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    Business Management (BA Hons) - Supply Chain and Logistics

    The changing structure of business compels student to keep up to date with new concepts of the business world. Along with technology and its application, success is increasingly hinged on the speed and efficiency of supply chains. In this course, you’ll learn what it’s like to compete in the global marketplace and organisations that require employees to have both a broad understanding of how businesses operate and specialist knowledge of supply chain processes.

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    • Overview - Why Sign Up?

      You’ll receive training in industry-standard software for managing the supply chain processes. Enterprise Resource Planning software (SAP) enables organisations to make decisions and run their business. Supply chains depend on this application and how it integrates business is of paramount importance. Knowledge of SAP is a tangible skill and is widely sought after by employers.

      Our personalised approach gives you the support you need to succeed as a student. In addition, the specialist knowledge and skills you’ll gain from your logistics management degree will enable you to work in jobs such as supply chain manager, logistics analysis, and as a buyer or scheduler, among others.

    • Course Highlights

      • Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 students across the Business School have several opportunities to take part in both local and international competitions supported and sponsored by our partners; local government authorities and reputed firms from the private sector.
      • Students across their programme are made to link theoretical underpinnings to real time scenarios via watching documentaries and recorded business reviews to gain better insights of the actual events taking place in the world of business. Case studies are also given for nearly all modules across all levels of study for students to undertake the role of managers and be exposed to the world of business.
      • Across the three years of study under the BA (Hons) Business Management pathways  students shall be introduced to the world of ethics and academic integrity there by leading them to become more responsible and ethical as the future citizens.

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    What will you study on the BA (Hons) Business Management - Supply Chain and Logistics?

    In year 1 and 2 you will study a total of 7 compulsory modules that develop essential skills and knowledge in business management and the wider business environment. In Year 2 you can also choose an option from a number of management discipline-specific modules.

    In the final year you will study strategic management together with 3 supply chain specific modules: Global supply chain management, Procurement and sourcing and either Logistics or a Research project in the supply chain area. The 3 supply chain management specific modules will raise your awareness of the critical issues related to managing operation and how to solve problems, as well as enhancing your capabilities in sourcing and managing suppliers, and measuring performance.

    • Modules (Year 1)

      • Financial Concepts of Business (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to develop the financial understanding and knowledge of students within business organisations so as to enable them to make effective decisions and to assess the cost, economic and financial implications of these decisions. It aims to provide an understanding of the fundamental roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge as well as to provide an understanding of key economic principles that inform business thought and practice.

      • Quantitative Methods for Business (30 credits) – Compulsory

        The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the use of computer software to collect, analyse and present business data. Students will learn to solve business and management problems using Excel or other appropriate software with an emphasis on the application of methods to solve problems, and the interpretation and communication of results. The main aim is to enable the student to become a discerning user of quantitative methods and computers in business analysis, which can be built upon in further study.

      • Management Concepts (15 credits) – Compulsory

        The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of the management of organisations. It will introduce management concepts such as the business functions, organisational structure, work design, entrepreneurship, and business ethics. Students will develop the ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various management theories and their application in the management of organisations.

      • People Management (15 credits) – Compulsory

        The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of how people in organisations interact. It will introduce various people management concepts and human resource processes and practices. Students will develop the ability to compare and contrast a variety of organisational psychology and sociological theories and their application in the management of people.

      • Marketing Theory and Practice (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module is designed to provide you with an overview of key marketing concepts and techniques, as they apply in a variety of organisations and in both conventional and online environments. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the core role of marketing in determining the growth potential of an enterprise, including the value of the marketing mix in ensuring successful marketing implementation and the significance of external and internal operating environments for marketing practice

    • Modules (Year 2)

      • Operations Management (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of operations management within a variety of organisations. It examines different aspects of operations management relevant to the design, planning, control and improvement of business operations. Students will learn to evaluate, select and apply relevant operations management concepts, tools and techniques to solve problems, make informed decisions and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational processes.

      • Business Environment (15 credits) – Compulsory

        In this module, you will begin to acquire the knowledge and skills typically required for more advanced study of businesses and in managerial decision-making. You will learn to analyse business environments and handle information using techniques, models and frameworks that will also start to build higher level employability skills.

