Project in Supply Chain Management

Module description

This module represents your individual research project on a topic relevant to the degree programme. You will choose your project topic in the middle of the first term, either from a list provided by the module leader or, with agreement with your supervisor (you will be assigned at least one academic staff supervisor).

You will be required to present an initial research proposal which is discussed with and assessed by the module leader.  During the project, you will present verbal and written progress reports to audiences of peers and teaching staff. These presentations will encourage discussion about communication skills and research methodology, and you will be supported by individual guidance where appropriate. You should have regular (normally weekly) meetings with your supervisor throughout the project duration until the submission date in September.  The research proposal must pertain to the research project topic chosen, and be unique to this module, i.e. not similar to that of the research methodologies module ECMM410.

Full module specification

Module title:Project in Supply Chain Management
Module code:ECMM131
Module level:M
Academic year:2014/5
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Krisztian Kohary - Convenor
Module credit:60
ECTS value:



Prerequisite module: ECMM410 or equivalent

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 3:


Module aims

The aim of the project and associated dissertation is for you to undertake and present individual research relevant to Supply Chain Management at Masters level. It will give you the chance to work autonomously on a project of your choice, and to both demonstrate and develop your communication, problem solving, research and project management skills.

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 ME1 - ME3, MD1, MD2, MS1, MS2, MP1 - MP3 and GM2. 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. present (in the proposal, presentation and dissertation) research findings in the field of the chosen research project;
  • 2. develop and present verbally a research proposal selecting appropriate research techniques and methodologies.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. describe (in the dissertation) the application of critical evaluation of literature in the project’s area and relate this literature to the business context. Suggest and evaluate alternative approaches; draw conclusions.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 4. manage a project effectively using appropriate techniques and methodologies;
  • 5. demonstrate (in the dissertation) an analytical, systematic, reasoned and creative approach to problem solving;
  • 6. collect, collate criticise and analyse data and information from a range of sources;
  • 7. exercise initiative and personal responsibility in professional practice;
  • 8. demonstrate effective communication skills in written and spoken forms.

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 activities22
Guided independent study578

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentations to staff and studentsDiscussions about communication skills and research methodology
Meetings with staffFeedback on project

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
Short project proposal and verbal presentation10Maximum 1,000 words1, 2, 4, 6, 7BART Coversheet, verbal (supervisor, teaching staff, and peers)
Dissertation90Maximum 20,000 words1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7Verbal (supervisor)

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
See aboveResubmit AllTo be decided by the exam board

Re-assessment notes

The Examination Board will indicate a suitable date by which the dissertation must be re-submitted (normally less than three months from the decision).

Syllabus plan

Programme of work to be agreed with the project supervisor.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Reading for this module depends on the topic of the project.




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