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MN20050: Supply management

[Page last updated: 23 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 35%, EX 65%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 35% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
  • Examination (EX 65% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take MN10572 OR take MN10574 OR take MN10004 OR take MN10077 OR ( take MN10545 AND take CH10009 )
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit, the student should be able to:
* Understand the role and importance of supply chain management (SCM) within the organisation
* Apply core SCM techniques to industry problems from the perspective of the supply chain manager or management consultant
* Understand and analyse the overall sourcing process including negotiations and contracting issues
* Understand and apply core negotiation techniques and tactics
* Critically evaluate the concepts and techniques of lean and agile thinking in supply networks
* Appreciate the challenges of managing risks in complex networks.

Aims: To examine the principles, concepts and approaches employed in procurement and supply management.

Skills: Intellectual Skills
* Ability to evaluate and compare different theories and practices used in supply management (T and A)
* Ability to conceptualise purchasing and supply frameworks and methodologies that enables the student to link theory and practice meaningfully and the ability to appraise critically both theory and practice (T and A)
Professional Practical Skills
* Ability to assess the position of purchasing and supply management in a particular organization (F)
* Ability to operate effectively as part of a team (F and A)
* Ability to produce in-depth case study analysis (F and A)
* Ability to produce professional, critical business reports using appropriate referencing formats (T, F and A)
Transferable/Key Skills
* Ability to describe and conceptualise the inter-connections between intra- and inter- organisations systems and processes (T and A)
* Ability to conduct in-depth research into business and management issues. (F and A)
* Ability to articulate the significance of different research methodologies and the implications of these on theories and models (T and A)

Content: Supply Chain Management is concerned with the movement of products, services, finances and information from raw materials to the end-user. More and more, it is also concerned with the recovery of finished goods for recycling, remanufacturing or reuse. This module examines the management of external suppliers in order to reduce costs, drive innovation and protect shareholder wealth. It takes the point of view of the supply chain manager who will be expected to improve product quality, increase responsiveness, reduce risk, and drive innovation while still cutting year-on-year input costs. The topic should therefore be of interest to students concerned with issues of building business relationships, negotiation, risk and sustainability, and developing analytical, presentation and people skills.

Programme availability:

MN20050 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UMMN-ANB07 : BSc(Hons) Business with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Management (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Management with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Management with Marketing with Year long work placement (Year 2)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 2)


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