PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION Please view the disclaimer. AWARD and ROUTE TITLE MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management INTERMEDIATE AWARD TITLES PgD Logistics and Supply Chain Management PgC Advanced Engineering and Management Name of the Teaching Institution Sheffield Hallam University Mode(s) of Attendance FT/PT UCAS CODE xxxx Professional/Statutory/Regulatory Post-validation, we shall be seeking Body Recognising this accreditation/approval from the Chartered Programme Institute of Logistics and Transport QAA Subject Benchmark There is no specific benchmark, but we have Statement or other relevant taken into account the QAA benchmark external reference point statements for MEng Degrees and for Masters Awards In Business and Management, plus the Engineering Council’s UK-SPEC. Date of Validation TBA 1 PROGRAMME AIMS To provide you with an opportunity to develop and enhance your technical and problem solving skills in the area of logistics, with a specific emphasis on supply chain management. To promulgate current best practice in the theory and application of leading edge technologies, processes and systems in logistics and supply chain management. To contribute to the process of personal and/or career development and lifelong learning in your chosen field. To maximise your employment and career potential as a graduate, whilst providing industry, commerce and the public sector with someone who can demonstrate and apply technical aptitude and expertise in logistics and expertise in the solving of supply chain management problems. To provide a route to CILT membership for suitably-qualified entrants via accreditation or approved further learning. 2 PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES 2.1 Knowledge and understanding covered within the Programme. By the end of the programme you will be able to: 1. Explain and critically apply a range of concepts and theories relating to the design, use and management of logistics systems. 2. Identify, explore and critically apply current developments in academic thinking and industrial practice in logistics and supply chain management. 3. Apply innovative problem solving and research skills in the development, use and management of logistics processes. 2.2 Intellectual/Subject/Professional/Key skills covered within the Programme. By the end of the programme you will be able to: 1. Identify, explore and make informed judgements about key issues relating to the design, implementation and management of logistics processes and systems. 2. Analyse complex problems in supply chain management and identify and justify a range of innovative approaches and solutions to them. 3. Reflect upon your personal professional practice, demonstrating appropriate and effective leadership, communication, negotiation and organisational skills to aid life-long learning and continuing professional development. 4. Exercise professional, ethical, social and environmental judgement in decision making and communication. 5. Collect, synthesise and review data and present and communicate information, ideas and outcomes in an effective manner. 6. Complete a substantial, sustained, independent piece of work and conduct research in an appropriate and effective manner. 3 LEARNING, TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT 3.1 The approach to Learning and Teaching within the Programme The modules in this programme are typically delivered in face to face sessions (lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory sessions), backed up by reading materials and on-line learning materials using the facilities available via Library and Information Technology Services, and the University’s virtual learning environment (Blackboard). The modules are delivered in a pattern which allows maximum flexibility to meet your learning needs and attendance pattern. Theoretical concepts and principles will be introduced in the lectures and seminars, assisted by on-line learning material. Tutorial and practical activities will provide an opportunity to test and implement some of the theoretical ideas. In many modules a problem based approach is taken, encouraging you to learn through the practical application of the theories concepts and knowledge to a real situation, such as your own organisation, or a case study approach. In the more technical subjects, practical work may involve formal laboratory sessions, during which you may explore the behaviour of relevant systems and processes. You will then be expected to reflect upon your work in a critical way, and to report your findings, conclusions and recommendations as appropriate. You will be guided and encouraged to be an independent learner, supported by the academic staff teams and by access to contemporary materials via the University’s Learning Centre and on-line facilities. The use of Blackboard across modules will enhance your experience and give access to additional materials, activities and support. Many modules will require you to deal with increasingly open-ended problems as the module progresses, helping you to become more reliant on your own knowledge and experience, and increasing your ability to decide how problems should be tackled and where to find the appropriate information to assist in their solution. The project phase is perhaps the ultimate stage in this process. By that stage you should be able to work increasingly independently under the guidance of your supervisor. This course