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FIATA Higher Diploma

GMLS-man-21. Diploma Rubric

No. of Modules: SCM 1 – 7
Course(s) Offering Subject: Higher Diploma in Supply Chain Management
Revision No: 2012 R2
Effective From: August 2012
Total Curriculum Hours: 195 hrs

2. Diploma Aims and Synopsis

This diploma aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge, background and understanding of the supply chain management. Specifically, students will be able to:

a. Choose the most appropriate location and optimize layout production facilities.
b. Understand the scope and role of financial management in meeting the organization’s objectives
c. To appreciate the fundamentals & role of contracts in supply chains.
d. Summarize the role of global procurement management.

e. Understand the development of strategic global procurement organizational structure.

3. Diploma Scope And Module Outcomes

Modules General Module Outcomes Specific Module Outcomes

Supply Chain Management

1. Differentiate between logistics and supply chain management
1.1 Understand inventory as a key driver in supply chains and apply appropriate inventory control methods in the supply chain
1.2 Apply supply chain strategy for supply chains to increase efficiency and efficacy.
1.3 IT as a key driver of supply chain.
1.4 Security of supply chain.

International Transport Management

2. Differentiate between transportation modes and use simple strategies.
2.1 Define the role of International transportation supply chain.
2.2 Understand the role of intermediaries and the various methods of pricing.
2.3 Understand the latest global Security & Safety initiatives

Global Purchasing Management

3. Summarize the role of global procurement management
3.1 Appreciate return of investment
3.2 Develop an understanding of strategic adoption processes for computerized MIS in global procurement organizations.
3.3 Devise strategies to appoint, evaluate, develop and maintain strategic suppliers; and leveraging on strategic suppliers to gain competitive advantage.

Finance Management

4. Understand the scope and role of financial management in meeting the organization’s objectives
4.1 To understand the various forms of business entities
4.2 To analyze and interpret financial statements.
4.3 To effectively manage working capital.

Contract Management

5. Appreciate the fundamentals & role of contracts in supply chains.
5.1 To understand why contracts are essential in any agreement.
5.2 To understand the role of a contract manager and his contract management team.
5.3 To differentiate the types of tenders and how to plan and manage a contract.
5.4 To define project management and tools.

Production & Operations Management

6. Control of quality.
6.1 Define the role of POM and how to optimize production facility
6.2 Effective management of production capacity, materials in supply chain and design of products
6.3 Management of plant equipment to ensure minimum downtime

Global Marketing Management

7. Differentiate between marketing driven, sales driven and product driven approaches in organizations.
7.1 Summarize the role of marketing in the global environment.
7.2 Identify and analyze segmentation and targeting principles and develop positioning strategies.
7.3 Differentiate between tangible product and intangible service.
7.4 Apply research methods in gathering market information.

4. Assessment Structure

The assessment will primarily be individual-based to ensure that students possess the basic skills needed for the work environment and higher learning.
Class Participation: Students will be assessed on their participation in class. This will encourage students to prepare their tutorials, clarify their doubts and challenge ideas and responses from classmates.
Group Project: Students will be required to work in groups to develop a solution to a typical supply chain scenario where they are required to apply the knowledge learnt.
End of Module Examination: The examination will test students on the knowledge learnt in a controlled environment.

Assessment Scheme Weightages

Coursework – 40%
- Class Participation – 10%
- Group Project – 30%
End of Module Examination – 60%
Total : 100%

The assessment scheme is designed with the following components:

Individual Component – 70 %
Group Component – 30 %

5. Table Of Specifications

6. Teaching Methods & Scheme Of Work


Supply Chain Management – 30hrs
International Transport Management – 30hrs
Global Purchasing Management – 24hrs
Financial Management – 30hrs
Contract Management – 30hrs
Production & Operation Management – 30hrs
Global Marketing Management – 21hrs
Sub-Total: 195hrs
Examination and Revision – 15hrs
Total: 200hrs

7. Learning Resources

Edward, F and Hau, L 1997 Mass Customization at Hewlett Packard, Harvard Business Review, pp.91-101.

Gattorna, J 1998, Strategic Supply Management: Best Practice in Supply Chain Management, Gower Publishing Ltd, England.

Zinn, W and Bowersox, D J 1988 Planning Physical Distribution with the Principle of Postponement, Jorrnal of Business Logisitcs, vol.9, 2, pp.117-136.

Chowdhury, S. Strategy Implementation: Building Capable Organization and Structure, Ph. D. Critical Issues Report, CapsResearch, August 2003.

Ellis, J. Learning in the Large Enterprise: Centralized vs. Decentralized, Chief Learning Magazine, 2003.

Hannon, D. BOC Group Takes Eight Giant Steps Towards Improvement, Purchasing Magazine Online, 2002

Mortimer, J. Suppliers’ Extension or Contingent Business Interruption Insurance, Converium, 2001.

Reilly, C. Smart Buying Saves $1 billion at General Mills, Reed Business Information, 2001.

Scully, J. International Procurement Strategies: Challenges and Opportunities for the Small Firm, Production & Inventory Management Journal, 1994.

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