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Unit information: Supply Chain Technology and Digitalisation in 2021/22

Unit name Supply Chain Technology and Digitalisation
Unit code EFIMM0075
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Zhang
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The unit deals with the digital, technological aspects of global operations and supply chain/network processes. It will introduce students to a range of digital technologies (e.g. Sensors, IoT’s, RFID, Bar code, etc.) and issues related to information systems in global operations, logistics and supply chains. The theories and principles underpinning supply chain technologies and their implementation in practice are presented and discussed. The interactions between supply chain entities, physical items and transportation are considered, analysed and examined. This unit will also enrich the practical skills and knowledge of students related to supply chain technology, enabling them to effectively contribute towards a supply chain, global operations, and logistics-related role. Indicative content includes; Supply chain technology, Technological advancement in supply chains, Radio frequency identification (RFID), NFC Chips, Electronic data interchange (EDI), E-procurement, E-business, E-SCM, Information systems, Material requirements planning (MRP), Enterprise resource planning (ERP), Warehouse management systems (WMS), Virtual enterprises, Challenges and barriers to technology implementation, Digitalization of supply networks including automation, Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data analytics for supply chains.

The overall aims of this unit are to:

  • Describe the theories and application of different kind of technologies used in global operations, logistics and supply chains.
  • Discover the potential challenges in adopting technology/systems in supply chain.
  • Employ a multi-disciplinary approach (Managerial and Technological) to supply chain management and develop skills and knowledge for analysing complex global supply chain challenges in practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically explore of the various digital technologies in global operations and supply chains;
  2. Distinguish between the technical and managerial issues related to the application of digital technologies to supply networks;
  3. Analyse the emerging digital and global economic trends and their impact on current global operations and supply chain practices;
  4. Critically analyse the complex supply chain challenges in implementing technologies in global operations and supply chain practices.
  5. Note: Knowledge and Understanding Programme level ILO’s supported by unit are: A1, A2, A4, A5

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities.

Assessment Information

Formative: group presentations. Summative 1: 2500 words group assignment (which will incorporate the feedback from the group presentation) - 40%; Summative 2: 2000 words individual assignment -60%


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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