Module code: ENGM078

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 22

Laboratory Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 50%
Coursework COURSEWORK 1 20%
Coursework COURSEWORK 2 30%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

Global competition has seen a shift from between individual companies to that between supply chains. This module will introduce the concept of supply chain and its management, including both qualitative and quantitative analysis. It will equip the students with the knowledge of fundamental supply chain processes, as well as the major components such as distribution, demand forecasting, planning, inventory, transportation, sourcing and coordination. Conceptual modelling of supply chain events toward sustainable and profitable supply chains will also be discussed. In this module, students will acquire in depth understanding of supply chain management and corresponding analysis tools that are used to achieve optimal supply chain performance whilst satisfying customers' need.

Module aims

An understanding of the concepts and principles of supply chain management;

A knowledge of the major drivers that determine supply chain performance;

A set of qualitative tools to aid supply chain decision making;

A set of analytical methods to aid quantitative analysis and optimisation of supply chain processes;

A conceptual modelling methodology to analyse the events/flows within a supply chain to identify opportunities for improvement in profitability and sustainability.      

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Discuss the implications of practical supply chain decisions with respect to drivers and distribution network configurations of supply chains. KCT
Develop demand forecasting models. KCT
Carry out aggregating planning with consideration of demand / supply uncertainty. KCT
Apply optimisation techniques to network configuration and inventory policy. KCPT
Apply conceptual modelling tools to supply chain analysis KPT
Discuss sustainability concepts applicable to supply chain management. KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

 Indicative content includes:

Introduction to supply chain concepts and management principles
Distribution network and its design
Demand forecasting models
Aggregate planning based on demand forecasting
Planning in the presence of supply/demand uncertainty
Optimal decision making for cycle and safety inventory
Event process chain and supply chain operations reference modelling
Circular Economy and lean manufacturing concepts           

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Present up to date concept, theory and technologies of supply chain management, combined with problem solving sessions giving opportunity for group work and discussion. The subject will be addressed both qualitatively and quantitatively, the latter through state-of-the-art supply chain modelling and optimisation methods.

The learning and teaching methods include:

3 hours combined lectures / computer laboratory problem solving sessions per week x 11 weeks


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

·         Learning outcomes 1- 6 on the unseen written examination;

·         Learning outcome 1 on Coursework 1; and

·         Learning outcomes 1, 4 and 5 on Coursework 2.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Examination, 50%, 2 hours, (LOs as above)

·         Coursework 1, 20%, essay on basic concept and principles of supply chain management, (LOs as above)

·         Coursework 2, 30%: optimal design of a supply chain case (LOs as above)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be conducted through tutorial and computer sessions. Tasks will be given and student answers assessed informally inclusive of verbal feedback, and when required written feedback. In addition for each piece of coursework given, the students will receive individual written feedback. 

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.