Module code: MANM250

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 20

Tutorial Hours: 16

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module will enable students to evaluate the role and nature of logistic and supply chain management strategies in meeting the objectives of retail and industrial organisations. Students will become familiar with the specific management approaches to meet the product and service criteria set by customers. The module is designed to explore the technical and commercial environment that dictates the supply chain management approach adopted by retailers and manufacturing firms in local and international arenas.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with both a theoretical and practical understanding of how supply chain and logistics management delivers competitive advantage in today's turbulent business environment. This module is designed to explore the supply chain management approaches adopted by retailer and manufacturing firms in local and international markets to source products and services.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
To develop a critical awareness of the operational and strategic challenges facing supply chain management through an understanding of the theoretical foundations of supply chains CP
To introduce students to the practical management issues relating to supply chain management at a local and international level PT
To enable students to apply and critically evaluate existing frameworks and concepts relevant to the operational and strategic challenges facing supply chain management KCP
To introduce students to key issues in the supply chain from a retailer, industrial and sustainability perspective KP
To understand and critical appraise the wider social implications of international sourcing and its impact on supply chain management  KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The module will content will cover the following:

Supply chain strategies
Value and logistics costs
Lean and agile supply chains
Managing logistics internationally
Ethical sourcing and corporate social responsibility for supply chains
Retail logistics.   
Warehouse management and transport planning,
Inventory management
Supply chain integration and information technology
Supply chain relationships and purchasing
Logistics and supply chain challenges and opportunities.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to encourage deep learning and critical review through the use of case studies linked to conceptual frameworks presented in the lectures. Team working will be explored encouraged through the use of case studies and simulations. Team work is critical to the success of implementing and delivering success through supply chain and logistics management. 

The teaching and learning methods include the use of two-hour lectures (2 hours x 11 weeks) to illustrate the theory, supported by one-hour seminars/tutorials (1 hour x 11 weeks), which will demonstrate the practical application of such theory. Lecture notes will be posted through SurreyLearn a week prior to the lecture. Lectures will be designed to build upon the pre-reading from the course text. Lectures will incorporate the use of EVS, BoB, videos and group discussions.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate critical awareness and understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities faced by Supply Chain and Logistics Management professionals

Both formative and summative assessments will be used in the module.

The summative assessment, based on a 2000 word individual assignment, will demonstrate the critical appraisal and application of theoretical frameworks and concepts.  The end of semester exam will bring together the knowledge and critical awareness of supply chain and logistics management

Formative assessments through EVS and simulations will be used to assist students in determining their knowledge of the concepts and aid the lecturer in focusing on areas requiring further support. The case study work will aid the development and formative assessment of critical awareness. Verbal feedback in tutorials and case study reviews (following work conducted as part of guided learning) will be used to assess development of knowledge and understanding.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Business Analytics MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

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.