Business IT and Supply Chain (Previously E Supply Chain Management) - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - A Research Essay (20%) , Assignment 2 - A Business Report (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

This course introduces to students the significance of information utilisation and sharing in supply chain management. It aims to show that proper use of real-time information can help reduce inventory, lead time, cycle time, and other wastes in the supply chain thereby enhancing the overall efficiency and responsiveness. The use of information relies heavily on computer hardware and software, particularly information technology developed around the Internet. For e-supply chain management, the underlying technology is basically identical to that for e-commerce. Therefore, the background of e-commerce development and its relationship with supply chain management will be explored in this course. Similarly, the issues of infrastructure support, security, e-business model, and the guidelines for e-supply chain design and implementation will be addressed and discussed.

As this course will examine e-supply chain from a management perspective, case studies will be used to illustrate the concept and approach to e-supply chain design and implementation. The focus will mainly be placed on the rationale behind the migration from traditional supply chain to e-supply chain and the approach to implementing e-supply chain using the available technologies.

This course will enhance your appreciation of supply chain management in the information era, both in theory and in practice. It will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the underlying technologies and equip you with the necessary knowledge in designing and implementing e-supply chains. You will learn to think systematically not only about e-supply chain configuration and technological requirements but also the need to revise the business model to tie in with the changes.

As indicated in the approved Program Guide for the Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management), LGM310 mainly focuses on the following capability dimensions:

  1. E-Supply chain design and implementation capabilities;
  2. Application of information technology capabilities;
  3. System thinking capabilities;
  4. Critical analysis problem setting and solving capabilities; and
  5. Interpersonal and communication capabilities.

The capabilities that are developed through the undergraduate logistics program in which you are enrolled are described in the program guide. It is expected that upon successful completion of the course you would have further developed these capabilities by gaining the following:

  1. Develop sound understanding of the impact of information technology on business logistics and supply chain management;
  2. Demonstrate a high level of understanding of the relationship between business model and supply chain design focusing on the use and sharing of information among business partners;
  3. Identify and examine the issues in e-supply chain design and to think in a practical and conceptual way about how these issues can be solved across the whole supply chain;
  4. Develop, plan and select the appropriate e-supply chain design for a company based on its business model, overall business strategy, capabilities, and current supply chain configuration;
  5. Identify and assess the difficulties and the challenges in implementing an e-supply chain design;
  6. Develop a high level of understanding of the available technologies and their limitations; and
  7. Identify and determine the importance of e-supply chain management in assisting the functional areas of e-business/e-commerce.
  8. Generate and exemplify effective interpersonal skills and communication techniques in working as a team to solve real-world problems in e-supply chain management.

In short, successful completion of the course should promote your thinking conceptually about e-supply chain management and its significance to assist a business entity to achieve its strategic goals.

  • Assignment 1 — A Research Essay (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — A Business Report (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 2 Hour Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Supply Chains and E-Supply Chains
2E-Commerce and E-Business
3E-Logistics Platforms
5Integration of Supply Chains into Business
6Supplier Relationship Management (eSRM)
7E-Supply Chains Enabling Technologies: RFID
8Strategic Sourcing and E-Procurement
9Security and E-Supply Chains
10Strategy for E-Supply Chains
11E-Supply Chains Management
12Future of E-Supply Chains

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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