Albers School of Business and Economics
Course Descriptions


  • Albers course information comes from Seattle University's 2013-2014 Graduate Catalog. All graduate courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted. Syllabi information is for reference only. Information may not be current.

    OPER 561 Operations Strategy

    A comprehensive examination of the links between the operations function and marketing, finance, and engineering in both manufacturing and service industries. Domestic and international cases are used to illustrate the formulation and implementation of operations strategies and the role of operations in supporting business strategy. An emphasis is placed on the challenges faced by managers in finding a complementary match among strategic elements. Student teams apply a theoretical framework to analyze operations strategies in local organizations. Prerequisites: MBA 518.

    OPER 564 Supply Chain Management

    The strategic importance of supply chain management to manufacturing and services. Activities will include case discussions, guest speakers, and simulated negotiations. An overview of the supply chain, supplier selection and development, supplier partnerships, ethics, negotiation, just-in-time methods, legal concerns, international issues, inventory management, new product development, hazardous material procurement and disposal, and transportation/logistics. Prerequisite: MBA 518.

    OPER 576 Project Management and Control

    A continuation of OPER 566, this course extends beyond the planning phase to address topics related to the management and control of projects. Students gain hands-on experience in the entire spectrum of project management skills by planning and completing a complex community service project. Course topics will include project leadership, the role of information systems, project evaluation techniques, managing the customer interface, risk analysis, supplier relationships, cost-schedule control systems, management of project crises, project management software, contract administration, conducting review meetings, and post-project evaluation. Prerequisite: MBA 518 or instructor permission.

    OPER 591 - 593 - Special Topics Courses

    See administrative office for prerequisites and course descriptions.

    OPER 594 International Study Tour: Operations

    The study of international operations in the context of a foreign country. Course will include travel to the country to observe activities and conditions and to meet with representatives of businesses and other institutions. Location of tour can vary. Check with the department for details.

    OPER 595 Internships

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    OPER 596 Independent Study

    Independent study. Individualized reading and reporting on a specific topic approved by an instructor. The program of study and conference times must total 30 hours of study and contact hours for every one-credit taken. Grading option negotiated with instructor for CR/F or letter grade (student option). (1 - 3 credits)

    OPER 599 Research Paper