About the course
Business with Supply Chain Management is an innovative professional programme developed in partnership with the NOVUS Trust, an industry-led organisation that focuses on developing talent in the supply chain. This course includes a guarantee of employment provided you secure a 2.1 degree and achieve satisfactory references from your placement employer and is tailor made for people who are keen to go into supply chain management. A dynamic, successful business needs a strong and effective supply chain. We’ll look at how leading companies organise and manage their supply chain to ensure success.
And as the course comes with a guarantee of employment**, it could be the first step towards a rewarding career. On your course, we’ll give you the chance to master the skills to take your place in this demanding yet rewarding field. We’ll look at how leading companies organise and manage the planning, sourcing, manufacturing and physical logistics of their supply chains. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your business management, leadership and decision making skills. We want to make you employable so you can take the next step in your career. On the course you’ll have a company mentor, so you’ll be dealing with someone who works in the industry. And you’ll be able to take part in industry-led seminars and site visits. We’ll also give you the chance to take short paid placements, and a placement year with a leading employer.
Previous students have taken placements with John Lewis, Sainsburys, Marks and Spencer, ASOS, Dixons Carphone, Travis Perkins, Nestlé, Muller and many others. The NOVUS Trust will also help you take things further and work towards other professional qualifications. Not only that, provided you secure a 2:1 degree and a satisfactory reference from your placement company, it will guarantee an offer of employment with one of the companies involved such as Morrisons, DHL, Arla, PZ Cussons when you graduate.
** To qualify for the guarantee you will need to graduate with a 2.1 degree and achieve satisfactory references from your placement employer and your personal tutor at the University.
Supply Chain Management is at the heart of every successful business ensuring customers receive the best quality products and services in the right place at the right time. From purchasing and supply through transport and distribution to retail the supply chain industry offers a wide range of graduate career opportunities. Business with Supply Chain Management is a specialist degree which will help you kick start your career in this industry. Supported by a number of businesses through the NOVUS Trust this course will provide you with the knowledge and work experience to help you choose which part of the supply chain industry you would like to work in.
Ruth Brooks, Course Leader
Professional Aspects of Business
This module introduces you to key areas in both the legal and financial aspects of business. You’ll look at how financial information is prepared, presented and interpreted by internal and external users and consider aspects of employment and contract law relevant to non-specialists. As well as delivering theory and technical information, practical application is presented through worked examples, group working and discussions.
Markets and Marketing
This module explores the behaviour of markets and the responses of organisations through their marketing activities. It will help you to develop an understanding of marketing theory and practice and help you to develop the skills to produce a well-researched marketing plan.
This module presents and critically explores human behaviour in the workplace from the perspective of the individual, the team and the organisation. Emphasis is placed on developing critical awareness through discussions of theoretical content but also the practical application of ideas to the workplace. The overall objective of the module is to think about different levels of behaviour and to think about the challenges managers face in increasingly competitive and dynamic environments. With vast ranging topics, the module covers individual level topics including personality, individual differences and motivation to more team level concepts including the influence of the social organisation and organisational level topics including leadership, organisational culture and change management. This is all presented with reference to real life examples and topical areas of interest.
Responsible Business Enterprise
This module will introduce you to ethical and social responsibility issues encountered by contemporary business enterprises. You'll be given the opportunity to develop skills in identifying and addressing business challenges related to social responsibility, and then work in groups to develop viable business solutions which address economic, social and environmental concerns of a business enterprise. This module is part of Huddersfield Business School’s commitment to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).
Principles of Logistics
This module provides a fundamental understanding of the key aspects of logistics and supply chain management. It focuses on the identification of the relationships between logistics activities and looks at how changing business conditions have impacted on the development of the sector. The principles underpinning effective management of material flows are analysed with specific regard to inventory and distribution management and their role in creating customer satisfaction. The application of information technology and the need to comply with increasing environmental regulations will also be considered.
