Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assessment - MCQ Test (15%) , Assignment - Presentation (15%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

Logistics and the closely related concept of supply chain management (SCM) underpin business or corporate strategy as far as the latter sets company objectives in sales, market share, share price, returns on shareholder funds, investment and assets. This is an introductory and first year course which assists you to understand the characteristic elements of integrated business logistics and the role and application of logistics principles to supply/demand/value chain management.

In this unit, you will learn about the basic activities associated with logistics and supply chain management. These activities include transportation, warehousing, inventory management, customer service, and purchasing.

At the conclusion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Think conceptually about logistics management and its relationship with supply chain concepts;
  • Understand the importance of logistics and supply chain management in assisting other functional areas of any business organisation, such as marketing, production; and engineering, human resources and finance and accounting; especially for an organisation involved in manufacturing and distribution that are addressing strategic goals; and
  • Provide a sound basis for your subsequent studies in other logistics and supply chain management courses, such as purchasing and materials management, transport management distribution management, production and operations management, depending on your chosen program of study.
  • Assessment — MCQ Test (15%)
  • Assignment — Presentation (15%)
  • Assignment 1 — Group Report (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 2 Hours (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management is an introductory unit in logistics and supply chain management. There are no prerequisite units or assumed knowledge or capabilities.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Overview of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
2Demand Management & Order Fulfilment
3Procurement - Sourcing and Buying
4Production and Operations Management
5Inventory Management
6Transportation and Freight Logistics
7Warehousing and Distribution Channels
8Supply Chain Technologies
9Supply Chain Relationships
10Supply Network Design
11Reverse Logistics, Green Logistics and Supply Chain Sustainability
12Supply Chain Management - Current Issues and Future Challenges

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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