Procurement and Logistics

Subject MGMT90123 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 20 hours of seminars taught intensively over 5 days 2 x 3 hour group case analysis sessions (held on two evenings from 6-9pm during the intensive week)
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 2.5 hours of personal study per hour of class time is required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance.


Entry into the Master of Supply Chain Management.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject will cover both the basic concepts of the procurement, logistics and distribution functions, as well as the challenges faced within each area. With respect to the procurement area, specific topics will include: make-or-buy decision (outsourcing); supplier selection processes and criteria; supplier relationships; supplier performance evaluation; strategic cost management; product design and sourcing strategy; e-sourcing (auctions vs. relationships); negotiation; global sourcing and compliance issues. For the logistics/distribution area, topics will include: transportation management; warehousing; materials handling; third-party logistics; forecasting and collaborative planning, global logistics; and, reverse logistics. A strong focus of this subject will be on ways through which organisations can integrate these functions internally and coordinate them externally so that performance improvements for these organisations and their supply chain partners can be realised.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the subject, students should have the:
• Ability to analyse procurement policies and relate them top organisational strategy
• Ability to analyse outsourcing / insourcing decisions
• Knowledge of supplier evaluation methods and ability to apply these
• Knowledge of material handling and warehouse management techniques
• Understanding of the strategic connections and contributions of the procurement and logistics functions


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.

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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 Food and Packaging Innovation
Master of Supply Chain Management
Master of Supply Chain Management

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