Supply Chain Analysis

Subject MGMT90122 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures/seminars/workshops
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours..





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Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Daniel Samson


School of Melbourne Custom Programs
Level 3, 442 Auburn Rd
Hawthorn VIC 3122

Phone: 9810 3245

Subject Overview:

This subject will introduce students to analytical tools that can be used to solve supply chain problems. These problems will relate to the major drivers of supply chain performance, these being location of facilities, levels of inventory, transportation networks and information exchanges. Typical examples of problems will include: designing the supply chain distribution network; planning demand and supply in a supply chain; and, planning and managing inventories in a supply chain. The analytical tools used to solve each of the problems will be illustrated with their application in computer software packages such as Microsoft Excel. In the discussion of these tools, the managerial context in which they are used and the managerial levers for improvement that they support will be stressed. The design of supply networks, transport optimisation systems and distribution centres will be considered from an analytic perspective.


At the completion of the subject, students should have the:
• Ability to analyse supply chain characteristics
• Knowledge of how inventory dynamics impact on supply chain effectiveness
• Understanding of cost factors and drivers such as warehouse location
• Knowledge of transport planning and routing methods and ability to apply these


20% - 1 hour exam, completed on the final day of delivery
30% - 1,500 word assignment, due four weeks after the delivery
50% - 3,000 word field project, due eight weeks after the delivery

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject students should have enhanced their skills in:
• Ethical behaviour in leadership and organisations
• Analysis and problem solving in relation to Supply Chain Management
• Capacity for intellectual curiosity, creativity and independent thought
• Communication of key ideas and theories within the discipline areas
• Capacity for effective teamwork and collaboration
• Information retrieval and application in relation to practical problems

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Supply Chain Management
Postgraduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management

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