MO9525 - Strategic Supply Chain Management

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What will I learn on this module?

The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills of applying a variety of Strategic Supply Chain Management (SSCM) knowledge at the subject interface to support business decision making in this area of subject. The module will be delivered using seminar sessions, principally concentrating on the development of your subject skills and interpretation of the subject area.

Within this module, you will cover twelve main topics:
• Logistics Planning Systems and Global SCM;
• Customer Service;
• Relationship Management;
• Benchmarking the Supply Chain;
• JIT and Quick Response Logistics;
• Inventory Management;
• Agile Supply Chain;
• Lean Thinking;
• e-Supply Chain;
• from Purchasing to Procurement;
• Reverse Logistics;
• Quality SCM and Lean Six Sigma.

You will undertake various seminar and case study exercises to build the skills and expertise in these Strategic SCM areas to support your group working and individual assignment work.

The module will develop your SSCM skills and confidence in handling the knowledge gained. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of the role of the Supply Chain Manager and the development of various related business problem-solving skills.

On completing the module you will be able to select and apply the appropriate SCM techniques to support business problem solving in a variety of situations. You will have developed relevant skills to support the theoretical material introduced throughout the module. You will create and design appropriate organisation solutions as well as the use of a supporting theoretical underpin to SSCM problem solving.

How will I learn on this module?

Your module will be delivered using a combination of lecture, seminar, open learning (e-portal based) material, case studies, and directed and independent learning. Throughout, the emphasis will be on high levels of your participation, both individually and within small groups or teams.

An interactive approach to lecture sessions will draw upon your directed learning undertaken and your experiences. These activities will facilitate the application of theory to ‘real-life’ situations, also enabling you to critically analyse and make appropriate recommendations for the organisation/individual. You will be set a selection of exercises to complete in seminars. To aid with self-assessment on progress, solutions to these exercises will be made available to you on the e-learning portal where appropriate

Your module’s Teaching and Learning Plan (TLP) outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed learning and independent learning. Your tutor-directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform. Your independent learning will centre upon the identifying and pursuing areas of interest in relation to the subject area or by providing deeper/broader knowledge and understanding of the subject. Your independent learning activities might include extended reading, reflection, research etc.

As an intermediate module, the content will broaden your knowledge about contemporary transport issues and relate this to concepts of competitive advantage through efficient inventory management. It will use case study information and where appropriate, research outputs from applied research journals and trade magazines.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The Teaching and Learning Plan (TLP) will outline:
• Learning outcomes and overall module and programme aims
• Teaching, learning and assessment strategy
• Teaching schedule
• Directed reading references (text and journals) and core texts for the module

Ongoing support will be provided to you through the lectures and seminars to build up your skills and expertise in the module.

Your module study is further supported by an e-learning portal (blackboard) which acts as a central directory for the teaching and learning materials, such as the Teaching and Learning Plan, lecture slides, seminar exercises, case studies, assessment briefs, alongside other relevant internet resources and multimedia support information.

A wide-ranging electronic reading list that comprises of various core text books and journal articles will be made available to provide you with guidance on the module reading materials. The list will also help you to prioritise those materials, and divide them into topics by core reading and further reading.

To assess your acquisition of the knowledge and the skills introduced during the module, you are encouraged to participate in serval inter-related group practical and analytical exercises and presentations (formative assessment) during your small-group sessions throughout your teaching. Tutor’s support and feedback will be given to your group exercises and presentations. You are expected to act on the formative feedback for the subsequent individual 3000 words written assignment (summative assessment).

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
To develop a variety of Strategic Supply Chain Management techniques and their application to the analysis and interpretation of business data for a variety of organisational applications. (MLO1)

To understand and critically evaluate the role of Strategic Supply Chain Management as an aid to decision making; through the selection of techniques to assist in the solution of business problems.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment

Tutor’s support and feedback will be given to the groups in the seminars. The relevant materials will be stored in the e-learning portal and distributed through the teaching semester.

The module has a single individual summative assessment (100% written assignment) of 3000 words set around the learning outcomes of the module. The mark and written feedback will be given based on the pre-developed marking criteria. The summative assessment brief and the marking criteria will be available on the e-learning portal and distributed from the beginning of the semester.

This summative assessment will address MLO1, MLO2





Module abstract

This module provides essential business skills giving you a theoretical understanding of Strategic Supply Chain Management and various SSCM applications supported through practical Case Study exercises. You will work on a number of key techniques linked to which are set to practical scenarios, supporting work for practice and specific items relating to your assessment. You will undertake assessment tasks leading to an emphasis on your findings and problem interpretation. These critical, analytical, practical and interpretative skills are directly transferable to your working life. Your additional experiences within the module centre on support reading giving you additional awareness of the broad applicability of the module content across the wider business and management subject area. Assessment will be a written assignment. You are required to produce an individual detailed report.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 Years Part-Time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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