Logistics and Operations Management

Proforma for Undergraduate Work Assignment

Title of Module Logistics and Operations Management

Lecturer Nick Barnett

Assessment task The recent scandal with Horsemeat being found in process meat pies has highlighted a problem for all process foods that are available in the UK high street shops.

Your task is to select a processed product* and study the supply chain for all the ingredients found on the list** Then submit a report that details your findings for the distribution and supply chain for each of the components list

* A Processed product is one that has multiple ingredients brought together by a food processing company. The majority of ready meals and other packaged meal products would be suitable. If in doubt check with the seminar tutor.

** The report should include a good quality copy of the ingredients list printed on the product packaging.

Assessment format Report

Word limit 2,500

Learning outcomes to be examined in this assessment Demonstrate a well-grounded knowledge in both the theory and practical application of all aspects of operations management

Understand the principal theories and techniques in the area of operations management

Analyse practical operations management situations in the context of ‘real life’ case studies and be able to suggest appropriate, workable,

Content, style, relevance, originality The assessment should be produced in a report format

You must use the Harvard Reference System

Format, referencing, bibliography

Constructive critical analysis, introduction, conclusion

a. Supply Chain Management


Without Supply Chain Management we would never get the products or services we want

Key Questions:

How does the supply chain work?

What are the main components of the supply chain?

Reading: Core text book chapter 1Lysons, K. and Gillingham, M. (2002), Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, F.T. Prentice Hall

b. Operations Strategy


Without understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the company it is not possible to understand the needs and requirements of the business. Companies need to ensure that they understand this.

Key Questions:

What are our strengths and weaknesses?


Core text book chapter 3

Slack, N., Chambers, S. and Johnston, R. (2010), 6th Edition Operations Management, Pearson

Journal List

The following Journals are appropriate to the module and will contain further articles which you may find helpful:

Journal of Operations Management

Supply Chain


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