MO9526 - Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk

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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 Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) and Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM) and Risk models, tools and knowledge at the subject interface to support business decision making in this area.
You will be introduced to a range of theoretical approaches and case study exercise.

The module is delivered to you using taught and interactive sessions, principally concentrating on the development of your subject skills and interpretation of the subject area to build the skills and expertise to support your group and individual assignment work.

Within this module, you will cover twelve main topics:
• Sustainable Development and Climate Change Policy
• Sustainability and Supply Chain Management – Regulation, Standards and Compliance
• Environmental Evaluation - Strategy and Risk in Supply Chains
• Triple Bottom Line and GSCM
• Environmental Management Systems - ISO 14001
• Life Cycle Analysis
• Hazard and Risk in product-driven Supply Chains
• Responsible Business, Sustainable Development and CSR
• Waste Minimisation
• Reverse Logistics & Closed Loop Supply Chains in a Digital Age
• Managing for Risk
• Risk and Responsibility – Compliance, Governance and Duty of Care

On completing the module you will be able to select and apply the appropriate GSCM/SSCM and Risk 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 case study solutions as well as the use of a supporting theoretical underpin to GSCM/SSCM problem solving.

How will I learn on this module?

An initial workshop will introduce you to the module, assessment and core topics. Subsequent to this you will be guided through a range of subject specific topics delivered over the period of the module. Key messages from these sessions will be available by video/podcast to support your learning outside of the classroom.

The module is delivered through a combination of tutor-directed learning, group and independent learning. In the taught sessions, 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. The problem solving nature of the seminars means that tutor (formative) feedback will be received continuously.

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 supplemented by activities to extend and apply your learning in the workplace.

Independent learning will centre upon the students identifying and pursuing areas of interest in relation to the subject and by providing deeper/broader knowledge and understanding of the subject through a range of learning activities that will include extended reading, reflection, research etc.

Critical reflection on knowledge, experience and practice underpins the learning and teaching philosophy along with the explicit development of competence. You are encouraged to bring examples from the workplace into the classroom to share with each other and with the tutors and discuss during coaching and review meetings.

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

During this module your module tutor, a subject specialist, will provide academic support including:
• Delivering workshops
• Providing guidance in relation to assignments
• Specialist subject advice, particularly in linking your work to academic research, and emerging knowledge in the field
• Assessing assignments and assess or review any other agreed summative or formative outputs as appropriate

An academic member of staff will be allocated to small seminar groups, which provides a closer, more personal academic support. Your module is also supported by an e-learning portal, which houses all the module learning materials, workshop resources, interactive activities, assessment details and links to extensive electronic resources, eBooks and electronic academic journal articles. You will be provided with a wide-ranging electronic reading list that comprises of various academic reports, conference papers and journal articles that showcase the application of various techniques presented in the module.

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:
Critique and appraise a variety of Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk Management techniques and their application to the analysis and interpretation of business data for a variety of organisational applications. (MLO1)
2. Understand and critically evaluate the role of Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk as an aid to decision making; through the selection of techniques to assist in the solution of business problems. (MLO2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Evidence skills in the handling of Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk techniques and the corresponding findings of its analysis and for progression to more advanced contexts. (MLO3)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment

The module has several inter-related formative assessments (group practical analytical exercises and presentations) during the small-group seminars throughout the teaching semester. 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.

Your work on these tasks will provide you with further chance to practice the various areas of Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk, beginning with pre-work for a group poster presentation at the start of the module to be delivered half-way through the course.

Summative Assessment
The summative assessment strategy contains two different assessment types to promote learning through team elements, practical activities, individual learning, while advocating research-rich learning and demonstrable theoretical understanding.

The module has two components of summative assessment.
The first component comprises a group poster presentation (20%) delivered half way through the course.
The second component comprises an individual assessment (80% 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.





Module abstract

The module will enable you to develop knowledge, analytical skills and confidence in applying a wide range of subject techniques in the interdisciplinary GSCM and SSCM and Risk subject areas. You will become aware of the role of the subject in the business context. 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 GSCM/SSCM and Risk 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 case study solutions as well as the use of a supporting theoretical underpin to GSCM/SSCM problem solving

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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