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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

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 including Total Quality Management (TQM) and 6 Sigma approaches;
  • the identification of areas for cost savings through the reduction and elimination of non-value adding activities;
  • improving the efficiency and effectiveness of customer service delivery.
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.
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.


• 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

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

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

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



Coursework assignment(s)


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (2500 words) 70%
Reflection  (500 words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Students may wish to purchase a copy of the core texts and other associated resources to support their independent study.

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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