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Supply Chain and Operations Planning

Please note that the following information may be subject to change.

Programme: Undergraduate

Module Code: N12813

Semester: Spring

Convenor: Bart MacCarthy

Credits & Level: 10 Credits, Level 2

Pre-requisites: N11801 (Managing Operations in the Digital Enterprise) OR N12814 (Introduction to Business Operations) OR N12815 Strategic Operations Management OR MM1IND (Industrial Design).

Co-requisites: None.

Target Students: Any Part I or II students who have taken the necessary pre-requisites N11801 Managing Operations in the Digital Enterprise OR N12814 Introduction to Business Operations OR N12815 Strategic Operations Management OR MM1IND Industrial Design.

Delivery: 11 x ninety-minute lectures and 2 x sixty-minute tutorials

Assessment: One 2-hour examination (100%)

Exam Format:The exam paper has three sections: Section A (answer FIVE questions from EIGHT) (40%); Section B (answer ONE question from TWO) (30%) and Section C (answer ONE question from TWO) (30%)

Summary of Content Supply chain fundamentals
An introduction to supply chain planning processes and the need for them
Planning processes and methods including: forecasting, aggregate planning, MRP, Capacity Management, Theory of constraints (TOC), JIT (kanban), inventory management,
IS/IT support for planning – ERP systems
Planning through the supply chain - examining the challenges in different contexts.

Aims To build on the Introductory first year module (Managing Operations in the Digital Enterprise) by covering a series of key topics within Operations and Supply Chain Management in a more in-depth and critical fashion.

Key Words: Operations management, information systems

Learning Objectives & Outcomes Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, including the management of risk
  • The management of resources
  • The management of the supply chain
  • The use of information systems for planning, control and decision making.
    Forecasting and planning approaches, models and techniques for supply chain and operations management.
Intellectual skills
This module develops:
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate a range of business data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies, which includes the need for strong digital literacy, and to use that research for evidence-based decision-making
Professional practical skills
This module develops:
  • Appreciation and application of techniques for forecasting, planning and control of supply chain and operations management
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
  • Understanding of challenges in supply chain and operations management and their relevance to business performance.



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