ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

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Title Sustainable Supply Chain Management
Code EBUS636
Coordinator Professor PD Cousins
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 20


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 125


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Individual assignment Standard UoL penalties apply. There is a resit opportunity Marked anonymously.    100       


This module aims to:

Enable students to critically understand the key theories and practices of sustainable business operations;

Prepare students for critically analysing the challenges of implementing sustainable practices in manufacturing and service operations;

Enable students to recognise the importance of sustainability in improving business performance.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Critically understand the role of sustainability in strategic supply chain management within the context of general business operations.

(LO2) Critically understand the key theories, principles and concepts in sustainable supply chain management.

(LO3) Evaluate the challenges of anaysing, developing strategies and implementing sustainable practices in supply chain management.

(LO4) Analyse the emerging trends in sustainable supply chain practices in current and future business environment.

(S1) Problem solving. Students will develop problem solving skills by analysing real business issues in interactive lectures to understand the basics of the problem and to evaluate the feasibility of different solutions which can be applied to address the problem.

(S2) Commercial awareness. Students will develop commercial awareness by understanding and evaluating the impact of environmental and social issues on business performance in lectures and through case studies and the various models and concepts taught in class.

(S3) Communication skills. Students will develop communication skills through discussions and active participation in lectures to develop verbal communication skills, and working on the assignment to develop written communication skills.

(S4) International awareness. Students will develop international awareness through exposure to examples in lectures and seminars which will bring sustainability issues from developing and developed countries.

(S5) Lifelong learning. Students will develop skills of lifelong learning through in-depth research and analysis required for the assignment.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

2 hour lecture x 10 weeks
1 hour seminar x 5 weeks
125 hours self-directed learning

Self-directed learning will include a number of activities, such as reviewing and revising key topics discussed in lectures and seminars from books and academic journals; Analysing case studies; Exploring contemporary issues and business practices; and developing academic writing skills.



The key topics covered in this module are:

Overview of sustainable strategic supply chain management;

Models, concepts and theories of sustainable supply chains;

Strategic and comprehensive discussions of associated theories including the Natural Resourced Based view of the firm (NRBV);

Life cycle analysis and its impact on assessing supply chain exposure;

Methods of understanding supply chain risk;

Overview of collaboration focusing on developing sustainable technologies;

Sustainability practices across sectors;

Key learning resources (such as lecture slides, case studies, research papers, videos etc.) will be made available to students in advance through the VLE. A list of recommended text books will be provided to students and multiple copies of these books would be made available in the University's libraries. Students will be encouraged to read the case studies prior to each seminar session so that they can active ly take part in the discussion.

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.