Manufacturing Supply Chain Management

Module description

This module looks at the different aspects of the tools and techniques employed within supply chain management, i.e., forecasting, planning, inventory and distribution, together with the strategic and management aspects of supply chain management, principally related to manufacturing industry.

The group research assignment looks at a particular industry from a more strategic standpoint, in order to determine the important competitive aims and the supply chain management techniques that are applied within that industry.  You will make a presentation on your findings as part of a group, so that all students benefit from the research.  This provides the foundation for the last assignment, where you will individually study the application of the various concepts in practice, using instances from different industries to evaluate the benefits of each concept in practice.

Pre-requisite module: ECM2106 or equivalent

Full module specification

Module title:Manufacturing Supply Chain Management
Module code:ECMM112
Module level:M
Academic year:2013/4
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Stephen Childe - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:


Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Duration (weeks) - term 2:

11 weeks

Duration (weeks) - term 3:


Module aims

This module introduces the issues and concepts in manufacturing supply chains and the associated tools and techniques for analysis and management of manufacturing logistics.


This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC).


This module correlates to references S1, S2, MU3, ME3, MS1, MS2, MP1 and GM3. These references are indices of the specific learning outcomes expected of Bachelors/MEng/Masters candidates set out in UK-SPEC, codified with reference to systems used by professional accrediting institutions. A full list of the standards can be found on the Engineering Council's website, at

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate, in writing, systematic and in-depth understanding the issues in supply chain management;
  • 2. reveal in a class presentation systematic and in-depth understanding the issues in supply chain management;
  • 3. show, in writing, the ability to appraise tools and technologies for managing manufacturing supply chains;
  • 4. apply proper tools and technologies to evaluate and explore managerial approaches in a given supply chain case.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Choose the right tools and techniques to solve problems, and explain the choice;
  • 6. Use case examples to demonstrate understanding of business situations and applicable tools and techniques;
  • 7. Demonstrate competence in literature search, data collection, analysis and synthesis in the area.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. present information and arguments to a professional standard, both in writing and orally, making a business case for senior management to agree on a course of action;
  • 9. work constructively and supportively in a group through project work.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities22Lectures
Guided independent study128Guided independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Worked examples in class On the spot feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group Research Assignment3040 hours approx2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , 7, 9Written
Critical Evaluation of Supply Chain Management Theory in Practice3550 hours approx1, 3, 6, 7, 8Written comments and verbal comments
Assignment on Planning910 hours approx4, 5Written
Assignment on Forecasting910 hours approx4, 5Written
Assignment on Inventory88 hours approx4, 5Written
Assignment on Distribution910 hours Approx4, 5 Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
All aboveCoursework (100%)AllCompleted over summer with a deadline in August

Re-assessment notes

As this module is assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will be by a newly written assignment.

For referrals, the highest mark that can be awarded is the pass mark according to the student’s programme of study. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred assessment mark or the original mark.

Syllabus plan

Developing Strategic framework to analyse supply chains - introduction to supply chain management, achieving strategic fit and scope, drivers of a supply chain performance and obstacles to achieving fit. Planning demand and supply in a supply chain - demand forecasting, aggregate planning and managing predictable variability. Planning and managing inventories in a supply chain - types of inventories and their roles, managing economies of scale, managing uncertainty in a supply chain and determining optimal level of product availability. Network design and information technology in a supply chain - transportation decisions, networks and design options, network design decisions, models of facility location and capacity allocation, the role, importance and use of IT in supply chain. Co-ordinating supply chains and the role of E-business - supply chain co-ordination, the Bullwhip effect, barriers to co-ordination, strategic alliances, role and impact of e-business on supply chain performance.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:




Web based and Electronic Resources:


Other Resources:


  1. ,Supply Chain Management: Strategy, planning, and operation,Chopra, S and Meindl P,5TH,Pearson,2013,658.7 CHO,978-0273765226,
  2. ,Designing and Managing Supply Chain,Simchi-Levi D,2nd,McGraw-Hill Education,2003,658.5 SMI,000-0-071-19896-2,
  3. ,Operations strategy,Slack, N and Lewis, M,2nd,Prentice Hall,2002,658.5 SLA,000-0-273-63781-9,

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