Higher National Unit Specification
General information for centres
Supply Chain: An Introduction to Enterprise Planning
Unit purpose: This Unit introduces candidates to the concept of Enterprise Planning as a fully integrated, organisation wide, harmonised planning and control system. Candidates will understand that Enterprise Systems provide an ‘Umbrella’ approach to tie together the wide variety of specialised systems within an organisation delivering a complete solution to business-reporting on a local, national or global basis.
It is primarily intended for candidates who aspire to take up a management role in a supply chain environment with any manufacturing, service or logistics organisation. It is also appropriate for those involved in the various functions associated with planning, procurement, distribution, marketing and finance.
On completion of the Unit the candidate should be able to:
1. Investigate the integrated systems aspects of Enterprise Planning information systems, identifying the coordination aspects of various organisation systems. 2. Understand that Enterprise Planning is a complex function that unifies people, processes and technology in the local, national and international aspects of the supply chain. 3. Prepare information flow diagrams illustrating business systems and the movement of data through the supply chain. 4. Identify the various business processes that will benefit from integration into an Enterprise Planning system.
Credit points and level: 1 HN Credit at SCQF level 9: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 9*)
*SCQF credit points are used to allocate credit to qualifications in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). Each qualification in the Framework is allocated a number of SCQF credit points at an SCQF level. There are 12 SCQF levels, ranging from Access 1 to Doctorates.
Recommended prior knowledge and skills: Access to this Unit is at the discretion of the centre. However, candidates are expected to have work experience relevant to the activities of a manufacturing, service or logistics organisation. It is not necessary that candidates hold a team leader, supervisory or management position. General information for centres (cont)
Candidates are also expected to have competency in numeracy and communication skills to at least level 5 of the Core Skills framework. This may be evidenced by possession of the Core Skills Units in Numeracy and Communication or similar qualifications or experience.
Core skills: There is no automatic certification of Core Skills or Core Skills components, although there may be an opportunity to gather evidence towards some of the Core Skill components in problem solving and Working with Others.
Context for delivery: This Unit is delivered as part of the HNC/D in Supply Chain Management and is an optional Unit. It is recommended that it should be taught and assessed within the subject area of Supply Chain Management. However, if this Unit is delivered as part of a framework of an alternative Group Award, it is recommended that it should be taught within the context of each award.
Assessment: It is suggested that a holistic approach is taken for this Unit. One assessment could be used for all four Outcomes.
Candidates must produce a report of approximately 3000 words. This will include appropriate diagrams plus the flow diagram(s) in Outcome 3. It will also include the description of the flow diagram(s) in Outcome 3 and the conclusions of the integrated formal report. The report will comprise of 4 sections reflecting each Outcome. Sections 1, 2 and 4 would be approximately 1000 words in length.
The report will be produced under open book conditions.
The report should be submitted in stages so that the candidate’s progress can be monitored and errors corrected before progressing to the next stage.
Where possible the report should be...
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