- BN2216 (UG) Operations Management (module leader)
- BN3318 (UG) Operations Strategy, Systems and Implementation (module leader)
- BNM802 (PG) Simulation for Managerial Decision Making (module leader)
I have been committed to bringing innovation to the teaching of students consistently over the past 20 years in which I have taught in the UK, France, Hungary, Zimbabwe and Malawi. During my time at Aston I have assessed the introduction of the Blackboard VLE and published a paper in a 4* journal (IJOPM) on this topic. Over the past 10 years I have produced a number of textbooks which are all used to deliver modules at Aston in the areas of simulation modelling, business information systems and operations management. As a continuation of my interest in the student perspective of teaching and learning I have published a dedicated study guide for students studying operations management (Sage course companion) and published a paper on the use of web-based textbook learning material by students.
In recent years a substantial amount of work has been dedicated to update and enrich the leading textbooks ‘Operations Management’ and ‘Business Information Systems’. The work on Operations Management (3rd edition) included innovations such as a complete and complementary e-book version of the text featuring embedded learning aides such as video clips, exercises and quizzes. I use these aides to enrich the delivery of my modules, for example video clips are used extensively on BN3318 to help put strategic operations management concepts in their industrial context. The book is one of the best-selling texts in the subject area and so raises the profile of Aston as a centre of teaching excellence. I have also been invited to provide definitions of standard terms in Operations Management to the prestigious Encyclopedia of Operations Management (2014). The textbook ‘Business Information Systems’ has established itself since the first edition in 1999 as the No. 1 selling book on BIS in Europe and a 6th edition is currently being prepared.
I am also module leader for the MSc module “Simulation Modelling for Managerial Decision Making”. Supported by the authored textbook this module takes an innovative approach to teaching that provides a demanding and enriching experience for students. Students are expected to form into consultancy groups and develop a simulation model of a real organization using specialist software. This involves students in their own time visiting companies and collecting data on the actual operating performance of these companies. The students find this demanding but hugely rewarding in terms of developing group working skills, understanding real manufacturing and service processes, statistical skills, modelling skills, presentation skills and project management skills.