakeholders.

PLO 3- Demonstrate leadership and team work skills in performing business activities.

PLO 4- Apply creativity and problem-solving skills together with current knowledge to generate solutions and make sustainable decisions under a dynamic environmental setting.

PLO 5- Develop awareness of the importance of ethical, sustainable, and legal aspects of business activities.

PLO 6- Demonstrate skills in self-directed, self-updated learning and positive attitudes towards continuing personal, professional, organizational, and societal well-being.

Programme Structure for Year II, III and IV

The curriculum of the B.Sc in Operations and Technology Management (Special) degree is designed to fulfil SLQF Level 6 with 120 credits which includes both an internship training programme and a research study. The programme covers four academic years of learning. An academic year consists of two semesters. Evaluations are based on both continuous assessments and semester end examinations.



Teaching and Learning Methods

The first year of the programme is common to a majority of the degree programmes in the faculty and the courses are taught following a common structure. These courses include lectures, assignments, and practical sessions (if relevant). Due to the large intake (around 1200 a batch) the faculty divides the students into nine groups and conducts parallel sessions for 4-5 groups. In order to maintain the consistency in teaching and learning process in the common programme, a coordinator is appointed for each subject by the corresponding department and subject meetings are conducted throughout the semester in a periodically. From the second year onward, department offers courses related to the Operations Management, Technology Management, and Decision Sciences disciplines while acquiring the services from other departments for all other supportive and skill based disciplines. Course materials for all academic years are made available in the faculty’s Learning Management System (LMS) and for certain courses, continuous assessments and mid semester examinations are also conducted through the LMS. Apart from the teaching and assignment workload hours, students are expected to allocate a required amount of time for each course to cover the corresponding amount of notional hours. These requirements and the other relevant information are available in course outlines.

Assessment Methods and Strategies

The assessments of all taught courses have two components namely, continuous assessments and end semester examination. The nature of the continuous assessment depends on the course and may include mid-semester examinations, group assignments, individual assignments, in-class-quizzes, etc. A percentage of twenty-five to forty of the final assessment would be allocated to the continuous assessments while the remainder will be allocated to the end semester examinations. A grade point will be assigned for the final score and the weighted average of the grade points (GPA) is used to assess the performance of a student following the degree programme.

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