Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Sustainable Supply Systems
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Online Forums  (minimum 1200 words)  25%
Semester Assessment Report  (2000 words)  30%
Semester Assessment Innovation proposal  (2000 words)  45%
Supplementary Assessment A student may retake elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to module failure.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Explain the current and future challenges to food supply.

2. Evaluate the current and alternative methods of supply systems management.

3. Evaluate possible methods to improve flow within a system.

4. Compare productivity and efficiency and evaluate methods for measuring.

5. Appraise new innovations that could be implemented to help with supply systems management.

Brief description

This module is part of the Bioinnovation Wales courses. The module will teach students about the latest research into supply systems. This module is one of the overarching modules bringing together many of the more specific module topics covered by Bioinnovation Wales (e.g. Waste Management Solutions) to look at how these fit within the wider supply system.


Waste management systems are undergoing rapid technological development to meet the growing challenges posed by waste burden production. This module will introduce you to the latest advances in waste management technology, considering waste management strategies from across the spectrum of business types within food supply chains. Topics covered will include:
• The Challenges for food and bio-based supply systems
• Supply and demand
• Flows in a system
• Length and complexity of supply systems
• Supply Management Methods
• Information management
• Location and production
• Storage and processing
• Distribution
• Waste
• Productivity vs efficiency
• Innovation

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students will be required to examine and synthesize quantitative data from a range of publications and databases in their assignments.
Communication Students will be expected to communicate complex research outputs to their peers in the online forums and also through other assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Detailed feedback will be given for assignment work providing general guidance towards the student’s next assignment. Especially with the formative assignment that will be due before any summative assignments.
Information Technology Students will be required to source information from a variety of scientific publication data bases and to use Blackboard for all aspects of the module.
Personal Development and Career planning This module will provide the students with the latest research into supply systems and technologies to help them provide the most up-to-date information/advice to their colleagues/clients in the bio-based industries.
Problem solving Online forum posts will be used to help develop and improve students’ problem solving skills, through use of questions that present theoretical problems for the students to solve. In addition the innovation proposal will require the student to propose how innovative technologies could be applied to solve a specific problem.
Research skills Through the module students will be required to undergo directed self-study, improving their literature research skills. As well as receiving feedback from assignments that will offer advice on information synthesis.
Subject Specific Skills Evaluation of supply systems. Identification of areas of improvement in the supply of goods and experience in how to assess and implement new concepts/ideas.
Team work Online forums will require students to debate among themselves to develop a consensus of opinion.


This module is at CQFW Level 7