Warehousing and Distribution Channels - 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, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (50%) , Invigilated Exam (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

Distribution is a process where goods are made accessible from origin to destination. The channels normally involve a network of strategically located warehouses (or distribution centres) that ensure timely delivery of raw materials/inventory to customers (e.g. retailers). Therefore, distribution plays a significant role in the success of any supply chain. This course will build on basic principles of warehousing, inventory management, packaging, materials handling and transportation.

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

  1. Explain and evaluate key concepts and theories in the field of warehousing and distribution channels management
  2. Select and design appropriate principles and approaches in the formulation of warehouse management strategy and distribution channel management strategy
  3. Develop and compare different warehousing and distribution channels configurations and scenarios in the optimisation of supply chain network
  4. Examine appropriate concepts and techniques and design warehouse operations and network for both domestic and international contexts
  5. Examine appropriate concepts and design appropriate distribution channel networks for both domestic and international contexts
  6. Build and display appropriate leadership and organising abilities in leveraging resources, capabilities, and competencies of a group to critically analyse situations and develop solutions to problems
  7. Develop and apply effective interpersonal skills and communication techniques in working as a team to solve real-world problems in supply chain management.
  • Assignment 1 (50%)
  • Invigilated 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:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Overview of Warehouse and Distribution Channels
2Distribution and the Supply Chain
3Distribution Planning
4Distribution Channels Management
5Introduction to Warehouse Management
6Warehouse Operations - Pallet and Case Storage and Picking
7Warehouse Operations - Small Storage and Picking, Materials Handling Systems
8Customer Order Processing
9Inventory Management
10Warehouse Administration
11Information Technology in Warehouse Management and Distribution
12E-Distribution; and Future Warehousing and Distribution Channels Management

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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Warehouse Management: A Complete Guide to Improving

    By:Richards, Gwynne

    ISBN: 9780749469344


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Technology Distribution Channels

    By:Dent, Julian

    ISBN: 9780749472177


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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