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MANG6315 Principles of Supply Chain Management

Module Overview

This module provides a broad overview of topics relevant to contemporary Supply Chain Management and Logistics. It acts as a foundation for your further investigation into areas pertinent to your career choice(s) as well as an integrative module that provides a managerial perspective to the MSc as a whole.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module provides you with an appreciation of key operations management concepts, and an understanding of the practical application to the analysis and continuous improvement of performance.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • structural choices in the design of operational systems;
  • Utilising the principles of quality, Total Quality Management (TQM) and 6 Sigma approaches;
  • Identifying areas for cost savings through the reduction and elimination of non-value adding activities;
  • Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of customer service delivery.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to persuade, convince and argue effectively;
  • Manage time and tasks effectively in the context of individual study and group work activities and take responsibility for carrying out agreed tasks;
  • Communicate in writing or orally (ideas, knowledge, arguments or proposals) with brevity and clarity.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss the nature and management of operational systems;
  • Recognise the key roles of design and quality in all their aspects;
  • Design appropriate quality, service and operational systems;
  • Engage in problem solving techniques and supply chain design for different business criteria;
  • Identify appropriate performance indicators to effect improvement, monitoring and control of company operations.


• Principles and evolution of quality, TQM, Lean, and 6 Sigma; • Production planning and control; • Transportation optimisation; • Inventory and capacity management and control; • Chain structures for different business drivers; • Reverse supply chains; • Advances in IT systems – ERP, Advanced Planning Systems (APS) and supply chain planning software, Enterprise Integration technology; • Communication within supply chains; • Green Logistics.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning activities include • Lectures • Use of on-line materials • An individual assignment reflecting on the lessons learned • In-class case study / problem solving activities • Private study

Independent Study63
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

Hugos, M (2011). Essentials of Supply Chain Management. 

Harvard Business Review (2006). Harvard Business review on Supply Chain Management. 

Christopher, M. (2011). Logistics and Supply Chain Management. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment  (2500 words) 70%
Individual reflection  (500 words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 100%
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