The supply chain is simply a network of firms that source, make, and deliver the product or service to the customer. The complexity of supply chains makes it challenging and interesting, and hence the high demand for the professionals trained in these disciplines. This course unit is about gaining a deeper understanding of how to manage logistics within supply chains. Specifically, we will try to understand and evaluate how logistics decisions (facilities, network design, and distribution will impact the performance of the firm as well as the entire supply chain. Given the proliferation of third-party logistics companies, we will also explore the importance and appropriateness of logistics outsourcing in global supply chains. On completion of the course unit you will have gained an understanding of the many decisions that face logistics managers. Additionally, you will also become aware of theories, concepts and practices that can be used to inform key logistics decisions in a workplace environment.
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MSc Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis
Year of entry: 2019
Course unit details:
Supply Chain Logistics Management
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
- To provide an overview of the different aspects of supply chain logistics management within the global context.
- To illustrate the key concepts within supply chain logistics network design.
- To illustrate the strategic importance of various supply chain logistics decisions including facilities, inventory, and transportation.
- To provide an overview of the situations in which outsourcing supply chain logistics activities would be a better option.
- To explain the role of technology in enhancing supply chain logistics performance.
- To showcase the importance of putting sustainability at the core of supply chain logistics decisions.
- Develop problem solving, team working, presentation and practical skills.
By the end of this course unit students should be able to:
- Understand as well as evaluate how logistics decisions (facilities, network design and distribution) will impact the performance of the firm as well as the entire supply chain.
- Understand the importance of logistics outsourcing in global supply chains.
- Understand the key role that various information and communication technologies play in supply chain logistics.
Written examination (100%)
The set texts for the course unit are:
Rushton, A., Croucher, P. and Baker, P. (2014) The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management: Understanding the Supply Chain. Kogan Page, London, UK.
Reference will also be made to the following books and a range of academic articles and industry examples:
Bowersox, D. J., Close, D. J. and Copper, M.B. (2012) Supply Chain Logistics Management. McGraw-Hill, New York.
Simchi-Levi, D., Kaminsky, P. and Simchi-Levi, E. (2007) Designing and Managing the Supply Chain. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, New York.
Christopher, M. (2011) Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Financial Times / Prentice Hall.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||3|
|Independent study hours|
|Raymond Obayi||Unit coordinator|
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