Logistic Management, 2. Semester

Semester Programme

For the exchange student interested in connecting the world by developing  effective logistics.

Exchange Programme

Target Group

The Logistics Management focus is the company's value chain from receipt of goods to goods coming out to the customer. The focus is on processes within procurement, production and distribution (transport and warehousing). In addition, how to act in the supply chain.

Prerequisites for entering the program on 2nd semester are knowledge of Logistics, organisation, economic and communication/culture.

Purpose

2nd semester in Logistics Management: Purchasing and Production.

This subject element covers purchasing strategy, negotiations and legal aspects in relation to the company’s purchasing processes, as well as statistical analyses of production processes with focus on strategy, optimisation and quality control.

Organisational and financial aspects give further support to this subject element.

Lene Buhl
Lene Buhl Teacher

General Information

Teaching Methods

All teaching and counselling takes place in oral and written English. You will experience a lot of different teaching methods such as lectures, presentations, dialogue, exchange of experiences, group work and independent studies.

There is also project-based learning and that is in close cooperation with the industry.

Conditions

In order to complete the module and obtain a certificate, the student has to:

  • Use a laptop
  • Use word, excel and Powerpoint

Tuition Fee

Not applicable for EU/EEA-students and exchange students from partner institutions, all other students must pay. In this case, please send an e-mail to international@ucl.dk to learn more.  

Course Description

Activity 1

Type of Activity

Course

Name

Purchasing

ECTS

7

Workload

70 lessons (lectures and group work, presentations)

Learning Outcome

Knowledge

  • The position of the purchasing function in the organisation and the importance of cooperation with other departments in the organisation
  • The role played by and the importance of purchasing in the value chain
  • Market and customs conditions which are relevant in the purchasing process
  • Typical negotiation processes
  • The differences between outsourcing/off-shoring and insourcing/in-shoring

Skills

  • Analyse and evaluate the importance of supplier collaboration in a broad perspective, including the different degrees of integration
  • Use forecast with forecast uncertainty in procurement tasks
  • Work out a proposal for an overall supply strategy, including the choice of sourcing model
  • Utilize central methods and tools for use in the purchasing process from ascertainment of need to invitation of offers, comparison of offers (including the use of Incoterms, Total Cost, etc.), selection of offer, negotiations with suppliers and submission of order
  • Identify, assess and propose solutions for purchasing needs, including calculations of purchase volumes, ABC analyses, re-order point and safety stocks
  • Understand the influence of purchasing on the environment, including CSR, code of conduct, and environmental impact
  • Classify selection criteria as order winner and order qualifier and understand the differences between the two groups with time

Competences

  • Reflect on the use of various tools and models for the carrying out of purchasing in a logistics context
  • Acquire new knowledge, skills and competences in relation to the purchasing function in an organisation
  • Use central methods and tools to analyse the value chain and to be able to analyse the relation between the company’s operational and tactical elements in the value chain

 

Activity 2

Type of Activity

Course

Name

Production

ECTS

7

Workload

70 lessons (lectures and group work, presentations)

Learning Outcome

Knowledge

  • The role played by and the importance of production in the value chain
  • Production planning systems (MRP, OPT, JIT, QRM, etc.)
  • The demands made on the production system by different kinds of goods (e.g. project goods, customisation, mass customisation and standard goods)
  • Different types of production layouts (functional, line, group/cell and fixed station)
  • The difference between theoretical and practical capacity
  • Production philosophies such as TQM and Lean
  • S&OP and production planning

Skills

  • Work out proposals for an overall production strategy
  • Create an overview showing the length and interdependence of production processes, including turnaround time and cycle times
  • Estimate the need for and level of quality control
  • Calculate the size of production series
  • Identify, analyse and work out solutions for optimisation of business processes using tools such as flowchart, swim lane diagram, value stream, cause & effect diagram, etc.

Competences

  • Reflect about the company’s production tasks and thereafter employ production theory and models to work out proposals for production management in a logistics context
  • Use central methods and tools to analyse the value chain and to be able to analyse the relation between the company’s operational and tactical elements in the value chain

 

Activity 3

Type of Activity

Course

Name

Economics

ECTS

4

Workload

45 lessons (lectures and group work, presentations)

Learning Outcome

Knowledge

  • Methods for optimising and pricing
  • Investment calculations
  • Financing alternatives

Skills

  • Use optimisation methods – total and limited method, as well as costing
  • Evaluate the individual optimisation tools
  • Work out investment calculations and sensitivity analyses
  • Describe simple financing alternatives and calculate the effective rate of interest

