Supply Chain Management (Certificate) (September 2019)

University of Limerick (20CTSCMPUPA)
Key Programme Details
Award

Minor

NFQ Level

7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Classroom - Daytime, Distance

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

54

Department

Management Development Unit

General Information
Contact

Ask for a Springboard+ Adminstrator

Email

springboard@ul.ie

Phone

061-202605 or 061-234379

Address

Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
Castletroy
Limerick

Role

Springboard+ Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

21/07/2019

Start Date

09/09/2019

End Date

16/05/2020

About this Course

The closing date for applications to this programme has now passed. Applications closed on 21st July.

This one-year certificate programme (NFQ Level 7 Minor Award) has been designed in line with the globally recognised body of knowledge in production and inventory management offered by APICS. Course content is also aligned to the Supply Chain Council's Supply Chain Operations Reference Model (SCOR) which combines the exploitation of the human factor, cause-effect modelling and process improvement orientations to leverage innovative opportunities. This model places operations planning and control centrally providing a basis for the strongly conceptual navigations that supply chain managers face in their everyday lives.

Learners will gain specific skills in the socio and technical domains of supply chain management whilst also developing strategic and transferable business skills. Graduates have a greater understanding of supply chain processes and are better equipped to evaluate inventory activities within their organisation's global operations.

Objectives

Upon completion of the programme, learners are equipped to:
• Leverage expanded functional knowledge of production and inventory management to maximise ROI on organisational systems and technology
• Master the tools needed to effectively manage global supply chain activities
• Apply the principles of ERP software to various critical functions within organisations
• Earn customer satisfaction by delivering Lean/Just-in-Time products and services
• Create consistency and foster collaboration using best practices, common terminology and corporate-wide communication

Entry Requirements

Entry to this programme is open to all candidates. There is no minimum educational requirement and applications are assessed by the academic staff involved in the programme to assess the applicant's motivation and ability to complete the programme successfully.

Each application is considered on an individual basis and is assessed by the Selection Panel for the programme.
Educational qualifications, work and life experience, motivation and overall potential to be successful on the programme are considered and evaluated usually, but not always, by means of an interview. Applicants may be short-listed for interviews, depending on the number of applications received. It is highly advisable to submit a strong and thorough application in the event that short-listing for interview does take place.

Alternative Entry Route
Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria can be evaluated under the UL RPL policy and may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the programme.

Applicants are required to meet the University of Limerick English Language requirements

See acceptable list of English Proficiency qualifications:

https://www.ul.ie/international/non-eu-exchange/incoming-non-eu-exchange/english-language-requirements

See when English Proficiency Exams can be taken here in UL

https://ulsites.ul.ie/languagecentre/english-proficiency-exams

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you will be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration (i.e. you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)

Long Description

Modules are delivered in a blended manner which encourages participants to learn by doing, solving problems and applying classroom theory to their everyday work scenarios. Each programme has an element of formal workshop (classroom-based) learning and online self-directed/reflective study, coupled with tutor-facilitated coaching to reinforce learning outcomes. Classroom workshops enable networking opportunities whilst online access to materials enable the flexibility and accessibility that clients require for work life balance. Online materials include: tutorials, recommended readings, reusable learning objects, assignments, templates and peer-to-peer forums are accessible 24/7 through the virtual learning environment. There are no examinations; grading is based on continuous assessment which is completed through Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs).

Modules:
SEMESTER 1 (AUTUMN 2019)
PT4024 Introduction to Models & Frameworks for SCM Positioning, competitive priorities and capabilities. Role of operations and associated decision areas. Comparison of supply-chain structures, identification of supply-chains. Supply-Chain Operations, Reference Model SCOR.

MG2041 Forecasting & Scheduling
Introduce and define Inventory Management -the types and classifications of inventory, Inventory policies and planning.
Methods for planning material requirements to support the master schedule; Introduction to Capacity Requirements
Planning (CRP); Procurement planning and external sources of supply.

MG2051 Supply & Demand Planning
Introduce and Define Demand Management, Define Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP, Define Master Scheduling, The
roles of Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS), Introduction to other Distribution Replenishment Methods and methods of
measuring Distribution Performance.

