Supply Chain Management
Essex Business School
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
04 September 2019
Requisites for this module
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)
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.
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.
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.
No additional information available.
Lectures 10 hours
Seminars 10 hours
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Group Presentation (week 10)
||120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Marianna Marra,
No external examiner information available for this module.
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Of 32 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
32 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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