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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 12/03/2021 15:51:50

Title of Module: Supply Chain Management

Code: LNDN11015 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 15 ECTS: 7.5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Alan  Macdonald

Summary of Module

The supply chain is now recognised as a key source of value add and with it as a critical contributor to the success of any organisation. Critically appraising and assessing  the supply chain will not only serve to reduce costs but also to enhance customer value, hence supply chain management is regarded as key to achieving competitive advantage. There is current debate within the sector that it is supply chains that compete in today’s globalised economy and not companies. The ability to understand, develop and manage global supply chains gives organisations access to strategic resources and enables them to compete in global markets.  As supply chains offer many strategic opportunities, they also create many risks and responsibilities. Successful global supply chain strategies are those that can balance the opportunities and risks, without affecting the organisation’s ability to be a responsible global citizen. 


  • Define Supply Chain Management

  • Identify the core concepts within Global Supply Chains

  • Understand the relevance of SCM in achieving Competitive advantage.

  • Review current challenges and issues of providing SCM within your area of study.

  • Global Supply Chain risk

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. Critically assess the key functions, products and processes of Supply Chain Management.

L2. Critically appraise the key factors and implications of the domestic and global Supply Chain within your area of study.

L3. Demonstrate the influence that Supply Chain management has on the achievement of competitive advantage within your area of study.

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.

- Demonstrating a broad and integrated knowledge and critical understanding of Supply Chain Management

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Applying knowledge, skills and understanding in using a range of the principal skills, techniques, practices and/or materials that are at the forefront of, or informed by forefront developments in Supply Chain Management.

- Applying a significant range of the techniques and strategies required to evaluate the appropriate use of both the domestic and global supply chain management.
Applying and understanding the influence that Supply Chain management has on the achievement of competitive advantage

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

- Engaging with formative and summative assessment to recognise and assess suitability, and appropriate use, of a range of domestic and global supply chain management techniques and processes and providing carefully judged solutions to the challenges in this area.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

- Presenting decisions on the appropriate use of supply chain management techniques and products using a range of communication methods.
- Using a wide range of ICT applications to support and enhance work at this level.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

- Using realistic business scenarios to work independently and/or in group settings to identify areas of Supply Chain Management and their appropriate solutions for domestic and global aspects,

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The module will use, for the most part, a flipped classroom approach. Using realistic business cases, you will identify the associated functions products and processes of both the domestic and Global Supply Chains within a business and will demonstrate the influence that Supply Chain management has on the achievement of competitive advantage within each area. You will be required to prepare in advance for each session by reading the relevant chapters or key texts and/or recommended reading materials set by the module coordinator.
Supply Chain scenarios will draw on the key topics of the module and you will work both independently and in groups to develop a deep and critical understanding and analysis of the subject area.
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)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Asynchronous Class Activity18
Independent Study114
150 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:

Supply Chain Management A learning Perspective(Latest edition) Kim, Cambridge University Press.

(**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
External Examiner
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
REPORT - 80%
(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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Demonstrations/ Poster presentations/ Exhibitionscheck mark  200
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
he Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.

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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