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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 26/04/2021 11:48:36

Title of Module: Global Supply Chain Management

Code: BUSN11099 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 explores the following topics:

The concept of supply chain management

Supply chain management: Schools of thought, Logistics vs. Supply chain management, Goals and objectives of supply chain management

Logistics and supply chain management – competitive advantage

Supply chain vision, Logistics and competitive strategy, Structuring supply chain capabilities

The customer service dimension

The marketing and logistics interface, customer service and customer retention, Service-driven logistics systems, customer service priorities and standards

From domestic to global supply chains

The Global Market, Managing the global pipeline, International Logistics Strategy, Characteristics of global supply chains, The Bullwhip effect in supply chains

Establishing and managing the global supply chain

Planning the global supply chain, Network design for global supply chain management, Risk management in the global context, The role of information and communication technologies

Performance measurement and evaluation of the supply chain

Measuring logistics cost and performance. Benchmarking the supply chain, performance measurement and evaluation in global supply chains

Emerging issues and future direction

The organisational impact of supply chain management, the virtual supply chain and the role of information, managing the supply chain of the future

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. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the technological, business and organisational issues associated with establishment and management of supply chain

L2. Identify and analyse complexities and uncertainties of the global supply chain in a strategic context

L3. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of emerging concepts in 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 supply chain management in a domestic and global context

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

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.


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

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:

• Martin Christopher “Logistics and Supply Chain Management” Financial Times (FT) Prentice Hall; 2016 5th Edition
• 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


Nada R Sanders, 2011 "Supply Chain Management: A Global Perspective", John Wiley & Sons
Waters, Donald and Rinsler, Stephen “Global Logistics: New Directions in Supply Chain Management”, Kogan Page Publishers, 2014 7th Edition
Bowersox, Donald J.;/Closs David J.; Cooper, M Bixby “ Supply Chain Logistics Management McGraw-Hill, 2002
Manners-Bell "Introduction to Global Logistics" 2nd Edition, Kogan Page 2017

Gattorna, J. L. & Walters, D. W., Managing the Supply Chain, Palgrave, 1996
Gower Handbook of Supply Chain Management Edited by Gattorna, John, 5th ed, Gower Publishing Limited, 2003
Robert Palevich " The Lean Sustainable Supply Chain" FT Press 2012

• 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
• Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal
Further guidance can be obtained from ABS Ranked Journals: Follow the heading “Operations and Technology Management”.

• Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK
• Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) UK
• Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) US

The module staffs hope that you enjoy studying this module and that it makes a valuable educational contribution to your chosen programme.

(**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) 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
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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)

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

Charity number SC002520.