Human Resource and Project Management Skills for Supply Chain Managers
This module will help you develop the practical skills and knowledge to work in the Supply Chain Industry. The module’s HR element focuses on the relationships both inside and outside such projects in terms of management theory related to leadership, motivation, team working and organisational structures. The project management skills will help you plan and organise a range of projects for the industry and in the module you will have the opportunity to work on a live project with a partner organisation.
Management Research Methods and Decision Making
This module introduces you to the theory and practice of research methods and decision making theory to learn and identify the different techniques needed to conduct high quality research and then apply that research to how decisions are made in business.
Planning Techniques for Logistics and Transport Operations
This module introduces a range of practical and analytical planning techniques used within the logistics industry. Basic techniques used to solve logistics problems will be explained in lectures whilst more complex issues are addressed in computing tutorials. You’ll become familiar with the use of industry specific software in the area of linear programming, planning, inventory control, forecasting and simulation in logistics.
Purchasing and Supply
This module explores the role of purchasing and supply as a key driver enabling the smooth flow of goods at optimum cost whilst meeting the specific requirements of the end user. The module will examine the different approaches to managing the inputs to the supply chain and will analyse how the function can contribute to an efficient and effective organisation.
Physical Logistics Management
This module focuses on the physical logistics elements of the supply chain, considering material handling, storage and freight transportation and the associated management of these activities. In addition to examining the benefits and operation of alternative modes of transport.
one of the companies backing the NOVUS scheme.
Strategic Supply Chain Management
This module evaluates the role of logistics and supply chain management in helping to achieve the strategic objectives of an organisation. You’ll explore how managing strategically across the entire supply chain can help an organisation to achieve and maintain its competitive edge in terms of market share and, or, profitability. You’ll have the opportunity to diagnose problems within supply chains and to demonstrate your grasp of how different supply chain strategies can positively impact the performance of the firm.
Management Work and Society
In modern society work is important for economic and social wellbeing, playing a central part in our lives. This core module builds on management theory studied in year one, exploring contemporary issues in the workplace and how to deal with them from a management perspective. Topics on this module include the role of gender in the workplace, professional work, the globalisation of work, the labour process, unemployment and the future of work.
Managing Organisational Design and Change
The module provides an insight and understanding of the concept, theory, tools and techniques associated with organisational design for sustained performance. Organisational design is the process of initial configuration and continual adjustment that enables an organisation to respond to demands and meet challenges encountered in the operating environment.
Retail and Manufacturing Logistics
This module examines the role of logistics in supporting the retail industry and providing a basis for competitive advantage. You’ll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the structure of the retailing industry and the increased pressures being placed on suppliers and distributors. Retail network structures are analysed recognising the impact of globalisation and the growth in e-retailing on the total supply chain.
The aim of this module is to help develop your skills and ability to carry out an original investigation into a particular problem. In the early stages of project development, lectures provide guidance in various important aspects of project formulation and development, such as choice of appropriate methodology, literature sources and review techniques, specification of data requirements, data collection and data analysis. For the remainder of the module, emphasis is placed on individual study, supported by regular personal supervision.
The NOVUS Trust scheme is backed by leading retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies, such as John Lewis, Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer, asos, Dixons Retail Travis Perkins,
Premier Foods, Arla Foods, Cummins, DHL and Wincanton. Visit the NOVUS Trust web pagesfor full details of the companies supporting the scheme.
You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, computer aided learning packages, directed study and project work. Assessment will include exams, oral presentations, individual or group essays or reports, case studies, in-class tests, peer assessment, individual reflective learning portfolios, time constrained assignments, group projects and management and marketing projects or dissertations for final year students.
14.75% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Huddersfield Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course. Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.
Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
BBBat A Level
120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications
DDD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Candidates will be invited to attend an assessment centre operated in conjunction with our partners in the Novus Trust
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for three years running*.
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017 and 2018.
**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
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