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Business Management (Supply Chain & Logistics) BA Honours

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Code
N290
Start
October 2019
EU/International induction: September 2019
Duration
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with placement
4-6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Mona Mohammadipour

In today’s global business environment the success of a business is increasingly determined by the speed and efficiency of its supply chains. To compete in this fast moving global marketplace organisations demand employees that have both a broad understanding of how businesses operate and specialist knowledge of supply chain processes.

Why study BA Business Management (Supply Chain & Logistics) at Middlesex University?

Tailored towards ambitious students who are keen to apply theory to practice in a business environment, this course equips you with both a broad understanding of how organisations work, acquire and use resources, and meet the needs of their customers. You will learn specialist knowledge and skills on how companies manage materials, information and money as they flow through the chain of organisations involved in creating and delivering products.

Our one-year Business Management (Supply Chain & Logistics) top up course is for students who already hold a business foundation or HND qualification, and are based in either the UK or overseas. It prepares you to enter a diverse range of businesses, governmental and third sector organisations. You will study the key functions that underpin business success, supported by expert tutors who bring extensive experience drawn from across a number of business disciplines, as well as having the opportunity to do a work placement in your third year.

Course highlights

  • Learn from academics who have research expertise in areas including supply chain forecasting, scheduling theory and operations management, as well as having worked in sectors such as FMCG and software programming
  • Training in the implementation of specialised, industry standard software for managing and analysing supply chain processes SAP®
  • Work placements are an invaluable opportunity to gain employability skills so we have introduced two options by which students can integrate this into their time at Middlesex. Students who wish to do a placement can take either a 36 week 3rd year sandwich placement as part of a 4 year degree or two 18 week summer placements allowing students to complete within 3 years
  • There are also opportunities to study abroad with the EU Erasmus programme, linked to a partner university in Europe and the USA
  • You will have access to cutting-edge business resources including the Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub and can become a student member of the Chartered Management Institute and you can become a student member of the Chartered Management Institute and a full member upon graduation
  • You can choose to study Spanish or Mandarin at beginners and intermediate level as part of your degree, ensuring you stand out in today's competitive job market

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What will you study on the BA Business Management (Supply Chain & 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.

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

Modules

*module details subject to validation *

  • Year 1

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Marketing Theory and Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide 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.

    • 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.

  • Year 2

    • Business Environment (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop students’ knowledge of internal and external business environment and their impact upon choices available to business in planning and decision making. Students will learn to analyse business environments and handle information using different techniques, models and frameworks.

    • 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.The module enables students to acquire knowledge in a number of topics aligned to the following key areas: (i) information systems and business intelligence (in particular the development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations, (ii) communications (in particular the comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools) and (iii) digital business (in particular the development of strategic priorities to deliver business at speed in an environment where digital technology has reshaped traditional revenue and business models).The cross-discipline nature of the module ensures that students will gain experience in using information systems, while engaging in strategic management activities and following a pattern of work resembling project management practices in controlled environments.

    • 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.

    • Trade and International Business (30 Credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop in-depth understanding of theories relating to trade andinternational business, their application to an increasingly interdependent world, the role ofmultinational enterprise in the world trade system, and practical issues, such as incoterms,documentation, payment process and instruments, and trade compliance. Taken togetherthese elements should equip students with comprehensive knowledge and a broader senseof 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations and outlines and offers a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy. It will introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels, and will provide 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

Modules

  • September 2018- Year 2 entry only

    • Year 2 Modules

      Business Environment Analysis (30 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.

      Operations Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to broaden and expand your knowledge of the concepts and techniques required for the design, operation and control of business processes. Cases and practical exercises are relevant to a variety of commercial, manufacturing and service organisations. The module builds on the IT and quantitative skills developed in Year 1.

      Work, Organisation and Society (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to enable you to develop a critical understanding of the multifaceted social processes that are imperative to organisational life, and through which organisations may exert influence on ourselves as much as on society at large in order to pursue your objectives. The module will cover a wide array of theories pertaining to organisational behaviour, organisation theory, sociology, psychology and economical issues as far as they are relevant for the understanding of these social processes. You will develop your own abilities to analyse these theories critically, build up your own views on how to think and feel about these emergent issues as well as empower yourself with the capacity to argue and support these views in an academically rigorous manner.

      Brand Management (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of branding, brand management and brand communications. In particular, the module will focus on developing strategies to create and sustain successful brands and on developing efficient brand communication strategies.

      Business Communication in Spanish (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to build upon and extend your abilities to read, write, listen and speak in Spanish in business contexts and to promote an understanding of Hispanic culture in general and in the business world. You will analyse the main types of business communications in order to appreciate relevant specialised vocabularies and underlying cultural assumptions.

