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Module Code: IFB201TC
Module Title: Inventory and warehouse management
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2021/22
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: School of Intelligent Finance and Business
Pre-requisites: N/A
The management of inventory and warehousing is key to the supply chain management and operations of modern organisations. Warehousing is actively involved in the supply chain. In demand-driven supply chains this may be mainly by storing goods, or involve more sorting activities; both being required to largely feed external customers. In the supply-driven supply chains, then warehouses get renamed as stores, and hold stocks required to feed internal activities like production. Warehouses are therefore an integral part of the supply/demand chain/pipeline infrastructure.

The module provides the student with comprehensive understanding of key principles and techniques to assure effective management of inventory and warehousing. The aims of this module are to enable students to:

• Understand the principles and role of inventory and warehouse management in organisations.

• Be able to assess the effectiveness of operations of inventory and warehouse

• Understand and apply a range of tools and techniques relevant to the optimisation of inventory and warehouse management.
Learning outcomes 
A. Critically assess and map the operations of inventory and warehousing management both nationally and globally.

B. Critically analyse and evaluate the factors that impact on the performance of inventory and warehouse management.

C. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how to apply optimisation tools and techniques in a range of situations to improve the operational performance of inventory and warehouse
Method of teaching and learning 
The module is delivered through series of lectures and seminars and simulation games.

Both international and Chinese supply chain management case study materials will be utilized to further expose students to practical applications of the principles.

Four exercises will be scheduled to cover different topics of practices of inventory and warehouse management. Two of these will be game based exercises and the remainder will be based on case study materials and application of optimisation tools and techniques used in supply chain management.
• Introduction to inventory and warehouse management: Definitions, Importance, Value Chains, Key issues, Current and future trends, Strategic fit.

• Inventory Management and Planning

• The Role of Warehousing and Stores

• Inventory, Stock Analysis and Classifying Products

• Stock Control

• The Warehouse and Operational Principles

• Equipment

• Warehouse Information Communications Technology

• Regulations

• Productivity, Cost and Service

• Outsourcing

• People Management

• Developments and Trends
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26    13      111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Mini Project 1(2500 Words) 50.00
2 Mini Project 2(2500 Words) 50.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 10/21/2020 6:58:20 PM