provides the opportunity to select either a (Module 16-7150 Project and Dissertation) based at the university, or one at a leading logistics organisation. The project for the MSc Logistics & Supply Chain Management must be of a topic relevant to the management practice logistics or the supply chain. Where the industrial project is selected, and with the agreement of the company, a 12 week placement is completed. A number of logistics and supply chain focussed organisations have been approached to support students to conduct short industrial placement during which work will be completed which will be used to develop a project dissertation. Three companies have confirmed their participation and have expressed their desire to support a maximum of six students during the summer period. In conjunction with the course team, the industrial organisation will select students from the individuals who wish to participate in this activity. The work programme for each student will be discussed with the industrial organisation and appropriate topics which will lead to valid dissertations will be negotiated and agreed. Regular contact will be maintained by the university’s project supervisor with the employer and the student using a mix of visits, email and telephone. The first three organisations supporting this initiative are: NYK Logistics: Third party and internal logistics supplier –students will work with project teams involved in the updating of logistic systems with automotive manufacturers Dematic: International designer and installer of advanced warehousing systems – students will work on live projects developing new warehouses. Caterpillar: manufacturer and supplier of earth moving equipment – student will support the operation of the companies supply chain. The ‘Project and Dissertation’ also includes the study of “Research Methods” material. This will help to prepare you for the disciplines required to carry out effective research and reporting of your work. You will be allocated a staff member as your project supervisor who will act as a mentor to support you through the project. This will be common to all students, whether completing a project based at the university or at a placement organisation. The Research Methods part will be completed early in the project period and before the student starts the industrial aspect of the work. As part of your development as a lifelong learner it is important that you reflect upon both your learning and the processes which supported it, and plan for your development. Your Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) gives you an opportunity to record these reflections and plans, alongside recent examples of your work. It will prove immensely useful to you when applying for employment. Some employers will even ask to see it. Typically, your PDP will be in an electronic format which you can update throughout your studies. If you have come from the UK education system, you will probably already have some experience of a PDP, perhaps in terms of a simple “record of achievement” at school level, or an existing PDP which you built up during undergraduate studies. The main difference at postgraduate level is the level of criticism and reflection which is expected. During the period of induction into your course you will receive specific advice on how you might begin and maintain your PDP. From time to time, your PDP will be formally reviewed, for example when you choose elective modules (unless that is done at the start of your course), or during your project work. 3.2 The approach to Assessment and Feedback within the Programme Assessments will often be problem based, for example requiring the analysis of a problem, the proposal of a solution, or modification to an existing design. You may often be expected to reflect upon the process you have taken and this process will be assessed via examination and/or coursework. Much of your coursework will be undertaken as an individual. Some assessment components will be based on work done by groups but, in these cases, part of the assessment may require individual activities which allow for the assessment of individual performance within a group setting. Some modules contain group project work as a main feature of the module. Assessment of your performance in a module may include items such as individual and group reports, presentations, practical designs, computer simulations, documentation, laboratory session reports and analyses of systems or processes. Examples might include the design and application of a particular logistics system, the writing of a report and the presentation of findings. Some modules are also assessed by examinations. Most of your assessments may generate marks, but they are also formative in the sense that feedback will be given on your performance. You will be provided with a clear set of assessment criteria at the beginning of each assessment. Afterwards you will receive feedback which explains your achievement against those criteria and thus contributes to your learning. The format and focus of the assessment and feedback will support individual learning by developing problem solving skills, professional and vocational skills; it will also support continued postgraduate learning and development. Feedback from students will be actively sought in order to monitor the operational delivery of the programme against its educational aims and objectives, and thus assist staff to strive for continuous improvement. Student