Supply Chain Management

Subject BUSA90341 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

Term 2, 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: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Emerging trends in globalization and renewed emphasis on operations as a source of competitive advantage have led to organisational changes that focus on inter-functional coordination, often spanning several firms in the supply chain. This course discusses recent developments in manufacturing-marketing-supply chain linkages and studies operational decisions that make such interfaces efficient and effective. It explores inter-functional dependencies, sources of conflicts, and on effective managerial decision making paradigm. The course principles are based on the premise that an organisation can become globally competitive when all elements that comprise its supply chain network are efficient and decision making is coordinated across the chain. The course will present in detail issues related to market-led operations, managing supply and distribution channels, and methodology.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Analyse real-world supply chains and evaluate their consistency of the supply chains with the firm strategy.
  • Develop detailed analytical models for designing periodic and continuous review inventory systems.
  • Utilize managerial levers available to lower safety inventory and improve product availability.
  • Identify the factors affecting the optimal level of product availability and evaluate the optimal service level.
  • Design incentives for improved inter-firm and intra-firm coordination of activities in a supply chain.
  • To design logistics systems and formulate integrated supply chain strategy.
  • To develop models to minimize the demand-supply mismatch costs using quick-response with reactive capacity.
  • To develop robust approaches for minimizing bullwhip effect.
  • Tackle challenges in ethical sourcing in global supply chain networks.
  • Contribution to class learning (10%)
    • Throughout subject
  • 3 Syndicate case assignments (45%)
    • each equivalent to individual 500 word asssessment
    • Week 4, 8 & 10
  • Final examination (45%)
    • Hurdle requirement
    • 3 hours
    • End of subject
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration

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