AD1073: Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 10.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 12hr(s) Lectures (class based lectures, workshops, case studies and presentations); 10hr(s) Other (practical assignments (via internal coach in organisation)); Other (self-directed study using guided readings and independent research for assignments.); 2 x 1hr(s) Other (coaching sessions with internal organisation coach); Other (Independent reflective learning through learning log)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To introduce the main components of supply chains and the key factors that impact on supply chain management. To broaden students' prespectives to look at each supply chain holistically from end-to-end in order to appreciate the importance of supply chain strategy. To introduce students to the principles of lean thinking.
Module Content: Key components of supply chains
Key factors impacting on supply chain management
End-to-end demand function of supply chains
Importance of supply chain strategy
Competing in a supply chain
Overview of Gartner model
Case studies of successful supply chains
Lean thinking and its origins, principles and goals.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Distinguish between components of a supply chain and identify how these components interrelate with one another.
  • Identify key factors impacting on supply chain management.
  • Demonstrate understanding of an end-to-end supply chain.
  • Assess the different value propositions offered to customers in cases of successful supply chains.
  • Identify and describe the principles of lean thinking.
  • Assess the impact of lean thinking on supply chain management.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,000 word work based project, 100 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the module co-ordinator).

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