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Module Title
Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain; Capacity Management; Inventory and Logistics; Supply and Demand Management; Customer and Supplier Relationship Management; Sustainable Supply Chain

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2002
ApprovedAugust 2013
AmendedSeptember 2013
Version No.4

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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF 11 entry qualifications or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To promote an understanding of the contribution of the integrated supply chain to the achievement of organisational effectiveness.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Critically analyse and discuss in a systematic and critical manner the concepts, principles and models related to Supply Chain Management.
2. Analytically examine the supply chain of organisations and measure performance improvement.
3. Synthesise a range of advanced and specialised concepts, principles and models and apply these for operational and strategic improvement.
4. Show an autonomous ability for research, problem-solving and an enthusiasm for independent learning.

Indicative Module Content

Major conceptual approaches to the supply chain will be examined relating to three main themes: supply chain policy, supply chain practice and supply chain improvement.

Strategic aspects of the integrated supply chain are investigated within a background of the growing internationalisation of business, with specific attention to the issues sorrounding sustainbility of supply chain design and practice. Lean and Agile Supply Chain strategies are reviewed and their suitability to different supply chain scenarios critically evaluated.

Aspects of supply chain design such as postponement, de-coupling and the role of information are emphasised. In particular, the dilemma of measuring supply chain performance are examined related to the customer service and resource productivity objectives, with specific coverage of the tripple-bottom line philosophy addressing economic, environmental and social performance of the supply chain.

Leading-edge concepts such as transformational logistics, process mapping, re-engineering the supply chain, e-business technology, reverse logistics and the strategic management of lead times shall be evaluated.

Throughout the module the integrative benefits of the supply chain shall be emphasised with case examples studied from best practice organisations world-wide, relating these to themes of sustainability and globalisation.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart TimeDistance Learning

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

Taught Mode (T)
The module is delivered in Taught Mode by lectures, interactive group work, case study tutorials and directed self-study.
Distance Learning Mode (DL)
The module is delivered in Distance Learning Mode by self directed learning from paper-based or web-based learning materials, supported by seminars and/or on-line support.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2
Component 2 3,4

Component 2 is an individual coursework (60% weighting)

Component 1 is an individual coursework (40% weighting)

Indicative Bibliography

1.CHOPRA, S. and MEINDL, P., 2015. Supply chain management. 6th ed. Harlow: Pearson. ebook
2.FAWCETT, S.E., McELLRAM, L.M and OGDEN, J.A., 2013. Supply chain management: from vision to implementation. Harlow: Prentice Hall.
3.HARRISON, A. and VAN HOEK, R., 2014. Logistics management and strategy: competing through the supply chain. 5th ed. Harlow: Prentice Hall.
4.MANGAN, J., LALWANI, C. and BUTCHER, T., 2011. Global logistics and supply chain management. 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley.
5.RICHARDS, G. and GRINSTED, S., 2016. The logistics and supply chain toolkit. 2nd ed. London: Kogan Page.
6.SIMCHI-LEVI, D., KAMINSKY, P. and SIMCHI-LEVI, E., 2014. Designing and managing the supply chain. 3rd ed. Boston: McGraw Hill.
7.Students shall also be required to access a range of appropriate books, journal articles, conference papers, white papers, published company/corporate reports, library databases, and particularly the most current versions of the APICS Body of Knowledge (The APICS OMBOK Framework)and CIPS Intelligence.


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