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EXC 3650 Supply Chain Management

EXC 3650 Supply Chain Management

Course code: 
EXC 3650
Accounting and Operations Management
Course coordinator: 
Bente Merete Flygansvær
Course name in Norwegian: 
Supply Chain Management
Product category: 
BBA - Specialisation in Shipping
2023 Autumn
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Course type: 
One semester

The purpose of this course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the subject fields of supply chain management (SCM). SCM is how to secure effective and efficient flows of goods from point of origin (raw materials) to point of consumption (end user). It is about learning how the whole supply chain needs to be coordinated, and how each participating company have to bear the totality of the chain in mind. This is based on an idea that companies are competing with their total supply chains, rather than just products and individual company decisions. SCM is also growing in importance, as international sourcing is resulting in supply chains extending over several continents. Shipping is therefore becoming a natural part of many a supply chain. Shipping in this perspective means that vessels are a part of the process of taking products from point of origin to point of consumption, and provides an inherent tension of exploiting capacities and providing timely supplies.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After the course students shall have learned:

  • The concept of supply chain management, which consist of optimizing parts of the chain and taking an overall view at the same time
  • The significance of information sharing and collaboration in supply chains
  • To distinguish various types of supply chains and the role shipping companies can play.
Learning outcomes - Skills

After completed course students should be able:

  • To describe and map a supply chain for a particular product, consisting of activities, processes, and companies, to illustrate the flow of goods.
  • To apply relevant concepts, frameworks, and theories to analyze a supply chain. Be able to do basic supply, inventory and transportation calculations and using a tool like Excel for the purpose.
  • To evaluate key performance indicators in supply chain management and reflect over relevant decisions.
General Competence

After completed course students should be able to explain what type of decisions are taken in supply chain management, evaluate how these decision impact the whole supply chain, and reflect how individual companies fit into and perform in a supply chain. In particular, the students can evaluate how the shipping actors and activities take part.

Course content
  • What is supply chain management
  • The concepts and tools to analyse supply chains
  • Information sharing and collaboration across the supply chain
  • The decision making in supply chains demonstrated through a supply chain game
  • The context of international logistics and the shipping industry
  • Important decisions in international supply chains, and the role of shipping companies
Teaching and learning activities

The course consists of 45 hours of lectures including group work, cases, excursions and discussions.

Specific information regarding any aspect of student evaluation will be provided in class. It is the student's responsibility to obtain this information. Please note that whilst attendance is not compulsory, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/It's learning or mandatory literature. Homepages and/or It's learning are not designed for the purpose of students who choose not to attend class.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this

Required prerequisite knowledge

No specific prerequisites are required.

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Form of assessment: 
Written submission
Group/Individual (1 - 5)
2 Week(s)
All exams must be passed to obtain a final grade in the course.
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Grading scale: 
Examination every semester
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
4 Hour(s)
All exams must be passed to obtain a final grade in the course.
Exam code: 
Grading scale: 
Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
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Student workload
36 Hour(s)
Digital resources
  • Simulation/game
9 Hour(s)
Participation in «Supply Chain Game».
Prepare for teaching
70 Hour(s)
Preparation for lectures/reading literature
Group work / Assignments
32 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
50 Hour(s)
3 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.