Module code: MAN3225

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: 95

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

This module will cover: 

  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management & Supply Chain Analytics

  •  Value Creation and Competitive Strategies

  •  Supply Chain Strategy: Lean & Agile

  •  Service Supply Chains

  •  Supply Chain Systems & Network

  •  Supply Chain Logistics & Transportation

  •  Designing the Supply Chain Network

  •  Managing Demand & Supply

  •  Managing Vulnerability & Supply Chain Risks

  •  Sustainable and the Supply Chain

  •  Future of Supply Chain Management: Analytics & Big Data

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Individual Report 50
Examination Online Online Examination: 2hrs duration 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate: Knowledge and understanding of the theoretical concepts in Supply Chain Management including big data analytics will be explored alongside application in practice.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module are: 

  • An Individual Report, assesses LOs 2, 4 & 5 which is designed to demonstrate concept application. This allows the student to make evident a detailed knowledge of the breadth and complexity of supply chain and supply chain analytics (K/C/T/P). Through the assignment students will show critical awareness of the operational and strategic challenges as well as to illustrate the application of data analytics in managing and resolving issues with supply chains (C/T/P).

  • A final written Exam, which will be online; assesses LOs 1 to 4 and will bring together the knowledge and critical awareness of supply chain management and analytics (K/T/P). 

Formative assessment and feedback

This will be provided through EVS and on-line Quizzes to assist students in assessing their understanding and knowledge of the concepts and to 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).

Feedback: Verbal feedback in Seminars 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).

Feedback given throughout the module will also inform the final summative assessment.

Module aims

  • Provide theoretical and practical understanding of supply chain management and supply chain analytics.
  • Provide an understanding of data analytics and how it can be used in driving competition within supply chains.
  • Explore management approaches adopted by businesses across their supply chains 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 Demonstrate understanding of analytics and its use in supply chain management. CKPT
003 Develop critical awareness of the operational and strategic challenges facing supply chain management. CP
004 Critically review the supply chain approaches that can deliver competitive advantage and the sustainability challenges arising. CKPT
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 learning and teaching 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 as teamwork is critical to the success of implementing and delivering success through supply chain management; and is essential in the business environment.

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 Lectures.

Lectures will be designed to build upon the pre-reading from the course text. Lectures will incorporate the use of EVS, quiz, 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.

Reading list
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Other information

Employability: Students will be learn to apply theory in solving real life supply chain challenges thereby developing key competencies (such as research, analytical & critical thinking) and professional skills (such as communicating and presenting vital information by producing a succinct report) to help their transition into the employment.

Sustainability: Through exploring and investigating real life supply chain challenges, this module aims to provide students with the opportunity to consider sustainable approaches in exploring and proposing possible solutions.

Resourcefulness and Resilience: This module encourages students to be solution-focused and independent learners in their approach to dealing with questions and challenges by being resourceful and resilient in their quest in researching pertinent data/information to its interpretation (data story telling) in finding solutions and making recommendations in completing their coursework. Students' success is developed through both formative and summative assessment, with feedback focused on developing their ability to respond to problem-based task requirements, through agile thinking and decision-making processes to develop sustainable solutions and recommendations.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Computing and Information Technology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management with Entrepreneurship and Innovation BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Business Management BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management with Human Resource Management BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Business Management (Dual degree with SII-DUFE) BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management with Business Analytics BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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 2024/5 academic year.