Supply Chain Management BSc(Hons) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
As business is becoming ever more complex and globalised, even for simple products, the supply chain is extending around the world and involving many different organisations.. In this challenging environment, efficient and effective supply chain management is critical to the success of any manufacturing or retail business. This course covers the core business areas including marketing, logistics, production, purchasing, finance and how business performance can be enhanced through people and building relationships within the firm and with customers and suppliers. You'll have the opportunity to study how integrating these key areas across the multiple businesses that comprise the supply chain can deliver superior performance for all. You'll have the opportunity to develop professional skills and become competent with a wide range of IT tools and techniques in readiness for a career as an analyst, planner or manager within the supply chain. The course is really focussed on real world application and we have developed relationships with a large number of industry contacts such as Gist, DHL, Caterpillar, Wincanton, Sainsbury's and Cummins who provide us with some great guest lectures, enable site visits and most importantly provide work placements and graduate employment opportunities.
Here's what current Logistics, Transport and Supply Chain Management student Mark has to say about his course.
18 / 09 / 2017
3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year
Full Time inc. placement year
03301 232 277
The course has been designed in consultation with industry partners to ensure that you have the opportunity to develop the understanding, knowledge, skills and competencies needed to succeed in this global industry.
Principles of Logistics
This module provides a fundamental understanding of the key aspects of logistics and supply chain management. It focuses on the identification of the relationships between logistics activities and looks at how changing business conditions have impacted on the development of the sector. The principles underpinning effective management of material flows are analysed with specific regard to inventory and distribution management and their role in creating customer satisfaction. The application of information technology and the need to comply with increasing environmental regulations will also be considered.
This module will help you to develop your professional and personal skills with an emphasis on employability and enterprise. Lectures, workshops and tutorials will help you to develop and practice your reading, writing, presentation, teamwork and research skills. ICT skills will be enhanced through the delivery of workshops and competence testing. Data analysis and statistical techniques will be used to show how these tools are vital in performing the tasks required within industry. You’ll have the opportunity to develop the ability to choose, use and manage appropriate mathematical, statistical and ICT systems and techniques to produce and disseminate meaningful management information. The module incorporates elements of PDP and self-evaluation. A weekend residential field trip in the first term will focus on team-building skills.
This module introduces you to financial and commercial management, helping to build your understanding of this vital area of business management and helping to support you in your future career. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your understanding of financial statements and how these are used to appraise the performance of a business and you’ll explore the use of information for business control and management decision making.
Economics and Marketing
One half of the module provides an introduction to the principles of micro-economics. You’ll particularly focus on applications in logistics, supply chain management, air transport and transport. The other half of the module introduces key principles of strategic and operational marketing. You’ll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the underlying concepts and theories underpinning marketing practice and its application in the sectors mentioned above.
Organisations and People
The module will introduce you to the characteristics of organisations and explore how they operate and what influences them. The structures, operations and management aspects of organisations will be analysed. The specific behaviour of people at work will also be examined in order to understand their motivations. Whilst some of the theories of management styles will be discussed, emphasis will be placed on developing your personal skills with regard to key business activities.
Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include:
Introduction to Air Transport
This module gives you an overview of the different players in air transport (e.g. airlines, airports, air traffic control, airline catering). Furthermore it helps provide you with the fundamental concepts of air law, government policy and environmental aspects of air transport. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake research in groups on different airlines and present them to your peers.
Transport: Challenges and Issues
This introductory module provides a perspective on a wide range of policy-related topics focusing in the transportation of people (primarily) and the transportation of goods (secondarily). It provides a foundation for more in-depth study at later stages.
plus language options
Physical Logistics Management
This module focuses on the physical logistics elements of the supply chain, considering material handling, storage and freight transportation and the associated management of these activities. In addition to examining the benefits and operation of alternative modes of transport.
Planning Techniques for Logistics and Transport Operations
This module introduces a range of practical and analytical planning techniques used within the logistics industry. Basic techniques used to solve logistics problems will be explained in lectures whilst more complex issues are addressed in computing tutorials. You’ll become familiar with the use of industry specific software in the area of linear programming, planning, inventory control, forecasting and simulation in logistics.
Human Resource Management and the Workplace
This module is designed to generate increased confidence when entering and working in the workplace. The module offers you the opportunity to stimulate your learning through a series of employability workshops relating to topics such as CVs, covering letters, application forms, interviews and assessment centres and will introduce you to a wide range of transferable skills. Human Resource Management & Development will be introduced and the module will demonstrate how this contributes to organisational success in a rapidly changing environment. The module will identify key HRM issues, practices and procedures.
