Operations and Supply Chain Management

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Spring Special
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 28 June 2024
08 August 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC N200JS Management

Module description

The Operations and Supply Chain Management module aims to engage the students in a critical evaluation of the various models of operations and supply chain management and an analysis of the range of processes, skills and competencies required for the successful management of both.

Operations management is how organisations create and deliver goods and services. And, since the production of goods and/or services is the reason why organisations exist, it is clear that the effective and efficient management of operations is a central concern for all managers, regardless of the size or sector location of their organisation.

Managers should be able to create and maintain the necessary conditions for productive work, often in a climate of resource constraints and increasingly in a global context.

This module will also introduce supply chain management - that is, the management of the relationships and flows between different operations processes, both 'locally' and at regional and global scales.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide an in-depth understanding of the key theories and practices of operations and supply chain management.

  • To enable students to apply these theories and practices to real world problems, understand the broader social and economic context of operations, and supply chain management, through a strong engagement with contemporary case studies.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the theory and practice of Operations & Supply Chain Management.

  2. Recognise the range of contemporary issues concerned with Operations & Supply Chain Management.

  3. Critically develop, through discussion and debate, reasoning skills applicable to a range of Operations & Supply Chain Management issues in organisation.

  4. Critically analyse both academic theories and dominant managerial practices of Operations & Supply Chain Management.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered via:

  • One weekly 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour class.

Classes will be a blend of discussion of the readings, debate, and collective examination of case studies. It is the students’ responsibility to be prepared for each session as detailed in the module handbook. Students are expected to contribute to class discussions. To do well, they should actively participate in presentations and class discussions, which means making well-supported, cogent comments and criticisms about the concepts and analyses that are being presented.

Students are required:

  • To read the appropriate reading materials for each session prior to the class.
  • To prepare for any exercises given.
  • To participate in the preparation of the reports.
  • To attend the sessions.


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   2500 words case study  23/02/2024  50% 
Coursework   2500 words case study - coursework 2  23/04/2024  50% 

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
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Hanqun Song, email:
Hanqun Song & Sunny Yang



External examiner

Dr Claire Paterson-Young
University of Northampton
Research Leader
Available via Moodle
Of 30 hours, 30 (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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