Logistics and Supply Chain Planning and Control

The details
Essex Business School
Southend Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
06 November 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC N21612 International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Module description

Logistics and operations management are key business functions that support effective supply chain management. This module will provide the student with fundamental concepts, processes, models and techniques required for design, planning, management, and control of contemporary logistics and supply chain operations.

The module will first discuss the key decisions and considerations for the design of logistic and supply chain networks and introduce the transportation and location-allocation optimisation models.

It will then continue with production planning and inventory control, discussing in particular the techniques of production planning, Material Requirement Planning (MRP) and Just In Time (JIT) systems, the role of inventories and different inventory management models, and production scheduling principles.

Finally, key concepts in quality management will be discussed. The importance of total quality management tools, both quantitative and qualitative approaches, for providing high-quality products and services will be emphasized.

Module aims

This module will provide the student with a solid and critical understanding of key concepts and processes for logistics and supply chain planning and control.
Students will be able to understand the underlying mechanisms behind MRP and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, which are essential for manufacturing firms, and identify and develop mathematical models in order to support decision making in practise.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Explain why a well-managed supply chain is important for an organization’s performance

2. Compare different supply chain strategies in the same sector and across sectors, specifically between industry/manufacture and service

3. Decompose a supply chain to analyze each component

4. Describe the key strategic drivers of supply chain performance

5. Critically analyze a supply chain strategy and identify problems

6. Discuss the future of supply chain management: globalization, technology, sustainability and current business transformation.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The following learning and teaching methods will inform the pedagogic process of the course: The lectures will introduce the key theoretical concepts and processes of logistics and supply chain planning and control. Quantitative models and techniques that support these functions in practice will be covered in the lectures. The lectures will provide the students with theoretical foundations and tools that are essential for the design, planning, and management of logistic and supply chain networks. The lectures will also equip students with the critical understanding of the links between different concepts, processes, models, and techniques. The seminars will focus on real-world applications of the theoretical approaches taught in the lectures. Worked examples will help the students solidify their understanding of quantitative methods. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the merit of the module material for contemporary business operations. Lab sessions will demonstrate basic tools of ERP/MRP systems.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Individual Essay    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Muhammad Farooque, email:
Dr Muhammad Farooque



External examiner

Dr Masoud Fakhimi
University of Surrey
Lecturer in Operational Research
Available via Moodle
Of 70 hours, 70 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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