elected representatives will be involved in all the formal processes of feedback and review. Student feedback will be obtained via: Staff / Student Programme Committees Online Questionnaires E-mail University student experience surveys 4 PROGRAMME DESIGN AND STRUCTURE This course has been designed to provide a positive learning experience for students from a wide range of backgrounds and to provide them with advanced level study in the field of logistics and supply chain management. It will provide the student with the knowledge and understanding of this business activity and enable the student to make significant contributions to organisations in this fast moving and rewarding industry sector. The course blends supply chain focussed operation management activity with topics investigating the technology which is leading to advances in the control of movement of goods and their transportation. Additional modules analyse techniques to model logistics systems and facilities (e.g. warehouses and supply chain networks) whilst other modules assess the techniques to manage organisations and to improve their business process, using traditional approaches and through the application of lean principles. The course comprises eight mandatory 15-credit modules, plus the 60-credit Project module, as follows: Mandatory Modules: Finance and Marketing Project and Quality Management Business Process Management Systems Modelling and Simulation Lean Operations Supply Chain and Manufacturing Strategy Warehouse Systems and Transportation (NEW) Logistics Planning and Control (NEW) Whilst a number of these modules are delivered on other Post Graduate programs in the Faculty, logistics and supply chain management topics are increasing in importance with all organisations, as their operations become more and more global. Case studies and assessment instruments will therefore incorporate logistics and supply chain management issues in the majority of these ‘common’ modules, ensuring that the learning experience is both relevant and up to date for this award and the other awards in the engineering postgraduate portfolio. Where this is not possible or inappropriate, specific assessments will be set for the 'Logistics' students. For the MSc Stage: Project and Dissertation (60 credits including a 15-credit research methods part) The project and dissertation module is common across all Engineering MScs, but each named award requires the chosen project topic to be relevant to the award. This is also a requirement for the Logistics programme as well. It is necessary that the topic for the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management project must be related to the core logistics topics of the course and will typically relate to the management practices of logistics and the supply chain. Exit Awards: You may obtain exit awards as follows: MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (180 credits) – you must pass the eight 15-credit modules and the 60-credit project. PgD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (120 credits) – you must pass the eight 15-credit modules. PgC (60 credits) – this award is usually awarded to candidates who are accumulating a small number of credits, the combination of modules is potentially wide, therefore to make this stage common with the other Post Graduate awards there is no specifically-named “PgC in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. However, if you pass any four of the eight 15-credit modules, then a PgC in “Advanced Engineering and Management” may be awarded. Study Patterns: The design of the programme is made very flexible by making most modules self- contained and able to be taught in either semester. By alternating the delivery of a particular module between afternoon and evening delivery, the following modes of study can be achieved (also see the diagram below). In full-time mode, most combinations of mandatory and elective modules, plus the project, can be studied within one 12-month period. You may begin your studies either in September or January. In either case, the MSc project phase (either university based project or the industrial project) is carried out from about May to September. You will study all modules in common with part-time students. For students commencing the course in January, depending on the subject matter of your project, the summer project work may prove to be a disadvantage, since you will then be carrying out your project before studying half of the modules. This may involve you in extra research into areas which you have not yet been formally taught, for example. If this proves a genuine problem in your case, it is normally possible to arrange to extend the time allowed for the project into the next semester. In part-time mode, you will typically be able to study the taught modules within two years, either in one afternoon and one evening per week, or in two evenings per week, or in two afternoons per week. You may begin your studies in either September or January. The project is then carried out during a third year, ideally as part of your normal employment. You will study all modules in common with full-time students. The diagram below shows an example of the study pattern. Eight 15-credit modules are represented by the letters “A” to “H”, two days of the week are represented by “1” and “2”. For this course, two of these eight modules will be extracted from this pattern, and taught as one-week blocks in September and