Dissertation and Industry-based Project - CB9175

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 7 45 (22.5) DR V Spiegler checkmark-circle


This module provides the opportunity to specialise in a topic of your interest and to develop transferable intellectual and employability skills to enter the logistics and supply chain management job market. Working under the guidance of an academic supervisor, students will be offered the opportunity to work on an industry-based project to solve practical problems that require an application-oriented thinking. The problems are varied and interesting, such as routing and distribution, supply chain systems design, strategic role of procurement within an organisation, warehouse layout optimisation, strategic and sustainable sourcing and marketing decisions, offshoring decisions and evaluation and sourcing from international suppliers, contract management, demand forecasting and bus route network design. Students may opt to contact companies and arrange access themselves to collect relevant primary data or to conduct secondary research using documentary records, case notes, archives and other secondary data sources.


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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 15
Private study hours: 435
Total study hours: 450

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Project Report (8000 – 10000 words) (100%).

Reassessment methods
100% project

Indicative reading

Journal papers and web sites will be used throughout the project

Christopher, M. (2011) Logistics & Supply Chain Management (4th edition), London: Pearson.

Davies, M.B. (2007) Doing successful research project (using qualitative or quantitative methods), Andover: Palgrave

Rushton, P. Croucher P and P. Baker (Eds) (2014) The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management: Understanding the supply chain (5th edition), CILT (UK), London: Kogan Page

Saunders, M, Lewis, P and Thornhill, A. (2009) Research methods for business students, (5th edition), Harlow: Prentice Hall

Weyers, J. and McMillan, K. (2007) How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports, Harlow: Prentice Hall

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an advanced in-depth understanding of the issues associated with supply chain management planning, development and implementation.
- Understand the complexity of a real-world problem and select the appropriate methods to be used through appropriate literature review and recent articles in specific areas of logistics and supply chain management.
- Think critically, analyse and evaluate information, and provide possible solution scenarios for further investigation.
- Produce written report that critically explains findings
- Demonstrate a systematic understanding and knowledge of complex statistical, computational tools and packages and/or qualitative and soft skills.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Carry out an effective literature search using electronic sources such as Web of Knowledge and Google Scholar; accurately summarise the literature sources and critically evaluate their relevance.
- Specify what data they will need to collect to carry out the project and how they will go about obtaining it.
- Demonstrate advanced research skills and understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods that might be necessary to analyse the data and to solve problems that arise in Supply Chain Management.
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of the ethical issues that may arise during the research.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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