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Applied Operations Management - Introduction to Forecasting

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • The free online course Applied Operations Management - Introduction to Forecasting shows learners why virtually all operations management decisions are based on a forecast of the future.

    Forecasts drive strategic operations decisions, such as choice of competitive priorities, changes in processes, and large technology purchases. Forecast decisions also serve as the basis for tactical planning and developing worker schedules. The course begins by introducing forecasting and describes why it is critical to the management of all functional areas within an organization. For example, marketing relies on forecasting to predict demand and future sales, and human resources forecasts future hiring requirements.

    You will then learn about forecasting methods such as time series forecasting. Time series models assume that information needed to generate a forecast is contained in a time series of data and that the future will follow the same patterns as the past. You will learn about simple mean, moving average, weighted moving average, and exponential smoothing methods. These forecasting methods are explained in detail with worked examples throughout.

    This free online course will be of great interest to all learners who have certified in Alison's Diploma in Operations Management as it introduces practical applications of operations management in the area of forecasting. It will also be of great interest to all professionals working in the areas operations management or general management who would like to learn more about forecasting and the methods used to make predictive forecasts. The course will also be of interest to all learners who are interested in operations management as a future career.

  • Having completed this course learners will be able to:
    - Define forecasting as related to operations management and give examples;
    - Describe the time series forecasting;
    - Explain simple forecasting models for time series data;
    - Describe what a causal model is and write equations for the causal model.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Applied Operations Management - Introduction to Forecasting
  • Free

  • 2-3 Hours


  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 50 Pts

Modules List( 3 )
  • Module
    Introduction to Operations Management
    • Learn more about applied operations management.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction to Operations Management - Part 1
    • Introduction to Operations Management - Part 2
    • Introduction to Operations Management - Part 3
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 2: Introduction to Forecasting Methods
    • Learn more about forecasting methods in operations management.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Forecasting Methods - Part 1
    • Forecasting Methods - Part 2
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 3: Operations Management - Forecasting Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Operations Management - Forecasting Assessment
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