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Syllabus for

Academic year
TEK420 - Operations planning and control  
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-25 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPSCM
6,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Engineering and Management

Only for students admitted to the program MPSCM
Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Examination 6,0 c Grading: TH   6,0 c   17 Jan 2015 am H   16 Apr 2015 pm V,  25 Aug 2015 pm M  

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Professor  Patrik Jonsson


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

The course is compulsory for the students of the Master s programme Supply Chain Management. Other students may be accepted if there is room available. Admittance will be decided on a case-by-case basis. As a minimum, applicants should have taken courses within the fields of
(i) business administration (at least 7.5 hec),
(ii) general/operations management (at least 7.5 hec), and
(iii) supply chain management (at least 15 hec)


The overall aim of the course is to critically analyse and evaluate common manufacturing and supply chain planning approaches and to be able to design and use manufacturing and supply chain planning systems in firm specific environments in order to generate efficient and effective manufacturing and supply chain strategies. It thus provides deep knowledge about design and practical use of planning and control processes and methods, both in manufacturing and supply chain contexts.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • outline the vital parts of an operations planning and control strategy.

  • define the basic data, planning parameters, activities and most common planning methods of demand management, master planning, detailed planning and execution processes.

  • compare the characteristics of methods for of demand management, master planning, detailed planning and execution processes,

  • analyse and categorize firm specific planning environments.

  • analyse and suggest how to design and relate operations planning and control strategies to specific planning environments.


The course takes the perspectives of manufacturing facilities as well as supply chains, involving multiple facilities. It contains lectures, literature and exercises covering the following topics:

  • Structures, perspectives and performances of operations planning and control

  • Basic data and planning parameters and variables

  • Planning environment

  • Forecasting

  • Customer order processes

  • Sales and operations planning

  • Master production scheduling

  • Materials planning

  • Capacity planning

  • Execution and control of operations


The focus on planning and control is both conceptual and quantitative. All topics are studied from the perspectives of a focal company, collaboration in dyads of companies and for chains or networks of companies. In line with the teaching objectives of the whole programme, the course includes a mix of practical and theoretical aspects, lectures, guest lectures from industry, case studies and seminars. Specific for this course, compared to other courses in the master s programme, is that it also puts large emphasis on solving quantitative planning problems and computer laboratory.


Textbook and journal articles. An up-dated literature list is announced on the course web page before the course starts.


Written hand-ins, written exams and approved group based and individual exercises and assignments.

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