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OPMT 5120 - Sustainable Business Operations

Operations Management Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

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Course Details

This course introduces students to current issues in sustainable operations management. These issues include waste and energy minimization, globalization of operations, and closed loop value cycles. Students examine the influence of sustainability on the major operations management decisions and processes including Product/Service Design, Production and Service Delivery, Supply Chain Management, and Facilities Management. The course explores the frameworks, standards, and methodologies used to align business operations with sustainability principles.





Fall 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2020 term.

CRN 47079

Tue Sep 08 - Tue Dec 15 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 08 - Dec 15 Tue 17:30 - 19:20 DTC Online Delivery
Sep 08 - Dec 15 Online Online Delivery


Richard Vurdela

Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Reserved for students registered in the Sustainable Business Leadership or the BBA program. Please email for departmental approval. If you are not enrolled in either of these programs at BCIT and are seeking special permission to register, please contact Program Head Tessa Jordan at 3. Course includes a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning each week.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the key operations decisions and how sustainability affects those decisions.
  • Define and contrast the approaches that businesses take to sustainability.
  • Analyze how sustainability principles can be used to gain competitive advantage.
  • Describe the economics of environmental protection: decentralized policies, command and control policies, market-based policies.
  • Discuss the key elements of a measurement system and their use to define performance.
  • Apply current management frameworks (including EMS/ISO14000, LEED and C2C) to the design of operational processes.
  • Describe the role of projects (and project management) in executing operations strategy.
  • Apply the concepts of eco-effectiveness to the value cycle.
  • Analyze the role of sustainability principles in key operational areas (including design, processes, supply chain and facilities)
  • Apply process improvement methodologies to improve eco-efficiency.
  • Apply design principles to improve eco-effectiveness.
  • Design the key elements of a Sustainable Operations Plan.

Effective as of Fall 2020

Related Programs

OPMT 5120 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Bachelor of Business Administration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Business Administration
  2. Sustainable Business Leadership
    Full-time/Part-time   Advanced Diploma


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