MG2022 Case Study
Distribution of case material and briefing session / discussion, Full day in depth case study on live management problem, Analysis of case and the application of strategies including - team building, problem solving, communication and analytical ability, presentation of findings to programme team, practitioners and peers

SEMESTER 2 (SPRING 2020)
PT4021 Supply Operations Management
Provides a basic understanding of lean thinking and the theory of constraints and how they interrelate. Includes Lean and Quality Systems, Productivity & Quality, Focus on Customer, Total Quality Management, DMAIC, Theory of Constraints, VATI Product Flows, Capacity Constraints, Drum Buffer Rope & Stock Buffering.

MG3024 Strategic Management
This module introduces business strategy in terms of Strategic Planning and development of a competitive strategy. In terms of a competitive strategy the student is introduced to product differentiation and cost differentiation strategy types. Change Management is also defined, and the consequences of risk of failure and risk assessment and mitigation discussed.

IE2011 Industry Learning Project
Each student is required to obtain a suitable project during the industrial learning placement period. Under the supervision of a member of staff and guided by the industrial supervisor, the student will progress along a logical path to resolve the specified problem. The student will integrate the content of their industrial skills stream into a portfolio to record their progress through the project.

PT4045 Skills Portfolio
Personal Portfolio Development, constructing a portfolio of previous experiences and how they relate to the development of the role of a supply chain professional.

Learning Approach:
- Each month a tutor facilitated skills-based workshop is held at which practical exercises and applications reinforce the learning material studied by participants in the previous workshop
- Participants prepare for each workshop by completing private study sessions based upon guided reading, textbooks and self-assessment questions
- An assignment is completed for each module, with detailed written feedback from tutors
- On going coaching, advice and support provided for the duration of the programme

An industry learning experience (Company Project) will form a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various concepts in the participants portfolio.

Job readiness and support into employment will be provided through a series of workshops and seminars and an active engagement with motivated students in attaining employment.

Timetable Info

Students are on-campus for 5 full days per semester (10 total)

Semester 1
2 & 23 September 2019
14 October 2019
4 & 25 November 2019

Semester 2:
20 January 2020
10 February 2020
9 March 2020
6 April 2020

Delivery Location

University of Limerick

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Ask for a Springboard Co-ordinator

Address

Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
Castletroy
Limerick

Phone

061-202605 or 061-234379

Email

springboard@ul.ie

RPL Information

The University of Limerick operates a policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training and relevant life/work experiences. This learning is assessed initially for entry on to particular courses of study but may additionally lead to academic credits and exemptions from subjects on the intended course of study. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis, facilitated by representatives from the relevant academic departments and Registrar's office at the University of Limerick. RPL for Springboard+ 2019 will be managed by Graduate and Professional Studies as part of the application process. Graduate & Professional Studies provides support and assistance to guide the learner through their RPL application and in compiling their portfolio. The process is student centric, with consideration made on a case-by-case basis, through submitted documentation and communication with the application team and course director. The operation of the RPL policy has been applied successfully to previous cohorts. Academic and professional qualifications, work and life experience are important considerations in assessment, but motivation and overall potential for the selected course has been a major factor in evaluating applicants.

Application Procedures

After submitting your Springboard+ application, once eligibility is checked, you will be invited to apply to the University of Limerick directly. Eligible Springboard+ applicants will be sent this link in a separate email and may take a few days after your application is updated to 'pending' on the Springboard+ website.

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.

Required Documents for UL application:
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
Further details:
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- Digital quality head and shoulders photograph.
- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE) or project work (applies to some courses only).
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language
requirements:
• If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
AND
• English language competency certificate


FEES - EMPLOYED APPLICANTS ONLY
All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider.

Employed participants are required to pay a 10% contribution fee of €400 directly to the University of Limerick.

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.

Course Acceptance
In order to accept a course offer employed participants must pay an acceptance fee of €250 to the University of Limerick. This €250 will be deducted from the contribution of €400 as outlined above. The balance of this contribution fee (€150) can be paid at the beginning of Semester 2.

In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written confirmation as follows:

Unemployed
Written confirmation from the Department of Employ Social Protection (DEASP) that you are a Social Welfare recipient at the commencement of the course.

Returners
Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof.

Employed/Self Employed
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.

Formerly Self-Employed
Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Swear a declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)