BM6303: Managing Supply Chains

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BM6303: Managing Supply Chains

Module Title Managing Supply Chains
Module Code BM6303
Module Tutor Alan Marvell
School School of Business and Technology
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

The aim of this module is to define key terms and introduce conceptual frameworks for managing supply chains. It will revuiew the evolution of logistics and supply chain management over the past 30 years anmd explore the relationship between logistics/supply chain management (SCM) and other management functions. It will also examine the objectives of logistics/ supply chain management and ways of measuring its performance.



Indicative Syllabus
  1. Definition and scope of supply chains
  2. Contribution of logistics at macro and micro levels
  3. Brief history of logistics and supply chain management
  4. Major trends and challenges in logistics and supply chain management
  5. Development of corporate strategy
  6. Strategic planning process in logistics
  7. Differing strategic perspectives of producers, retailers and logistics service providers
  8. Case studies of supply chain successes and failures
  9. Postponement principle
  10. Outsourcing of logistics 
  11. Performance measurement in logistics and supply chain management
Learning Outcomes

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

1.    appreciate the contribution that managing supply chains can make at corporate and national economic levels

2.    demonstrate a sound grasp of the principles and theories underpinning the formulation of logistics strategy

3.    understand the inter-relationship between logistics and related business functions

4.    recognise the differing logistical perspectives of producers, retailers and logistics providers

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 60
Independent Learning Hours: 240
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 20% Coursework: Group work, presentation: 15 minutes
002: 80% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements

Marks for each individual student in group work will be adjusted based on the individual student’s overall contribution. The approximate equivalent word count contribution per individual for the group work is 500 words (reflected in approximately 3 minutes presentation). Please note that is only an approximation and may vary depending on the number of individuals per group.

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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