Advanced Operations Management online short course

Course starts 5 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
29 September 2020
Course Starts:
5 October 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation.
10–12 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R15,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


In a highly competitive and dynamic business environment, it’s critical for organisations to constantly evolve and adjust their processes for improved efficiency and productivity. Skilled operations managers lead the charge in this regard, and play a key role in maximising output and boosting a company’s chance of success.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Advanced Operations Management online short course explores the more complex issues facing operations managers today, and aims to equip you with the high-level skills needed to effectively embrace change and address operational challenges. The eight-week curriculum, which is specifically designed for working professionals, covers a range of key subject areas, including scheduling, forecasting, and risk management, and seeks to help you position yourself as a strategic leader in process optimisation.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The advanced operations management skills you need to become a key strategic partner in your organisation
  • The tools to optimise and simplify processes so as to minimise costs and maximise rewards
  • A grasp of quantitative and qualitative forecasting techniques
  • The ability to design an effective aggregate and scheduling plan
  • Transferable competencies that you can apply to both manufacturing and service-related environments in any industry

Is this course for you?

This course is aimed at existing operations managers and individuals in the operations sector who want to expand their knowledge and acquire more advanced skills to further their careers.

It’s especially ideal for professionals looking to boost their performance and stay ahead of current trends. As this course builds on the UCT Operations Management online short course, it would be advantageous to register for this option first.

Course curriculum

Learn how to enhance organisational efficiency as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Aligning an organisation's operations and functional strategies
  • Module 2 Operational processes
  • Module 3 Location, capacity and layout strategy
  • Module 4 Forecasting strategy
  • Module 5 People management
  • Module 6 Materials management and strategy
  • Module 7 Managing aggregate and scheduling planning
  • Module 8 Operational risk management

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Develop advanced operations management skills and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 5 October 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with an Enrolment Advisor here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.