The course modules are taught in Cambridge and consist of lectures, case studies, and group exercises.
There are 6 modules, excluding M0, each of which is assessed by an independent piece of coursework. The course begins with an induction module.
Modules for 2022/23 will include:
M0: Introduction to Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management
Will introduce the students to the overall course as well as beginning the professional skills development activities. The logic and structure of the course will be explained, as well as assessment and feedback. After M0 students will know the course, each other and have been introduced to the base concepts of the course.
M1: Manufacturing processes
Introduction to critical manufacturing processes and their implications on production. This module introduces all of the theory and principles required to develop a manufacturing system. This includes an introduction to the manufacturing processes of the major materials used in industry.
M2: Operations & supply chain management
The module spans the core domains of procurement, upstream and supply chain collaborations; value creation within the factory; distribution and end-to-end (E2E) integrated supply chain management.
M3: Data and modelling
Providing business insight, this module introduces the data analytics and modelling techniques used for analysing manufacturing data. The aim is that students should be able to approach a range of managerial problems in a stuctured way, using analytical methods and be able to recognise their assumptions and limitations from this. The content includes: sampling, regression, data mining, simulations and sensitivity analysis.
M4: New business development
This module introduces the interrelated concepts of Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, Sales and Marketing and Design Innovation. All of which are required in high growth and service businesses.
M5: Research methods
Providing students with insight into the nature of knowledge, how to build an argument based on evidence (including literature), selecting and using appropriate research methodologies and how to collect and use data.
Plus a choice of ONE of the following modules:
4E1: Innovation and IP
This module builds on the state-of-the art strategic IP management thinking for developing technology innovations. Given the interdisciplinary nature of IP, this course brings together thinking from engineering, management, law and economics.
4E4: Management of technology
Provides students with an understanding of the ways in which technology is brought to market by focusing on key technology management topics. From the standpoint of an established business, as well as a new entrepreneurial venture, the module places emphasis on framework and methods that are both theoretically sound and practically useful.
4E5: International Business
This course builds on the state of the art in academic thinking to provide future managers with an enhanced understanding of international business. It moves beyond the analysis of market opportunities and industry competitiveness by paying extensive attention to the social, political and cultural differences that businesses need to consider when their activities cross borders. An appreciation of this broader “institutional” environment is essential for managers in order to accurately identify international opportunities and threats.
4E11: Strategic Management
Provides participants with an opportunity to discuss the strategic challenges facing managers in today's business environment and to develop a facility for critical strategic thinking.