Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

N14C32 Supply Chain Management
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  15/16

Total Credits: 15

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Non Business School MA/MSc students meeting pre-requisites and subject to compliance with module choice requirements, as listed in the degree programme specification. In addition, other MA/MSc students meeting pre-requisites and subject to the discretion of the Director of
MSc Programmes. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  Module content is divided into four parts.
(1) Supply Chain concepts: Classification of supply chains and networks. The importance of supply chain management. The procurement function. Supply chain dynamics. Supply Chain competition.
(2) Supply chain network design and planning. Buyer-supplier relationships and decisions. Sourcing decisions and lean procurement. Inventory positioning. Coordination and integration. Collaborative forecasting, planning and replenishment. Extended enterprise.
(3) Logistics management: The relationship between logistics and SCM - scope of the logistics function. Transport and distribution management. Technologies for logistics and SC management. Outsourcing the Logistics function - 3PL and 4PL.
(4) Supply chain and reverse logistics strategies. Performance, costs, agility and robustness in SCM and Logistics. Strategic planning for integrated SCM and logistics solutions. Sustainable Supply Chains.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours
Seminar 3 weeks1 per week2 hours
Seminar 2 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
2 hours per week lectures, supplemented by 6 hours of seminars. Please note all non-lectures will be timetabled in the Business School

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 70 2 Hour Examination 
Coursework 1 30 Group Coursework (3,000 words) 

Professor K Tan

Education Aims:  The module aims to give an in-depth coverage of Supply Chain management and Logistics in the context of contemporary operations, taking into account the major competitive drivers of efficiency and responsiveness and the solutions enabled by new technologies. The module addresses the scope, impact and importance of SC and Logistics management and the major decisions that need to be made in today's world of global supply and global markets.

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:

Intellectual skills
This module develops:Professional practical skills
This module develops:Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:

Offering School:  Business School

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