Module Outlines

 Mandatory modules
Ref: GDP1702
Business Strategy
The focus of this module is the emerging role that is played by supply chain management in achieving the principal development objective of any organization – to create tomorrow’s organization out of todays.
In the competitive environment of the 21st century it is becoming increasingly difficult to create a sustainable organization on the basis of product and service alone. These are becoming easier to emulate. What matters is the design and development of a business model that considers the way in which value is added for customers who now face an ever-widening choice of supply and relationship as markets become more global.
Ref: GDP1703
Developing Leadership & Management Capability
This module is designed to develop the cognitive and behavioural skills necessary to undertake robust data-driven enquiry in complex environments in order to demonstrate impact upon leadership and management in a given context. The intention is to develop leadership capability through a combination of theory, data acquisition, analysis, critical incident management and reflection.
Ref: GDP1704
Project Management /Research Methods
This module is designed to enable the learner to review the nature of academic research and in particular how it relates to the other modules studied. It also will introduce or re-introduce the learner to some of the common research methodologies – both quantitative and non-quantitative as a preparation for the Research Project to be completed later in the programme. Thus, the module is intended both as an area of study in itself - forming an adjunct to other academic subjects in the degree - and as a foundation for carrying out the cap-stone dissertational research project in part fulfilment of the requirements of this M.Sc.
 Elective Modules [Supply Chain Specialisation]
Ref: GDP1705
[Buy] Purchasing
This module emphasises the total supply management process in the context of organisational goals rather than on the transactions associated with purchasing. With this in mind, this module will explore the nature of purchasing’s’ contribution, as well as the management requirements for efficient and effective performance.
It will examine purchasing from a strategic, tactical or operational and a managerial perspective.
Ref: GDP1706
[Make] Operations Management
Operations management is concerned with ensuring that the right products are delivered to customers in a timely manner and at an affordable cost. The activities associated with this such as scheduling, inventory management and current techniques, including lean and MRP, are introduced in this module.
Ref: GDP1707
[Move] Transport and Distribution Management
Knowledge of the characteristics of transport management in all spheres of activity will provide for better strategic management decisions concerning the movement of both goods and people. In today’s competitive environment of supply chain management and logistics it is vitally important that managers do not under estimate the strategic implications of effective management of transport systems.
Ref: GDP1708
[Store] Warehouse and Inventory Management
This module introduces the concept of warehousing and its critical importance to management of an optimal supply chain. The module will focus on initial design and layout methodology and modelling, configuration options, selection of storage media and material handling equipment, order picking options, health and safety aspects, enabling ICT opportunities and performance measures.
Ref: GDP1709
[Sell] Marketing and Supply Chain Integration
In recent years the marketing of products and services has become a prerequisite of effective supply chain management. The critical understanding of the interface between the market place and the organisation seeking to understand and satisfy customer requirements is a key issue within supply chain management and the development of effective marketing strategies and tactics is crucial for sustainable development and growth of the organisation. This module explores the concepts and process of marketing and relates the marketing process to the overall corporate strategy of the firm.
 Elective Modules [Supply Chain Specialisation]
Ref: GDP1710
International Supply Chain
This module is designed to enable the learners to understand the changing nature of the international economic and business environment, the resulting supply chain challenges and the re-engineering of international supply chains.
Ref: GDP1711
Customer Service Relationships
In this module learners will investigate how to enhance the customer service provided by their company, while at the same time optimising supply chain cost. The key objectives are that the learners will be able to define what customer service means for their customers, measure customer satisfaction, analyse the supply chain and its internal and external customers, communicate effectively throughout the supply chain using interpersonal skills and an understanding of personality types, assess the cost and benefit of customer service level offered, use service level agreements effectively.
Ref: GDP1712
Human Resource Management
The achievement of strategic objectives involves the effective deployment of the human resources of an organisation (considering the organisations structures, culture and personnel systems). This requires the alignment of the organisation’s human resources with its strategic objectives.
Supply chains are operating within an increasingly dynamic external environment. To succeed in this environment many organisations have recognised the need to achieve greater levels of flexibility and efficiency. The use of appropriate human resource strategies is critical to the success of any organisation in meeting the challenges it will face in today’s environment.
Ref: GDP1713
Change Management
On completion of this module learners will have an increased knowledge on the theory and practice of change management techniques.
This module is intended to develop an organisations Change Management and Organisational Development capability through a combination of research, analysis and the application of theoretical constructs and consultative processes with the internal and external customer and the wider community.
Dissertation Project
The Dissertation enables learners to conceptualise, develop and realise a significant piece of research which is largely self-directed and self-motivated, and which is different to the pedagogy encountered to date. While built on the foundation taught module Project Management and Research Methods particularly the theoretical and methodological elements, it offers the learner the chance to concentrate on and specialise in a subject discipline and/or sector which may subsequently become a focus of career aspiration. Learners will work closely with academic supervisors and industrial mentors in the development of research skills and in meeting the demands of a sustained project which includes research, analysis, writing up and editing.