Supply Chain Management has been identified by the business community as a key discipline which can generate significant cost savings, improve customer value and be used effectively to gain a sustainable competitive advantage.
To a casual observer, supply chain management would appear to be just another name for logistics management. There is, undeniably, a strong relationship, but the concept of supply chain management goes far beyond the ordinary concept of logistics management. It deals with the management of a set of activities designed to enhance value for the firm’s customers by integrating business processes across departmental and inter-organisational boundaries, from the raw material stage to the consumption stage.
It is often said that supply chain management is about the management of relationships. During the course of your studies you will find this theme reappearing time and again. Supply chain management is about managing the firm’s logistics and other functions in order to achieve cross-functional and cross-organisational synergies with an objective of attaining competitive superiority. This clearly represents a great challenge as well as a tremendous opportunity for most firms in the competitive business environment of today.
You will notice that supply chain management focuses on activities which can be classified as logistics activities, such as inventory and distribution management. These are definitely important activities in the firm’s value chain, but in supply chain management these activities are managed in an integrated way, with integration at times taking place across organisational boundaries.
The aim of the unit is to develop and reinforce your existing knowledge base. Supply chain management will develop your logistics knowledge to new heights by linking the unit with concepts of strategic management, information technology, marketing, transportation systems management and international trade. You will see that supply chain management is a broad unit which aims to reorient all business processes with the corporate goal of creating value for the customer. Successful completion of this unit will make you better prepared to confront real business challenges in future.
|Unit name||Supply Chain Management|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
|Discipline||Maritime and Logistics Management|
|Coordinator||Doctor Wei (Vera) Zhang|
|Teaching staff||Doctor Wei (Vera) Zhang|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Launceston||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- explain the interdependencies in a supply chain
- identify and apply appropriate strategies, techniques and tools to enable efficient and effective supply chain management
- explore the impact of network design on supply chain performance
- discuss the strategic role of supply chain decisions on the success of a firm
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On-campus: 1 x 3 hour class weekly comprising lecture and tutorial components.
Distance: Study guide and readings.
|Assessment||Online Quiz (15%)|Examination (40%)|Presentation (25%)|Online Discussion (20%)|Engagement Activity|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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