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Study options

Full-time:

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

N287

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

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Top10Business and Management at Derby ranked Top 10**The Guardian University Guide 2020
93%overall satisfaction - BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management **National Student Survey 2019

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

An exciting industry 

Logistics - it’s all about ensuring the right goods get to the right place, at the right time and in the right condition. And right now it’s a sector on the brink of massive expansion.

More logistics professionals than ever before are needed to keep the wheels of business turning - whether revolutionising online shopping, sending medical supplies to disaster zones or transporting perishable goods across the world to our supermarket shelves.

This is an important, vibrant and technology-driven industry; one where our BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management will put you on the fast track to career success.

Well connected

Placements, internships, real-world consultancy projects - all are within your grasp. They’ll keep your learning focused, relevant and up-to-date.

We work with big names like DHL, JCB, Nelsons, Norbert Dentressangle, Superdry and Clipper. Our contacts book includes supply chain professionals from major corporates such as Rolls-Royce and CEVA Logistics. Our links with the key professional bodies are strong.

Expertise that inspires

You’ll be taught by high-profile experts who are reaching new frontiers in the field. Our Centre for Supply Chain Improvement devises real business solutions for clients large and small.

This is work at the cutting edge of the profession: pushing the boundaries in Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, artificial intelligence, lean manufacturing and low-carbon supply chains.

It’s not just in the classroom

As well as fieldtrips to logistics organisations and industry guest speakers, you’ll be applying what you learn practically throughout your studies.

During stage two you will spend one day per week (or equivalent) at a logistics organisation, gaining an understanding of not only logistics but how it interfaces with other key functions of the organisation. You can choose to spend a year in industry on an optional placement year, and in the final stage many modules use real world, current situations and assessments are often set in conjunction with leading organisations.

Local to global

High-tech and strategically located, our city prospers from a robust transport and logistics sector. With exciting ventures like Infinity Park Derby on the horizon, it’s rich with opportunity for a new generation of logistics professionals. 

But our outlook is resolutely global too. Our influential academic partnerships open doors in China, Malaysia and the USA. You can even spend a year studying abroad if you like.

Real word learning

As well as field trips to logistics organisations and industry guest speakers, this programme is heavily dependent on real world learning.

During stage two you will spend one day per week (or equivalent) at a logistics organisation, gaining an understanding of not only Logistics but how it interfaces with other key functions of the organisation. This will be followed by an optional placement year.

In the final year all of the optional modules will draw heavily from real world current situations and assessments will be set in conjunction with leading organisations.

What you will study

Foundation YearFoundation YearYear 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Optional Placement YearOptional Placement YearYear 3Year 3

Code: 3IM501

Contemporary Issues in Business

This module provides an overview of business and management and how recent developments have helped shape current perspectives.. Students will gain an understanding of the broad range of subject disciplines attributed to the world of business and begin to develop an appreciation of the theoretical knowledge and skills required to undertake future study and develop a career path in this area
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3IM502

Study Skills for Business

This module aims to develop the study skills essential for study at university and within Derby Business School as well as to facilitate the transition into Higher Education. The module will help student understand university systems and processes, the study skills they require to succeed and the role they have in their own learning.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3IM503

Business Communication and Decision Making

Any future business professional needs to understand the importance of good communication skills and decision making skills from a personal and an organisational perspective. The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of business communication and how, through the process of effective decisions making, this impacts on the success of an organisation.

Business communication is the sharing of information between people both inside and outside the organisation. However, effective communication is not always easy or straightforward, methods and processes of communication will be reviewed.

Good communication also provides knowledge and this provides the basis for successful business decisions. Good decision making is vital for any organisation and a range of decision making processes and situations will be explored.

