20 credits at level HE7
This module aims to enhance students’ expertise and understanding of the physical aspects of bringing products and services to market through the supply chain. In doing so, it will assist students to:
Understand the context and principles of the supply chain, how they are structured, and how a generic supply chain operates.
Define and describe the activities of the supply chain; transformation, transportation, storage and distribution.
Be able to specify physical supply chain architectures, choose locations, calculate capacities, define transportation requirements and define distribution networks.
Be able to define and describe the operation of inventory management systems
Be able to model and suggest improvements to the operation of physical aspects of the supply chain.
Be able to appraise and compare supply chain improvement proposals and investments from a cost/benefit perspective.
Be able to plan and manage expenditure in typical supply chain management operations.
Have an awareness of legal health and safety issue relevant to supply chain management.
• Nature of different supply chain in different sectors
• Concept of internal and external supply chain
• Freight management, air, sea, road
• Warehouse design, operations and location
• Multi modal transportation
• Materials storage and handling
• Distribution and materials management
• Operational planning and scheduling (warehouse, transport, routing)
• Inventory triggers – MRP, Kanban, Re-order, safety stock.
• International trade and global logistics, supply and distribution
• Introduction to mobile communication for logistics
• Supply chain mapping, modelling and simulation
• Performance measures for physical SCM
• Life Cycle Costing, Activity Based Costing, Cost Benefit Analysis
• Overview of budgeting and budgetary control
• Health and Safety for physical SCM
A variety of teaching and learning methods including; lectures, seminars and presentation, practical work, e-learning, workshops, tutorials, study groups, videos, independent study, directed reading and research are employed to develop the knowledge and skills of a diverse group of learners.
Typical allocation of working hours would be:
Formal Lectures 21
Assignment Work 60
Directed Reading 38
Background Research 60
Total Hours: 200
The Learning outcomes will be assessed through a conference style research paper and presentation, and a written examination.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the ability to carry out critical research in a chosen aspect of Logistics, & Physical Supply Chain Management.||
Identify and retrieve relevant sources of information with minimal assistance. Read and summarise complex material and theories. Critically review, consolidate and understand a systematic and coherent body of knowledge. Generate new and innovative solutions to supply chain management problems.
Present a word-processed Research Paper using the English Language appropriately and to an acceptable standard of written presentation. Use a presentation package to achieve an acceptable standard of conference presentation.
|2.||Demonstrate the ability to analyse a range of typical Physical Supply Chain Management issues and develop solution proposals.||Answer examination questions based around real world physical supply chain scenarios.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Research Paper 3,000 words.||Examination 4 questions from 6|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Ayers, J.(2006), Handbook of Supply Chain Management, Taylor and Francis, [Online] available from www.mylibrary.com?id=65342
Lysons, K. and Farrington, B. (2005) Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (7th ed.), FT Prentice Hall [Online] available from www.mylibrary.com?id=60188
Martin, C. (2005), Logistics and Supply Chain Management (3rd ed.)Harlow: FT Prentice Hall. [Online] available from www.mylibrary.com?id=65342
Simchi-Levi, D. and E. and Kaminsky, P. (2008), Designing and Managing the Supply Chain (3rd ed.) London: McGraw-Hill
Logistics and Transport Focus
Journals from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply plus the Institute of Operations Management are highly recommended.
Logistics Information Management - Journal
Production Planning and Control - Journal
•Supply Chain Management; An International Journal
The following relevant online sources are recommended, other sites will be introduced to learners throughout the module delivery:
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
The Department of Trade and Industry
The Institute of Operations Management
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
The Financial Times
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