Module code: MANM250

Module Overview

This module will enable students to evaluate the role and nature of logistics and supply chain management strategies in meeting the objectives of retail, service and industrial organisations. Students will become familiar with the specific management approaches to meet the product and service criteria set by customers. The module is designed to explore the technical and commercial environment that dictates the supply chain management approach adopted by retailers, service firms and manufacturing businesses in local and international arenas.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • Impact of government and political influence on supply chains

  • Managing supply chain & logistics internationally

  • Corporate social responsibility impact for supply chains

  • Supply Chain Planning Control & Performance

  • Lean and Agile Supply Chains

  • Retail & Service logistics

  • Supply chain and the experience economy

  • Supply chain integration and information technology

  • Supply chain relationships and purchasing

  • Logistics and supply chain challenges and opportunities.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate critical awareness and understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities faced by Supply Chain and Logistics Management professionals

Both formative and summative assessments will be used in the module.

The summative assessment, based on a 2000 word individual assignment, will demonstrate the critical appraisal and application of theoretical frameworks and concepts.  The end of semester exam will bring together the knowledge and critical awareness of supply chain and logistics management

Formative assessments through EVS and simulations will be used to assist students in determining their knowledge of the concepts and aid the lecturer in focusing on areas requiring further support. The case study work will aid the development and formative assessment of critical awareness. Verbal feedback in tutorials and case study reviews (following work conducted as part of guided learning) will be used to assess development of knowledge and understanding.

Module aims

  • Evaluate the role and nature of physical and digital logistic and supply chain management strategies in meeting the objectives of retail, industrial and service organisations
  • Explore the technical and commercial environment that dictates the supply chain management approach adopted by retailers, service and manufacturing firms in local and international arenas
  • Familiarise students with the specific management approaches to meet the product and service criteria set by customers in the digital age

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Develop a critical awareness of the operational and strategic challenges facing supply chain management through an understanding of the theoretical foundations of supply chains CP
002 Apply and critically evaluate existing frameworks and concepts relevant to the operational and strategic challenges facing supply chain management. KCP
003 Critically appraise the wider social implications of international sourcing and its impact on supply chain management KC
004 Appreciate the practical management issues relating to supply chain management at a local and international level PT
005 Appreciate the key issues in the supply chain from a service, industrial and sustainability perspective KP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to encourage deep learning and critical review through the use of case studies linked to conceptual frameworks presented in the lectures. Team working will be explored encouraged through the use of case studies and simulations. Team work is critical to the success of implementing and delivering success through supply chain and logistics management. 

The teaching and learning methods include the use of two-hour lectures (2 hours x 11 weeks) to illustrate the theory, supported by one-hour seminars/tutorials (1 hour x 11 weeks), which will demonstrate the practical application of such theory. Lecture notes will be posted through SurreyLearn a week prior to the lecture. Lectures will be designed to build upon the pre-reading from the course text. Lectures will incorporate the use of EVS, BoB, videos and group discussions.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Business Analytics MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.