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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BSc Computer Science with Electrical Engineering;
  • BSc Computer Science with Economics;
  • BSc Computer Science with Management;
  • BSc Computer Science with International Relations;
  • BSc Computer Science with Political Science;

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Amer Čeljo


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Educational Aims of the Module

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems are software systems used to support information flow and information management in companies. They help to deal with information about orders, inventory, accounting, human resources, and production.
  • From a software industry point of view, the ERP systems take a significant share of the market with demand for new skilled people to consult on, design, develop and deploy ERP systems.
  • Therefore, it is important to understand the background of such systems to help future information systems engineers to work in these areas.
  • This module is designed to provide the student with a thorough understanding of both the role that ERP Systems play in an organisation and the challenging task of implementing and managing the Information System (IS) function in relation to ERP.
  • It also introduces students to ERP systems and provides an overview of the managerial and technical issues in planning, designing, implementing, and extending enterprise systems and technologies.
  • The module is supported with hands-on exercises using ERP software from the industry-leader SAP.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Overview of ERP Systems and Business Processes
  • ERP Market Introduction
  • Logistics Execution
  • Production Planning
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Order fulfilment strategies
  • Plant Maintenance
  • Finances/Accounting
  • Project Systems (Management)
  • Human Resources
  • Quality Management
  • ERP implementation lifecycle

Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time
Lectures 30 2 hours 60 hours
Laboratory sessions 15 2 hours 30 hours
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 110
Total Contact Hours 90
Total Engagement Hours 200

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline
Test 10 10 minutes 10% Weeks: 2-6, 8-12
Mid-term exam 1 90 minutes 20% Week 7
Project (individual / Group) 1 2000 words 20% Week 10
Final exam 1 180 minutes 50% End of semester

Module Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding of different ideas, contexts and frameworks of planning mechanisms within an enterprise, identify the components in an ERP system and analyse the relationships among the components
  • Understand and effectively evaluate production planning in an ERP system, and systematically develop plans for an enterprise; analyse the functional modules of ERP Systems (Material Management, Production Planning. Financing and Accounting, Supply Chain, Customers Service, etc).
  • Demonstrate current knowledge and critical understanding of the different concepts behind the modules and functions (patterns, conceptual models) and the technology behind the system.
  • Select appropriate methods to determine the correct purchasing quantity and the right time to buy an item, evaluate and compare the different methods and analyse the results, and apply the methods to material management.
  • Discuss and critically analyse, the difficulties and limitation of a manufacturing execution system, select a suitable performance measure for different objectives, and apply priority rules to shop floor control. Plan and deploy ERP Systems either from customer or provider point of view.

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures provide core information on specific topics (ILO: 1-5)
  • Research and investigation assignments designed to aid self study will be delivered in the IT lab. (ILO: 1-5)
  • Project: to integrate theoretical concepts with practical skills (ILO: 1-5)
  • Short-answer tests will assess student knowledge and ongoing cognitive development (ILO: 1-5)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Test (ILO: 1-5)
  • Mid-term exam (ILO: 1-2)
  • Final exam (ILO:1-5)
  • Project (ILO: 1-5)

Practical Skills:

  • Effective use of SAP ERP systems for accounting, information management and intra as well as inter-company business processes
  • Recognise the key models and business processes required in supply chain management systems
  • Accurately interpret a variety of resources relating to Material Management in ERP

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • A mixture of lectures, exercises in the lab, and case studies are used to deliver the various topics in this module. (PS:1-3)
  • Some material is covered using a problem-based format to advance the learning objectives. Other material is covered through directed study to enhance students’ independent learning ability. (PS:1-3)
  • Some case studies, largely based on consultancy experience, are used to integrate these topics and demonstrate to students how the various techniques are interrelated and can be applied in real-life situations.(PS:1-3)
  • Tutors will use quizzes to test student subject knowledge (PS:1-3)
  • Students will benefit from the expertise of external guest lecturers (PS:1-3)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Project (PS:1-3)
  • Test (PS:1-3)
  • Mid-term exam (PS: 2, 3)
  • Final exam (PS: 2,3)

Transferable Skills:

  • Effective IT skills
  • Independent study skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a team

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Laboratory sessions (TS:1,3)
  • Project (TS:1-3)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Project (TS:1-4)
  • Mid-term exam (TS: 3)
  • Final exam (TS: 3)

Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Ellen Monk, Bret Wagner (2014), Concepts in Enterprise Resource Planning 4th Edition, ISBN-13: 9781111820398
  • Magal, S., Word, J., (2010) Essentials of Business Processes and Information Systems, John Wiley & Sons

Supplementary Materials

  • Sumner, M., (2004) Enterprise Resource Planning. Pearson Prentice Hall
  • Bradford, M. (2010). Modern ERP Systems: Select, Implement and Use Today’s Advanced Business Systems, 2nd Edition,
  • Magal, S., Word, J., (2011) Integrated Business Processes with ERP Systems, John Wiley & Sons
  • Monk, E. & Wagner, B. (2012). Concepts in enterprise resource planning 4th Edition, South western College Publishing
  • Monk, E., Wagner, B., (2009) Enterprise Resource Planning, International Edition. Course technology
  • Sandoe, K., Corbitt, G., and Boykin, R., (2001), Enterprise Integration, John Wiley & Sons
  • Kurbel, K., (2013) Enterprise Resource Planning and Supply Chain Management: Functions, Business Processes and Software for Manufacturing Companies, Springer
  • Kelly Rainer, R., Watson, H., Prince, B., (2013) Management Information Systems. 2nd Edition. John Wiley & Sons
  • Pérez–Salazar, M. D. R., Rivera, I., & Cristóbal–Vázquez, I. M. (2013). ERP selection: a literature review. International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 13(3), 309-324
  • ERP Lecture by Dr Tony Pittarese (Accessed 17 February 2014).

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.

More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.

The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Date of Production : Autumn 2016

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee: 28th September 2016

Date approved by School Board of Study : 12th October 2016

Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee: 2nd November 2016

Date of Annual Review: December 2017


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