Foundations of Supply Chain Management

Subject MGMT90119 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 29-Jul-2016
Assessment Period End 30-Sep-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 26-Jul-2016
Census Date 12-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 09-Sep-2016

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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:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Dr Kwan Eng Wee



Subject Overview:

This subject is aimed at developing an advanced understanding of the principles, concepts and approaches employed in the management of supply chains between industrial, commercial, and governmental organisations. A key element is the design and improvement of business processes. It includes the management of materials, people and information in supply relationships. It also includes cost-savings, time-to-market, new product development, and consideration of supply management in these and other strategic contexts. Strategic issues relevant to the management of supply chains are covered. These include management of trading partner relationships, use of information technology, configuration of logistics networks and managing international supply chains.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the subject, students should:
- Determine a range of critical factors and trade-offs impacting on supply chain management and decision making
- Develop policies and guidelines for management and coordination of information flows between trading partners, and within the firm
- Be able to analyse and recommend policies for deployment of inventories in supply chains
- Discriminate between different procurement and outsourcing strategies, and make judgements about their particular application in a strategic context
- Develop frameworks for the coordination of design of products and the integration of supply chain processes that will bring these products to market
- Have the ability to determine the role established and emerging enabling technologies can play individually and in combination to promote supply chain integration

  • Take-home exam, due on the Tuesday after the delivery (20%)
  • 1,500 word assignment, due four weeks after the delivery (30%)
  • 3,000 word field project, due eight weeks after the delivery (50%)
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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

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Related Course(s): Master of Supply Chain Management
Master of Supply Chain Management

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