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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Not available in 2014/15 Module Cap
Tied to N2K307
Tied to N5K107
Tied to N6K107
Tied to N1KY07
Tied to N2K507
Tied to N5K407
Tied to N1N107
Tied to N6K207
Tied to N5K507


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Operations and Supply Chain Management (Online)


  • 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 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:
  • To be able to recognise the need/opportunity to use the main operations and supply chain management techniques
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

  • Learning outcomes will be met through a combination of taught input, groupwork, case studies and discussion, supported by guided reading and specially-written self-study material. 
  • The summative assessment of the module is designed to test the acquisition and articulation of knowledge and critical understanding, and skills of application and interpretation within the business context.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops (a combination of taught input, groupwork, case studies and discussion), timetabled in blocks 24
Preparation and reading 126
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual written essay 3,000 words 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

Group-based discussions and case study exercises.

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