University of the West of Scotland

Postgraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2020/21

Last modified: 24/04/2020 11:14:26

Named Award Title:MSc LOGISTICS & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Award Title for Each Award: MSc  LOGISTICS & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
PG Dip  LOGISTICS & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
PG Cert  LOGISTICS & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:
Maximum Period of Registration:3 years
Mode of Study:Full Time
Part Time
Campus:Paisley

School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Programme Leader:Dr A. Kourouklis

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

Appropriate Undergraduate Qualification
A good Honours degree from a United Kingdom university or equivalent, in a variety of subject areas that might include engineering, mathematics, economics, business studies, geography, planning or social studies, with or without previous work experience.
Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.


Further desirable skills pre-application

Computer literacy in Microsoft Office application software (i.e. Word, Excel). In addition, some background in quantitative methods in business is desirable.


General Overview

 

In today’s highly competitive and global marketplace the pressure on organisations to find new ways to create and deliver value to customers grows ever stronger.  In the last two decades, logistics and supply chain management has moved to the centre stage, and has become a key determinant of business competitiveness.  Logistics is a term widely used in business for a range of activities associated with the efficient and effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information from a point of origin to the point of consumption in response to consumer requirements.  Management of these activities has been revolutionised over the past twenty years, by addressing logistical issues through an extended perspective of the supply chain that incorporates concepts from several management disciplines, such as strategy formation and the theory of the firm, logistics and manufacturing management, management accounting, markets and operations research.  Management of the supply chain, therefore, requires cross-functional understanding and sound technical and managerial skills that are becoming more and more important with the inevitable challenges brought about by consumer demand for greater choice and improved value, the globalisation of operations, intensified competition, environmental issues, and an increasingly turbulent and expanding market.  These developments have created a healthy demand for qualified supply chain managers with employment possibilities in a wide range of both public and private organisations in recruiting areas that include:

  • Government agencies
  • Consultancy firms (supply chain management)
  • Logistics service companies
  • Manufacturing and retailing companies
  • Transport companies
  • Planning and transport departments in local authority

 This course examines current practices, issues and trends in the particular field and provides students with both a specialist knowledge and basic training in related business disciplines to design and manage efficient and effective logistics and supply chain systems.  The course is structured around a number of core modules that offer in depth study in the specialist area of logistics and supply chain management.  Additional optional modules offer the possibility to acquire knowledge and understanding on ancillary subjects that enhance the theoretical and practical aspects of the specialist area. 

Further studies on the area of Logistics and Supply Chain Management can be undertaken through research degrees (MPhil/PhD). Alternatively graduates of the programme could pursue Chartered Membership status from the relevant professional institutes.

The learning and teaching methods on this full time delivery will build on a wide qualification base and emphasise current issues and trends in theory and practice. It will take place within an environment of structured formal tuition, supplemented by seminars and individual/group projects where independent study will be more pronounced. Assessment will be through reflective essays, problem solving exercises, presentations and written examinations where the weighting will be typically 40% coursework, 60% examination. Additionally assessment includes a research dissertation which can have a theoretical or applied basis.


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

Upon completion of the course, students will have attained SCQF level 11 skills in relation to employment and PDP. In knowledge and understanding and practice, cognitive skills, communication, ICT and numeracy, and in autonomy, accountability and working with others.

The processes of reflection and independent learning are strongly emphasised with the logistics discipline and this programme will endeavour to support student develop these skills.

As a graduate from UWS you will be:

  • Universal - globally relevant with comprehensively applicable abilities, skills and behaviours
  • Work ready - dynamic and prepared for employment in complex, ever-changing environments which require lifelong learning and resilience
  • Successful - as a UWS graduate with a solid foundation on which to continue succeeding and realising your potential, across various contexts

Through studying and graduating from UWS, you will develop attributes across three dimensions:

  • Academic – knowledge, skills and abilities related to high-level academic study
  • Personal – qualities and characteristics of well-rounded, developed, responsible individuals
  • Professional – skills, aptitudes and attitudes required for professional working life in the 21st Century

The underpinning attributes are developed through the key skills and competencies you will learn as part of your postgraduate degree programme.

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

 

Placement may be available at the project stage.  These placements are usually with local companies and the students are involved in projects of applied nature, supervised by a small team composed of academic members of staff and company employees. Additionally students can combine internships with the project module where the project will be a work based project.

Engagement and Attendance

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. PG Cert
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Conceptual understanding of supply chain management in a domestic and global context.
A2Awareness of techniques and tools for the design and management of supply chain systems.
A3Critical awareness of current issues and practices that have an impact on logistical and supply chain systems.
A4Critical awareness of the role of logistics in the context of a supply chain.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Critically analyse and evaluate current theoretical and practical developments in the subject of logistics and supply chain management.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Communicate effectively, be adaptable and reflective.
C2Make effective use of information and communication technologies for enhancing work activities.
C3Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.
C4Demonstrate analytical skills based on qualitative and quantitative methods and techniques.
C5Make effective use of relevant software.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Make informed judgements on complex problems/issues utilising the available data/information.
D2Demonstrate effective approaches in critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of knowledge and information.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise autonomy and initiative in professional activities.
E2Work effectively as a team member or team leader in the design and implementation of group projects.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11BUSN11099Global Supply Chain Management10      
11BUSN11108Logistical Resources and Technologies10      
11BUSN11109Logistics Stategy and Inventory Management10      
11BUSN11022Modelling the Supply Chain20      
11QUAL11001Operations & Project Mgt20      
11BUSN11097Procurement Systems10      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
For the award of PgC Logistics & Supply Chain Management students should complete modules totaling at least 60 credits of which 40 are at least SCQF11 in line with Regulation 5.3.15. At least 2 of the 3 modules should be selected from the core module list.

