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Logistics and Operations Management

This outline is for the 10 credit version of this module


Operations management involves transforming inputs (capital, labour and materials) efficiently and effectively into outputs valued by the end customer in manufacturing or service environments. Logistics is recognised as a key function in meeting market requirements quickly, flexibly and without incurring punitive inventory costs. To be competitive companies need to manage operations and logistics both internally and externally across all their supply chains. This module will give students a comprehensive understanding of tools and techniques involved in operations and logistics management. This will enable students to evaluate which tools, techniques and technologies are most applicable in different industrial contexts.


Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Comprehensively understand the interrelationships and interdependencies between capacity, inventory and delivery performance.
  • Critically evaluate how to manage capacity, inventory and delivery to achieve effective and efficient operational performance.
  • Compare and contrast different tools and techniques for the planning and control of logistics and operations management and justify their use in a variety of operational environments.
  • Demonstrate awareness of appropriate technology and critically appraise how it can be applied to improve operations management within a supply chain.


  • Relationship of Logistics and Operations Management strategy with other business strategies
  • Theory & principles of supply chain management
  • Basic planning & control techniques:
    o Forecasting demand
    o Capacity management
    o Scheduling and sequencing
    o Inventory management
    o Planning & control systems and methodologies (Material Requirements Planning, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Just In Time)
  • Examples of applications of logistics and operations management in a range of industries, including manufacturing and service environments


There are 3 different assessment modes. In addition to testing the learning outcomes they are designed to suit the different delivery modes and student characteristics for different programmes.

UK part-time Masters courses, Overseas programmes (Singapore)
Written post module assignment. 100% weighting

UK Full-time Masters Courses, Overseas programmes (China BCU, North Cyprus Eastern Mediterranean University Programme, Thailand)
In-module oral assessment & presentation. 20% weighting.
Written post module assignment. 80% weighting.

Overseas programmes (Hong Kong PolyU)
In-module oral assessment & presentation. 30% weighting
Written post module assignment. 70% weighting


5 days, 33 hours minimum (lectures and seminars). 33 hours split between lectures & seminars as appropriate. e.g. 15 hours of lectures and 18 hours of seminars.

Please note: the details of this module are correct for the current year of study and may be subject to change for future years.