Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module BUSI5E115: STRATEGIC SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)

BUSI5E115: STRATEGIC SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to N1KE12
Tied to N2KE12
Tied to N2KF12

Prerequisites

  • None.

Corequisites

  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.

Aims

  • To enable students to explore the contribution which Purchasing and Supply Chain Management can make to competitive advantage.

Content

  • Definitions of Supply Chain Management
  • Supply chain models and supply chain mapping
  • Purchasing and supply
  • Supplier selection and development
  • International supply chains, buyer-supplier relationships, power and trust in supply chains, purchasing and SCM Strategy
  • Competencies and skill requirements

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students should have a critical understanding of:
  • the role of purchasing and SCM in competitive strategy;
  • the complexity of supply chain mapping;
  • the buyer-supplier relationship debate;
  • the role of logistics and demand management in SCM;
  • potential future trends in Purchasing and SCM.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Have the ability to apply the subject-specific knowledge listed above as appropriate to their own organisations.
Key Skills:
    Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

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

  • The learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, facilitated discussion sessions, group work and guided reading. Extensive use will be made of case studies.
  • Assessment of this module is by summative assignment, designed to: test the acquisition and articulation of knowledge; test conceptual understanding and skills of application and interpretation within the business context.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9
Groupwork 9
Preparation & Reading 132
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Assignment 3,000 words (max.). 100%

Formative Assessment:

Feedback on group and individual activities undertaken during contact hours. Feedback on learning set reflections and action points related to this module.


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