Topic outline

  • General

    This course is lectured for the seventh time in spring of 2021. All lectures will be held in Finnish, but all course documentation, instructions and lecture materials will all be in English. All lectures are online.

    Mandatory introduction lecture (2.3.2022 14:15 from TU-2 (Online)) - during the intro lecture we will go through the practicalities of the course. The introduction lecture will also be available in video. As we have to give out the physical object needed for the completion of the group assignment, each group has to come and pick up of the physical object. In order to enable social distancing and a safe lecture for everyone we will organize pick up (x.3.2022 at 16:00 - 17:00 and y.3.2022 12:15 - 14:00 at Maarintie 8 / TUTA). 

    Form groups before the intro lecture / pick up in the section Group forming. More info can be found in the section Group forming.


    The course consists of lectures, videos, readings (see course book), a final exam and a group assignment. The book, videos and the lectures complement each other, and it is thus necessary to study the book also in order to succeed in the course / in the assignment.

    The lectures are held Wednesdays and Fridays in TU-2 lecture hall at TUTA. Additionally, we offer a live stream from each lecture. Moreover, a recording of each lecture will be available as the course proceeds. A complete set of lecture slides will be available prior every lecture.


    Course Book / Study Material: Slack, N.; Brandon-Jones, A.; Johnston, R. (2011) : Essentials of Operations Management, Prentice Hall 

    Note: Lecture materials for this course are updated in the Announcements section, which can be accessed from the top right corner of the main page.

    Operations Management lectures
    Topic of the Lecture Lecturer
    2.3.2022 Introduction to Operations Management Timo Seppälä
      Watch Case Tesla Motors
    4.3.2022 Operations Strategy Timo Seppälä
    9.3.2022 Product and Service Life Cycles and Operations   Timo Seppälä
      Watch Case Airbus
    11.3.2022 Supply Chain Management Part 1 Jari Laine
    16.3.2022 Supply Chain Management Part 2 Jari Laine

    Read Case xxx

    18.3.2022 Sales and Operations Planning, Production Planning, Production and Capacity Management Timo Seppälä
      Watch Case Porsche
    23.3.2022 Service and Digital Operations Part 1 Timo Seppälä
    28.3.2022 Service and Digital Operations Part 2 Timo Seppälä

    Course Staff and Contact Information

    Dr. Timo Seppälä (

    Course assistants:

    Jyri Mattila

    Please include your student number and the course code TU-C2020 when e-mailing.

    • Grading 











      How to get points:

      Exam (weight 2/3):
      The pass line is 14/30. Therefore from your result on the exam 14 points are deducted and the sum is scaled by (2/3). You cannot pass the course without passing the exam.

               max= (30p-14p)*2/3= 10.666

      Group assignment (weight 1/3): 5p for the optional (but highly recommended) partial deliveries, 10p for the final report. 

               max= 15*1/3= 5

      Bonus - Feedback: At the end of the course you will get a link to a webropol feedback. You can get 1 extra point for this feedback, however, this extra point is available only on the 1st exam. For example, if you give feedback, but pass the exam on the second time, you will not be granted this extra point.  

      Max= 10.666+5+1= 16.666