These two elements will be brought together to provide a holistic perspective of personal and business perspectives of communication and decision making and how one informs the other.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3IM504

Data Analysis for Business

For any business student a working knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative data handling skills through the use of Excel and other appropriate software is a necessary requirement. This skill is used extensively within Business based programmes and is transferable to the workplace and any future career.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 2MO500

English

This is a level 2 module. The module is oriented towards providing students with sufficient English skills to enable them to engage confidently with level 4 modules.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 2MO501

Mathematics

The course is equivalent to GCSE Maths and covers statistics and probability, number work, geometry, and algebra and graphs.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 3LA501

Law

This module equips you with an understanding of the English legal system. Looking at sources of law and considering the impact of European Community Law, and the European Convention on Human Rights, you will then examine the relationship between law, morality and justice. Finally moving on to explore the fundamental differences between civil and criminal law and process and liability.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3PO501

Political Studies

This module will introduce you to a range of key issues and approaches taken in the study of Politics at undergraduate level. Understanding Politics as the study of competing interests within society, the module addresses questions such as the differences between - and the different forms taken by - democratic, totalitarian and theocratic political systems; the relationships between foreign and domestic policy; and the influence of economics on political debate and decision-making. As well as introducing you to key debates and approaches, the module will also encourage you to develop the critical thinking, writing and analytical skills you will need to study Politics at degree-level.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3PS500

Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

This module will introduce students to psychology as an integrated and multi-faceted discipline. Students will explore both classic and contemporary aspects of psychology from a position of little or no knowledge. They will gain an understanding of the breadth of psychology and the ways in which the topic areas included can be approached from a number of different theoretical perspectives using a variety of methodological approaches.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3SL501

Sociology

This module provides you with an introduction to the study of sociology. It is intended to encourage an understanding of core sociological theories, and to foster an awareness of sociological issues and phenomena. It is designed to develop your appreciation of how we evaluate the social world.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4HR503

Understanding People in Organisations

This module introduces organisational behaviour (OB) theory and research to help you gain an understanding of the range of individual, group and organisational factors which can influence the way that employees behave in the workplace.

You will practice applying the theory to case study organisations to explore how it can be used as an analytical tool to gain a clearer understanding of the complex causes of workplace behaviour in order to develop effective management interventions.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LO500

Managing Performance in Operations

As you are aware, the modern organisation cannot stand still. Performance needs to be constantly evaluated and improved, against the standards expected in a changing marketplace. The modern business environment is highly volatile and intensely competitive, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

You are certain to be involved in some aspect of operations management as you enter the workplace – and therefore you will find this module very useful in helping you to excel in whatever career you choose to follow in the future.

As you explore the role of the operations function in an organisation; you will start to appreciate how organisations actually source, produce and deliver goods and services to demanding customers, and now this becomes a key contributor to superior performance and customer satisfaction.

The module provides you with a framework, to understand the crucial role of operations to business success. You will be able to demonstrate skill and understanding of the systems and processes whereby, people, capital, materials, equipment, knowledge, technology, information and time are combined to produce superior goods and services.

You will get an overview of the key areas of operations management, particularly in maintaining and improving the quality of goods and services and making sure that this is also reflected in the organisations performance.

For those of you who are students on BA Business Management, this module contributes to achieving your CMI Level 5 Diploma under the dual accreditation arrangement.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LO505

Introduction to Supply Chain and Logistics

Logistics is the process of moving components through the supply chain from raw materials through processing and assembly to final purchase by you the consumer. The UK logistics industry is worth almost £75 billion to the UK economy and employs around 2.3 million people in over 196,000 companies (Skills for Logistics, 2010). One in twelve working people in the UK works in logistics and this number is increasing. (Skills for Logistics, 2010).

On this module, you will experience some of the dynamics of this challenging sector. You will explore the complexity of purchasing and managing an international supply chain, of lean systems and cost reduction. A business operating in the logistics sector has to be lean and agile to survive. It must be innovative in order to grow. Almost any business from a solicitor’s office to a leisure centre has some reliance on logistics activities and your insight into managing effective logistics could add value through efficiency and customer satisfaction.

This module will give you the opportunity to explore the importance of the logistics function within an organisation, what logistics means to different sectors and help you to develop some of the techniques and approaches to managing organisational logistics.

The module will be up to date with both the latest (critical and evaluative) thinking in Supply Chain Strategy and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally the module encourages you to develop a wider global/national perspective: increase your awareness of the impact that effective Supply Chain Strategy has in the competitive position of the Organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LO507

Procurement Contexts

The nature of procurement has changed significantly in recent years and has moved from the traditional adversarial cost focussed sector to one that is strategic in nature.

The key changes have been:
Supply Chain Risk. The rise of fragmented global supply chains with a high South East Asian base whilst significantly reducing cost has added risk. The scale and impact of recent global events on supply chains (Japan Tsunami, Icelandic Volcano Eruption, and Indonesian Floods) has demonstrated the importance of understanding risk and developing strategies to mitigate.

