FE1808: Introduction to Supply Chain Management, Lean Thinking and Continuous Professional Development

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 8.
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: Workshops (Classroom mode: 20 hours lectures, seminars and group work. Blended Learning mode: 8 hrs lectures, seminars and group work; on-line tutorials and e-mentoring. Distance Learning mode: on-line tutorials, e-mentoring and discussion forums); Directed Study (Classroom mode: in classroom assignment instructions. Blended Learning mode: in classroom assignment instructions and on-line assignment instructions and feedback. Distance Learning Mode: on-line assignment instructions, e-mentoring and feedback); Other (Classroom, Blended and Distance Learning modes: online resources - articles, readings and case studies)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Seamus O'Reilly, Department of Food Business and Development.
Lecturer(s): Dr Seamus O'Reilly, Department of Food Business and Development; Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To equip learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan their future career and personal development and introduce them to the principles of supply chain management and lean thinking.
Module Content: Personal effectiveness, personal learning styles, personal motivations and report writing. Introduce the main components of supply chains and the key factors that impact on supply chain management. Introduce lean thinking and its origins, principles and goals.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify personal and career goals and the role of the Diploma in Supply Chain Management in reaching these.
  • Use a Journal of Learning throughout the Diploma studies.
  • Distinguish between components of a supply chain.
  • Identify key factors impacting on supply chain management.
  • Identify and describe the principles of lean thinking.
  • Establish the core goals of lean thinking and illustrate how these can be met.
  • Assess the impact of lean thinking on supply chain management.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x Journal of Learning, 50 marks; 1 x MCQ exam (Open Book), 50 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% Students must pass both components of Continuous Assessment (i.e. Journal of Learning and MCQ exam) independently to pass the module. For students who do not satisfy this requirement, the overall mark achieved in the module and a 'Fail Special Requirement' will be recorded.
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 Department).

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