Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Global Supply Chain Management
Sept 2020 EntryProgramme code: JS3533
Duration and Credit Requirement
120 (plus 3 training credits)
Dr Anthony Pang
BEng, MPhil, PhD
Deputy Programme Leader
Dr Johnny Wan
BA, MPhil, PhD
- This programme is offered within the BBA(Hons) Scheme.
- The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
- All BBA(Hons) students must complete a short work placement during their studies, either in summer or during semester time. The Department provides assistance in finding suitable placements.
Aims and Characteristics
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
Supply chain management (SCM) focuses on how firms optimize resources in a logistics network that delivers value to end customers. As Hong Kong is a logistics and trading centre of global importance, SCM is of particular relevance to many businesses and industries.
This programme provides a well-rounded business education along with an opportunity to specialise in SCM. The curriculum design meets the current and future needs of SCM expertise in Hong Kong, building skills and knowledge in operations management, information technology, cross-functional management, international business, transport logistics, etc. The programme emphasises active student participation and industry collaboration.
The programme curriculum is designed to satisfy the demand of logistics and supply chain related industries by producing graduates with the knowledge and skills for managing the global flows of goods in the supply chain. It combines Core Subjects that cover the backbone of global supply chain management (GSCM) and a wide range of Elective Subjects.
There is a strong emphasis on interactive and student-centred learning methods, including case studies, role plays and simulation exercises. Visits to companies and other organizations are arranged, and practitioners are invited as guest speakers to share their practical experience with students.
All students within the Faculty of Business are encouraged to participate in the Whole Person Development Programme (WPDP), which includes a range of extracurricular activities, such as leadership training camps, peer tutoring, mentorships and exchanges with institutions overseas or in the Chinese mainland.
Each student may be assigned a mentor, who is an experienced executive or manager in the business world who provides advice and support and helps students to plan their careers and prepare for their first jobs after graduation.
If students wish, and subject to availability, they can spend a semester studying at another university overseas or in the Chinese mainland, and have the credits counted towards their PolyU degree.
Work-Integrated Education (WIE)
To graduate, every student must complete 100 hours (3 training credits) of WIE. The Department has developed opportunities for students to work in firms either during the summer vacation or as part-timers. Summer placements may be found in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland or overseas. These, and other forms of work experience, can be counted towards the WIE requirement.
This is a very flexible programme that offers a wide range of subject choices, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of GSCM.
Year One covers the University Core Curriculum and fundamental business subjects, such as Leadership & Intrapersonal Development, Healthy Lifestyle, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Economics, Introduction to Statistics for Business, along with Broadening subjects and Language and Communication Requirements subjects.
From Year Two onwards, students continue their general business education with subjects such as Business Analytics, Strategic Management, and Business Finance, and study more specialized SCM subjects including Purchasing Management, Logistics & Distribution Management, Supply Chain Management, Management Science and International Operations Management. They also have the chance to integrate their knowledge through the one-year-long capstone project in the final year of study.
Along with a Major in GSCM, students can take a Minor, either in another business discipline or in a non-business discipline.
Recognition and Prospects
Graduates are granted full exemption from the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) (Logistics Stream) of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK).
Graduates with passes in required subjects may satisfy the partial educational requirements for membership of The International Institute of Management (IIM).
They are also granted partial exemption from the qualifying examinations of The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).
Graduates are also qualified to register as Associate Member of The Institute of Purchasing & Supply of Hong Kong (IPSHK).
The multidisciplinary nature of the programme, which requires knowledge and skills in transport logistics, supply chain management, business and organizational management, maximises the range of employment opportunities for GSCM graduates.
Graduates may find employment opportunities in organizations that are involved in procurement, merchandising, shipping, transport, retailing, warehousing, trading and logistics services.
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