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Supply Chain Fundamentals


This module is designed to explore the basic concept of what a supply chain is and how it gets things to you. It will explore the underpinning building blocks of the supply chain; planning, manufacturing, procurement, logistics and what we do with things once we are finished with them by firstly putting them into the context of everyday life and then reflecting how they apply in your business context. It will use a blend of multi-media resources to introduce the key concepts, critical roles, key issues and leading practice that define supply chains in practice.

This module aims to provide delegates with an overview of basic concepts of supply chain - specifically planning, manufacturing, procurement and logistics, and how these can be analysed and applied in a business context.


Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the different perspectives and definitions of supply chain and supply chain management
  • Assess and apply relevant core supply chain principles to improve end-to-end supply chain performance
  • Evaluate your personal practice and its contribution to the delivery of suply chain and broader business strategy
  • Develop and justify an action plan of one thing to do differently to improve your supply chain practice


  • Supply Chain Definitions
  • Planning
  • Sourcing
  • Manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Return (circular economy)


  • Contribution to online discussion forums (20%)
  • Video assignement in which the delegate delivers a cricial summary of their personal learning from the module (60%)
  • Online test to check undertanding and analaysitcal skills (20%)