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Supply Chains in Practice: How Things Get to You

Behind each simple everyday activity there is a complex web of supply chains that have brought those goods or services to you.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Statement of Participation when you complete over half the course

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Supply Chains in Practice: How Things Get to You

Why join the course?

This free online course will explore the complex web of supply chains that bring goods or services to you.

Take, for example, eating your cereal in the morning. The cereal and milk have gone through a seamless chain of processes to get from the field to your kitchen table. The bowl and spoon also had to be manufactured from raw materials and retailed to you. Did you go to a shop to buy these things, or did you have them delivered?

Skip to 0 minutes and 17 secondsSupply chains are all around us, yet we take them for granted. Imagine a world without water, without food, without medicine, without our homes, that would be a world without supply chains. Take an everyday occurrence like eating your breakfast-- your cereal, your milk, the bowl, your spoon. They've all got to you via a supply chain.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 secondsThe MOOC is designed to have broad appeal. If you understand how supply chains work in practice, you'll start to look at the world differently. As a consumer, it could change how you behave. And from an organisational perspective, that kind of understanding can help to make more holistic and long-term decisions.

Skip to 1 minute and 1 secondThis MOOC is going to take you on a journey through the basic principles with different processes-- the planning, manufacturing, the logistics-- and we want to understand how these things work in practice through case studies. Some of the companies we have worked with include Robert Welch, Rype Office John Lewis, Alucast. [Radio: Chukka Umunnan] I think of supply chains as being the blood that pumps the heart in our economic system. They are such an important part of the economy. It's a six-week course, and each module will begin with a course introductory video, some core principles, and different supporting materials. Each week, we'd expect you to commit about two hours to the MOOC, digesting content.

Skip to 1 minute and 40 secondsThere's some interactive work through the discussion boards, small activities. And at the end of each week, there'll be a short quiz just to check your understanding.

Skip to 1 minute and 55 secondsWe hope that this MOOC will spark your imagination, will get you to think about the world of supply chains differently, and that help you make more informed decisions, either as an individual consumer or within your organisation.

What topics will you cover?

  1. Just the tip of the iceberg: what is the supply chain?
  2. The global orchestra: balancing supply and demand
  3. Shop till you drop: purchasing and procurement in context
  4. Factory of the future: changing nature of manufacturing
  5. I like to move it, move it: logistics in context
  6. Closing the loop: meeting the challenges of a more circular economy

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at everyone who has an interest in finding out more about supply chains and their management. No prior knowledge about supply chains is required and we recommend you spend between 2 to 4 hours per week on the course materials.

It will provide insight to those whose roles may not be directly involved in the supply chain, but wish to see how their role interacts. It will also benefit those currently working within one part of a supply chain, who wish to understand the broader supply chain context.

Who will you learn with?

Jan Godsell

I lead the Supply Chain Research Group and the Supply Chains in Practice (SCIP) industrial collaborator forum. My work is focused on helping companies turn supply chain theory into practical reality.

Catherine Bowser

I bring together academic thinking with practical application in the design and delivery of Masters level business programs to support individual and organisation success.

Donato Masi

Dr Donato Masi is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Warwick and his research focuses on the role of Supply Chains in the Circular Economy.

Gwynne Richards

I am a logistics and supply chain consultant and trainer. I am an Associate Lecturer at the University of Warwick, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and SIM. I have also written books on logistics.

Who developed the course?

The University of Warwick is forward-looking, entrepreneurial and globally connected. With new ways of thinking and achieving it stands out from its competitors as an inspiring place to study.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Statement of Participation when you complete over half the course

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Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Statement of Participation you need to attempt all tests. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Statement of Participation

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Statement of Participation when you complete over half the course.

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  • Prove your hard work when applying to jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your commitment to learning
  • Help your CV or LinkedIn profile stand out

To receive a Statement of Participation you need to mark 50% of the steps on the course as complete, and attempt all test questions.

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