Core Module Information
Module title: Global Logistics and Supply Chains

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOE11442
Module leader: Xavier Pierron
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management


Description of module content:

This module applies key concepts of logistics and supply chain management to provide you with an understanding of the strategic and operational roles of logistics in the global business environment. Emphasis is placed on global and pan-European systems for materials sourcing and product distribution, to enable you to learn how businesses configure their supply chains to compete in today’s major trading blocs. Early topics identify key issues in global logistics and contrast international and domestic logistics systems. Subsequent topics explore the main components of global supply chains and the logistics activities involved in their management.

The module begins with an introduction to the characteristics of global logistics and a discussion of the role of logistics in international business. The module then covers the development of international trade, regional trading blocs and the logistics implications. The rise of global marketing and global logistics is then addressed in the context of the international business environment, requiring the management and operation of inbound supplies and sourcing, manufacturing, global distribution channels, international transport and international order management. Contemporary issues arising out of the former that will be explored in the latter part of the module include the rise of e-logistics and new developments and organisational issues in developing European and global logistics systems.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Understand contemporary concepts and principles of global logistics and supply chain management in theory and practice.
LO2: Critically reflect on the role of logistics in achieving the organisation's international marketing and business development goals.
LO3: Critically engage with a range of technical considerations involved in planning and operating global supply chains.
LO4: Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of global logistics systems.
LO5: Critically assess the issues and problems related to the development of global and pan-European logistics systems.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Online, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Xavier Pierron
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which will include a general introduction to the topic and how to study the module, together with core academic theory relating to the topic. These will outline the main topics to be considered in the course, introducing you to the key features of global logistics (LO1, 2, 5) and teaching specific analysis techniques (LO1, 3-4). You will also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support your learning. A mix of reflective exercises, case studies and self-assessment questions (with diagnostic feedback) for each unit will engage you in the learning process, enable you to develop the key issues further and encourage integration of reading material (LO1-5). The online materials will encourage you to reflect upon your experiences and learning. You will be encouraged to form your own independent groups and to interact via the VLE through discussion forums.

To support your learning, you will have access to module specific materials which will comprise of the following: A module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key learning points; eleven units of learning - an introductory/module overview unit, followed by ten subject specific unit; narrated PPTs, covering key learning points for each unit; podcasts and/or videos which further explain key concepts (where appropriate); recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate); case studies and outline solutions; two online discussions moderated by the online tutor; self-assessment questions; reflective exercises; end of unit progress tests; links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials etc. Examples of assessments and outline solutions and a database of Frequently Asked Questions (BEN).

Online activities will facilitate the development of key skills such as communication, reflective learning and critical thinking. Scholarship skills are developed through the research necessary for completion of the assessment together with adopting an appropriate writing style, referencing and the synthesis of information from a variety of sources

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module through feedback on the self-assessment questions and Case Studies, both of which will have outline solutions developed by the module leader. This will enable you to self-assess your progress and understanding. Appropriate online feedback will be available automatically and immediately the assessment is completed. Reflective Exercises within each unit will also require you to apply the theory to your own experience – your reflections will be captured in an online reflective portfolio which you will be able to review and print.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be provided throughout the module in the form of one component – two elements, namely Formative Assessment (10 x end of unit progress test); and the final assessment.

The End of Unit progress test - (normally 10 questions at the end of each unit, testing your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts within each unit x 10) – 10% of final module mark. End of Module Assessment – 90% of final module mark. This will take the form of one piece of assessment, namely a 4,000 word report.

Sample assessments will be available together with model answers and marking schemes to facilitate self-assessment of your knowledge and understanding, and identification of areas of weakness to aid your preparation for the assessment.

Research skills are developed in the preparation of materials for the online discussions where you will be required to source, analyse and present information. This is reinforced through the summative assessments in which the report draws on your information retrieval and analysis skills.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 9
Independent Learning Guided independent study 191
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1 1-5 2 HOURS= 0.50, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1 1-5 3 HOURS= 0.50, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1 1-5 4 HOURS= 0.50, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1 1-5 5 HOURS= 0.50, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1 1-5 6 HOURS= 0.50, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1 1-5 7 HOURS= 0.50, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1 1-5 8 HOURS= 0.50, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1 1-5 9 HOURS= 0.50, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1 1-5 10 HOURS= 0.50, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1 1-5 11 HOURS= 0.50, WORDS= 0
Report 90 1-5 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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