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Module Code: MAN429
Module Title: Supply Chain Operations Management
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: International Business School Suzhou
Pre-requisites: N/A
The management of supply chains is key to the operations of modern organisations. The need to be competitive, in terms of reaching new markets, sourcing new goods and raw materials as well as globalizing have all been key contributors to the development of supply chains as a function. It has become clear that competitive advantage and customer satisfaction can be gained if all organisations in the chain work together to improve service and reduce cost.

The module provides the student with comprehensive understanding of key principles and techniques to assure effective supply chain management (SCM). The aims of this module are to enable students to:

(1). Understand the principles and role of SCM in organisations.

(2). Be able to assess the effectiveness of supply chain strategic and operational decisions.

(3) Understand and apply a range of tools and techniques relevant to the optimisation of supply chains.

Learning outcomes 
A. Critically assess and map the operations of supply chains in various sectors both nationally and globally.

B. Critically analyse and evaluate the factors that impact on the performance across a supply chain.

C. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how to apply supply chain management and optimisation tools and techniques in a range of situations.

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 supply chain management. Two of these will be game based exercises and the remainder will be based on case study materials and application optimisation tools and techniques used in supply chain management.

Introduction to Supply Chain Management: Definitions, Importance of Supply Chain Management, Value Chains, Key issues in Supply Chain Management, Current and future trends, Impact of Global Supply Chains, Strategic fit.

Process Mapping: Definition and application, flowcharts, cross-functional diagrams, Data flow diagrams.

Inventory Management and Planning: The need for Inventory management, ROP/ROC Systems, Inventory Analysis, Policies for managing inventory, Economies of Scale, Optimising levels of product availability, Managing uncertainty.

Planning and Control: Planning and Coordinating Demand and Supply in SC, Forecasting, Aggregate planning, Master Production Scheduling (MPS), Advanced Production Scheduling (APS), Materials Resource Planning (MRP), Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP II).

Supply Chain Performance: Benchmarking supply chains, SCOR model, Process improvement techniques, Ownership of supply chain.

Information Technology in Supply Chains: Role of IT in SCM, impact of E-Business, E-Commerce, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Integration tools.

Sustainability and Risk: Drivers for Supply Chain sustainability, the role of sustainability, Risk and mitigation.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 18   15    6    111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Mini Project 1 15.00
2 Mini Project 2 15.00
3 Mini Project 3 15.00
4 Final Exam 55.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/6/2020 11:14:27 PM