This course aims to introduce and develop the main principles of production and operations management. The course investigates the key elements in managing the resources required to produce goods and services, and how these elements constitute an essential part of the strategic management decisions within organizations. The students will gain practical experience in formulating basic models of operations management problems. A portion of these problems will be solved using available software packages, whereas others will be solved manually using appropriate techniques. The use of decision support tools will enable students to apply the basic principles of operations management to actual problems in the business environment. In addition, the course equips students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to grasp more advanced models to be covered in future courses. Topics include facility location, layout planning, inventory management, project management, short-term scheduling, linear programming and aggregate planning, as well as a brief introduction to MRP, MRPII, and ERP.