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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5965M Operations and Supply Chain Management

15 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Gary Graham

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Operations and supply chain management is a critical subject for every business and management student as it is a key area of employment and career opportunity. Every product and service is produced and delivered by series of operations or activities, and chains of suppliers. The effective management of these functions often determines the success of organizations in both manufacturing and service settings. The module stresses the practical problem solving nature of the discipline and we bring in many industrial experts to present their cases to reinforce and expand the theoretical components. We focus on the global aspects of operations and the coursework project provides you with an opportunity to explore those operations management topics currently valued and relevant to industry in great depth (for example, resilience, re-shoring, 3D printing, smart cities). This module is core for the Full Time MSC.


This module aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in Operations and Supply Chain Management. The module covers the relevant fundamental theory and practices for these key functions. The module gives an insight into the diversity of the functions and what the key issues and concerns are related to strategy, design, planning & control and improvement.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students will be able to analytically evaluate:
- the nature and significance of Operations and Supply Chain Management as an organizational practice
- the role and typical responsibilities of the Operations and Supply Chain Manager
- key theories relevant to Operations and Supply Chains to various contexts
- the impact on the Operations and Supply Chain Management functions of organizational pressures and other external forces – including understanding the pressures for ethical and sustainable behaviors
- innovation management in this context

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
Subject specific skills
- analyse and critique contemporary issues in operations and supply chain management
- apply relevant operations and supply chain management theories and models to a range of organizational contexts

Transferable skills:
- communicate effectively
- work within a team


- The nature of operations and supply networks; the role of management; systems approaches and other key theoretical lenses.
- Operations management; concepts, models, tools and strategies.
- Supply chain management: concepts, models, tools and strategies.
- Strategy: strategic role of operations and supply chain management; innovation management.
- Design: network and value chain design; operations design for goods and services; process design; layout design; role of technology.
- Planning and control: supply chain planning and management; capacity planning; scheduling; inventory and purchasing; project planning.
- Philosophies: supply chain management; material requirement planning; distributed resource planning; lean; total quality management and six sigma; quality gurus; quality planning and control techniques; philosophies as management innovation.
- Improvement: continuous vs. radical improvement; performance measurement and benchmarking of supply chains and operations.
- Challenges for innovation, change and for ethical and sustainable behaviour.
- Future of Operations Management.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In class case work, feedback on draft scripts as there are four components to the assignment. So we tend to provide feedback on two of the four draft sections. End of lecture and seminar quiz's. Half way through the module we provide a Q and A on the content to date and look for verbal feedback from the students for what they are seeing as the strengths, challenges etc of the module content so far.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentIndividual assignment - 350 words10.00
AssignmentIndividual Assignment - 3150 words90.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by individual assignment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:16:23


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