Competences

  • Manage basic issues within financial management, investments and financial analyses.
  • Participate independently in specialised and cross-functional collaboration and assume responsibility within a professional framework

 

Activity 4

Type of Activity

Course

Name

Business Law/Puchasing Law

ECTS

4

Workload

45 lessons (lectures and group work, presentations)

Learning Outcome

Knowledge

  • The composition of systems of justice and sources of law
  • The sale of goods in relation to the system of justice, including sale of goods as an expression of standard laws of obligation
  • Conditions for achieving compensation
  • The possibilities buyers and sellers have to regulate their relations according to contract law
  • The basic principle of freedom of contract, the voluntariness of the sale of goods act as well as the use of/option of dispensing with CISG in international sales
  • The different remedies for breach of contract for non-compliance by either buyer or seller, as well as the significance of a submitted guarantee
  • The obligations of both buyer and seller in using Incoterms 2010, including the legal position in relation to the carrier

Skills

  • Use the rules related to contract formation, the Danish Sale of Goods Act and CISG concerning late performance and lack of conformity
  • Explain the significance of breach of contract by the buyer or the seller to relevant cooperation parties

Competences

  • Work out a contractual formulation which expresses the desired legal position, including choice of venue and applicable law

 

 

Activity 5

Type of Activity

Course

Name

Statistics

ECTS

3

Workload

45 lessons (lectures and group work, presentations)

Learning Outcome

Knowledge

  • Simple data collection and retrieval methods
  • Central distributions with focus on normal distribution, bimodal distribution and t-distribution
  • The preconditions and limitations of simple statistical analyses methods

Skills

  • Use statistical tools in quality control and forecasting
  • Use Excel for basic data processing, including the use of pivot tables and the statistical analysis, presentation and communication of data
  • Select relevant statistical models in relation to specific issues and interpret the result taking into account the preconditions of the method used
  • Calculate and interpret different measurements for central tendencies and variations
  • Draw up a test for independence with focus on number tables
  • Draw up confidence intervals for one or two populations
  • Draw up and carry out analyses in regression models with one or more explanatory variables, including a dummy variable
  • Select different models to analyse time series, based on the data being analysed
  • Collect, validate and critically process both external and internal data

Competences

  • Utilize statistical theory and methods in a work-related and logistics context

 

Activity 6

Type of Activity

Course

Name

Organisation

ECTS

3

Workload

22 lessons (lectures and group work, presentations)

Learning Outcome

Knowledge

  • The organisation’s organisational culture, and the importance of these factors for the framework within which the company operates
  • Human interaction and the flow of communication in the organisation, and the importance of these aspects
  • How various organisational factors can influence the overall performance potential of the company

Skills

  • Understand and analyse the significance of different organisational cultures and communication patterns

Competences:

  • Use acquired analytical tools and theoretical framework to present qualified suggestions for improvements
  • Manage cross-functional challenges and opportunities to improve organisational performance
  • Participate in leading and cooperating with persons with different backgrounds

 

Activity 7

Type of Activity

Course

Name

Communication and Negotiation

ECTS

2

Workload

22 lessons (lectures and group work, presentations)

Learning Outcome

Knowledge

  • The culture of different countries, as well as a number of culture theories
  • Business practice and cultural issues of relevance in international business
  • Various negotiation strategies

Skills

  • Present proposals for the solution of cultural issues
  • Plan and implement a negotiation both in writing and orally, in English, in connection with the company’s logistics processes.
  • Analyse different cultural issues in connection with negotiations
  • Utilize presentation techniques in both a national and international context

Competences

  • Alone or in collaboration with others be able to reflect on various cultures and use cultural understanding in the company’s decision-making processes.
  • Understand and communicate the significance and consequences of cultural differences in a commercial and communicative context

Examination

2 exams on 2nd semester.

Communication and Negotiation: Oral - The Danish 7 grade scale.

A 20 minutes oral individual exam based on a case handed out 24 hours before the exam. The case will be available on Wiseflow. The case is selected based on the individual’s portfolio.

First-year test: Written – The Danish 7 grade scale.

The test is based on a company case, which is handed out in Wiseflow at noon on the start date of the exam. The case may be discussed between the students until the 6 hour written exam. The test consists of two parts:

  1. During the first 48 hours, the student will make a paper with an analysis of the case, which is to be handed in on Wiseflow (maximum of 12.000 keystrokes including space and excluding front page, table of content, footnotes, bibliography and appendixes).
  2. The next day at 8.30 2nd part starts. A 6 hour written test where the student must answer the questions asked in the relation to the case.