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Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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Programme: Undergraduate

Module Code: N13806

Semester: Autumn

Convenor: Behzad Hezarkhani

Credits & Level: 10 credits; Level 3

Pre-requisites: A general appreciation of management strategy, economics or operations and production management. (N12814) Intro to Bus Ops or (N12815) Strategic Operations Management or(N11801) Managing Operations in the Digital Enterprise is desirable but not essential

Co-requisites: None.

Target Students: Available to Part I or Part II students with a general appreciation of management strategy, economics or operations and production management. N12814 Introduction to Business Operations N12815 Strategic Operations Management OR N11801 Managing Operations in the Digital Enterprise is desirable but not essential.

Delivery: 11 two-hour lectures; 2 one-hour seminars

Assessment: One 2-hour examination (100%)

Exam Format:Answer THREE questions. Paper to contain FIVE questions. All questions carry equal marks.

Summary of Content The module provides an introduction to logistics and supply chain management (LSCM) within the international context. As such, the module examines: how LSCM strategies contribute to businesses' competitive advantage; the relationship aspects between business partners in delighting end-customers; and supporting operational activities and the international transport of goods. The module is taught by reference to academic literature and management practice, including case-studies and application to special topics such as humanitarian logistics and international trade.

Aims Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) principles lie at the heart of modern day business operations. This module provides an awareness of key fundamentals. Particular focus is placed on competitive advantage in the context of cost and value as well as the operational and economic aspects relating to transport and logistics operations. Students are encouraged to critically engage with theory and practice by reference to academic literature and application.

Key Words: Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Transport, International Business Operations, Competitive Advantage

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 development, access and operation of markets for resources, goods and services
  • The management of customer expectations, relationships and development of service excellence
  • The use of accounting and other information systems for planning, control, and decision making
  • The management of resources
  • The management of the supply chain
  • The management of procurement
  • The management of logistics
  • The management of outsourcing
  • The development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations
  • The need for individuals and organisations to manage responsibly and sustainably and behave ethically in relation to social, cultural, economic and environmental issues
  • The different approaches for segmentation, targeting, positioning, generating sales and the need for innovation in product and service design
  • Economic policy at the macroeconomic level showing an understanding of analytical methods and model-based argument and of different methodological approaches and their strengths and limitations.
Intellectual skills
This module develops:
  • The ability to analyse facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions
  • 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
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
Professional practical skills
This module develops:
  • Numeracy and quantitative skills to manipulate data, evaluate, estimate and model business problems, functions and phenomena
  • Commercial acumen based on an awareness of the key drivers for business success, causes of failure and the importance of providing customer satisfaction and building customer loyalty
  • The ability to act entrepreneurially to generate, develop and communicate ideas, manage and exploit intellectual property, gain support and deliver successful outcomes
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media
  • Ability to work collaboratively both internally and with external customers and an awareness of mutual interdependence
  • Self-management and a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time
  • Ability to work with people from a range of cultures
  • Building and maintaining relationships

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