Module code: ENGM078

Module Overview

Global competition has seen a shift from between individual companies to that between supply chains. This module will introduce the concept of supply chain and its management, including both qualitative and quantitative analysis. It will equip the students with the knowledge of fundamental supply chain processes, as well as the major components such as distribution, demand forecasting, planning, inventory, transportation, sourcing and coordination. Conceptual modelling of supply chain events toward sustainable and profitable supply chains will also be discussed. In this module, students will acquire in depth understanding of supply chain management and corresponding analysis tools that are used to achieve optimal supply chain performance whilst satisfying customers' need.

Module provider

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Module Leader

BUSSEMAKER Madeleine (Chst Chm Eng)

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: 105

Lecture Hours: 11

Tutorial Hours: 12

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

 Indicative content includes:

  • Introduction to supply chain concepts and management principles

  • Distribution network and its design

  • Aggregate planning based on demand forecasting

  • Planning in the presence of supply/demand uncertainty

  • Optimal decision making for cycle and safety inventory

  • Supply chain metrics and evaluations 

  • Circular Economy and sustainable supply chain concepts           

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 30
Examination Online 2 HR ONLINE (OPEN BOOK) EXAM 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

·         Learning outcomes 1- 5 on the unseen written examination;

·         Learning outcome 1, 3 and 4 on Coursework


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Coursework, 30%, basic concept and principles of supply chain management, (LOs as above)

·         Examination, 70%, 2 hours, (LOs as above)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be conducted through tutorial and computer sessions. Tasks will be given and student answers assessed informally inclusive of verbal feedback, and when required written feedback. In addition for each piece of coursework given, the students will receive individual written feedback. 

Module aims

  • An understanding of the concepts and principles of supply chain management;
  • A knowledge of the major drivers that determine supply chain performance;
  • A set of qualitative tools to aid supply chain decision making;
  • A set of analytical methods to aid quantitative analysis and optimisation of supply chain processes;
  • A conceptual modelling methodology to analyse the events/flows within a supply chain to identify opportunities for improvement in profitability and sustainability.      

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Discuss the implications of practical supply chain decisions with respect to drivers and distribution network configurations of supply chains. KCT
002 Carry out aggregating planning with consideration of forecasted demand / supply uncertainty. KCT
003 Apply optimisation techniques to network configuration and inventory policy. KCPT
004 Apply conceptual modelling tools to supply chain analysis KPT
005 Discuss sustainability concepts applicable to supply chain management. KCT

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:

Present up to date concept, theory and technologies of supply chain management, combined with problem solving sessions giving opportunity for group work and discussion. The subject will be addressed both qualitatively and quantitatively, the latter through state-of-the-art supply chain modelling and optimisation methods.

The learning and teaching methods include:

combined lectures / computer laboratory problem solving sessions 


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.

Reading list
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Other information

We are committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities in the following areas.

Sustainability: this module embeds sustainability considerations through the element of circular economies and sustainable supply chains.

Digital capabilities: Optimisation of supply chain networks, supply chain assessments and aggregate planning uses advanced functions in Excel developing digital skills.

Employability: The module develops skills in appreciation of supply chain decision making, and critical analysis relevant to industrial case studies. Realising such aspects are key advances in employability skills.

Global cultures and capabilities: Supply chains are discussed in the global context and decision making analysed with respect to different geopolitical environments this developing knowledge of global cultures and capabilities.

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 2024/5 academic year.