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Business Management (Supply Chain) (Top-up) BA Honours

Learn about the course below
Code
NF90
Start
October 2020
EU/International induction: September 2020
Duration
1 year full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Anna Lassila

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

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 Management) (Top-up) 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.

Supply chain management is an essential function within business operations and you will build expert knowledge in the planning and organisation of the sourcing, procurement, conversion and logistics of from manufacturers and suppliers, through to customers

Our one-year Business Management (Supply Chain) 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.

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
  • You will have access to cutting-edge business resources including the Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub
  • You can become a student member of the Chartered Management Institute and a full member upon graduation.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the BA Business Management (Supply Chain) (Top-up)?

The modules are designed to advance your skills and knowledge in business and management, and supply chain management.

You will learn to work effectively in teams, and be able to present and communicate business management ideas with confidence. We also ensure you develop specialist knowledge in:

  • Stakeholders: their expectations and behaviour
  • The environment of business and its impact on strategy
  • Design, production and distribution of products and services
  • Business resources: acquisition, application and control
  • Business process: planning, improvement and control

Modules

We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.

  • Modules

    • 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.

    • Procurement and Sourcing (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop students’ understanding and knowledge of the purchasing function and related key activities. It will examine the processes associated with sourcing of supplier and procurement of goods from the suppliers. Students will be able to assess the challenges faced by the procurement department, requirements of various stakeholders, and develop strategic and operational procurement plans. Various analytical tools will be introduced for problem solving.

    • Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aims of this module are organised in two parts: in the first part students use the essential components of strategic analysis with the primary aim of developing an applied knowledge of tools and techniques. In the second part students explore a variety of special topics with the primary aim of examining strategy concepts applied in different organisations. Overall, the module aims to build students’ ability to process and interpret information from different internal functions and from multiple external sources for decision-making leading to long term organisational success.

    • Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your understanding on the integration of different business in creating value. It will demonstrate the effects of planning in multiple organisations and give you the experience on managing integrated business processes and developing a process understanding. It will present a integration of functional departments within and between different organisation.

    • 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.

    • Logistics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

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.

Assessment

We’re planning to deliver our assessment in a similar way to previous years. We will review this regularly, and let you know in advance of your assessment if we need to make any changes.

Teaching and learning - changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some small group sessions on campus, with other interactive teaching as well as larger lectures delivered online and recorded sessions available to you on-demand. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes and make arrangements for any face to face sessions (for example, in some cases these could take place every two weeks with an increased number of hours), the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario 1: Course delivered fully online

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

8 hours

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

30 hours

Pre-recorded lectures

Average hours per week, per level:

2 hours

Scenario 2: Course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

8 hours

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

30 hours

Pre-recorded lectures

Average hours per week, per level:

2 hours

Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per week, per level:

2 hours

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2020/21

Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.

  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) (Top-up) 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.

  • 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.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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