Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia

Production Management



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia


Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica e Industrial



Teacher in charge

Ana Paula Ferreira Barroso, Virgílio António Cruz Machado

Weekly hours


Total hours


Teaching language



The goal of this course is to present to students a broad introduction to the field of production management in a realistic and practical manner. Production management includes a blend of methodologies, techniques and tools in the scope of industrial engineering, management, and management science.

Students should be able to both understand how production management contributes positively to the effective and efficient management of organizations and have an overview of a comprehensive set of planning and management models (namely, identify and characterize several production environments, characterize main production costs and production capacities, establish aggregate plans and master production plans, identify e characterize classic models for economic management of inventory, define materials and resources needs and apply methods to support project management and control), as well as should be able to develop skills that enable them to identify and adopt the most suitable models on the managing support and control.

Subject matter

1. Introduction. Production Management and Competitiveness
              1.1 Product development.
              1.2 Processes structure. Product life cycle
              1.3 Competitiveness versus productivity
2. Strategic Production Management
              2.1 Process strategies
              2.2 Capacity planning
              2.3 Layout. Assembly-line balancing
3. Medium Range Production Planning
              3.1 Aggregate planning
              3.2 Master production schedule 
4. Inventory Management
              4.1 ABC analysis
              4.2 Inventory systems
              4.3 Inventory models for constant and independent demand
              4.4 Safety stock
              4.5 Lot sizing techniques
5. Forecasting Models

6. Material Requirements Planning
7. Manufacturing Resource Planning
8. Short-term Scheduling
              8.1 Loading jobs
              8.2 Sequencing jobs
9. Supply Chain Management
              9.1 The strategic importance
              9.2 Supply chain modelling


Krajewski L. J., Malhotra M. K., Ritzman L. P. (2015) Operations Management. Processes and Supply Chains, Pearson Education Limited, 11th ed., Global edition, Harlow, England. 

Slack N., Brandon-Jones A., Johnston R. (2016) Operations Management, Pearson Education Limited, 8th ed., Harlow, England.

Heizer J. e Render B. (2011) Operations Management, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 10th ed., New Jersey.  

Stevenson W.J. (2006) Production/Operations Management, Irwin/ McGraw-Hill, 9th ed., Boston.

Roldão V.S. e Ribeiro J.S. (2007) Gestão das Operações. Uma Abordagem Integrada, Monitor, Lisboa.

Teaching method

In lectures the expositive method is adopted to present concepts, methods and models. Oral questions are frequently made for prerequisite control, knowledge assessment and stimulate students’ participation.

In laboratory sessions the experimental method is adopted. Active methods are used. The students are challenged with multifaceted problems which should be solved. Also, case studies are analyzed and discussed. Frequently teamwork is used.

Evaluation method

The curricular unit assessment will be based on 3 closed-book Tests (T1, T2 and T3):
          T1 - 4 de abril às 15h; 35% 
          T2 - 9 de maio às 16h; 30% e 
          T3 - 30 de maio às 15h; 35%.

Students must attend at least 9 lectures and 9 practical classes.

Final grade = 0,35 T1 + 0,30 T2 + 0,35 T3  (T3: at least 7 out of 20)


Final grade = Final exam

A student is approved if the final grade is at least 9.5 out of 20.