The unit of study critiques the strategic and organisational issues of process management and the use of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERPs) to realise efficient processes. Designing and implementing efficient business processes can provide important strategic advantages for businesses. This unit of study will describe the major strategic approaches' used to understand, analyse and implement efficient business processes. Workflow modelling techniques, process modelling techniques and procedure models will be presented and practiced. SAP R/3, as an example of Enterprise Application Software, will be used to examine the issues that students are likely to encounter in identifying, reorganising and implementing processes in a typical business organisation.

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BCO5501

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Commentate upon and quantify salient issues in the changing business environment and critically reflect on how these modify the response of Business Process Engineering to achieve positive outcomes in such fluid environments;  
  2. Deconstruct the relationships between actors, work flows, and objects in a business process;  
  3. Investigate a business process through the framework of Event Controlled Process Chains and Business Process Modelling Notation;  
  4. Emulate authentic decision-making by designing an effective organisational plan for a workflow and exhibit contemporary professional practice by implementing a workflow using SAP WebFlow;  
  5. Debate the usefulness of automated workflows for monitoring and controlling business processes with reference to contemporary literature and professional practice; and  
  6. Productively mediate processes in group activities and elucidate personal accountability and responsibilities for shared outcomes and collaboratively communicate complex concepts to specialist and non-specialist audiences.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Research Article Review 25%
Assignment Design Process Models 55%
Assignment Workflow Implementation 20%

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