This unit aims to provide students an understanding of current practice, and how modern global supply networks share information using technologies. Topics covered include; Bar code, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), SAP-ERP, IoT (Internet of Things), Block chain, supply chain integration, e-Business and operations performance measurement. Student learning will involve team reflection on industrial field trip with reference to a broad range of theories and frameworks associated with e-supply chain management. Student learning in the unit will be guided and assessed by means of a literature review, a group case study analysis, a group presentation and a final examination.

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BCO1102 - Information Systems for Business

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically reflect on a range of functions of value chains and the influence that bar coding, RFID and ERP systems etc. have on them;  
  2. Produce a well-structured and balanced individual report that presents a critique of value global network-related topic based upon the reading of established academic literature;  
  3. Work collaboratively in a team to reflect upon experiences gained during an industry site visit with reference to theories and frameworks encountered in the unit in order to produce a professional case study report;  
  4. Plan supply chain activities in teams using a supply chain management (SCM) simulation game; and  
  5. Conceptually map and synthesise information from various sources to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge in the field of value chain and technology applications.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Individual 20%
Report Group Industry Report 30%
Report Group reflection based on SCM simulation game 20%
Examination Final Exam 30%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Individual 20%
Presentation Group presentation and Industry Report 10%
Report Group Industry Report 30%
Examination Final exam 40%

Required reading

Introduction to e-Supply Chain Management Technologies (2nd ed.).
Ross, D. F. (2011).
UK: Taylor & Francis.

Multiple copies of the eBook are available via the library.

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