Course description

Supply Chain Management


The special perspective on business provided by supply chain management has been growing in importance over the last thirty years. It started with an emphasis on physical distribution management, then developing to include the entire logistics of a company from receiving materials to dispatch of finished goods. Today the emphasis has widened to include all business partners required to source, make and deliver goods to end users. The objective of this course is to provide the students with an overview of supply chain management issues and challenges.

Course content

Major topics to be covered include

  • The link between logistics and customer value
  • Logistics and the bottom line – measuring costs and performance
  • Creating a responsive supply chain
  • Managing the global pipeline
  • Managing supply chain relationship
  • Matching a sustainable supply chain
  • Product design in the supply chain

Learning outcome knowledge

  • to understand the basic concepts within logistics and supply chain management
  • to appreciate the dynamics of supply chains and networks
  • to gain knowledge of planning and integrating supply chain activities
  • to understand the specific challenges of international logistics and the complexity of international supply chains

Exam organisation

  • Written assignment: 40%
  • Written exam: 60%