IS1813: Information Technology in the Supply Chain

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 8.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semester 2.
Teaching Methods: Workshops (Classrooom mode: 20 hours lectures, seminars and group work. Blended Learning mode: 8 hours 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: Prof Frederic Adam, Department of Business Information Systems.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Business Information Systems.
Module Objective: The objective of this module is to give students an understanding of the computer systems and applications that can be developed by organisations in order to better organise and coordinate activities in their supply chain.
Module Content: The evolution of Inter-Organisational Systems (IOS) over the last 30 years is reviewed. The types of cooperation agreements in which trading partners enter in order to increase the degree to which their operations are integrated are studied in detail using a number of case studies. Specific applications for improving the efficiency of supply chains are considered. The need to understand the end-to-end demand function of supply chains is emphasised. Finally, a number of case studies of organisations who used their competitive position to become managers in their supply chains are studied.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Explain in detail the contribution that IT systems can make in the management of supply chains.
  • Identify the characteristics of a specific supply chain (e.g. within a specific industry) and translate them into requirements for specific types of systems.
  • Explain the linkages between IT systems, supply chain performance and the strategy of the firm.
  • Assess the potential of leading edge technologies to deliver improvements in supply chain operations.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 50 marks (Open Book); Continuous Assessment 50 marks (1 x 1,500 word report).
Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; 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: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) (Open Book) to be taken in Summer 2020.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) (Open Book) to be taken in Autumn 2020. 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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