Supply chains underpin the flow of goods and services from point of origin to point of consumption. This further develops specialist academic knowledge and skills to strategically manage the logistics functions in a supply chain in the context of the globalisation of business. Students will critically reflect on a range of domestic and international logistics challenges and explore global logistics functions associated with coordinating market demands and supply management. Key topics include demand management of inventory, inbound and outbound logistics functions, supply chain relationships, chain performance measurement and sustainability. Students will engage in a wide range of learning activities including problem-solving sessions, case study analysis, peer discussion and review, and self-reflection. Assessment will involve a major industry report, a group presentation and an online in-class test.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically reflect on the role of supply chains and review its benefits that can accrue to a firm's competitiveness in a global market from applying effective strategies;  
  2. Rationalise cost and chain performance, and critically evaluate customer service delivery through development of strategies for important, complex and unpredictable future challenges through an in-depth study of a selected firm and produce a professional report by working in a small team;  
  3. Work collaboratively in a small group to develop a professional case presentation and justify recommendations that address domestic and international supply chain challenges; and  
  4. Conceptualise and synthesise information from various sources to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge in the field of supply chain and logistics management.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Group Presentation 20%
Project Individual Supply chain design/Poster 15%
Report Group Industry Report 35%
Test Online in-class test 30%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Report Group Industry Report 35%
Case Study Group Presentation 15%
Examination Final Examination 50%

Required reading

Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective (10th ed.).
Coyle, J.J., Langley, C.J., Gibson, B.J., Novack,R.A., Bardi, E.J. (2017).
South-Western: Cengage Learning Australia.

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