The learning design is based on the use of an Excel spreadsheet
simulator to complete one assessment task.
View the Learning Design Sequence for a graphical representation
of this learning design.
Students "play the game"/interact with the simulator...
build and trial a decision support system... reflect and document
their learning experience...
An Excel spreadsheet is the primary resource...
Students will need help from the instructor in creating the
decision support tool needed to complete the project; Students
work in groups and thus there is an element of collaborative
learning in this design...
Production planning is just one module in a production /
operations management course. This design is used in the middle
of the paper...
Gain an understanding of material requirements planning,
order release, bill of materials, capacity planning...
The learning design is implemented as an assessable task.
The students submit the decision support model they have developed
and a reflective essay...
The students do not have practical experience of a production
environment. A simulation provides them the look and feel
of this environment. The profit (and loss) imperative gives
them an added motivation...