      • Management Information Systems (15 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to provide students with the ability to apply key skills in information systems to the business management domain. The module also aims to enable students to obtain important aptitudes towards using information technology solutions such as business intelligence (e.g. data analytics), digital technology solutions (e.g. smart environments) and modern forms of communication (e.g. social networks) to improve business processes.

      • Principles of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (15 credits) – Compulsory

        This module provides students with an introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship. It examines different forms of innovative and entrepreneurial practice including commercial and social enterprise. This includes an introduction into management issues faced by entrepreneurs and small business owners. The module will also introduce students to such concepts as opportunity recognition and the ability to act upon opportunities and problem solving.

      • Organisational Behaviour (15 credits) – Compulsory

        The aim of this module is to enable students to identify the multifaceted social processes that are imperative to organisational life. The module will cover a wide array of theories pertaining to organisational behaviour. Students will develop their own abilities to analyse these theories, build up their own views on how to think and feel about these emergent issues as well as empower themselves with the capacity to argue and support these views in an academically rigorous manner.

      • Human Resource Management in Practice (30 credits) – Optional

        The aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the key areas of HRM and to develop their skills and competence in human resource management practice. Students will become familiar with a wide range of generalist HR policies and practices within the five key areas of the discipline: employee resourcing, employee reward, employee relations, performance management and employee training and development. They will also be provided with the opportunity to develop competencies in areas such as selection interviews, performance appraisals, managing conflict, and conducting grievance and disciplinary interviews.

      • Trade and International Business (30 credits) – Optional

        The aim of this module is to develop in-depth understanding of theories relating to trade and international business, their application to an increasingly interdependent world, the role of multinational enterprise in the world trade system, and practical issues, such as in co-terms, documentation, payment process and instruments, and trade compliance. Taken together these elements should equip students with comprehensive knowledge and a broader sense of running a business beyond the domestic market.

      • Business Law (30 credits) – Optional

        This module will examine the laws regulating the conduct of business and business organisations. The first part of the module sets the context and provides essential material on English Business law (English Legal system, Contract, Tort & Employment) whilst the second part covers Company law and Corporate Governance.

      • Accounting and Finance for Business (30 credits) – Optional

        This module aims to further develop and enhance the financial understanding and knowledge of students within business organisations on the subject areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge and to train students to apply their accounting and finance knowledge and skills into a range of different business situations.

      • Marketing Research and Insights (30 credits) – Optional

        This module aims to familiarise students with the importance of marketing research and insights to business and, in particular, the marketing management process. Students will learn how to conduct a marketing research project, including establishing business research needs, gaining insights into the consumer market, designing an appropriate research design, creating research instruments, gathering data primary and secondary data, conducting both qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and using the findings to improve marketing decision-making.

    • Modules (Year 3)

      • Procurement and Sourcing (15 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to present the interrelationships of purchasing with the rest of the functional and system areas of the organisation, with particular emphasis on the interface with marketing, logistics, supply chain management, and operations management. The module introduces the purchasing function as an integral part of the transformation of raw materials and component parts into finished goods by utilising materials, systems, information, and people in order to become strategic weapon in today's global market.

      • Supply Chain and Logistics Innovations (15 credits) – Compulsory

        This module provides students with an understanding of some of the latest and emerging innovative supply chain technologies and tools that increase efficiency and effectiveness of supply chains. It offers an advanced view of the impact of innovation in supply chain processes and helps students to understand and apply new innovations in their future careers in field of logistics and supply chain management.

      • Strategic Management (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations. It will outline and offer a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy and introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels. You will focus on a range of analytical models and concepts that can be applied in assessing the strategic capability of an organisation and the environment in which it operates.

      • Logistics (15 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to develop students knowledge and understanding of logistics within a variety of organisations. It examines the role of logistics in business, and the management of key logistics functions. Students will learn to evaluate, select and apply relevant logistics concepts, tools and techniques to solve problems, make informed decisions and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes.

      • Enterprise Resource Planning (15 credits) – Compulsory

        The aim of this module is to provide students with a broad understanding of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) processes and the SAP ERP system in particular. The module will introduce the role of ERP in optimising and automating supply chain operations and use the SAP ERP as a tool for practical application of the concepts.

      • Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module introduces students to the theories and techniques relevant to the management of global demand and global supply within the parameters of corporate and business unit strategies. Students will develop critical insights in design, implementation and operation of global supply chains while employing these to develop their own case studies.

