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NBS8342 : Sustainable Supply Chain Management

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jiayao Hu
  • Lecturer: 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


The aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge on sustainability and sustainable development of supply chains, ranging from raw materials suppliers, manufacturers and service providers, towards final customers. It provides a set of theories, tools and skills to identify, evaluate, and improve the sustainability of manufacturing and service supply chains. It enables students to understand and design the sustainable supply chain to deliver value to customers through embedded sustainability in the collaboration among all supply chain partners.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover:
1. Sustainability and sustainable development
2. Linear supply chain and circular supply chain
3. Triple bottom line and sustainable supply chain management
4. Sustainable procurement
5. Sustainable product design and production
6. Sustainable logistics

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion133:0033:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PiP Seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion11:001:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Assignment clinic
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Time for students to complete formative and summative coursework & assessments
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Both pip lectures and seminars introduce theoretical issues as well as practical issues and cases relating to sustainable supply chain management. The seminars will improve students' ability to solve real-world problems by applying theories.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002000 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
Case study2MFormative feedback will be provided based on the group case study in seminars
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay tests students’ acquisition of clear general knowledge of the module and the ability to apply sustainable supply chain theory and applications 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 seminar sessions where students are provided with case study exercises. Students are divided into groups with cases provided to each group. Students need to complete the case study and present their results in the session by themselves, and feedbacks will be provided in the same seminar.

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