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NBS8324 : Supply Chain and Logistics Modelling and Control

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jingxin Dong
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The module aims to introduce students quantitative analysis approaches in logistics and supply chain management. Students will learn how to use the spreadsheet to model various problems in supply chain and logistics management. It is also expected that the approaches students learn in the module can be applied to the broader area of operations management.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover:

1. Supply chain network design – locating suppliers; supply chain network reliability.
2. Matching demand and supply – demand forecasting; aggregate planning
3. Inventory control and management – inventory management; EOQ; inventory optimization;
4. Managing cross-functional drivers – sourcing decisions; pricing and revenue management; sustainable supply chain management
5. Supply Chain Finance - time value of cash flows, Net Present Value

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Time for students to complete formative and summative coursework & assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00PiP Seminars/PC lab
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion20:301:002 per semester
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
NBS8363Supply Chain and Logistics Modelling and Control
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Pip sessions introduce theoretical issues as well as practical issues and cases relating to supply chain modelling. The PC lab seminars will improve students ability to solve supply chain challenges using the software.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002000 words
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MStudents progression is assessed during PC Lab sessions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay tests students’ acquisition of clear general knowledge of the module and the ability to apply spreadsheet modelling in solving different supply chain management and logistics issues. The essay will also examine whether students can write clearly and concisely.

Formative assessment of the student progression is assessed during the PC Lab sessions where students are provided with problem-solving exercises. Students are divided into groups and problems provided to each group. Students need to complete the assessment in the session by themselves, and feedbacks will be provided in the same lecture or subsequent lecture.

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