Supply Chain Management

The details
Essex Business School
Southend Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
04 September 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BBA N100 Business Administration,
BBA N103 Business Administration (Including Placement Year),
BBA N104 Business Administration (Including Foundation Year),
BBA N104CO Business Administration (Including Foundation Year),
BBA N110 Business Administration (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

The Supply Chain Management course integrates topics from manufacturing operations, purchasing, transportation, delivery and logistics. This module coordinates and integrates all of these activities into a complex process. Also, it establishes the links between the partners in the chain, including vendors, carriers, and information systems providers.

Module aims

This module covers the major issues in Global Supply Chain including: definition of a supply chain; role of inventory; capacity expansion; supply networks; bullwhip effect and information sharing; vendor-managed inventories and other distribution strategies; third-party logistics providers; managing product variety; information technology and supply chain management.

The module aims to provide students with the following benefits:

1. To develop an understanding of key drivers of supply chain performance and their inter-relationships with strategy and other functions of the company such as marketing and strategy.

2. To impart analytical and problem solving skills necessary to develop solutions for a variety of supply chain management and design problems and develop an understanding for use of strategic decision making in supply chain management.

3. To understand the complexity of inter-firm and intra-firm coordination in implementing programs such as e-collaboration, quick response, jointly managed inventories and strategic alliances.

4. To identify improvement opportunities that exist within supply networks in different industries and to quantify the improvements that various supply chain strategies offer.

5. To understand which barriers companies face during the implementation of new supply chain strategies.

Module learning outcomes

This programme is designed to give students a thorough grounding in operations, logistics and supply chain management. On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Obtain a critical understanding of principles and practices of evaluating global operations and supply chain performance.

2. Critically evaluate possible evaluation challenges faced by private equity investors, analysts, entrepreneurs, consultants, and top management.

3. Obtain a critical understanding of the impact of operations and supply chains on everyday life, and develop a critical understanding of applying operations and supply chain management practices in the light of wider issues in global business.

4. Develop a critical understanding of operations and supply chain practices for evaluating and improving business performance.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures 10 hours Seminars 10 hours


  • Sanders, Nada R. (no date) Supply chain management : a global perspective / Nada R. Sanders..

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Practical   Group Presentation (week 10)    100% 
Exam  1440 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
25% 75%


Coursework Exam
25% 75%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Marianna Marra, email:
Dr Marianna Marra,



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 44 hours, 10 (22.7%) hours available to students:
34 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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