Logistics and Supply Chain Planning and Control
Essex Business School
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
03 October 2019
Requisites for this module
MSC N21612 International Logistics and Supply Chain Management
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.
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.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Explain why a well-managed supply chain is important for an organization’s performance
Compare different supply chain strategies in the same sector and across sectors, specifically between industry/manufacture and service
Decompose a supply chain to analyze each component
Describe the key strategic drivers of supply chain performance
Critically analyze a supply chain strategy and identify problems
Discuss the future of supply chain management: globalization, technology, sustainability and current business transformation
No additional information available.
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.
- Martin Christopher. (2016) Logistics & supply chain management, Harlow: Pearson.
- Sunil Chopra; Peter Meindl. (2019) Supply chain management: strategy, planning, and operation, Harlow: Pearson.
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
||120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Michael Paul Bernon
Senior Lecturer and Executive Development Director
Available via Moodle
Of 21 hours, 21 (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).
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