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Agribusiness Value Chains and Supply Chains KLA503


This unit will run Monday 24/1/22 to Friday 25/2/22 and Monday 11/7/22 to Friday 12/8/22


Value chain and supply chains are both concerned with the same activities: creating goods or services and delivering them to a customer. However, value chains describe this process in terms of how each business and its components adds value for the end-point consumer, and considers ways to increase this value, with the overall goal of increased business competitiveness. Whereas supply chains consider the manufacture and supply of goods very much from an operational perspective, and how to deliver goods to the customer most efficiently. So, value chains are a business management concept or strategy, but one that few businesses make use of, whereas supply chains are a practical operational component of most functioning businesses.

In this unit, you will gain an understanding of the key concepts in agribusiness value and supply chain management and apply these to your business. You will compare value chain principles against traditional supply chain thinking, explore the factors that impact them, and discover how this knowledge can be used for gaining a sustainable competitive advantage.
In this unit, you will be introduced to:

1. The differences between ‘value’ and ‘supply’ chain concepts.
2. Value chain and Supply chain management and structure.
3. The flow of information in value and supply chains.
4. Mapping your value and supply chains.
5. Improving your value and supply chains.


Unit name Agribusiness Value Chains and Supply Chains
Unit code KLA503
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Mr Roger Latham
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Half Year Period 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Half Year Period 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Half Year Period 1 10/4/2023 17/4/2023 26/4/2023 12/5/2023
Half Year Period 2 14/8/2023 21/8/2023 30/8/2023 15/9/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain value chain and supply chain concepts in the context of agribusiness.
  • Analyse¿the¿composition¿and structure of an agribusiness value chain and supply chain.
  • Evaluate a value chain and a supply chain for opportunities to create additional value and strength.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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AssessmentQuiz questions about value chains and supply chains (15%)|Value chain and supply chains for your business (35%)|Improving your chain (50%)
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