      Business Communications in Mandarin (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to build upon and extend your ability to listen, speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese in business contexts, and to promote an understanding of Chinese culture, in general and in the business world. You will analyse the main types of business communications in order to appreciate relevant specialised vocabularies and underlying cultural assumptions.

      Human Resource Management in a Global Context (30 credits) - Optional

      This module builds upon knowledge gained in Year 1 about the business environment and about the general management functions operating within organisations. You will develop an understanding of the international context of dealing with people issues in organisations.

      Sustainable Products (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to examine the importance of sustainable products to firms in order to reduce climate-related risks. The module explores the factors behind developing sustainable products from the perspectives of the environment, the firm, and the product itself.

    • Year 3 Modules

      Procurement and Sourcing (30 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.

      Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations and outlines and offers a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy. It will introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels, and will provide 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.

      Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop an understanding about the integration of different business in creating value and demonstrate the effects of planning in multiple organisations. You will gain experience on the management of integrated business processes and develop a process understanding. The module will also present a integration of functional departments within and between different organisations.

      Logistics (30 credits) - Optional

      Logistics is a critical business function. It deals with all information and material flows pertaining to the delivery of goods and services from manufacturing to customer demand points. With ever increasing competition and increasingly stringent customer requirements, companies are forced to continuously reinvent their logistics service provision creating a robust demand for logistics professionals. This module aims to prepare you for such a role by imparting knowledge and skills in all key areas of logistics including network, location, transportation and warehouse design and planning.

      Research Project (30 credits) - Optional

      This module provides an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate higher order employability skills such as the ability to design and deliver a small research project, learn independently and through supervision, and undertake an extended, methodical piece of work. A well-executed research project will give you something to distinguish yourself from your peers as well as the opportunity to show why you might be a superior candidate for graduate employment.

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Modules

  • September 2018- Year 3 entry only

    • Year 3 Modules

      Procurement and Sourcing (30 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.

      Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations and outlines and offers a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy. It will introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels, and will provide 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.

      Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop an understanding about the integration of different business in creating value and demonstrate the effects of planning in multiple organisations. You will gain experience on the management of integrated business processes and develop a process understanding. The module will also present a integration of functional departments within and between different organisations.

      Logistics (30 credits) - Optional

      Logistics is a critical business function. It deals with all information and material flows pertaining to the delivery of goods and services from manufacturing to customer demand points. With ever increasing competition and increasingly stringent customer requirements, companies are forced to continuously reinvent their logistics service provision creating a robust demand for logistics professionals. This module aims to prepare you for such a role by imparting knowledge and skills in all key areas of logistics including network, location, transportation and warehouse design and planning.

      Research Project (30 credits) - Optional

      This module provides an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate higher order employability skills such as the ability to design and deliver a small research project, learn independently and through supervision, and undertake an extended, methodical piece of work. A well-executed research project will give you something to distinguish yourself from your peers as well as the opportunity to show why you might be a superior candidate for graduate employment.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the BA Business Management (Supply Chain & Logistics) support your career?

This programme aims to equip you with a broad understanding of how businesses operate and more specifically their operations, logistics and supply chain processes. The specialist knowledge and skills you gain will enable you to work in a wide variety of operations related jobs:

  • Supply chain manager
  • Logistics manager
  • Operations manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Production manager
  • Process analyst
  • Production planner
  • Buyer
  • Master scheduler
  • Materials manager
  • Transport coordinator

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.

Dr Vinaya Shukla
Senior Lecturer

Prior to Middlesex, Dr Shukla spent a number of years as a Management Consultant advising clients in a range of sectors on performance improvement opportunities. He has a Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from IIT Kanpur, Masters in Operations Research from Lancaster University, MBA from S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research and PhD from Cardiff Business School. He is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Lakshmi Narasimhan Vedanthachari
Senior Lecturer

Dr Vedanthachari is an engineering graduate with PhD on the benefits of Enterprise Systems on Mid Sized Manufacturing Businesses. His research and teaching interests include Enterprise Systems and Supply Chain Management. He has delivered various regional development projects aimed at supporting Small and Medium Sized businesses in improving business performance which has resulted in the development of long term strategic partnerships and new revenue streams.

  • Peter Fernandes

    Business Management BA graduate

    Every aspect of the course has been exciting. I particularly enjoyed the third year modules. Strategic Management gave me a deep insight into the workings of a business environment and Leadership Management helped me discover my strengths and weakness in order to become an effective leader in the future.

    I loved working closely with academics, who are leaders in their field. They ensured the entire course provided not only academic theory but also practical and relevant information specifically designed and tailored towards my future career.

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