MO0487 - Strategic Procurement and Logistics

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What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of the synergy between strategic procurement and logistics management. The focus is given to processes that add value through the production and delivery of services and products in the supply chain, and the tools needed to manage these processes effectively. Furthermore, you will be given a comprehensive understanding of modern approaches to strategic procurement and logistics management throughout the supply chain. On completion of the module you will be able to critically analyse the approaches to managing procurement and logistics management used by a variety of product and service organizations operating in a global business environment.

The content of the module comprises a number of key parts which are listed below.
Introduction to purchasing and SCM
The purchasing process
Supplier quality management
Supplier evaluation and selection
Negotiation and Contract management / incoterms
Supplier management and development - creating a world-class supply base
Worldwide sourcing
Introduction to ERP systems
Information technology benefits evaluation
Knowledge management in supply chains
Innovation management in supply chains
Outsourcing/ re-shoring management
Power in supply chains
Change management in supply chains


Scope of Materials Management and Logistics
The effects of ROI and Profits
Customer Service
Purchasing - the 5 'rights'-Partnership Sourcing (I)
Purchasing - the 5 'rights'-Partnership Sourcing (II)
Inventory Management Strategy
Inventory Management MRP
Inventory Management ERP
Channel and Network Strategy
Materials Handling and Storage (I)
Materials Handling and Storage (II)
Information Technology in Logistics

How will I learn on this module?

Critical reflection on knowledge, experience and practice underpins the learning and teaching philosophy along with the explicit development of competence. This is key to your learning on the module. To put this in place, the module will be taught by lectures and seminars covering the key issues in strategic procurement and logistics.

The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan, which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to lecture sessions will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and your own experiences. Throughout, the emphasis will be on high levels of your participation, both individually and within small groups or teams. You can therefore expect the reflective-practitioner approach to learning to be embedded in all seminar sessions through undertaking activities which facilitate you to apply theory to ‘real-life’ situations, critically analysing and making recommendations for appropriate ways forward for the supply chain/organization/individual.

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

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to lecture sessions will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and your own experiences. Throughout, the emphasis will be on high levels of participation, both individually and within small groups or teams. You can therefore expect the reflective-practitioner approach to learning to be embedded in all workshop/seminar sessions through undertaking activities which facilitate you to apply theory to 'real-life' situations, critically analysing and making recommendations for appropriate ways forward for the organization/individual.

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.

Independent learning will centre upon you identifying and pursuing areas of interest in relation to the subject area or by providing deeper/broader knowledge and understanding of the subject through a range of learning activities that might 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.

Technology Enabled Learning (e.g., the use of the e-learning portal) and Research Rich Learning (e.g., you will do research as part of your seminar preparation and your assessment) will be used.

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: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Understand and critically evaluate the wider impact of individual or organisational decision making on strategic procurement and logistics management contexts. [MLO1]
• Acquire, interpret and critically apply knowledge of strategic procurement and logistics management. [MLO2]

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

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

How will I be assessed?

The module will be assessed by one individual exam and by one individual assignment.

Individual Exam (25%)
You will be asked to answer a number of essay type questions, which can be case study related and are based on the lecture and seminar content of the module.

This will assess MLO1 and MLO2.

Individual Assignment (75%)
Individual assignment: (3,600 words, 75% weighting): a critical evaluation of various strategic procurement and logistics management aspects in relation to practical organisational settings.

This will assess MLO1 and MLO2.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of the synergy between strategic procurement and logistics management. The focus is given to processes that add value through the production and delivery of services and products in the supply chain, and the tools needed to manage these processes effectively. Furthermore, you will be given a comprehensive understanding of modern approaches to strategic procurement and logistics management throughout the supply chain. On completion of the module you will be able to critically analyse the approaches to managing procurement and logistics management used by a variety of product and service organizations operating in a global business environment.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time
2 other options available

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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