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MGMT7089 - International Supply Chains

Title:International Supply Chains
Long Title:International Supply Chains
Module Code:MGMT7089
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Business & Management
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Katie Power
Module Author: Claudia Wagner
Module Description: The emphasis of this module is on supply chains of companies that source, produce, distribute and market in various International markets. It outlines the process of developing a global supply chain, as well as implementing global operations and logistics strategies.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain the four dimensions of supply chain management: Objectives, Flows, Partnerships and Integration.
LO2 Evaluate the impact of globalisation and business internationalisation on supply chain capability and design.
LO3 Appraise the main issues and trends that need to be addressed in building strategically aligned global supply chains.
LO4 Apply supply chain activities, such as inventory management, forecasting, procurement, warehousing and distribution.
LO5 Analyse the practical implementation of global logistics strategies through case studies and guest lecturers.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management
Objectives of SCM (Customer Satisfaction vs Cost), philosophy of integration, partnerships, product and service flows, monetary flows, information flows, reverse logistics.
Globalisation of Industries and Markets
Globalisation. Major trends in the global economy and business environment. Factors affecting international markets and competitiveness. Opportunities and threats to companies in the changing environment. Stages in globalisation and the various modes of going global. Bilateral and multi-lateral agreements, trading internationally and international bodies. Culture. Market channels and modes of entry.
Global Operations, Logistics Strategies and SC Trends
Strategic changes required by Globalisation; the strategic framework for global operations; the role of logistics in global operations and marketing strategies; global operations and logistics planning; supplier network development; supplier relations and strategic alliances; international procurement and outsourcing strategies. Lean, agile, Sustainable and Green Supply Chain Management. Supply Chain Risk.
SC Activities
Internal (buy, make, store, move, sell) and external SCs; the role of forecasting and inventory management, procurement, warehousing strategies, transport management, logistics marketing.
International Supply Chains in Industry Contexts
A number of case studies and guest lectures will be used to illustrate international supply chain management issues and trends across a range of industry contexts.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Weekly individual presentations & short written report on a supply chain topic. Each student presents once in the semester and writes a brief 4 page report. Depending on the size of the class, 1-3 students present individually for 10-15 mins each every week. 1,2,3,4 50.0 Every Week
Other Group case study analysis and presentation 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Lectures and guest lecturer presentations 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Student study course material and prepare for assessments 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Lectures and guest lecturer presentations 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Student study course material and prepare for assessments 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • C. John Langley, Jr., Robert A. Novack, Brian J. Gibson, John J. Coyle 2021, Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective, 11th Edition, Cengage Learning [ISBN: 9780357442135]
  • Joel D. Wisner, Keah-Choon Tan, G. Keong Leong 2016, Principles of Supply Chain Management: A Balanced Approach, 4th Ed., Cengage Learning [ISBN: 9781285428314]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Nigel Slack, Alister Brandon-Jones & Robert Johnston 2016, Operations Management, 8th Ed., Pearson Education Ltd. Harlow, UK [ISBN: 9781292098678]
  • Martin Christopher 2016, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, 5th Ed., Pearson Education Ltd. Harlow, UK [ISBN: 978129283797]
  • Donald J. Bowersox, David J. Closs, M. Bixby Cooper 2012, Supply Chain Logistics Management, 4th Ed., McGraw-Hill New York [ISBN: 9780071276177]
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Supply Chain Management - An International Journal
  • International Journal of Logistics Management
  • International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
  • Journal of Business Logistics
  • Journal of Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal
  • Journal of Operations Management
Other Resources
  • Website: The Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport , https://www.cilt.ie/
  • Website: Association for Supply Chain Management, http://www.apics.org/
  • Website: Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals , https://cscmp.org/

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BIBLA_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business with Language 4 Mandatory

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