MAN-20083 - International Supply Chain Management
Coordinator: Teresa Oultram Room: DW0.12 Tel: +44 1782 7 33422
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733094

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

This module provides insight to the important field of supply chain management, taking an international perspective. It establishes and explores the main concerns for decision making in the strategic design of supply networks, including, factors that impact supply, make or buy decisions, supply and logistics configurations and strategic supplier selection, development and relations. It also covers the operational aspects of supply including inventory management, purchasing and procurement management.

To trace supply chain management from its origins as a commercial function in the business and highlight its current role as a dynamic strategic process.
To introduce theories and conceptual models for make and buy decisions, transactional costing, buyer-supplier relationships and supply chains.
To demonstrate the application and operation of supply chain principles in practice in contemporary international businesses.
To explore and critically analyse current best practices in procurement, supply and logistics.
To encourage critical thinking in the management of international supply chains.

Intended Learning Outcomes

interpret theories of supply chain management including make-buy, transactional costing, buyer-supplier power, supply and value chains, etc: 2
describe and reflect critically upon current "best practices" in procurement, supply and logistics: 1
further develop individual study skills in critical reading, seminar organization and oral presentation: 1
conceptualise and communicate international supply chain management issues in a convincing and meaningful way: 1
develop skills in peer assessment and self-reflection: 1
work effectively as a member of a study group: 1
comprehend the operational requirements when operating supply chains in contemporary international businesses: 2

Study hours

24 hours lectures and tutorials
50 hours lecture preparation and reading
20 hours tutorial preparation
16 hours preparation for group seminar
40 hours private study and essay preparation and completion

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Presentation weighted 40%
Group presentation of 25 minutes
Students, in groups will prepare and deliver a 25 minute group presentation. The topics are supplementary to those in the lectures. Students, in groups, will need to pre-research their topic and introduce original material relating to their interests, research and local context. This may take the form of further theoretical considerations and additional issues not covered in the lectures. It is also necessary to identify practical examples and cases to support the material being introduced (this may include the use of material from interviews with leading practitioners). Peer review will form part of the marks (i.e. group members will have the opportunity to review the contribution of each member of their group which will impact on the individual marks of group members).

2: Open Book Examination weighted 60%
Take away examination (24hrs)
Take-away Exam that will be available in KLE for 24 hours for the students to submit their answer via KLE. Their answers should not be more than 3000 words and therefore they should not spend more that 3 hours to answer and submit their answers.