MO9626 - Supply Networks

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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 Supply Networks knowledge at the subject interface to support business decision making in this area of subject. The module is delivered to you using weekly lectures and seminars, principally concentrating on the development of your subject skills and interpretation of the subject area.
Within this module, you will cover ten main topics:
Supply Network Design,
Planning and Control;
Intermodal transportation;
Warehouse Planning and Control;
Warehouse Design Management;
Inventory Control Systems;
Network Management,
Operational Perspectives;
Network Architecture;
Lean Thinking via Process Improvement;

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

The module will lead you to the development of Supply Network (SN) skills and confidence in handling the knowledge gained. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of subject techniques in the Supply Network subject area. 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 Network Manager and the development of various business problem solving models.

On completing the module you will be able to select and apply the appropriate SN 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.

How will I learn on this module?

The taught sessions will provide you with a theoretical underpinning of the module content, supported by activities, which will give you an opportunity to practice the various techniques and topics studied, allowing you to build up a subject proficiency and the necessary skills of interpretation and communication of findings.

Additional exercises on the module’s e-learning portal that will enable you to undertake further study independently. The module has a supporting reading list that provides you with an opportunity to see how the various decision making techniques are applied to further managerial and research-based problems.

Your directed study will support the work you have undertaken in the contact sessions. You will be expected to keep up-to-date with your academic reading. In addition, you will be set a selection of exercises to complete in the sessions. To aid with self-assessment on progress, solutions to these exercises will be available to you on the e-learning portal where appropriate.

Independent learning time is set aside for learning activities, self-identified by you, to gain a deeper and broader knowledge of the subject. You may complete the review exercises, work with the electronic support tools (such as recordings of applications), or undertake further reading.

The problem solving nature of the sessions means that you will receive continuous formative feedback from your tutor and peers. Solutions to both session and directed learning activity on the e-learning portal will be aid knowledge and provide formative assessment.

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

Support will also include opportunities to gain formative feedback from workshop tutors, peers and your professional development coach on how to apply the learning in the workplace.

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

The module assessment consists of two inter-related tasks (20%) Presentation and (80%) Individual Assignment, which will be distributed throughout your teaching semester. This will encourage your active participation in the learning process throughout the semester. The eLearning portal will permanently host these tasks after release to ensure that you can access the information required at all times.

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:
1. Critique and appraise a variety of Supply Network Management techniques and their application to the analysis and interpretation of business situations for a variety of organisational applications. (MLO1)
2. Understand and critically evaluate the role of Supply Network Management 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 Supply Network Management 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?

The module assessment consists of inter-related tasks, which will be distributed throughout your teaching semester.

This will encourage your active participation in the learning process throughout the semester.

The eLearning portal will be used to permanently host these tasks after release to ensure that you can access the information required at all times.

Your work on these tasks will provide you with further chance to practice the various areas of Supply Networks, as well as forming the pre-work for a group presentation at the end of the module.

Component one:
A 20-minute group presentation represents 20% of the module mark will be based on an investigation of an organisation identified by the group.

Component two:
An 80% individual assignment will allow students to individually use the presentation as a case study to further evaluate via secondary research the variation between Supply Network Management practiced by an organisation and an extensive literature review.

Both assessments address MLO1, MLO2 and MLO3





Module abstract

It is expected that you will develop your professional practice with an appropriate level of Supply Network Management (SNM) understanding and proficiency in everyday business usage. This module provides these essential business skills giving you a theoretical understanding of various SNM 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 assessed presentation which places emphasis on your findings and problem interpretation. These critical, analytical, practical and interpretative skills are directly transferable to your working role. 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.

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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