Module Title:Inventory and Materials Management
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 2 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. Site Visits and Visiting Lectures
Module Aim: The module aims to provide the student with the ability to use inventory management tools across a wide range of industry sectors and a comprehensive understanding of Materials Management.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Explain the operation and location of stores and warehouses, and examine their role, and the role of inventory in supply chains.
LO2 Select and apply appropriate inventory and materials management tools and techniques in a manufacturing and distribution environment.
LO3 Distinguish between the planning and execution of job-shop, batch manufacturing, mass production and JIT operations, and explain the role of inventory management in each.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Inventory Management
The role of inventory; Classification of Inventory, Stock recording, Stock-taking, ABC analysis of stocks;
Retail Buying and Merchandising
ECR and continuous replenishment, Quick Response Logistics, Central Distribution, Merchandise Budget Planning,
Warehouse Management
Warehouse Operations, Warehouse Management Systems and Technology, Warehouse Location decisions, Distribution Channel Design,
Inventory Management
Inventory Holding costs, Inventory Risks, Periodic Review, Orderpoint Systems, EOQ, DRP, Demand Amplification (bullwhip),
Manufacturing Planning and Control
Production Planning, Master Production Schedule, MRP, Shop floor scheduling and Capacity Planning, MRPII, Technology and ERP
Evolution of Manufacturing, Origins of JIT, Elements of JIT, Kanban systems, Lean Manufacturing, Lean Supply Chains
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Individual Report 1 40.00 Week 6
Short Answer Questions Class Test 2,3 30.00 Week 10
Presentation Presentation 1,2,3 30.00 Week 12
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 92.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 7.13
Total Hours 108.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBSCM_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Supply Chain Management 5 Mandatory
CW_BBSCM_D Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain Management 5 Mandatory