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Next intake: 
16 July 2018
Duration: 
1 year full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Online

Applications for next intake due 8 July 2018

Overview

Start your career in supply-chain management with real-world connections and experience when you study the Graduate Diploma in Business (Supply Chain Management).

Our graduate diploma is suited to industry professionals with no bachelors degree. It also builds on undergraduate qualifications in this discipline. You can progress to our respected masters, or aim for an early management role in logistics on completion.

The course offers exceptional opportunities to gain industry knowledge and skills. Many of our lecturers are practising professionals, with current, relevant experience. You’ll have access to a world-class research centre – the only one of its type in Australia.

You’ll study the fundamentals of supply-chain management. You’ll graduate with a skill set to support the supply chain, including:

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems
  • logistics strategy
  • green logistics
  • supply-chain structure.

This diploma offers a pathway to the Master of Business (Supply Chain Management) and Master of Supply Chain Management.

 

During your study, you will have access to our world-class research centre, and our online industry community.

The Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics (ISCL) provides independent, industry-focused development advice and research. It’s the only institute in Australia focusing on freight logistics and value-added supply chains. The ISCL serves a wide range of private and public sector clients in Australia and overseas. Taking part in this research gives you real-world work experience.

Our Supply Chain Information Unit is a web-based platform for collaboration between community, the university, industry and government.

We have strong industry partnerships in the fields of logistics and ERP – including with Linfox and SAP. Linfox is a logistics and supply chain company that delivers supply-chain solutions across the Asia–Pacific region. It employs over 23,000 people.

Our partnership with Linfox focuses on improving supply chain and logistics across Australia. You’ll have opportunities for on-the-job experience.

The market for ‘green’ procurement of goods, transport and services has grown significantly in Australia. Our masters offers a Green Logistics elective so that you’ll be ready to assess and minimise the environmental impacts of your work.

This green unit improves your understanding of the impact of logistics and global supply chains. Processes behind converting raw materials, and global distribution, can have significant environmental effects. We teach you to understand the following areas:

  • air quality
  • noise and vibration
  • environmental disasters
  • global warming.

Our graduate courses are designed to lead into one another. This diploma will gain you entry into our acclaimed Master of Business (Supply Chain Management) and Master of Supply Chain Management. Credits earned during your study will be counted towards your masters degree.

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Careers in Supply-Chain Management

Our graduate diploma prepares you for early management roles in supply chain or logistics. Career possibilities include the following:

  • supply-chain manager
  • logistics professional
  • global procurement specialist
  • sourcing/distribution manager
  • enterprise resource planning developer
  • transport coordinator
  • warehouse supervisor
  • import/export manager
  • customs manager.

Salaries

The average salary for supply and distribution managers in Australia is $83,200 (JobOutlook).

Employment opportunities

Employment for supply and distribution managers is expected to grow in the next few years (JobOutlook).

You could find work managing procurement and supply chains in private business or the public sector. Our graduates have gone on to work for companies including:

  • Linfox
  • Toll
  • ANL
  • BASF
  • BP.

Course structure

To attain the award of Graduate Diploma in Business (Supply Chain Management), students must successfully complete the following:

  • 84 credit points (equivalent to 7 units) core units
  • 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit from the list provided (unit offering is subject to availability).

Students planning to continue onto Masters study are strongly recommended to take BMO6630, Business Research Methods as their elective unit.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) from the list of electives below (subject to availability):

Elective List

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Contribute consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a dynamic 21st century Supply Chain work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  
  2. Synthesise and critically review knowledge about business systems relevant to supply chain practices to make high level independent technical recommendations.  
  3. Analyse research findings applicable to established supply chain theories, and to emerging situations and challenges in contemporary supply chain situations  
  4. Critically apply cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills that demonstrate autonomy, creative problem -solving, adaptability and responsibility as a supply chain practitioner or learner.  
  5. Interpret, based on analysis, the ways in which networks of interconnected businesses collaborate to make, and deliver, products and services for global markets.  
  6. Effectively communicate complex supply chain management knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.  
  7. Critically evaluate a range of activities that constitute the supply chain management discipline - from ERP systems and operations and logistics strategies to global procurement.  

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Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

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Admission & pathways

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Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
    OR
    Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
    OR
    Applicants with a minimum three (3) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

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If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

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