Innovation. With diminishing product life cycles and increasing technical innovation firms add value from the knowledge of their suppliers. Increasingly firms gain competitive advantage from strategic relationships with their suppliers.

Increased Market Complexity. As emerging economies place successful, fast-growing, and culturally different companies onto the global playing field, the process of selecting suppliers will become riskier, more complicated, and more fluid. The range of supplier choices is going to get much broader, so firms will need to become more sophisticated in supplier search and selection processes. While cost will always be a major factor there are clear indicators that the market will become more focussed on quality and innovation.

Information Technology. eSourcing and availability of data are bringing increased price transparency. Digital trading networks and communities are enabling more effective discovery of and collaboration with suppliers. Ongoing technological innovations will make collaboration faster, more secure and easier. As a result, it will accelerate the change in relationships.

This module will give you the opportunity to explore the dynamics and importance of the procurement role within the context of the organisation and help you to develop an understanding of how to manage this function.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LO508

Innovation and Technology in Logistics

In the current dynamic, globalised market, supply chain and logistics operations have become more and more challenging, complex and segregated. In recent years, it can be seen that organisations are pursuing various approaches through innovation thinking and modern technologies, in order to enhance their capability in managing their logistics operations more efficiently and cost-effectively. Therefore, it is critical to master the knowledge of leveraging the current advanced technologies and being innovative to fulfil the needs in the industry.

The aim of this module is for you to explore the modern technologies currently being utilised in the logistics industry, as well as the latest popular systems being explored and tested. Examples of such technologies include Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology to auto-track and trace items in the supply chain, telematics and in-cab technology to improve driving condition and safety, transport/vehicle routing and optimisation tool to promote better options for delivery to reduce operating costs and CO2 emissions, warehouse management system and order picking system (e.g. pick-to-light system) to increase warehousing and despatching efficiency and reduce errors, and the list goes on. You will learn to see how these technologies bring impacts and add values to the company’s operations. In particular, this module gives you the understanding of the current logistics issues faced by the industry and enables you to be able to identify in what way the technologies can improve what specific logistics operations. You will be expected to experience some of these technologies in action in our university lab, as well as through field trips to our research partners. In this module, the trend of technology development will also be covered to include Internet of Things and Cloud Computing.

To address the current logistics issues, innovative approach bringing effective solutions is critical. This module will explain the importance of innovation in this new age in order to maximise the potential for operations improvement. You will be expected to learn the philosophy and techniques of being innovative and creative in thinking leading to effective solutions. This includes improving your problem analytical and solving skills, particularly in the context of logistics and supply chain management. The module will be up to date with both the latest (critical and evaluative) thinking in Supply Chain Strategy and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally, the module encourages you to develop a wider global/national perspective: increase your awareness of the impact that effective Supply Chain Strategy has in the competitive position of the Organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4MK510

Business Acumen and Entrepreneurship

Understanding the way in which a business works and all the elements that lead to its success are the basis for this module. Whatever your ultimate role in Marketing management, the wider creative industries or as a self-styled entrepreneur, an understanding of fundamental business principles will enable you to devise and execute realistic, successful campaigns.

The module provides the opportunity to develop a new business concept from the inception of a company through to the launch of a new product/service idea which requires external investors to take it to the next phase.

The module will explore how and why companies are structured as differing legal entities, the need for communication and interaction between departments and other external agencies.

It examines broad areas of business which are vital for the business acumen of marketers working within established companies or entrepreneurs developing a new start up company. Business finance, budgeting and costing approaches will be considered.

Case studies and business simulation will be used to examine problem-solving and business decision making, bringing an insight into how and why real business objectives are formulated.

This module gives students an understanding of business strategy, competitor analysis, brand development, customer personas, financial forecasting, budgeting and profitability, plus an appreciation of underlying business processes from research and development through to operation and project management. These enable you to develop a new business concept, supported with marketing frameworks in order to establish an investment proposal which could attract external funding.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO502

Improving Operations Performance

The modern organisation cannot stand still, all aspects of business operations need to be constantly evaluated and improved, against the high standards expected in a changing marketplace. Business process and system improvements are core to the operations strategy of organisations and drive initiatives to bridge the gap between current and required performance of organisations, to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage in the long-term.

