Innovating in Operations Management: How to continuously improve business products and operations is a free online short course for businesses and individuals aspiring to develop their ability to effectively manage operations in small and medium sized companies, but is particularly targeted at applying innovation to operations management.

The course is appropriate for those seeking to establish a career in operations management, those who currently operate in this environment or anyone with an interest in the subject.

This course will:

  • Equip learners with the knowledge and understanding of operations management concepts, business models, methods and tools.
  • Explore best practice and most commonly used operations and innovation management business models, methods and tools used by successful organisations to improve their operations and understand how to apply them in a real industrial context.
  • Take the opportunity to reflect upon and consider particular operational issues that have a direct impact on the competitiveness of contemporary organisations.
  • Provide a platform for global discussion to facilitate learner’s connections and communication for the purpose of initiating international networks.

How to enrol?

Once this course opens for enrollment, you can enrol by clicking on the 'ENROL NOW' button. Please register your interest below to receive an update on the course dates once they become available.

Course requirements:

The course is free and widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course, which will be available when you enrol.


This massive open online course is equivalent to level 5 on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ), however, it does not hold any credits and cannot be used as a top up for your University credits.

Throughout the learning process, you will be awarded a Mozilla open badge for completing each Unit. These are internationally recognised by many employers and educational institutions and will allow you to display your study achievements, even if you only wish to complete a specific unit.

Upon completion of the course, you will be issued an E-Certificate featuring all earned badges and stating that you have completed the full course, so that you can add it to your CV or education portfolio.

If you are interested in exploring what else University of Derby Online Learning has to offer, browse our online courses.