BMGT20150 Global Operations & Supply Chain Management

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of operations and supply chain management (SCM) within a contemporary business and global context. Operations management processes convert inputs of materials and resources into added value outputs, and distributes these outputs to its customers. The topics include an introduction to operations and supply chain management (SCM), the input sources (suppliers), through to the conversion process and distribution / logistics to customers; the management of procurement, sourcing, selection and management of suppliers; inventory management; facility location; process systems and layout; capacity planning and demand management and scheduling; the concepts of "Lean" organisations, JIT and TQM; the strategic role of operations management in an organisation's competitive success; understanding product / process costs, technology, and the role of innovation in gaining cost and other competitive advantages.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module, students will be able to:
1. Explain the strategic and operational importance of Operations and Supply Chain Management within a global context in achieving competitive advantage;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the important role of Operations & SCM in achieving sustainable and efficient operations and the various management models and processes available for use;
3. Discuss and explain the individual Ops and SCM cognitive and technical issues related to each topic covered on the course;
4. Analyse and evaluate the role of suppliers and logistics services and how inventory can be managed to minimise working capital tied up in inventory through quantitative and JIT techniques;
5. Prepare and deliver a professional presentation on a current topic related to Ops and SCM;
6. Apply current theory in Ops and SCM in a competent manner in relation to the analysis of a case and the preparation of a competent business report to specified standards.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Case study analysis and Group Projects 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BMGT20010 - Ops and SCM, BMGT20200 - Studies in Global Operations

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: Group presentation (recorded) Week 10 n/a Graded No


Project: Group report Week 10 n/a Graded No


Essay: End-of-term essay Week 12 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Mid-term online quiz Week 8 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Class discussion

Name Role
Dr Heletje Van Staden Lecturer / Co-Lecturer