Business improvement methodologies require development and understanding of the ways in which resources and business processes can be measured, before planning improvement projects through continuous improvement or radical change. This module provides a framework, to understand the crucial role of operations within the Supply Chain for business success and offers you the opportunity to learn methodologies and skills for an organisation to improve performance, become more operationally effective and significantly improve the customer experience. 

You will be introduced to a number of theoretical, methodological and practical approaches and techniques to improvement facilitation and implementation, including systems thinking, radical change, and leadership of change projects.

You will develop key skills for your future employment – including the ability to use MS Project to plan a project. MS Project is used every day in many organisations to assist with the planning and control of projects.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO503

Sustainable Supply Chains

A supply chain is the network of all the individuals, organisations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product, from the delivery of source materials from the supplier to the manufacturer, through to its eventual delivery to the end user. In fact, with environmental pressure, this has been increased to include the return of packaging in some cases. As supply chains have become increasingly complex and global in recent years, there has been an increasing focus on sustainability.

Globalisation has meant that that few products are manufactured in national markets: they are outsourced and manufactured in developing nations, particularly in South East Asia and then shipped around the world.

In complex supply chains, such as consumer electronics and automobile production, components and sub-assemblies are manufactured globally before being shipped to the factory for final production.

In addition, fresh food such as fruit, vegetables and fish are available year round. Improvements in chilling and refrigeration technology combined with the reducing costs of airfreight make it possible to eat whatever we want whenever we want.

As a result of these activities, logistics and supply chain management have dramatically increased their impact on the natural environment.

This module will focus on the interlinking components of supply chains and examine the role that each has and how the environmental impact of these can be reduced. It will address issues such as existing and planned technology along with how effective management contributes.

You will critically examine sustainability in supply chains across a broad representation of industry as well as the differing and often conflicting perspectives from both academics and business practitioners. There will be a strong emphasis on practical applications.

You will focus on key current themes and perspectives on globalization; performance management and financial control; hierarchies and networks; and knowledge management is included to provide students with a more ‘rounded’ and ‘integrative’ framework.

The module will be up to date with both the latest (critical and evaluative) thinking in supply chain sustainability and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally, the module encourages you to develop a wider global/national perspective: increase your awareness of the impact that logistics and supply chain management has on the environment and the competitive position of the Organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO504

Asset Management

There are many types of assets within a business, including physical, financial and human or intangible. However, what is common between them all is the need to maximise value through the asset, both financially and from the stakeholders’ perspective.

As a manager of any business it is important to understand the impact of the physical assets with regard to the bottom line, this module will give you insight into how to measure the financial return on specific physical assets of the business (for example – vehicles) and the financial impact of factors such as depreciation.

In order to maximise asset value, optimisation is fundamental, this module will enable you to investigate and evaluate some of the methods and approaches for efficient asset management, for example – asset maintenance and integration of technology through Enterprise Resource Management systems. To complement the specific subject areas, you also learn new skills to enhance your development with regards to working in a business, including the development of risk assessments.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO505

Warehousing and Transport

Transport provides the links across and throughout the global supply chain. This module examines three main areas: Road Transport, Sea Freight and Air Transport, and is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the role each play within increasingly complex supply chains.

Effective transport management is able to provide major strategic advantage for an organisation through both customer service and efficient use of capital. The module will critically examine transport’s role in the strategic management process across a broad representation of the differing and often conflicting perspectives, from both academics and business practitioners and with a strong emphasis on practical applications.

The module will focus on key current themes and perspectives on globalization, performance management and financial control, and hierarchies and networks. The module aims to provide students with a ‘rounded’ and ‘integrative’ framework and will be kept up to date with both the latest (critical and evaluative) thinking in transport chain management and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction. 

Warehousing forms a key strategic function within the organisations supply chain, balancing trade-offs between major capital expense and customer service. The aim of this module is to examine in-depth the role of the warehouse within the supply chain at a national and global level. The module will provide an in-depth understanding of the design, operation and management of warehouses, including where and how many. Through critical examination, the module will investigate the interface and relationships between warehousing and the end-to-end supply chain and the impact warehousing has on the competitive position of the organisation. The module will provide students with the key analytical tools necessary in designing warehouse networks, utilising space effectively and the most appropriate order picking systems.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO506

Work Place Development

This module is designed to help bring together and evidence your learning from your work place experience. Work place experience will normally be gained through working with organisations aligned to the programme and could be on a day release or block time basis; however, students may already be working in a relevant organisation which can be used.

