BMGT20150 Sustainable Operations & Supply Chain Management

Academic Year 2023/2024

Operations and supply chain management play a key role in executing an organisation's business strategy and achieving sustainability goals. These functions create, manage, and improve manufacturing and service processes, and oversee the flow of goods and services. This module equips students with key concepts, tools and techniques to design, manage, and optimize operations and supply chains through a sustainability lens. Students will build in-demand skills to drive operational and sustainable excellence, enabling them to thrive in roles across operations, supply chain, and consulting. Through exercises and cases, they will gain hands-on experience solving real-world operations and supply chain challenges, identifying root causes, exploring sustainable alternatives, and implementing impactful improvements. They will also learn how to leverage emerging technologies and harness data to unlock innovations that benefit the environment and society. This module prepares students to drive sustainable operational and supply chain excellence and strategic impact in their future careers.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of sustainable operations and supply chain management theory from diverse sources.
2. Critically appraise the current theory on sustainability that underpins sustainable operations and supply chain management.
3. Apply current theory and practices on operations and supply chain sustainability to different situations in an informal, creative style.
4. Develop quantitative expertise in (sustainable) operations and supply chain management concepts.
5. Manage and work as part of a team in group presentations.
6. Professionally present findings on operations and supply chain sustainability topics.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; peer and group work; critical writing; reflective learning; problem-based learning; student presentations 
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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Group Project: Group work comprising two video assignments throughout the term. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Individual assessment including a mid-term quiz and end-of-term essay. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
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 Javier Amaya Silva Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Heletje Van Staden Lecturer / Co-Lecturer