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MSc Supply Chain Management

Business Information Systems and Multimedia (20 credits)

This module focuses on the analysis and design of information systems to meet the challenges of today’s organisations. Emphasis is placed on the need to use methods and approaches which ensure that systems can effectively meet the complex requirements of users. A range of business contexts is explored to enable students to identify the information needs of an organisation. The module will also address four main areas: design, implementation and delivery of multimedia systems and their role in business information systems.
MSc Business Information Systems: Core module
MSc Supply Chain Management: Optional module

Business Innovation Management (20 credits)

This module introduces the student to the concept of innovation management and explores how both radical and incremental change can influence the competitiveness of products, services and organisations. It covers various tools, techniques and methodologies for innovation such as TRIZ, Taguchi and KAIZEN. While demonstrating the significance of innovation for business organisations, the module covers the challenges involved in the innovation process and presents ways to address them. Various case studies will be used in the module to exemplify the product and process innovations. In addition the module also introduces the concepts and practices of innovation project management.
MSc Business Information Systems: Optional module
MSc Supply Chain Management: Optional module

Business Modelling and Decision Making (20 credits)

This module develops the skills and vision needed to design decision-support and executive-information systems. It will explore the application of business models in the modern business organisation. The emphasis will be on the application of appropriate business related software packages rather than on the use of programming languages.
MSc Business Information Systems: Optional module
MSc Supply Chain Management: Optional module

Business System Projects and Management (20 credits)

This module will assist students in developing an understanding of the organisational and personal implications of ICT projects. It will also help in developing students’ ability to critically evaluate approaches, techniques, and tools employed in the management of change, and to assess the implications of different management and implementation strategies. Resource utilisation strategies and risk management techniques are some of the components of this module.
MSc Business Information Systems: Optional module
MSc Supply Chain Management: Optional module

Database Design and Infrastructure (20 credits)

This module will introduce students to the required underpinning knowledge, theories and methodologies of database design, and practical aspects of on-line database implementation. The module also encourages students to research topics and undertake problem based learning in order to develop a solution to a given problem.
MSc Business Information Systems: Optional module
MSc Supply Chain Management: Optional module

Dissertation (60 credits)

This module will provide students with an opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of research. It will allow students to synthesise their academic knowledge acquired from the taught MSc modules and to produce evaluative and critical discussion of an issue relevant to their programme of study. The dissertation module also helps students to develop their ability in: identifying a problem; establishing its significance; formulating a hypothesis/proposition; designing means of testing a hypothesis; and evaluating the results. The learning outcomes of this module will be assessed through a 14000 – 20000 words dissertation.
MSc Business Information Systems: Core module
MSc Supply Chain Management: Core module

E-business Strategy and Models (20 credits)

This module is aimed at the formulation of the digital age business strategy. It is designed to address issues relevant to the development of e-business strategies for current and emerging organisations. The module will also examines issues such as: aligning the organisation’s strategy with its technology investments, and the ways organisations gain competitive advantage or reduce their costs by using electronic commerce to deliver products or services or to support other activities in their value chain. The module will also provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to align e-business activities, and to analyse e-business strategies that are competitive in the emerging arena of e-business; by emphasising business, IS, IT strategies, e-business models, e-marketing, e-supply chain management and CRM, e-enterprise resource planning, and e-business policy issues.
MSc Business Information Systems: Core module
MSc Supply Chain Management: Optional module

Finance for Managers (20 credits)

This module aims to enhance students’ expertise and understanding of the financial aspects underpinning the management of operations and supply chains. In doing so, it will assist students to: judge the financial performance of companies and operations; make decisions on investment in new systems, facilities, plant and machinery; understand the relationship between cost and price, and be able to calculate appropriate prices for products and services; and be able to develop and manage budgets.
MSc Business Information Systems: Optional module
MSc Supply Chain Management: Optional module

Information and Knowledge Management (20 credits)

This module aims to enhance students’ expertise and understanding of information and knowledge management in today’s organisations. It describes the way in which organisations use and manage their information and knowledge assets.
MSc Business Information Systems: Core module
MSc Supply Chain Management: Optional module

Information Systems Strategies (20 credits)

This module is aimed at providing students with the knowledge and awareness of how information systems and technology could affect the competitive position of organisations. Designed to introduce and explore various concepts, tools and techniques, the module will focus on planning and developing information systems strategies that can be used to assist organisations to exploit the opportunities offered by the effective use of information systems, at strategic level, and in conjunction with business planning.
MSc Business Information Systems: Optional module
MSc Supply Chain Management: Optional module

Physical Supply Chain Management (20 credits)

This module is designed to assist students in developing a critical understanding of the physical side of logistics, from configuring a logistics network, managing the inventory and understanding the value of information in logistics to setting up warehouse space, determining capacity and location, determining appropriate transport arrangements, and ensuring effective customer value and understanding of the international issues in logistics.
MSc Business Information Systems: Optional module
MSc Supply Chain Management: Core module

Procurement and Operations Management (20 credits)

This module aims to enhance students’ expertise and understanding of the procurement process and operations management. In doing so, it will assist students to: understand the context and significance of procurement and operations management in the supply chain; be able to describe typical procurement and operations management processes and specify appropriate processes for given situations; determine appropriate levels of outsourcing and internal value-add; be effective in leading procurement and negotiating contracts; be able to manage and improve procurement and operations management processes; be aware of legal issues and global sourcing issues; and be able to specify appropriate operations management systems.
MSc Supply Chain Management: Core module

Research Skills for Business and Management (20 credits)

This research module offers students the opportunity to consider taught material in the solution of a real world problem directly related to their course. To prepare for this the module enables students to acquire essential skills in research methods and communication, and to consider the professional issues related to their work.
MSc Business Information Systems: Core module
MSc Supply Chain Management: Core module

Supply Chain Strategy (20 credits)

This module is designed to enable students to understand the longer term issues in configuring supply chains to best support the strategic objectives of the firm. Strategy formulation tools and techniques are covered, along with the ability to audit both the external business environment and internal operations. Issues such as location, capacity, partnerships, customer service, distribution, and performance measurement are set into the context of longer term planning for competitive success.
MSc Supply Chain Management: Core module