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Level VI Courses

Level VI Courses: International Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport (5 courses)

Who should take Level VI Courses?The Level 6 International Advanced Diploma provides the strategic management skills and tactical insight necessary for professional and business development. It bridges the gap between an undergraduate degree and the postgraduate standard of a Master’s degree.  The International Advanced Diploma is aimed at managers aspiring to move to a strategic role or for those already working at a high level within the logistics and transport profession.

Launching Fall 2021

Strategic Contexts – In this course students will be encouraged to examine organizational business environments from a global perspective through case studies and models. The course looks at resource availability, utilization and how managers decide on the best approach to make the most of the limited resources available to their organization’s operations. Stakeholder and relationship mapping tools will clarify the different priorities in the competition for resources. Cost benefit analysis is examined in order to make strategic decisions and investment appraisal, with the principles of risk being considered. (required)

Leadership and Strategic Management - The first element of this course defines culture and examines organizational culture in a wider business environment along with the associated internal and external factors that influence the differing cultures in organizations. Using concepts and models, the relationship between organizational culture, strategy and performance is investigated.

The element on leadership describes and investigates several theoretical and practical aspects of leadership in the work environment. There is also a review of the alternative styles that a leader can utilize in different situations. This section further examines the purpose of the organization, its values and vision, relating this to the methods used to influence and motivate people to achieve the organization’s goals.

Collaboration is examined in the global environment, as are the benefits and risks of intra-organizational working to achieve common goals and organizational improvements.

The final element of this course looks at business ethics. Ethical, or unethical, business practices usually reflect the values and beliefs of the organizational culture; the links between what the organization says and what it does is examined, as are the legal implications. (required)

Strategic Network Planning - This course is concerned with the important subject of strategic planning, taken from an organizational, intra-organizational and a global perspective. The first element is concerned with examining organizational models and looking at how influences inside and outside the organization can affect business strategy. Risk and decision-making models are examined in some depth.

The second element looks at forecasting, using the information that is available to make effective and realistic business decisions.

Delivering Customer Service is an element in which the area of relationships with customers is explored in order to develop and build a culture of customer focus, thus delivering excellent customer service.

The final element in this course addresses the issues surrounding change. Today’s organizations need to continuously adapt to new situations and address these issues if they are to survive and prosper. This element explores the triggers for strategic change and how organizations can develop strategies for innovation and learning. (required)

Delivering Strategic Performance - The first element in this course looks at how organizations need to become more aware of strategic performance and to integrate if they are to achieve the aim of operating on a global scale. Tools and techniques are examined that can assist in producing a plan to improve intra-organizational performance.

The second element looks at strategic supply strategies and the opportunities to collaborate between organizations, examining issues that impact on future long-term procurement requirements.

Organizational performance looks at how organizations can use models and concepts to assist in the design and implementation of a functional strategy to support the business strategy, using concepts such as trade-offs, cost and service balance. This element illustrates how such support works.

The final element in this course examines the use of technology in the implementation of organizational strategies. Several tools and techniques will be evaluated that enhance internal and external business integration. (required)

Research Methods and Professional Project - The course aims to develop students’ ability to apply research methods and techniques to organizations and to enable them to use both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in problem analysis and solving.

The professional project will develop the students’ skills in undertaking a structured and methodical research project, involving production of a substantial body of work (8,000-10,000 words) which has been instigated, developed and produced as a consequence of their own initiative, using in-company research and/or industrial liaison and which offers opportunities for specialism. The ability to assemble data, retrieve and evaluate will be critical to this element. 

In this course students will be encouraged to use work-based research to realize the requisite requirements for this module. Each student can base their project on their own work-based environment or using a relationship with a company or organization of their choice. (required)

*This course cannot be taken until all required courses are complete for Level VI award.