This course is open to graduates of any subject and is aimed at graduates or experienced middle-managers who wish to understand the role of logistics in strategic management.
The course equips you with knowledge and skills relevant to business operations and strategy in a modern environment. Whilst providing a broad business background, it focuses on the management of the movement of materials, goods and labour, the supply chain, and issues in transport and distribution. This may be related to military, retail, passenger or freight applications, and may involve many forms of transport including air, sea, rail or road.
Rationalising the cost of such operations is a key task in many business organisations as part of cost-reduction strategies. The viability of a firm may be threatened if the right products are not delivered to the right people, in the right place, at the right time.
The course will develop your knowledge of the business environment, especially in regard to the management of logistics systems and the planning and delivery of logistics strategies. It examines the use of decision support systems and models related to logistics. Teaching will be augmented by high-profile guest speakers from a wide range of private, public, and voluntary sector organisations.
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 dissertation 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 modules studied are:
-Financial Statements Analysis
-Human Resource Management
-Decision Support Systems
-E-Commerce Applications (double module)
plus one more chosen from:
* Business Simulation
* Methods and Models
* Soft Systems Methodology
* Data Mining
* Database Systems and Administration
Research Methods MBA Dissertation.