January. The diagram shows a rolling delivery pattern which repeats after the two years shown. Each of the eight modules occurs exactly once in each of the following configurations: any two successive semesters (i.e. one year, starting in either September or January), studying both afternoons and both evenings (full-time mode) any four successive semesters (i.e. two years, starting in either September or January), studying both evenings only (part-time mode) any four successive semesters (i.e. two years, starting in either September or January), studying both afternoons only (part-time mode) any four successive semesters (i.e. two years, starting in either September or January), studying afternoon 1 and evening 1 (part-time mode) any four successive semesters (i.e. two years, starting in either September or January), studying afternoon 2 and evening 2 (part-time mode) Sept. Jan. May Sept. Jan. May Sept. Sem. 1 Sem. 2 Summer Sem. 1 Sem. 2 Summer Placement/ Placement/ Afternoon 1 A E Project(FT) D H Project(FT) Placement/ Placement/ Afternoon 2 B F Project(FT) C G Project(FT) Evening 1 C G B F Evening 2 D H A E 5 PROGRESSION/CAREER ROUTES Possible progression or career routes after you have completed this programme include the possibility of obtaining a better post in logistics and supply chain management or a related field, as a result of achieving the qualifications provided by this course, and absorbing the experience of studying it. the possibility of moving on to take a higher degree, such as a PhD. the possibility of applying for initial registration with the Chartered Institute Logistics and Transport (the success of which will partly depend upon how your previous background and education fit the institution’s requirements, and how they have been complemented by this course). (if you are already in employment) the opportunity to change the direction of your career, for example to a different field of industry, or from a technical to a more managerial position. The course aims to provide opportunities by broadening your knowledge and thinking, and by developing higher level skills. 6 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND ENTRY PROFILE 6.1 Specific Entry Requirements for entry to the initial stage of this programme are Academic Qualifications An honours degree in a science or engineering subject, usually at least second-class, or An honours degree in a business or management subject, usually at least second-class and where some computing or technology focussed modules have been studied or Suitable professional qualifications in a field appropriate to engineering, management or supply chain management, or A degree in any discipline plus at least one year of industrial experience in responsible position in a role/organisation related to operations management, logistics or supply chain management, or A diploma in a technological area, with at least three years of experience in a logistics or supply chain related field. Level of English language IELTS 6 or equivalent capability 6.2 APPLICANT ENTRY PROFILE: the knowledge, skills and qualities etc. required to enable you to benefit from, and succeed on the programme of study are those expected of someone holding at least a second-class honours degree in an engineering, scientific or management discipline. If you do not hold such a degree, then you should have acquired equivalent knowledge and skills in other ways. Following the QAA’s Engineering Benchmark Statement, and the University’s generic level 6 outcomes, these are exemplified by (but not limited to) the ability to: identify and explain important facts, principles, concepts, theories, etc. identify where the above aspects are appropriate in unfamiliar situations and apply them there. identify where further information is necessary in a given situation, and what that information might be. make critical assessments of situations, suggestions, etc. summarise coherently a complex matter and explain it to others. select and justify the best approach to analysing or solving a task or problem, including self-initiated tasks. extend and improve your own knowledge and/or the knowledge of others, by applying what you have learned to new situations. evaluate the effectiveness of solutions and approaches taken in solving situations or problems, and suggesting where improvements might have been made. draw together the ideas and information provided by others (e.g. from books and papers) and evaluate their usefulness and applicability in a new situation. select, use and evaluate IT solutions. identify individual objectives and responsibilities in a group work situation and... identify and use strategies to achieve them. take responsibility for identifying goals, setting targets, initiating and implementing plans and activities. exhibit a high level of motivation to succeed on the course. 6.3 The University will select non-standard entrants to the programme in the following ways If you do not meet the formal academic requirements of Section 6.1, but can demonstrate that you have gained by other means the equivalent academic, professional and personal capabilities exemplified by Section 6.2, then you will be interviewed to assess your suitability for the course. 6.4 Use of Prior Credit (APCL/APEL): prior certificated credit or prior experiential credit may be used within the Programme in the following ways Applications for APCL or APEL will be considered if you have relevant experience or credit at an appropriate level.