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NBS8325 : Digital Logistics and Supply Chain Management

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Haiyan Lu
  • 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 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


Digital technologies are increasingly changing the way we manage our operations and supply chains. Initially perceived as ‘tools’ (such as ERP systems) for coordinating operations, organisations increasingly see digital technologies as a source of sustainable competitive advantage and value creation. This shift in focus has led to organisations thinking about the digitalisation of their logistics and supply chain processes to improve visibility, traceability, and transparency. The role of emerging technologies such as Internet-of-Things (IoT), advanced robotics, and big data are being explored to improve performance and drive customer satisfaction. This module aims to introduce students to the issue of how digital technologies can be leveraged to approach and solve complex logistics and supply chain problems.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Logistics and supply chain information systems
2. Integration of IT, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
3. Logistics and Supply Chain Management for the future: Industry 4.0, IoT, Blockchains
4. Supply Chain Governance and Digital Transformation
5. Digitalisation of logistics processes and supply chain collaboration

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Time for students to complete formative and summative coursework & assessments
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week (not necessarily to do in that week)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00PiP seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce theoretical issues as well as practical issues and cases relating to supply chain information system and technology. Seminars are utilised to embed theory and allow for the developments of group working and presentation skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Group presentation - Presentation of the key findings of the group report- 20 minutes (max. 4 members)
Report2M802000-word individual coursework report
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
Performance2MMeet with the module team to discuss progress.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The group coursework test acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject and the ability to collaborative working on a complex problem, apply proper research approaches to solve problems in practice. The individual report will further examine whether students can identify knowledge gap based on the review of up-to-date articles in the domain and present satisfactory solution.

The rationale underpinning this assessment framework reflects the alloying of technical, academic and
grey literatures sources which are required to support the group presentation and individual essay. Further, this assessment framework and the teaching and learning schedule will also allow for the contemporaneous gathering and dissemination of literature across each group, and individual students, as they progress through the module utilising contemporary data and task sharing platforms.

Formative Feedback
Meet with the module team to discuss progress.

Reading Lists