Supply Chain Analysis and Design - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

This unit aims to provide an introduction to quantitative methods that can be used in industry. You will acquire advanced spreadsheet and database modelling skills. The unit will introduce static and dynamic models of supply chains and logistics systems. Specifically it will apply transport and transhipment models to optimise supply chains.

This unit will enhance your appreciation of logistics and the usefulness of mathematical and statistical models in solving logistics problems. You will learn to think systematically about the fundamental processes involved and to evaluate the performance of a supply chain as a system. You will also develop your critical thinking skills to the point where you are able to debate contemporary issues in supply chain management.

This unit will help you in developing capability in the following areas:

  1. Utilise generic business knowledge and capabilities
  2. Develop operations and integration processes
  3. Leverage material management knowledge
  4. Use of state-of-the-art distribution practices to implement strategic and operational concepts

Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following Course Level Outcomes (CLOs):

  1. Explain important concepts in the areas of logistics and distribution networks.
  2. Investigate various methods to assess the logistics and distribution practices.
  3. Apply the tools and underlying principles of logistics in optimizing the operations in network models.
  4. Identify and evaluate the processes, tools and principles of logistics practices in manufacturing and service sector.
  5. Mathematically formulate the real network and logistics problems and optimise the operations.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 2 Hour Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Modelling
2Linear programming (LP): Concepts and model formulation
3Linear programming: Graphical and computer solutions
4Sensitivity Analysis
5Network Model 1: Transportation, Transhipment, and Assignment problems
6Network Model 2: Shortest Path method, maximal flow problem, minimum spanning tree
7Integer Programming
8Project Management
9Waiting line models
11Decision Theory
12Unit Review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

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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