Teaching operations planning at the undergraduate level

Leseure, M. (2019) Teaching operations planning at the undergraduate level. Sage Open, 9 (2). pp. 1-13. ISSN 2158-2440

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It is often challenging to make decisions about how to teach planning within an undergraduate operations management
module. This article defines and compares the two standard options available to instructors: (a) the traditional “technical”
approach or (b) the “conceptual” or “conversational” approach. Through a reflective action research methodology, this
article examines modules taught with both approaches. From a learning theory standpoint, the conclusion is that the
technical approach does a good job of staging learning in manageable chunks, but students rarely end up with an insightful
understanding of planning systems. The conceptual approach offers more opportunities for learning, but these opportunities
can only be taken advantage of if students engage and have enough knowledge prerequisites. To overcome the limitations of these two approaches, this article describes a more robust active learning approach based on using substitute experiences.

Item Type: Articles
Additional Information: © The Author 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: hierarchical planning, teaching, learning, substitute experiences, learning cycle
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Areas > Business School
Depositing User: Michel Leseure
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019 14:49
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 14:49
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/4694

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