Syllabus – Basic Modules

Description of the contents – Basic Module:

Quality management

This course introduces students to several Quality and Environmental Management approaches that are being increasingly used worldwide, including many associated tools, techniques and systems. The course is divided in the two main subjects, Quality Management and Corporate Environmental Management.
The subject is also divided in two parts. Part 1 discuses the traditional managerial paradigm and why it is being replaced with QM and other new approaches, as well as the research in the QM field. Part 2 addresses practical issues related to QM standards, their implementation and integration (ISO 9001:2008, ISO 9004:2009, ISO 10002:2004, ISO 10020:2010,…).


Innovation Management in Companies

The subject has an applied vocation, that permits students acquiring a knowledge base in order to analyse a business or a sector of activity from a strategical point of view. It also aims to provide tools in order to facilitate the resolution of certain aspects in innovation management and new product development in SMES and big corporations. It also provides knowledge in order to develop new business concept that could later turn into new, real business ventures.


Extended Enterprise Planning

Extended enterprise represents the concept that a company is made up its business partners, its suppliers and its customers. The study of two flows: Material Flow, it covers from supplying raw materials to delivering finished goods and Information Flow, it is from customers to suppliers through Production system. To know tools and techniques to analyze flows and to make supply and production plans under Lean Management paradigm.


Innovation in production systems

Introduction to manufacturing processes, according to different classifications. Knowing all things related to new technologies in manufacturing processes. Explain assisted systems used in the different stages of the product life cycle, from design to disposal comprising different computer aided systems. Understanding the integration of processes and production. Explain modern technologies in production. Understand the concepts of CAD / CAM / CAE. Process planning and production planning and control, integration: (CAPP and PPC). The description of the integrated manufacturing and flexible manufacturing. The computer system as the best tool to help integration at different stages of the product life cycle. The flexible manufacturing management and production.


Knowledge management

In the last years, how knowledge is processed within organizations and how it relates to the human factor is recognized as an important task to be undertaken by the company. This concern is due to the change in the organizational approach to value passing human capital (skills, competencies, information and knowledge base of an organization) in addition to the classic physical capital assets. The paradigm shift involves first, know where that knowledge, to prevent loss or decrease of the intellectual capital. Second, consider two important new management tasks: the effective transfer of existing knowledge but scattered within a organizacón and effective creation of new knowledge. To facilitate these tasks in knowledge management, providing the tools to perform and achieve added value implies a good talent management and business management skills is crucial to achieve a high degree of organizational excellence.


Strategic management

This course uses a framework and a set of tools for formulating successful strategies, where success for firms is considered in terms of creating
shareholder value. The strategy of a firm is the set of decisions it makes concerning how it will achieve superior performance by means of achieving a competitive advantage. For this purpose it is necessary to identify and analyse the sources of profitability available for the firm and to develop strategies that allow the capture of this value. This gola requires a careful external analysis and the internal analysis, including the resources and capabilities that the firm possesses.