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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2012/13 Module Cap
Tied to N1D317
Tied to N1D217
Tied to N1D314


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To enable students to explore the contribution, which Purchasing and Supply Chain Management can make to competitive advantage. Emphasis is placed on giving students an in-depth understanding at an advanced level of the complexities of managing supply chains. Further emphasis is placed on critically evaluating the principal processes, which add value, primarily in manufacturing, but also in service sectors.


  • Introduction to Strategic Supply Chain Management
  • Purchasing and the Supply Base
  • Buyer - Supplier Relationships
  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Information Flow and Demand Chains
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • e-Supply Chains
  • Logistics and Future Trends

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students will have gained an understanding and be aware 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:
    Key Skills:

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

      • The module is delivered in discrete Units. These are designed to enable the learning outcomes to be achieved through a combination of specially written material, directed reading, reflection through self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading. Module tutors provide feedback on formative work and are available for individual consultation as necessary (by email, telephone, post or fax).
      • The written assignment will test students’ understanding of relevant concepts and their ability to apply and interpret what they have learned to the analysis of a particular issue in depth.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      D L Study Units (a combination of specially written material, directed reading, self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading) 150
      Total 150

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Written Assignment 4,000 words maximum 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      1 Compulsory Tutor Assessed Assignment, (1,500 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