AP3EB3-Supply Chain Management

Module Provider: Agr and Food Econ
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mr Nick Beard

Email: n.f.beard@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Over recent years organisations have become increasingly aware that successful Supply Chain Management is pivotal to their gaining competitive advantage and reducing costs. The broad aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the concept of integrated Supply Chain Management and an understanding of the methods, techniques, practices and strategies involved in the integrated management of supply chains.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • An understanding of the fundamental concept of integrated supply chain management
  • An understanding of the theories related to the management of supply chain operations
  • To perceive the contribution of Supply Chain Management to corporate strategies on both domestic and international levels
  • An appreciation of the importance of supply chain management within the food supply chain (farm, food processing and manufacturing, retail and final consumer)
  • An appreciation of the wider societal implications of supply chain management including global, social and ethical supply chain management
  • To gain an overview of the latest trends within Supply Chain Management

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
- Introduction to Supply Chain Management (SCM)
- The logistics network configuration
- Customer Value and SCM
- SC Integration – building a responsive and agile SC
- Push, Pull and Push-Pull Strategies
- Strategic Alliances in the SC
- Inventory Management in the SC
- Risk Management in the SC – building a resilient SC
- Topical Issues in Supply Chain Management

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This is a lecture based module with additional learning through required reading and research for a group presentation on topical issues in supply chain management and a linked essay assignment.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 30
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Other information on summative assessment:
Essay based assignment is individually written but linked to a group presentation assignment.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    A one hour examination paper requiring the answer to one question from four provided

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By Re-examination in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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