BM5404: Design and Operation of Logistics Systems

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BM5404: Design and Operation of Logistics Systems

Module Title Design and Operation of Logistics Systems
Module Code BM5404
Module Tutor Alan Marvell
School School of Business and Technology
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module is designed to explain the principles of logistics system design and evaluate the sensitivity of logistics system design to a range of internal and external factors. Included in the module is a review recent trends in the structure of logistical systems and examine how firms actually plan their logistical systems

Indicative Syllabus

1.    Logistics system design.

2.    Spatial dispersal of inventory in a logistical system.

3.    Optimisation of warehouse location

4.    Computer modelling of logistical systems

5.    Retail logistics systems

6.    Managing the retail supply chain

7.    Development of the 3rd party logistics sector

8.    Effects of ecommerce on logistics

9.    Supply chain risk and resilience

10.  Future development of logistics systems

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to: 

  1. understand the key issues that companies must address in designing a logistical system
  2. demonstrate a critical appreciation of the theories underpinning logistics system design
  3. be aware of critical issues in logistics management from a manufacturer, retailer and 3rd party logistics provider perspective
  4. know where to obtain relevant information for logistics system design
  5. be aware of recent research on the management of risk and resilience in supply chains
  6. discuss the likely future development of logistics systems
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 40% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1500 words
002: 60% Written Exam: In-class, unseen, closed book: 2.00 hours
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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