During your time in the work place and with guidance from your tutor, you will identify a specific area(s) of professional practice. You will offer a detailed discussion of the area and locate it within the wider context of current academic and professional thinking as presented in the literature and relevant research.

You will be expected to demonstrate the ability to diagnose an organisational issue or opportunity and to present it in a coherent manner and to draw conclusions from your reading, research and personal analysis.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5IM888

Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

Students need to be aware of the commercial realities and external factors that influence the success of an organisation. This module provides opportunities for students to acquire an understanding of contemporary issues that may impact on industrial and professional practices relevant to a career within their chosen discipline.

During this period of work experience, students can gain a deeper appreciation of the responsibilities arising from both corporate and individual responses to such issues, thus enabling them to relate to the wider world when exploring a personal direction for potential career development.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5IM889

Applied Professional Practice

This module provides a framework for the development of “lifelong learning” skills appropriate to all areas of professional practice; including objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing, demonstrating and reflecting.

The emphasis in this module is on the analysis and evaluation of the work completed within the organisation. This module also gives students an opportunity to relate their academic knowledge to the work environment.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6IM998

Independent Study

This module gives you the opportunity to make a personal choice regarding the topic and format of your study. You may wish to extend aspects of your final and previous year subjects to more depth along with refining your research skills by means of a traditional research project.

Alternatively you may choose to examine a business situation in depth, develop a creative advertising campaign or develop a marketing plan with ideas for creative execution. You could analyse and test the theories, principles and concepts addressed in the classroom environment in the reality of a private, public or community sector organisation by means of a pathway related report. The independent study is an individual piece of work completed under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The subject of study will normally be in your particular area of specialism, and this is an important opportunity to build your expertise and knowledge in that area.

In the course of your studies, you may discover an area that is of particular interest to you, or which has specific relevance to your intended professional orientation. This module gives you the opportunity to extend aspects of your coursework or professional interests in more depth, including topics that have not otherwise been available as formal modules. You will also refine and develop your skills in research, critical evaluation, analysis and production of professional documents.

This module differs from other modules because it relies on independent study rather than formal classes, and the initiatives to choose a topic and organise the study come from you. The skills you develop during this module will prepare you not only for future employment but for higher-level study. If you choose to work with a particular organisation then the opportunity for engaging with that organisation will provide insights into professional practice. If you choose to work in a more academic or creative setting your work will align with the recommendations of professional bodies in your field.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6LO503

Supply Chain Strategy

A Supply Chain is the network of all the individuals, organizations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product. It spans from the source materials to the supplier, from the supplier to the manufacturer, through to eventual delivery to the end user. With environmental pressure this chain has been extended to include the return of packaging. Supply Chains are present not only in manufacturing, but also in service organisations. Supply Chain Management and Strategy are playing increasing roles in an organisation’s competitive position, with particular relevance to productivity, cost, distribution and speed. Supply Chain Strategy focusses on how the Supply Chain should compete, whereas Supply Chain Management involves the processes of the Supply Chain and the transformation of the materials into semi- finished or finished products. Supply Chain Strategy evaluates the cost, benefits and the trade-offs of the Supply Chain’s operational components.

Effective Supply Chain Strategy is able to provide major strategic advantage for an organisation through both customer service and efficient use of capital.

In this module, you will critically examine Supply Chain Strategy across a broad representation of industry. You will observe differing and sometimes conflicting perspectives, of academics and business practitioners. There will be a strong emphasis on practical applications.

You will focus on key, current themes and perspectives; on globalization; performance management and financial control; hierarchies and networks; sustainability and knowledge management. This will provide you with a ‘rounded’ and ‘integrative’ framework.

