Service and Supply Chain Management - BUSN7840

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Yutong Wu checkmark-circle


Students will be expected to develop the ability to use appropriate techniques of analysis and enquiry within supply chain and service management, and to learn how to evaluate the alternatives and make recommendations. Topics include:

• The nature of services and service strategy
• Supply chain management
• Managing quality within supply chains
• Service development and technology
• Service quality and the service encounter
• Project/Event management and control
• Managing capacity and demand in services


Contact hours

The module will be taught by lectures, seminars and private study.

Total Contact Hours: 21
Private Study Hours: 129

Method of assessment

Group project (20%)
VLE Test (20%)
Two-hour, unseen and closed book end-of-year examination (60%)

Reassessment method:
Examination 100%

Indicative reading

Fitzsimmons, J.A., and Fitzsimmons M.J., (2008). Service Management. 6th edn. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Hill, A. and Hill, T. (2017). Essential Operations Management. 2nd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Johnston, R., Clark, G., and Shulver, M. (2012). Service Operations Management: Improving Service Delivery. 4th edn. London: Pearson.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate a systemic understanding of service and supply chain management, and recognise their contribution within an organisation.
8.2 Utilise theories, concepts and frameworks to critically analyse and evaluate service and supply chain management problems.
8.3 Understand decision making in relation to service and supply chain management and its application to managing projects and events; capacity and demand; controlling, and improving quality.
8.4 Utilise appropriate concepts and models sufficiently to investigate problems, evaluate solutions and present recommendations.

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Organise and present a critical analysis of complex systems relating to the field internationally.
9.2 Find, select, organise and synthesise complex management information.
9.3 Understand how to contribute effectively to organisational decision-making.
9.4 Present complex arguments clearly and consistently, orally and in writing.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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