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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 26/04/2021 11:49:30

Title of Module: Logistical Resources and Technologies

Code: BUSN11108 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Shehzad  Ahmed

Summary of Module

This module focuses on the work of logistics, distribution and supply chain technologies.


About logistical resources, distribution and information flow, technologies, physical distribution, warehousing and storage. 

Information and Logistics

Information functionality and principles, data, data capturing techniques, applications of Information technologies in logistics & supply chain management

Logistics (Road/Rail/Air Transport) 

Technologies adopted in the logistics and supply chain sector such as radio frequency identification (RFID), cloud computing and big data applications.

Warehousing and storage

Storage functionality and principles, developing the warehouse resources, managing the warehouse resources, materials handling, packaging

Logistics and the environment

The EU and environmental legislation, logistics and environmental best practices

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. Have a clear understanding of the applicability of information and communication technologies in distribution, warehousing, logistics and supply chain management.

L2. Critically evaluate the significance of information and communication technologies in warehousing, 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 the work of logistics and supply chain technologies in a domestic and global context and how they could be applied to organisational settings.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Techniques and tools for the design and management of logistical systems
Critically analysis and evaluation of current issues and practices that have an impact on logistics and supply chain systems.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Making informed judgments on complex problems.
Use a range of approaches to evaluate case studies to define relevant issues and problems.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Apply a range of communications methods and information technology to critique logistics and supply chain systems.
Critically evaluate the case studies in a variety of forms in order to generate understanding.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Work both individually and in groups in practical tutorial-based activities.
Exercise autonomy and initiative in class and module study activities

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
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)
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Asynchronous Class Activity20
Independent Study46
100 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:

Lecture notes
Consultation of the under noted resources is recommended and material from these resources may be of benefit to the student in the assessment process:

• Wang, Y. and Pettit, S. “E-Logistics: Managing Your Digital Supply Chains For Competitive Advantage” 2016 Kogan Page, UK
• Ross, F.D., “Introduction to Supply Chain Management Technologies” 2016 2nd Edition, CRC Press, US
• Richards, G. “Warehouse Management: A Complete Guide To Improving Efficiency And Minimising Costs In The Modern Warehouse”, 2nd Edition, 2015 Kogan Page, UK


• Zelbst, J.P. and Sower, E. V., “RFID for the Supply Chain and Operations Professional”, 2016, 2nd Edition, Business Expert Press (BEP), US.
• Lalwani, C. and Mangan, J. “Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management”, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2016 3rd Edition.
• Chopra, Sunil, Peter Meindl, “Supply Chain Management: strategy, planning and operations” Pearson International Edition, 2015 6th Edition
• Waters, Donald and Rinsler, Stephen “Global Logistics: New Directions in Supply Chain Management”, Kogan Page Publishers, 2016 8th Edition

Logistics & Supply Chain Management Journals
• Journal of Operations Management
• Supply Chain Management: An International Journal
• International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management
• International Journal of Logistics Research & Applications
• International Journal of Logistics Management

Information Management Journals:
• Information Systems Research
• MIS Quarterly
• Journal of Management Information Systems
• Journal of the Association of Information Systems
• Decision Support Systems
• Information and Management
• Information Technology and People
• Industrial Management and Data Systems
• Enterprise Information Management

(**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
ModeratorDaniel Perry
External ExaminerZ Salimi
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The assessment methods employed in this module include:
Portfolio of written work = 70%
A minimum mark of 40% in the component must be gained to satisfy the aggregate rule.
Presentation = 30%
(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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written workcheck markcheck mark700

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentationcheck markcheck mark300
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 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

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)

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