This course is open to graduates of any subject and is designed to equip you for a career in modern business.
The course explores the key activities in logistics management, ie procurement, production and materials scheduling, inventory management, distribution, and integrated goods flow. It explores the role of analytical methods in simulation, network planning, optimisation and scheduling. At a strategic level, alternative logistics and distribution strategies are presented and the use of e-commerce and IT systems demonstrated. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the significance of logistics to different industries and to explore different modes of transport and distribution.
In particular, the course will develop your ability to think analytically about the nature and scope of logistics operations and to take a rigorous approach to logistics planning. It will provide you with transferable skills and knowledge, including group working, team and communication skills, project planning and research abilities. The project will allow you to carry out your own analysis of a problem, develop an IT solution, or research a case study in current logistics operations.
Computing facilities at Coventry University
The School offers a full range of computing services to support the courses. We have well-equipped, up-to-date computer laboratories offering Linux, Windows 2000, CISCO networking, wireless LAN, multimedia authoring packages, web-site development tools, and specialist workstation environments. All students have full internet access and e-mail facilities.
Our students are provided with lecture notes, exercises, case studies and information about helpful websites through our School intranet and our electronic learning support environment, WebCT. Forums are available for students on each course module to interact with one another and work together as virtual groups.
A new Learning Resources Centre provides access to on-line databases, an audio-visual collection, a multimedia CD-ROM collection and is located close to the School.
We offer a stimulating and exciting environment in which you will be able to develop new knowledge and skills.
The School is located in its own modern building adjacent to the Computing Services Centre. The building includes over thirty teaching/research laboratories equipped with modern computers and workstations for the development and use of multimedia, networks, databases, expert systems, CASE, programming language, and web-development. tools. The Coventry Business School and the £16million Lanchester Library are located in adjacent buildings. Our courses make extensive use of the University's on-line learning environment, WebCT, to support conventional lecture, laboratory and seminar work.
The course requires full-time study over 12 months. It is divided into three semesters and you may start the course in either late September or early February. You will study ten single modules (or their equivalent) during the first two semesters. All the assessments for the modules, whether coursework assignments or written examinations, occur within the semesters. At the end of these first two semesters, if you have satisfactorily completed the taught part of the course, you become eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma and may progress to the Masters which is undertaken over the third semester.
Please note that modules may not be offered in the same order and that we reserve the right to amend the programme at short notice in the interests of improving the quality of education.
The ten modules studied are:
* Logistics Strategy
* Logistics Operations
* Decision Support Systems
* Methods and Models
* Business Simulation
* E-Commerce Applications (double module)
* Research methods
plus two more chosen from:
* Strategic Management
* Financial Statements Analysis
* Marketing Management
* Soft Systems Methodology
* Data Mining
* Database Systems and Administration
For the award of MSc you must also complete the Masters Project.