MO9519 - Applied Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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What will I learn on this module?

The module aims to provide you with the theories and principles of logistics and supply chain management and the knowledge and skills of applying them in real business practices. The module is delivered to you using weekly lectures and seminars, the seminars principally concentrate on the development of your problem solving skills and various soft skills, e.g. communication, presentation etc.

Within this module, you will cover eleven main topics:
• Logistics in manufacturing and service
• Order management
• Demand management
• Distribution strategy
• Supply chain technology
• Supply chain relationships
• Supply Chain performance measurement
• Supply chain network analysis
• Supply contract
• Supply chain integration (S&OP and CPFR)
• Supply chain sustainability
The module will lead you to the development of supply chain management skills and confidence in handling complex problems in supply chain. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of quantitative or qualitative models and techniques in analysing supply chain problems. You will be knowledgeable about the theory and practice of logistics and supply chain management and skilful in the use of various tools and techniques.

On completing the module you will be able to apply the theories and principles to analyse logistics and supply chain problems in a variety of situations. You will be capable of identifying the root causes of various supply chain problems and proposing relevant solutions.

How will I learn on this module?

The two one-hour lectures will provide you with a theoretical underpinning of the module content, supported by one-hour seminars will give you an opportunity to analyse real problems in the selected cases using the theories, principles and techniques, allowing you to establish the connection of theory and practice. Besides the case study, role play or supply chain game will be used to make you play with the real and experience the real business practice.
The module has a supporting reading list that helps you to have a more in-depth understanding of the related theories and principles and how they are applied to various business problems.
Your directed study will support the work you have undertaken in the contact sessions. You will be set a selection of takeaway exercises to complete. To aid with self-assessment on progress, guidelines for case analysis will be made available to you on the e-learning portal.
Independent learning time is set aside for learning activities, self-identified by you, to gain a deeper and broader knowledge of the subject.
The problem solving nature of the seminars means that tutor (formative) feedback will be received continuously. Specific comments will be provided to presentations, role plays and game playing performance.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will be provided to you by a member of academic staff leading the module and providing the lecture input. A team of academic staff are allocated seminar groups, which provides a closer, more personal academic support. These seminar groups are typically based on study programme cohorts, so you will be taught here alongside fellow members from your particular degree.
Your module is supported by an e-learning portal, which houses lecture materials, seminar cases, alongside assessment details and various support facilities such as recordings of certain lectures and other electronic support facilities such as indicated above.
You will be provided with a wide-ranging electronic reading list that comprises of various academic reports, journal papers, industry reports that showcase the application of various latest supply chain management theories and principles presented in the module.
The module assessment consists of several inter-related tasks. This will encourage your active participation in the learning process throughout the semester. The e-learning portal will be used to permanently host these tasks after release to ensure that you can access the information required at all times. Your work on these tasks will be an essay at the end of the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Understand a variety of Logistics and Supply chain Management theories and principles and their application to real business. (MLO1)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Evidence skills in using various techniques to analyse real business problems for progression to more advanced contexts. (MLO2)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Evidence awareness of the cultural and sustainable issues in logistics and supply chain management. (MLO3)

How will I be assessed?

The module summative assessment consists of a single 2500 word essay assignment comprising several interrelated tasks which cover the lecture and seminar activities.

This assignment addresses MLO1, MLO2 and MLO3.

This will encourage your active participation in the learning process throughout the semester.

Your work on these tasks will provide you the chance to synthesise the knowledge and skills acquired in the module

The formative assessment will be based on the seminar activities including (but not limited to) case analysis, oral presentation, supply chain game playing. The feedback and comments will be delivered immediately after the activities.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Supply chain has become the competitive advantage for many companies and the demand for supply chain management talents is rising. This module provides the essential knowledge and skills in logistics and supply chain management giving you a theoretical understanding of various supply chain topics. In particular, this module will lead you to apply these theories and principles in real business practices. Latest research outputs will be learned, discussed and finally applied into practice. Various techniques such as online supply chain game will be used to help you understand the rationale behind the theories. You will undertake various assessment tasks leading to a final essay which places emphasis on your research findings of selected topics. These problem solving and analytical skills are directly transferable to your work life, through part-time employment, placement or full-time graduate role. Your additional experiences within the module centre on support reading giving you additional awareness of the broad scope of supply chain management such as sustainability issues in supply chain management.

Course info

UCAS Code N1S8

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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