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Masters (MSc) in Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis

With MSc Business Analytics, you will learn the skills to ensure that processes run smoothly, particularly in the face of challenges and opportunities arising from the global reach of business. You will gain vital knowledge and practical skills to become a professional operations, project or supply chain manager in a globalised environment.

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MSc Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
Global Supply Chain Management: Theories and Practice

Unit code BMAN70292
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


Supply chain management is a relatively new area of study in the management discipline. Christopher (2005:17) defines the supply chain as “the network of organisations that are involved in the different processes and activities that produce value in the form of products and services in the hands of the ultimate consumer”. Thus, supply chain management is concerned with the total flow of goods and services: from original inputs to final consumption. In particular, supply chain management highlights the importance of total integration, linkage, and coordination of all entities involved in moving a product or service downstream to the final user. Supply chain management advocates a co-operative approach with channel partners, especially as firms operate as part of global supply chains. The recognition of supply chains and networks as vital parts of commercial survival has led to a greatly increased interest in supply management amongst both academics and practitioners. When managed strategically, supply chains can be a critical source of value and innovation. Students taking this course will find it useful for following careers in supply chain management, consultancy, general management and operations management.

The course aims to complement BMAN70111 Strategic Supply Chain Management to provide students with a more detailed, critical and practical understanding of Supply Chain Management. The focus of the course unit is on enhancing students’ understanding of the theory and practice of supply chain management within a variety of industries and management scenarios. On completion of the unit students will have gained an understanding of the decisions that face supply chain managers in a complex and dynamic environment and the theories, concepts and practices that can be used to inform these decisions.


BMAN70292 Programme Req: BMAN70292 is only available as an elective to students on MSc Operations, Project & Supply Chain Management and MSc Business Analytics

This unit is compulsory for students wishing to attain CIPS accreditation


  • To develop the students’ understanding from BMAN7011 in Semester 1 and focus on building a more detailed knowledge of theory and practical implications of supply chain techniques.
  • To further develop and strengthen the student’s theoretical understanding of the subject area.
  • To demonstrate how SCM can be used in practice to create a competitive advantage for firms.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Appreciate the role of SCM within business organizations.
  • Have a clear understanding of how SCM theory can be applied in SCM practice.
  • Develop tools and techniques to understand and apply SCM best practice in the workplace.

Assessment methods

3 hour written Examination (100%)

Feedback methods

Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.
Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.

Formative feedback is the feedback given to help you to develop and improve with the unit of study. Students will be given opportunity to get formative feedback before the final exam e.g. through a mock exam. Additional formative feedback will be available through attending lectures, joining discussions about case studies and doing short work tasks set within the lecture session. Additionally, your lecturer will reply to brief individual questions at the end of each lecture session (if there are a few minutes to spare), provide brief replies to your e-mailed enquiry and may feedback messages to the whole class via the discussion board on Blackboard if the point that you have raised could be of benefit to the whole class. Students can also ask any course related queries on the discussion board or just use it as a medium to discuss concepts/cases amongst themselves.


Recommended reading

Students should make reference to the following texts as background reading for the course:

Lysons and Farrington (2012) Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, 8th edition, CIPS, FT Prentice Hall.

Cousins P, Lamming R, Lawson B and Squire B (2008), Strategic Supply Management: Principles, Theories and Practice, Pearson Education Limited.

NOTE: Not all the topics covered in class will have specified readings from the recommended textbooks but most will. Students are reminded that specified readings from the recommended textbooks MUST be supplemented with additional readings.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 3
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 117

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Fahian Huq Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Informal Contact Methods
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Silviu Tofan, Romania, MSc Business Analytics Class of 2016

"I’ve always felt welcome – the staff here offer endless encouragement and support. I’ve had a really good time in Manchester and I think that the University, together with Alliance MBS, has contributed greatly to my experience. This course was quite demanding, but with enough free time to get to enjoy new friends as well as personal hobbies."

Silviu Tofan, Romania

MSc Business Analytics: Operations, Research and Risk Analysis, Class of 2016


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