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Programme structure

We want to give you the best chance of applying what you learn with Roehampton Online towards your career. That is why we’ve structured your online learning experience to give you regular opportunities to learn from your peers and receive faculty feedback.

All our online masters programmes consist of seven modules and a dissertation, called the Research Project. Each module is 10 weeks long and composed of five learning units. Your first module will include a comprehensive introduction to our online learning platform. Each learning unit is two weeks long. This means you’ll spend two weeks debating, researching and learning about one subject before moving on to the next.

Module outlines

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Leading and Learning in a Dynamic Era (10 Weeks)

This module is designed to equip you with a range of learning and skills for leading and learning in a contemporary organisational context. The module employs an experiential learning pedagogy focused on the integration of practice and theory.

In the first week you will focus on getting to know the online classroom through guided activities designed to help you develop essential study skills that you will need throughout your programme.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Confidently navigate the online classroom and perform a range of tasks including submitting assignments, contributing to discussions and viewing your grades
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in critical self-reflection by applying feedback and knowledge gained from this practice
  • Identify and develop your leadership competencies relative to your current and future career requirements
  • Apply varied perspectives on leading and learning to practice
  • Discern and articulate personal values, principles and goals and the implications for effective leadership in different contexts
  • Synthesise elements of personal and professional development into a comprehensive plan for growth
  • Critically assess alternative conceptual models of leadership and the implications for personal, team and organisational effectiveness

Managing Competitive Supply Chain Networks (10 Weeks)

This module introduces you to the dynamic and interrelated components of supply chain management. You will analyse how each supply chain component and process contributes to a single integrated network to meet customer needs and business objectives.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Analyse the components of successful supply chain practice
  • Analyse the connections and interdependencies between supply chain management and other areas of the business
  • Evaluate the types of business-to-business and business-to-consumer relationships in supply chains, and their risks and benefits
  • Analyse the interdependencies between supply chain KPIs and the organisation’s strategic goals
  • Understand the main challenges, risks and enablers faced by organisations and their supply chain managers

Strategic Sourcing and Procurement (10 Weeks)

In this module, you will examine the three central tasks of direct procurement – material cost reduction, value improvement and risk management – to develop a procurement strategy that aligns with the competitive strategy of the business. The module focuses on alternatives for managing the supplier base, creating global alliances and assessing supplier performance.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Analyse the role of strategic sourcing and procurement within organisations and throughout supply chains
  • Apply strategies for selecting, managing and sustaining the supplier base
  • Evaluate strategies, tools and techniques for measuring supplier performance
  • Review and assess approaches for leveraging inventory, capacity and information for matching supply and demand
  • Analyse the factors involved in selecting appropriate purchasing agreements across a variety of situations

Operations and Logistics Management (10 Weeks)

This module explores how operations and logistics can significantly contribute to business and environmental sustainability. You’ll examine business continuity for the manufacturing and service sectors from a supply chain perspective, and examine how the interconnected components of logistical operations can add value to the supply chain.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Understand logistics strategies involved in operations management in manufacturing and service sectors
  • Assess the role of processes in supporting logistic and operations strategies that align with the business and provide value to the end customer
  • Analyse what it means to view logistics and operations management from a supply chain perspective
  • Analyse the major logistics functions in supply chain management, including transport and distribution
  • Evaluate how logistics operations impact social, environmental and business sustainability and continuity

Supply Chain Systems and Technology (10 Weeks)

This module focuses on applying systems thinking and IT to managing supply chains. You’ll explore the roles that IT plays in creating process and information links between functions within an organisation, and how these links result in increased visibility of the supply chain network, changes in consumer and supplier behaviour, demand for speed, and increased competition.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Analyse the role of IT in business operations and supply chain networks
  • Assess approaches for creating lean, adaptive networks
  • Evaluate the impact of technology on customer relationship management and customer-centric supply chain networks
  • Analyse approaches to supply chain performance measurement

Emerging Opportunities and Challenges in Supply Chain Networks (10 Weeks)

In this module, you’ll evaluate new challenges and opportunities emerging from global supply chain management research and practice. You’ll explore in more depth some of the concepts covered in previous modules by applying them to a specific supply chain challenge or opportunity of your choice. You’ll also devise strategies for maintaining your knowledge in these emerging areas.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate contemporary challenges and opportunities for managing global supply chain networks
  • Analyse the impact of constantly changing global supply chain networks on the strategic success of the business
  • Evaluate the impact of emerging challenges and opportunities on operations on the end-to-end integration of a global supply chain network
  • Apply a range of strategies and tools for building resilient supply chain networks
  • Communicate evolving issues related to the field to an audience with limited knowledge of the context

Research Methods (10 Weeks)

The module will prepare you to critically evaluate a range of research approaches and formulate an appropriate research strategy to investigate relevant issues. It forms the basis of a research proposal that you will take forward into the Management Research Project.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Understand and appraise the various approaches to management research
  • Critically evaluate published research in a relevant field of management literature
  • Identify and assess appropriate research methods for your management research project
  • Conceptualise a management-related or organisational issue and formulate an appropriate research question
  • Design an appropriate research strategy to address a specific management research question

Management Research Project (26 Weeks)

The Management Research Project will provide you with the opportunity to integrate the prior learning from the programme. You’ll apply the analytical and conceptual tools and personal skills gained from the previous modules to an in-depth investigation of a specific management problem. The result will be the presentation of a research report.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Refine and finalise a relevant and feasible topic and research question
  • Design and plan an appropriate research strategy to address a relevant management research question
  • Undertake systematic search and review of relevant published theoretical and research-based literature
  • Collect, analyse and synthesise relevant data
  • Present research results in a critical fashion
  • Present and justify conclusions, implications and, where appropriate, recommendations

At the end of each module you’ll submit a final project, which is a written piece of work (such as an essay or case study). While your final project for each module will be the primary factor in determining your grade, your contributions to shared activities will also be taken into consideration.

Your research project is the largest – and final – piece of work you’ll undertake during your online masters programme. You’ll undertake an in-depth investigation of a specific problem and present your research topic, methodologies, results and conclusions as a report of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

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