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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 22/06/2022 11:31:10

Title of Module: Logistics Strategy and Inventory Management

Code: BUSN11109 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:Athanassios  Kourouklis

Summary of Module

This module focuses on the strategic contribution of the logistics functions in todays organisations and the vital role management of inventory plays in supporting a logistics competitive advantage.

Briefly the module will explore the following topics:

The role of logistics in modern supply chains; The Logistics Value proposition; Logistics Strategy; Planning for distribution:

The role of inventory in Modern Supply Chains Principles of Inventory management. Inventory Planning; DRP and other inventory control methods;. Inventory optimisation; k-curve methodology and applications

  • At the end of this module the student will be able to

  • Evidence a superior level of understanding of the role of logistics in Supply Chains from a strategic perspective.

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of logistics in value creation

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the role of inventory in competitive supply chains

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding on Inventory planning and control methods

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 a superior level of undestanding of the role of logistics in achieving competitive advantage in modern supply chain

L2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of logistics strategy

L3. Evidence a superior level of undestanding of the role of inventory management in achieving logistical competency

L4. Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of inventory planning and controll approaches and methods

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.

Conseptual understanding of the role of logistics in modern supply chains

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Methodologies for logisitics strategy formation
Critical analysis and evaluation of current issues and practices that have an impact on the logistics function
Techniques and tools in the planning and control of inventory

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Making informed judgement on complex problems

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Inventory analysis skills

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.


Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* 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:

University of the West of Scotland Course notes

Title Global Logistics: New Directions in Supply Chain Management
Authors Donald Waters, Stephen Rinsler
Edition 7, reprint
Publisher Kogan Page Publishers, 2014
ISBN 0749471344, 9780749471347

Title Logistics Management and Strategy 5th edition: Competing through the Supply Chain
Authors Alan Harrison, Remko Van Hoek, Heather Skipworth
Edition 5
Publisher Pearson Higher Ed, 2014
ISBN 1292004185, 9781292004181

Title Inventory Management: Advanced Methods for Managing Inventory Within Business Systems
BusinessPro collection
Authors Geoff Relph, Catherine Milner
Edition illustrated
Publisher Kogan Page, 2015
ISBN 0749473681, 9780749473686

Supply Chain Logistics Management 4th Edition
by Donald Bowersox (Author), David Closs (Author), M. Bixby Cooper (Author

(**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
ModeratorDr Shehzad Ahmed
External Examiner
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The assessment methods employed in this module include:

1. 50% Critical Literature Review
2. 50% Analytical Case Study
(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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Review/ Article/ Critique/ Papercheck markcheck mark  500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Case study  check markcheck mark500
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
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.