Our exclusive Level 5 Supply Chain Management Courses for distance learning have been designed specifically for home study, with no deadlines to worry about and full tutor support provided. Study key supply chain activities and responsibilities over the following 13 modules:
Unit 1: What is Supply Chain Management?
The course begins with a detailed examination of supply chain management, both as a concept and a profession. The mechanics, objectives and scope of supply chain operations are discussed, along with the roles/duties of key personnel, the value of an efficient supply chain and a series of common challenges to supply chain performance.
Unit 2: Types of Logistics in Supply Chain Management
Module two explores the role of logistics as a key driver of supply chain performance. Candidates study the development and implementation of a logistics strategy, the various activities within a logistics framework and a series of ongoing trends in logistics operations. Challenges to logistics performance and efficiency are also discussed.
Unit 3: Logistics and Operations Strategy
Learners then study the art of effective decision-making in supply chain management, which forms the basis of every efficient logistical and operational strategy. The creation and implementation of a logistics strategy is discussed, along with the importance of forward-planning and accurate forecasting.
Unit 4: Planning & Sourcing Operations
A more detailed examination of planning and forecasting follows in module four, which introduces several key tools, resources and techniques to improve forecasting accuracy. The concept of aggregate planning is also discussed, along with common challenges to effective logistics and sourcing operations.
Unit 5: Effective Procurement Operations
Module five provides an in-depth overview of procurement planning and the importance of an effective procurement strategy. Primary subtopics introduced include the benefits and risks of e-procurement, the importance of monitoring the performance of suppliers, the aims and objectives of procurement, common challenges to successful procurement and a breakdown of the procurement cycle.
Unit 6: Manufacturing and Delivery Processes
The importance of aligning manufacturing strategies with market requirements at the time is explored in module six. Candidates learn how to calculate and consider manufacturing costs, strike the right balance between supply and demand, evaluate strategic alternatives and more.
Unit 7: Market Distribution and Supply Chain
Module seven guides candidates through the process of evaluating and selecting appropriate distribution channels, in accordance with the objectives of the distribution strategy. The distribution channel design process is dissected and discussed, along with the development and implementation of a long-term distribution strategy.
Unit 8: Transport Management System
The physical transportation of goods forms the core focus of module nine, in which candidates study the key components of an effective logistics strategy. The various different types of transportation in logistics are discussed, along with the pros and cons of third-party logistics, an introduction to intermodal transport and more.
Unit 9: Modern Materials Handling - Warehouse Operations
Warehouse management techniques and strategies are brought into discussion in module nine. Subtopics explored include the value of an efficient warehouse layout, key warehousing activities, material handling, product storage, product packaging and the core objectives of a warehousing strategy.
Unit 10: Supply Chain Inventory Management
The importance of strategic and consistent inventory management is discussed at length in module 10. Candidates study the value of effective supply and demand buffers, how to cope with uncertain demand, the concept of safety stock, the concept of economic order quantity and more.
Unit 11: Measuring supply chain performance
Module 11 focuses on quality control and the value of striving for continuous improvement in a supply chain setting. Candidates learn how to measure and analyse the performance of supply chain activities, work with a variety of analytical tools and share data with other contributors at a variety of levels throughout the supply chain.
Unit 12: System Design for Supply Chain Management and Logistics
The value of an effective supply chain system is examined in module 12, which guides candidates through the most important components of a high-performance system. Learners consider key factors such as geographic location, position of physical premises, the implementation of feasibility studies and more.
Unit 13: Role of Information Technology in Supply Chain Management
Concluding the course, module 13 evaluates the effect IT systems have had on supply chain and logistics operations at all levels. Candidates explore the unique benefits and potential drawbacks of technological evolution, alongside key concepts such as customer relationship management, sales force automation, warehouse management systems and more.
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