The unit investigates the concept of supply chain management in the sourcing, provision and delivery of goods and services, including practical applications encompassing physical movement and storage, information systems support and collaborative relationships between partners in the supply chain, Supply chains as integration of strategies and operations to achieve end customer requirements. The unit also includes major logistics functions such as order processing, inventory management, distribution centres, transport and customer service as well as extension into international supply networks. Strategic planning of the whole supply chain for a product or service group including performance measurement, order-winning criteria and required policy actions are also explored. Integrating theoretical knowledge with professional practice, this unit of study delivery includes a site visit to review and investigate distribution centre operations.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review and understand the concept of an integrated supply chain, or value chain, serving a set of customers in a wide range of situations;  
  2. Critically analyse a business case, write a report and undertake a collaborative group presentation on distribution, transportation and/or materials management with recommended improvements;  
  3. Gain hands on practice, demonstrate advanced level use and implementation of Advanced Planning and Optimisation (APO) software, SAP's supply Chain module to formulate a Supply Network Planning (SNP) and optimisation heuristics in a range of contexts; and  
  4. Formulate and justify a strategic logistic plan for a local manufacturing or service company in a supply channel and collaboratively suggest an action plan for future operations of a supply chain related industry.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Individual SAP-APO module workshop and report writing 30%
Case Study Group case study Presentation and report writing 20%
Project Group Industry Project & Report Writing 50%

Required reading

Logistics and Supply Chain Integration,
Sadler, I 2007,
Sage, London.

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