Purchasing and Supply
This module explores the role of purchasing and supply as a key driver enabling the smooth flow of goods at optimum cost whilst meeting the specific requirements of the end user. The module will examine the different approaches to managing the inputs to the supply chain and will analyse how the function can contribute to an efficient and effective organisation.
Manufacturing and Operations Management
This module will help provide you with a detailed knowledge of operations management within the field of supply chain management. It attempts to give you an awareness of the importance of manufacturing and its impacts across different supply chain functions ranging from product design to after-market support. It will give you an insight into the different planning methods and supporting systems underpinning modern manufacturing operations.
Project Quality Management
This module introduces you to the various models & frameworks, tools & techniques and underlying principles of the quality movement and project management. Case material relevant to manufacturing and service industries is introduced and provides experience of practical application, including the use of software (MS Project) for project planning and control.
Year 3 - optional placement year
The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.
Strategic Supply Chain Management
This module evaluates the role of logistics and supply chain management in helping to achieve the strategic objectives of an organisation. You’ll explore how managing strategically across the entire supply chain can help an organisation to achieve and maintain its competitive edge in terms of market share and / or profitability. You’ll have the opportunity to diagnose problems within supply chains and to demonstrate your grasp of how different supply chain strategies can positively impact the performance of the firm.
The aim of this module is to help develop your skills and ability to carry out an original investigation into a particular problem. In the early stages of project development, lectures provide guidance in various important aspects of project formulation and development, such as choice of appropriate methodology, literature sources and review techniques, specification of data requirements, data collection and data analysis. For the remainder of the module, emphasis is placed on individual study, supported by regular personal supervision.
Global Business Strategy
This module applies the principles of Strategic Management to the international business through a study of concepts and theories. This module will be divided into four parts: Introduction to Strategic Management, Strategic Analysis, Strategic Choice and Strategic Implementation/Evaluation and on completion of this module, you should have a good understanding aware of the importance of effective Strategic Management for any organisation.
Retail and Manufacturing Logistics
This module examines the role of logistics in supporting the retail industry and providing a basis for competitive advantage. You’ll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the structure of the retailing industry and the increased pressures being placed on suppliers and distributors. Retail network structures are analysed recognising the impact of globalisation and the growth in e-retailing on the total supply chain.
Supply Chain Systems and Modelling
This module explains the use of data and process modelling to support decision making in supply chain systems. It will show how data can be obtained, extracted and manipulated to enable decision support tools to be used to underpin the management of the supply chain. The module will demonstrate how the supply chain system can be modelled and analysed for re-engineering and improvement and will demonstrate how to select appropriate modelling tools for particular problems, incorporate data and use the models to evaluate alternative approaches.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.
Huddersfield Business School's Placement Unit won the National Undergradute Employability (NUE) award in 2017 for ‘Best University Placement Service' for their hard work and innovative ideas.
Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.
Previous placement providers have included companies such as Hellman, Worldwide Logistics, Nexen, Fisher Clinical Services, Cummins, LSC Drinks, 3T Logistics, Marks & Spencers, Unilever, Sia Fibral, Wincanton, Coco Cola Midi, Goodyear, ASOS, World Transport Agency and PZ Cussons.
100% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.*
Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such as a, Buyer, Export CoordinatorProcurement Support and Operations Management in organisations including Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Avocet Hardware, Codeprim International, North West Commissioning Support unit and Elytronic Ltd.*
*Source: DLHE survey and LinkedIn
Professional links and accreditations
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, role play, case studies, case projects, site visits and fieldwork trips. You can also take part in innovative industry based projects and will have the opportunity to present work to a professional audience. Assessment will include exams, oral presentations, case studies, in-class tests, reports, essays and case study analysis.
24.7% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.
If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
The Business School was opened in 2010 at a cost of £17m and is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop. Located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.
The Learning Development Group (LDG) offer a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as referencing, presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing.
Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to our students on sandwich courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CV's and covering letters.
Excellent teaching rooms combine with fully-equipped computer labs to provide access to technology and learning resources alongside 'The Street' cafe which offers space for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide selection of fresh food and hot and cold drinks.
How much will it cost me?
The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
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Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.
If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
Exchange opportunities exist with partner Universities in Finland and, the NetherlandsStudents regularly undertake their third year industrial placement abroad, with students currently placed in the United States,Belgium, France and Germany.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website
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