Module code: MAN3101

Module Overview

Successful supply chain management is critical at creating competitive advantage both at an operational and increasingly at a strategic level. An effective national and international logistics infrastructure is essential to meeting customer expectations whilst minimising service costs. Development and operation of a global logistics infrastructure is a major challenge and opportunity for supply chain managers.  Supply chain management is critical to managing the complexity that global supply networks bring including the issues of sustainability and integration

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The module content will cover the following:

  • Supply chain and competitive advantage

  • Customer value and logistics performance

  • Creating the responsive supply chain

  • Virtual supply chains

  • Supply chain complexity

  • Supply chain partnerships

  • Integration

  • Global supply chains

  • Supply chain risk

  • Sustainable supply chains (including ethics and environmental concerns)

  • Future of supply chain management

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination Online EXAM SET TIME AND DATE (120 MIN) 50

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

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

The summative assessment, based on a 2000 word assignment, will demonstrate concept application allowing the student to make evident a detailed knowledge of the breadth and complexity of supply chain management (K). Through the assignment students will show   critical awareness of the operational and strategic challenges facing supply chain management and the approaches that firms can use to resolve issues (C/T/P). Finally the exam will bring together the knowledge and critical awareness of supply chain management (K/T)

Formative assessment and feedback is provided through EVS which will be used to assist students in determining their knowledge of the concepts and aid the lecturer in focusing on areas requiring further support. Case studies will also be used to aid the development of knowledge and critical awareness and provide further formative assessment (K/C/T). 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 (K). Simulations will also be used to provide practical experience and check for understanding of concepts (K/P).The feedback will be used to inform the final summative assessment.

Module aims

  • Provide both a theoretical and practical understanding of supply chains
  • Provide an understanding of how supply chain management delivers competitive advantage in today's turbulent business environment
  • Explore the supply chain management approaches adopted by retailer and manufacturing firms in local and international markets to source products and services

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the breadth and complexity of supply chain management K
002 Develop critical awareness of the operational and strategic challenges facing supply chain management CP
003 Identify the link between customer value and logistics performance and the wider social implications of international sourcing and its impact on supply chain management. KC
004 Critically review the supply chain approaches that can deliver a competitive advantage CPT
005 Demonstrate the ability to select and justify appropriate approaches to the effective management of supply chains KP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

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

The teaching and learning methods include the use of lectures to illustrate the theory, supported by seminars 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, videos, guest lecturers 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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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.