Supply Chain Strategy and Management are fast advancing. The module will provide contemporary perspectives in Supply Chain Strategy and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally the module will encourages you to develop wider, global/national perspective, increase your awareness of the impact that effective Supply Chain Strategy has in the competitive position of an organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6LO506

Supply Chain Systems Modelling

The Module provides opportunity for learners to develop knowledge of advanced topics in statistics through the study and critical evaluation of its use in specialised areas with regard to business. The module will introduce students to modelling tools and techniques and how they can be used to understand business processes/scenarios within Logistics and Supply chain management, for example, queuing systems, route planning in logistics, process flow in Supply Chain operations, Warehouse network planning.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6LO507

Multi-modal Logistics

Multimodal transport refers to a combination of at least two means of transport. This results in an integrated transport chain where the strength of each alternative is utilized. Main characteristics of multimodal transportation are trans-shipment terminals that allow efficient cargo handling between short-distance and long-distance traffic as well as application of standardized and reusable loading units such as the standard 20 foot shipping container. However, combined freight transport can be organized in different ways. In general, trucks cover short distances between the loading area and the trans-shipment point respectively between the place of arrival and the recipient. Long-distance haulage is conducted by other means of transport such as train, ship or even plane.

The aim of this module is to examine in-depth the roles of each method within the supply chain at a local and global level and provide students with a comprehensive overview of the main issues related to the increasingly important fields of multimodal, intermodal and co-modal transport policies and practices in global transport chains.

The module will provide an in-depth understanding of the design, operation and management of multi-modal networks. Through critical examination, the module will investigate the interface and relationships between multi-modal transportation and the end-to-end supply chain along with the impact on the competitive position of the organisation. The module will provide students with the key analytical tools necessary in designing and implementing the most appropriate multi-modal systems.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LO508

Air Freight Logistics

The use of air freight has grown significantly in recent years. Major developments in the areas of integrated unit loads, improved handling systems and additional cargo space together with the proliferation of scheduled cargo flights, have increased the competitiveness and service capability of air freight.

Within Global Supply Chains air freight is becoming increasingly important as it allows International Markets to be reached quickly and easily, and Supply Chains to be dispersed to areas of competitive advantage.

Increased speed of transport compared with Road, Sea and Rail allows organisations can significantly reduce the amount and therefore the cost of inventory.

The specialised nature of air freight means that it has operations and security methods which are unique in the logistics industry.

The aim of this module is to examine in depth these methods and provide students with a comprehensive overview of the main issues related to air freight and its strategic importance within global supply chains and multi modal transport systems.

It will provide students with a broad knowledge of the key issues of the environment in which the air freight industry operates. Through critical examination, the module will investigate the interface and relationships between air freight and the end-to-end supply chain along with the impact on the competitive position of the organisation. The module will provide students with the key analytical tools necessary in understanding the strategic role that air freight has for the organisation.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LO509

Retail Distribution Logistics

The rapid development rate of technology has increased customer expectations with regard to when and where we buy and collect our products, which has led to the development of the ‘Omni’ channel concept and making retailers re-think how they store and distribute their products.

Whilst learning about traditional distribution channels, this module will also enable you to explore the Omni channel concept and the potential impacts on distribution centre and outbound logistics activities and operations, together with understanding the vital links between such operations and other aspects of the business (the value chain).

Many organisations focus on the outbound logistics and getting the goods to the customer when they expect them, however, a significant number of retail products are returned with a cost to the retailer – For example, approximately 50% of all on-line clothing purchases are returned! This module will include exploration of the Omni channel concept together with the returns dilemma and the potential impacts on the Logistics function and wider business operations.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LO510

Retail Supply Chain Management

Irrespective of which channel we choose to buy our products (e.g. On-line or from store) or which method we choose to take delivery of our products, in most cases with regard to retail the products will pass through a distribution centre. Whilst giving consideration to the end to end supply chain, this module is designed to focus on the area of inbound logistics.

The rapid development rate of technology has increased customer expectations with regard to when and where we buy our products, which is forcing retailers to re-think traditional distribution models, which includes customer insight with regard to quantity and type of product demand. To meet the new consumer demands supply chains have to be both agile and resilient, this module will explore such concepts, which includes how the organisation is linked together through the value chain and influences on the inbound logistics.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests.

For the rest of your degree most modules are assessed by individual coursework. A small number are also assessed by group work. The Independent Study is an individual research based assignment.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

John Day
Programme leader

 John is a Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

You’ll discover wide-ranging career opportunities in the logistics and supply chain sectors at local, regional, national and international levels. The industry provides exciting openings for well-qualified managers. Our former students have made rapid progress up the career ladder. Some now specialise in areas such as retail logistics or rail logistics, while others have taken on wider roles in production management.

Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

4 years or 5 with an optional placement year

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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