From session 2016/17 Global Supply Chain Management has been changed to a 10 credit module, although it shows as a 20 credit module in the list above.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11QUAL11015Change Management and Leadership20      
11QUAL11020Managing Quality20      
11COMP11051Mobile Business Technology and Design20      
11QUAL11019Project Risk Management20      
11QUAL11008Service Quality20      
11QUAL11002Statistical Quality Control20      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Or any other module at level 11 on the agreement of the Course Leader

Criteria for Progression and Award

To progress from Postgraduate Certificate to Postgraduate Diploma in this programme, students are normally required to obtain at least 60 credits from the above programme, with a minimum of 40 credits at SCQF 11.

Students obtaining 60 credits of which 40 are at least SCQF11 are eligible for the exit award of the Postgraduate Certificate Logistics and Supply Chain Management


B. PG Dip
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Conceptual understanding of supply chain management in a domestic and global context.
A2Demonstrate a systematic understanding of techniques and tools for the design and management of supply chain systems.
A3Critical awareness of current issues and practices that have an impact on logistical and supply chain systems.
A4Critical awareness of the role of logistics in the context of a supply chain.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Critically analyse and evaluate current theoretical and practical developments in the subject of logistics and supply chain management.
B2Demonstrate increased effectiveness as a specialist in the management of supply chains and logistical activities.
B3Synthesize knowledge for the definition of problems and the development of creative solutions.
B4Demonstrate cross functional understanding on wider issues that influence the organisation’s success.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Communicate effectively, be adaptable and reflective and engage in discourse on theories and practices in supply chain management.
C2Make effective use of information and communication technologies for enhancing work activities.
C3Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.
C4Demonstrate analytical skills based on qualitative and quantitative methods and techniques.
C5Make effective use of relevant software.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Make informed judgements on complex problems/issues utilising the available data/information.
D2Demonstrate effective approaches in critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of knowledge and information.
D3Offer creative insights and original responses to problems and issues in logistics and supply chain management.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise autonomy and initiative in professional activities.
E2Work effectively as a team member or team leader in the design and implementation of group projects.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11BUSN11099Global Supply Chain Management10      
11BUSN11108Logistical Resources and Technologies10      
11BUSN11109Logistics Stategy and Inventory Management10      
11BUSN11022Modelling the Supply Chain20      
11QUAL11001Operations & Project Mgt20      
11BUSN11097Procurement Systems10      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Students should select all core modules (80 credits) and a combination of elective modules totalling 40 credits.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11QUAL11015Change Management and Leadership20      
11QUAL11020Managing Quality20      
11COMP11051Mobile Business Technology and Design20      
11QUAL11019Project Risk Management20      
11QUAL11008Service Quality20      
11QUAL11002Statistical Quality Control20      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Or any other module at level 11 on the agreement of the Course Leader

Criteria for Progression and Award

To progress from Pg Diploma to Masters in this programme, students are normally required to obtain 120 credits of which a minimum of at least at SCQF 11 from the above programme.

Additionally, to progress to MSc, a candidate is normally expected to have attained an average mark of at least 50% (Grade B2) across all taught modules (Regulation 7.3.5).

The award of distinction can be made to a student obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma as stated in the University Regulations - Regulation 7.5.2

Students completing the modules named above and who meet the criteria above are eligible for the exit award of the Postgraduate Diploma Logistics and Supply Chain Management.


C. Masters
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Conceptual understanding of supply chain management in a domestic and global context
A2Demonstrate a systematic understanding of techniques and tools for the design and management of supply chain systems
A3Critical awareness of current issues and practices that have an impact on logistical and supply chain systems
A4Critical awareness of the role of logistics in the context of a supply chain
A5Demonstrate knowledge and deep understanding of research methods and approaches in the context of logistics and supply chain management

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Critically analyse and evaluate current theoretical and practical developments in the subject of logistics and supply chain management
B2Demonstrate increased effectiveness as a specialist in the management of supply chains and logistical activities
B3Synthesize knowledge for the definition of problems and the development of creative solutions
B4Demonstrate cross functional understanding on wider issues that influence the organisation’s success
B5Ability to design and complete a dissertation of research or applied development

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Communicate effectively, be adaptable and reflective and engage in discourse on theories and practices in supply chain management.
C2Make effective use of information and communication technologies for enhancing work activities.
C3Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.
C4Demonstrate analytical skills based on qualitative and quantitative methods and techniques.
C5Make effective use of relevant software.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Make informed judgements on complex problems/issues utilising the available data/information.
D2Demonstrate effective approaches in critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of knowledge and information.
D3Offer creative insights and original responses to problems and issues in logistics and supply chain management.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise autonomy and initiative in professional activities
E2Work effectively as a team member or team leader in the design and implementation of group projects

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11BUSN11023MSc Project (Logistics & SCM)60      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Award

Students obtaining 180 credits of which a minimum of 160 are at least SCQF11 from the above programme are eligible for the exit award of MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Students should obtain an overall average of 50% for the award of MSc.

The award of distinction can be made to a student obtaining an MSc as stated in the University Regulations - Regulation 7.5.2 (d) – Award of Distinction


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework .

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.



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