NBS8325 : E-Logistics Management for Supply Chain Competitive Advantage

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module aims to introduce students to Kaizen group work in a professional work setting to allow for scrutiny and appraisal of various supply chain information systems and technology through lectures, seminars and primary data gathering of an organisation and its current strategies in relation to the adoption and adaptation of supply chain information systems and technologies. Students will learn how the mainstream supply chain information systems work, how information technology can improve the efficiency of supply chain management, and what are the up-to-date information technology used in logistics and supply chain management to allow for greater visibility, better integration and ‘leaner’ supply chains in more sustainable systems of control and delivery.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. The role of Kaizen groups to stimulate and encourage equal and plural participatory actions in the analysis of a complex and multi-faceted organisational analysis.
2. Supply chain information systems – ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), MRP (Material Requirements Planning), CRP(Capacity Requirement Planning)
3. Integration of IT and Supply Chain Management – the role of IT in SCM, online sales, e-procurement, e-bid and e-auction, reverse logistics etc.
4. Supply chain simulation – application of the analysis of a comprehensive body of supply chain, logistics and operations literatures in reasoned investigation and solving of SCM decision-making issues related to complexity and scale.
5. Supply chain information technology – ERP/ POS/ WMS / GPS/ GIS, RFID, databases, data mining and data extraction as bills of materials, ASNs etc.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00This relates to both the group project and the group presentation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading122:0022:00Should be utilised to address the requirements of the module and the work of your Kaizen group.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00Should be utilised to address the requirements of the module and the work of your Kaizen group.
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 in a hybridised Kaizen environment.
• Please note that this module requires students as group members in a hybridised Kaizen group setting to undertake a comprehensive literature review. Specific guidance will be given in relation to the types of literature and search criteria.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M505000 word group coursework report
Prof skill assessmnt2M40Group presentation - Presentation of the key findings of the group report.
Written exercise2M10Individual assessment - Gibbs Reflective Cycle / learning by participation exercise
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MPresent evidence of initial group work
Oral Presentation2MStudent groups set complex task to research and analyse a supply chain network scenario; they present this information
Oral Presentation2MMeet with module team to discuss progress
Oral Presentation2MMeet with module team for feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

The module adopts a trilateral assessment process of a group written report (5000 words) and a group presentation lasting 20 minutes and an individual critical self-assessment assignment based on a hybridised Gibbs Reflective Cycle model . The rationale underpinning this assessment framework reflects the alloying of technical, academic and grey literatures sources which are required to support the group essay and the group presentation. Further, this assessment framework and the teaching and learning schedule will also allow for the contemporaneous gathering and dissemination of literature across each group as they progress through the module utilising contemporary data and task sharing platforms.

Formative Feedback
1: Week 2 -Student groups present evidence of initial group work (MS365 Teams), search terms and evidence of data and literature gathering and sharing using the MS365 Teams portal.
2: Week 5 - Student groups set complex task to research and analyse a supply chain network scenario. The presentation of their analysis is assessed against multiple criteria. This assessment is then returned to each group who have to evidence their analysis of it as part of their group work.
3: Week 7 – Groups meet with module team on a individual group basis to discuss progression and evidence continual use of MS365 Teams.
4: Week 9 – Group leader meets module team for follow up to Week 7 feedback

Reading Lists