    What will you gain?

    You will learn to work effectively in teams, gain analytical and creative problem solving skills, and be able to present and communicate using a variety of media. We also ensure you develop specialist knowledge in:

    • Digital skills
    • Critical thinking
    • Information collecting and evaluation
    • Ability to apply knowledge and concepts
    • Time management and organisation.

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    Fees and Funding

    Course fees are subject to annual inflation. An international Admin Fee is also applicable for international students. For more details, see link to respective fees and payment plans below.

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    • Teaching and Learning

      You will be taught through a combination of Lectures, Seminars, and practical workshops and computer laboratory sessions. Lectures allow you to gain and develop knowledge in specific subjects. You can discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and practical’s in smaller seminar groups usually made up of 35 students. In addition, you can arrange one to one sessions with your personal tutor or module coordinator. You will also have access to and use resources to support your learning including; Student Learning Advisers, Graduate Academic Assistants, Learning Enhancement Team and Library Resources throughout your course.

      During your first year (level 4), your weekly timetable will typically consist of:

      • 4-5 hours of lectures
      • 3-4 hours of seminars
      • 1 hour of supervised practical computer laboratory work
      • 2 hours of practical workshops

      Independent Learning

      When not attending your teaching, sessions mentioned above, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework, presentations and examinations. Your independent learning is supported by the facilities available including the library, Study Rooms and online materials accessible via MyUniHub.

      Overall Workload

      Your overall workload will include the activities listed above, and with each credit being completed equating to 10 hours of study time (You will complete 120 credits per level of study, which are broken down into modules of typically 30 credits). While your actual hours may depend on the optional module that you choose (if available), the following information will give you an indication of how much time is allocated to teaching and independent study on your course:

      Level 4 - 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 266 hours
      • Independent Learning: 935 hours

      Level 5 - 25% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 294 hours
      • Independent Learning: 906 hours

      Level 6 - 19% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
      • Independent Learning: 972 hour

      Teaching Staff

      You will be taught by an experienced teaching team who possess the expertise, knowledge and experience closely aligned to the content of the modules on offer. The team includes academics, professional practitioners, and technical staff.

    • Assessment

      The programme will provide you with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ assessment. This will be completed before your formal ‘summative’ assessment which will count towards your final marks. Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative assessment from which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any grade you receive from formative assessment does not count towards your final marks.

      There is formal ‘summative’ assessment as part of the programme, usually in-between or towards the end of the programme. Assessment is generally by coursework only – this includes project reports, both individual and group presentations and other written work. The grades from the summative assessments count towards your final marks. Assessments are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback, to suit content or based on feedback from an external examiner.

      Percentage of course assessed by coursework

      The balance of assessment will depend on the modules that you complete throughout your course. The approximate percentage of the course which is assessed by coursework is outlined below:

      Level 4

      24% coursework

      70% written exams

      6% practical exams

      Level 5

      40% coursework

      55% written exams

      5% practical exams

      Level 6

      44% coursework

      25% written exams

      31% practical exams

      Feedback

      You will receive feedback on the formative assessment and written summative assessments. Feedback on examination performance can be requested from respective module coordinators. Feedback is intended to help you learn and progress, and you are encouraged to review and discuss your feedback with your module coordinator or personal tutor.

      We will aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of submission.

      Details of progression and pass marks for assessment can be found in the university regulations.

      Academic Support

      You will have access to academic support services that you assist you in the following areas:

      • Study Skills, including academic writing, reading and numeracy skills
      • Employability, with workshops and tutorials on CV writing, interview and presentation skills
      • Library Support, including sessions on finding, and choosing the right resources and software and tutorials on referencing and plagiarism
      • Progression and Support Advisors to assist you with if you experience difficulties with your studies
      • Well-being Services.

      These services can be accessed through the Learning Resource Centre in the Library building.

    How can the BA (Hons) Business Management - Supply Chain and Logistics support your career?

    Supply chain managers are in high demand as a wide variety of organisations need supply chain experts; manufacturers, retailers, transportation companies, third party logistics providers, service companies, government agencies and non-governmental organisations.

    Some of our past alumni currently work in the following businesses: Amazon, Fenwick, Sekkingstad AS, Norway, Yodel Network Ltd, Greencore, Arla Foods, Air Mauritius, MCB and ASPEN Global.

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