BSc Management (Human Resources) with Industrial/Professional Experience

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Foundations of Supply Chain Management

Unit code BMAN31451
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


The supply chain is simply a network of firms that are engaged in complex contracts to source, make, and deliver products or services to customers. The complexity of supply chain interactions, the variety of contracting arrangements and the sheer number of parties involved makes it challenging, interesting and practically worthwhile to understand network-level strategies that underpin successful supply chain management (SCM).

Indicative lectures: Introduction to Strategic SCM, The Theory of Make-Buy, Supplier Portfolio Management, Supplier Selection, Negotiation, Supplier Performance Measurement, Supplier Relationship Management, Managing Supply Chain Risks.



Only available to students on: Mgt/Mgt Specialism, IMABS, IM and ITMB.

Only available to students on: Mgt/Mgt Specialism, IMABS, IM and ITMB.



•       Introduce students to the basic issues of supply chain management.

•       Provide an understanding of the role of theory within supply chain management.

•       Explore the broad range of activities associated with the sourcing process.

•       Provide a foundation for Global SCM.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course unit, students should be able to:

•       Appreciate the role of SCM within the organisation.

•       Understand organisational theory and how to apply it to SCM problems and issues.

•       Understand and analyse the overall sourcing process.

Teaching and learning methods

Methods of delivery: Lectures

Total study hours: 100 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes, coursework and examinations.

Additional notes

·         Informal Contact Methods

·         Office Hours

·         Online Learning Activities (blogs, discussions, self-assessment questions)

·         Drop in Surgeries (extra help sessions for students on material they may be struggling with)

Assessment methods

Written Exam (100%)

For semester 1 only exchange students admitted via the Manchester Business School International Office that take this course as BMAN30651 the assessment will be a 3000-3500 word essay.


Feedback methods

- Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.

- Online exercises and quizzes delivered through the Blackboard course space.

- Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.

- Specific course related feedback sessions.

- Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance.

- Use of on-line discussion boards.

Recommended reading

Cousins, P; Lamming, R; Lawson, B; and Squire, B (2008) Strategic Supply Management: Principles, Theories and Practice. FT/Prentice Hall: Harlow.

David Simchi-Levi, Philip Kaminsky, Edith Simchi-Levi, (2014) Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies and Case Studies, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin.



Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2.5
Lectures 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 75.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Raymond Obayi Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Other staff involved: n/a

Programme Restrictions: Only available to BSc Management and Management (Specialisms), BSc International Management with American Business Studies, BSc International Management and  ITMB.


For Academic Year 2019/20

Updated: March 2019

Approved by: March UG Committee

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