International Supply Chain Management | Abertay University

International Supply Chain Management


This module examines and applies operations and supply chain management knowledge and techniques to operational challenges and decision-making.


The aim of this module is to evaluate theories of supply chain management in national and global marketplaces, and develop the capacity to apply operational and supply chain management techniques in national, regional and global product and service industries.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Examine the role and scope of operations and supply chain management in the contemporary business context.

2.  Critically evaluate and select appropriate approaches to designing, planning, monitoring and controlling operations and supply chains in a range of organisational and inter-organisational contexts.

3.  Apply and reflect on a range of contemporary supply chain and operational techniques to deal with the operational requirements and challenges in and between organisations.

Indicative Content

1 Operations Management In Its Organisational Context

The operations function within the organisation and its relationship with other functional areas. The role of the operations manager. Analysing operations and processes. Organisation type and its effect on operations. Process types. Characteristics of process types.

2 Capacity Management

Demand versus production. Models of capacity planning. Measuring capacity (utilisation and efficiency calculations).

3 Inventory Management

Why hold stock? Costs of inventory. Inventory management strategies.

4 Introduction To Supply Chain Management

The supply network. Designing the supply chain (make or buy). Types of supplier relationship. Benefits of improving supply chains.

5 Technology In Operations Processes

Enterprise resource planning. Supply chain management. Technology strategies. Introduction to supply chain management.

6 The End-To-End Supply Chain

Purchasing and supply. Materials management and distribution management. Balancing flow within a supply chain. Managing bottlenecks and restrictions.

7 Sourcing

Make or buy decisions in sourcing strategy. Supplier selection. Vendor rating and sourcing. Co-ordinating supply and managing supplier relationships. Partnerships. Outsourcing.

8 The Customer Interface

Meeting customer requirements. Distribution and fulfilment of strategies and systems. Market supply relationships. Management of queues. Self-service. Virtual operations and direct fulfilment.

9 Contemporary Supply Chain Dynamics

Planning and managing the supply chain. Strategic alliances and collaborative partnerships. Characteristics of high-performing supply chains in the contemporary global economy.

10 Managing Oil And Gas Supply Chains

Characteristics of the oil and gas supply chains - uncertainty and complexity. Contractor and supplier management. Risk management. Business processes and blue-printing. Performance monitoring. Audit and review.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Class contact for this module comprises lectorials, which utilise a mix of learning activities.During lectorials students will engage in enquiry-based activities, based on case analysis, to encourage the development of deeper understanding of theory, context and practice links, and of the complementary contributions of different disciplines. Students will often work in small groups/teams, deliver presentations, and undertake critical reflection. Enquiry based learning will make up a minimum of 60% of student class time.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 42
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 118

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.