MEEN40790 Supply Chain Design & Analysis

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of supply chain design and analysis concepts, with particular emphasis on the application of analytical tools and techniques to assist supply chain planning and control decision making.

The core text is Chopra & Meindl, "Supply Chain Management - Strategy, Planning & Operations", 6th edition, Pearson.

Students should note that the Alternative Linear Grade Scale will be used for converting assessment marks to letter grades.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module students will be able to:
1. Identify the theoretical concepts which enable the design and analysis of supply chains.
2. Demonstrate the application of quantitative tools and techniques to analyse supply chain scenarios and to support decision making.
3. Critique the analytical results of supply chain scenario analysis with a view to improving supply chain management decision making competency.
4. Apply written communication through submission of case study and simulation reports.
5. Assess published academic and practitioner research related to supply chain design and analysis to support written reports.

Indicative Module Content:

Among the topics that will be covered are network design and optimisation, supply chain coordination, forecasting and demand planning, requirements planning and inventory models, capacity management, revenue management, enterprise resource planning and supply chain risk management. In addition, students will gain proficiency in some of the advanced analytics features of Microsoft Excel including Solver, Regression, Exponential Smoothing.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning;
peer and group work; lectures;
reflective learning;
case-based learning; 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: In-Class Test #2 Week 12 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Journal: Group Simulation Journal Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Attendance: Weekly Brightspace discussion board topics Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Class Test: In-Class Test #1 Week 6 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Case Study Report Week 5 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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The core module text is:
Chopra S. & Meindl P., “Supply Chain Management – Strategy, Planning & Operations”, 6th International Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, (editions 1-5 also adequate)

The module will refer to 4 chapters in this text:
Cachon, G. & Terwiesch, C. “Matching Supply with Demand – An Introduction to Operations Management”, 4th edition, McGraw Hill (editions 1-3 also adequate)

Reference texts:
Albright, S.C. & Winston, W. “Business Analytics – Data Analysis and Decision Making”, 6th Edition, Cengage Learning.

Bozarth C. & Handfield R. “Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management”, 4th Edition, Pearson (editions 1-3 also adequate)

Watson, M., Lewis, S., Cacioppi, P. & Jayaraman, J., “Supply Chain Network Design”, FT Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-301737-3

Snyder, S. & Shen, Z.-J. M. (2011) "Fundamentals of Supply Chain Theory", Wiley, ISBN 978-0-470-52130-4