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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 10/04/2019 14:16:53

Title of Module: MSc Project (Logistics & SCM)

Code: BUSN11023 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 60 ECTS: 30
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Athanassios   Kourouklis

Summary of Module

Students are expected to complete a dissertation on a research or application topic and submit a report addressing the following issues within the area of their investigation:


Selection of a suitable research topic

Project planning, time management and time scale considerations

How to formulate research aims and objectives

Conducting a literature review

Sources of secondary data

Referencing requirements

Research Philosophy: Positivism and phenomenology

Research logic: deductive and inductive approaches

Research Approaches: data collection considerations

Research limitations: internal and external validity

Data Collection techniques

Sampling techniques

Interview techniques

Access and confidentiality

Analysis of data

Presentation of fieldwork

Links between theoretical expectation and findings

Pointers for future research

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Evidence of competence related to issues pertinent to the production of a masters dissertation

L2. Demonstrate the ability to undertake a critical literature review

L3. Exhibit an advanced level of understanding of the application of research philosophy

L4. Show competence in the selection and use of data

L5. Produce a substantial piece of advanced independent work related to the theories, concepts and practical issues in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

Conceptual understanding of theories and practical issues related to the topic of the investigation within the broader area of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Developing new theoretical concepts related to the broader area of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Contacting a research project
Application of techniques and tools for the design and management of supply chain systems
Critically analysis and evaluation of current issues and practices that have an impact on logistical and supply chain systems

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Making informed judgments on complex problems

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.


Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Ability to exercise autonomy and initiative in conducting a research project

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Successful completion of Postgraduate Diploma Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Independent Study580
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
600 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Herbert Kotzab et al . Research Methodologies in Supply Chain Management, Physica-Verlag 2005 ISBN 3-7908-1583-7

Saunders et al (1999) Research Methods For Business Students, Pitman, London

Jawousci, A D (2000) Business Research Projects, 3rd Edition, Thomson Learning Business Press

Bell J (1991) Doing Your Research Project: A guide for First-Time Researchers in Education and the Social Science, Open University Press, Milton Keynes

Gill, J and Johnson, P (1991) Research Methods for Managers Chapman Publishing, London

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement 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 the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardMarketing, Innovation, Tourism & Events
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelMarketing, Innovation, Tourism & Events
ModeratorShezad Ahmed
External ExaminerZ Salimi
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
1. A written assignment carrying a weighting of 100% of which the students must pass at 50% to be awarded their MSc
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark10020
Combined Total For All Components100% 20 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
There are no equality and diversity issues associated with this module
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

2014 University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

Charity number SC002520.