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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: MANM250
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: AITKEN J Dr (SoM)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern





Week Set

Week Hand In


Individual Assignment









The assessment strategy is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate a command of the prevailing complexity present in management decisions relating to supply chain issues.

The assessment methods include an individual assignment and an examination. The assignment will provide formative feedback. The exam is based around a supply chain scenario issued in advance. 


Module Overview

This module will focus on the supply chain management initiatives of large-scale retail and international businesses. Successful supply chain management is critical at both at an operational level and increasingly at a strategic level. An effective logistics infrastructure is essential to meeting customer expectations whilst minimising service costs.    Leveraging the logistics operation is a global challenge that engages the key managerial supply chain concepts of lean and agile. Supply chain management development has been retailer driven, largely attributable to their size and dominance within the supply chain

Module Aims

This module will enable students to evaluate the role and nature of logistic and supply chain management strategies in meeting the objectives of retail and industrial organisations and to become familiar with the specific management application utilised in meeting product and service criteria set by customer value needs. This module is designed to explore the technical, commercial and CSR environment that dictates the supply chain management approach adopted by retailers and manufacturing firms in the and internationally.


Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes are categorised as;


• Knowledge and understanding (K/U)


• Intellectual/cognitive skills (I/C)


• Practical/professional skills (P)


• Transferable skills (T) 





Outcome Type


 e.g. K/U. I/C, P,  T




On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:






Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the breadth and complexity of the logistics and supply chain management






Apply appropriate techniques to assess management issues and  problems by analysing relevant information in order to develop future  supply chain and logistic strategies






Examine inventory systems, inventory costs, sourcing policies of leading retailers and manufacturers in respect of efficient consumer response (ECR) and channel relationships






Select and justify appropriate approaches to the effective management of supply chain management






Show an awareness of the wider social implications of supply chain management including sustainability






Organise and communicate their ideas


Module Content

          Conceptual framework of logistics: the supply chain/cost structures  


          Inventory management: replenishment systems, stock control, rate of stock turn, shrinkage


          Warehouse management and transport planning  


          Supply chain relationships


          Supply planning and control


          Lean thinking and agile supply chain strategies


          Information technology in logistics and buying


          Global sourcing and retail logistics in an international context


          Corporate social responsibility: implications for supply chain management


          Reverse logistics


          Sustainable supply chain management



Methods of Teaching/Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is consistent with students taking responsibility for their own learning and progress.



The teaching and learning methods include reading and private study, the use of case studies and role based seminar exercises, as well as formal lectures and seminars. Distance-learning students will receive guided presentations, participate in internet discussion groups, and gather information from selected companies and destinations to substitute for the facility visit.



Selected Texts/Journals

Expected purchase  

Harrison , A and Van Hock, R (2010), Logistics Management and Strategy: Competing through the Supply Chain, 4th edition, Harlow, Financial Times: Prentice Hall 




Bowersox D. J. , Closs, D. J. and  Cooper,  M. B.(2007) Supply Chain Logistics Management, 2ed (International Edition), McGraw Hill, Boston   

Christopher, M. (2005), Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Creating Value-adding Networks, 3rd edition, Financial Times: Prentice Hall     

Fernie J (1990), Retail Distribution Management: A Guide to Developments & Trends, London ; Kogan Page  

Fernie, J & Sparks, L (2009), Logistics and Retail Management: Emerging issues and new challenges in the retail supply chain, London : Kogan Page    

Gattorna, J. L. and Walters, D. W., (1996), Managing the Supply Chain: A Strategic Perspective London : Macmillan Press  

Johnston, R., Chambers, S., Harland, C. Harrison, A. and Slack, N. (2003), Cases in Operations Management, 3rd edition, Harlow, Financial Times: Prentice Hall Womack

J.P. and Jones, D.T. (2003),
Lean thinking: banish waste and create wealth in your corporation, New York, Free Press  

This list will be supplemented by the provision of detailed bibliographies. 

Other Indicative Reading  

Recommended journals, periodicals, trade press and consultancy reports will be indicated.  

The relevant journals to be consulted include:

International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management   
Journal of Consumer Research  
Journal of Business Logistics 
International Journal of Logistics Management 
International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management 
International Journal of Logistics: Research and Application 

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