MGMT07024 2016 Supply Chain Management

General Details

Full Title
Supply Chain Management
Transcript Title
Supply Chain Managememt
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Subject Area
MGMT - Management
BUS - Business
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
John McNamara
Programme Membership
SG_BEMBE_G07 201600 Bachelor of Business in Embedded award of BB Ab-initio L8 SG_BBUSI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business L8 (Ab-initio)

This course will examine the strategic importance of good supply chain design, planning and operation for organisations. It focuses on the improvement of enterprise and supply chain performance by coordinating information and material flows, managing supplier relations and logistics, and forming strategic alliances with partners.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the evolution of supply chains and explain the strategic importance of supply chain management


Explain the central role of the customer in the supply chain and describe the application of customer segmentation to supply chain management


Describe and assess the information and funds flow process among supply chain participants and the supporting technologies


Explain how supply chains compete in terms of time, cost, quality and sustainability


Describe the key features of  lean and agile supply chain strategies and explain how the two can work together;


Explain the need to coordinate processes, and the opportunities for collaboration between partners within supply chains;


Explain the procurement process and assess the value contributions that procurement can make to the supply chain


Discuss some of the more significant trends in supply chain managment at present and assess the likely future development of supply chains

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Readings, letures and class discussion to develop an understanding of SCM concepts and practices

Company case studies to give students an understanding of the practice of SCM in organisations

Group research project to to develop students' teamworking and research skill and to compare and critically assess the practice of SCM in a two progressive organisations

Module Assessment Strategies

MC Quizzes to encourage student to read the relevant materials and to assess their understanding of SCM concepts

Research Project to assess students skills in information acquisition, assessment and synthesis

A final examination is used to assess the students' overall grasp of the module 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat examination plus an individual project for student who fail to achieve a pass grade in the continuous assessment elements

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Core Processes of Supply Chain Management

Putting the end-customer first

Supply Chain planning and control

The agile supply chain

Supply chain integration and collaboration

Purchasing and supply relationships 

Future challenges and opportunities

The Supply Chain Profession

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Multiple Choice Computer based assessment Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
2 Assignment Supply Chain study Continuous Assessment Project 25 % Week 11 2,3,6,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture and Discussion 3 Weekly 3.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Case study discussion 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015-06-13 Logistics Management and Strategy 5th edition: Competing through the Supply Chain (5th Edition) Prentice Hall
ISBN 1292004150 ISBN-13 9781292004150

Listed as one of the top ten supply chain books of all time on!


A concise, applied and strategic introduction to the subject of logistics and supply chain management, perfect for modern managers and students of logistics and supply chain management.


Logistics and supply chain management continue to transform the competitive landscape and have become one of todays key business issues. This fifth edition of Logistics Management and Strategy continues to take a practical, integrated and international approach to logistics, and includes the very latest research to reflect the innovative and exciting developments in this subject area.


A clear framework guides the reader through the four parts of the book, covering;

  • an introduction to logistics and its contribution to competitiveness and value creation,
  • leveraging logistics operations within the context of the customer
  • supplier partnerships, interfaces and the challenges of integration
  • leading-edge thinking in logistics and the future challenges ahead

This new edition contains;


   15+ new cases (including Heineken, Unilever and Johnson and Johnson)
- coverage of disaster logistics and Corporate Social Responsibility from the supply chain perspective
- discussion of global governance of the supply chain
- even more coverage on value and logistics costs and segmented supply chain strategy, equipping the reader with the latest thinking



'Well written and contains a wealth of valuable ideas and concepts.' Dr Jan de Vries, University of Groningen

'Very up-to-date, both in terms of its conceptual framework and the topics covered.  Remarkably clear and easy to read.' Dr Tony Whiteing, University of Huddersfield


Alan Harrison was Professor of Operations and Logistics at Cranfield School of Management, and Director of Research at The Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Remko van Hoek is visiting Professor of Supply Chain Management at The Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He is also Chief Procurement Officer at GDF SUEZ/Cofely the Netherlands.

Heather Skipworth is Senior Research Fellow at Cranfield School of Management, The Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

 Alan Harrison, 2015 Logistics Management and Strategy 5th edition: Competing through the Supply Chain (5th Edition) Prentice Hall
ISBN-10 1292004150, ISBN-13 9781292004150





Other Resources

Full text journals available on Library databases


International Journal of Operations & Production Management

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

Supply Chain Management: An International Journal

Business Source Premier

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

Production & Operations Management

Operations Management

Operations & Fulfillment

Logistics Management

Supply Chain Management Review

Journal of Business Logistics

Additional Information