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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)


Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Module Cap
Tied to


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide students with an in-depth understanding at an advanced level of the complexities of managing operations and supply chains.


  • Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management.
  • The Design Process.
  • Inventory Planning and Control.
  • Quality Planning and Control.
  • Purchasing and Supply Base.
  • Buyer-Supplier Relationships.
  • Information and Demand.
  • e-Supply Chains.
  • Logistics and Future Trends.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • To be able to understand the challenges involved in identifying, acquiring and managing the various resources which are required in both manufacturing and service industries.
  • To be able to recognise the need/opportunity to use the main operations and supply chain management techniques.
  • To be familiar with the language required to discuss the use of these techniques with functional experts.
  • To have specialist knowledge of the pitfalls in trying to manage such complexity within the business environment.
  • To have a critical appreciation of the assumptions, implications and limitations of operations and supply chain management.
Subject-specific Skills:
Key Skills:

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Through a combination of learning material, self-assessed exercises and a formative assignment on key topics, together with guided reading.
  • On the DL MA each module is delivered in discrete Units which are equivalent to a lecture session. DL Unit normally consists of specially written material, directed reading, reflection through self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading. Each student is allocated a Tutor for each module. The Tutor is tasked with providing feedback on formative work and is available for individual consultation as necessary. Tutoring is normally provided at a distance and may be conducted by email, telephone, post of fax. The DL programme also offers annual residential seminars which provide the opportunity for DL students to interface with members of Faculty, meet Tutors and interact with other students. The summative assignment will test students' understanding of relevant concepts and their skills of application and interpretation.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Units 9 108
Tutorials 5
Preparation and Reading 37
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Assignment 3000 words (maximum) 100%

Formative Assessment:

Written assignment of 1500 words.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University