Module Title:Supply Chain Management - Introduction
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises - student will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various legal scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Self-Direct Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the field of logistics and supply chain management.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Distinguish between logistics and supply chain management.
LO2 Describe the activities that comprise the internal and external supply chain of manufacturing and distribution organisations.
LO3 Compare and contrast supply chain management in Retail, Distribution and in Manufacturing, and identify inventory management tools appropraite to each sector.
LO4 Perform basic inventory management calculations based on EOQ, orderpoint, and periodic review.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Supply Chain Management - Introduction 10%
Introduction and Overview of Logistics and SCM;
The Value Chain 10%
Porter's Value Chain; Linking internal and external value chains; Outsourcing; Managing product, information and financial flows;
The Internal Supply Chain 25%
New Product Development and Introduction; Purchasing; Inbound Logistics; Receiving and Stores Management; Works Order Picking; Manufacturing Processes; Manufacturing Strategies; Warehousing; Sales Order Processing; Despatch; Reverse Logistics
The External Supply Chain - Down-stream 25%
Retail Grocery; Category Management; Efficient Consumer Response; Retail Technology;Central Distribution; Retail Fashion; Quick Response, Warehousing and Distribution.
The External Supply Chain - Up-stream 20%
Commodity Markets; Production; Transport Modes and Infrastructure; Global Supply Chains.
Supply Chain Integration 10%
Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment; The role of Information and Communications Technology; The role of Purchasing Management; Buyer/Supplier Relationships.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Class Test 1,2 10.00 Week 10
Essay Individual Academic Essay 1,2 10.00 Week 14
Project Group Project and Presentation 2,3 10.00 Week 27
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 70.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Time Every Week 5.50
Total Hours 7.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBADM_D Bachelor of Business in Business Administration 2 Elective
CW_BBOPT_D Bachelor of Business with Options in Management. International Business, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management 2 Elective
CW_BRLMB_B Bachelor of Business(Honours) in Management 2 Elective