Operations and Supply Chain Management - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP4
  • Assessment: Group Project - Case-based (30-40%) , Online Discussion - Online Discussion (15-25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,050.00
Domestic continuing 2,512.00
International 3,300.00
International continuing 2,762.00

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The unit explores the strategies and business processes used to produce quality goods and services by the most efficient and effective means. It examines the business model and associated processes used to create value for customers including forecasting and planning, resourcing and purchasing, inventory management systems supporting just-in-time processes, production management and lean production systems, continuous improvement and quality management, storage, logistics, and evaluations, including measurement and analysis of internal processes.

Students are provided the opportunity to appreciate the role of Information and Communication Technologies in facilitating improved value creation and business sustainability through informed, efficient and effective supply chain management. The value of ICT applications such as Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems is also explored. This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop a managerial perspective on Operations and Supply Chain Management with an emphasis on sustainable practices aimed at value creation in every aspect of business operations, quality improvement and logistics.

At the successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the strategic and managerial control and coordination of the processes to produce, distribute and store products and information
  2. Demonstrate developed knowledge of the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in operations and supply chain management
  3. Apply problem solving methodologies to business planning and improvement framework
  4. Critically analyse the importance of sourcing and purchasing decisions and managing quality in creating sustainable value in the supply chain
  • Group Project — Case-based (30-40%)
  • Online Discussion — Online Discussion (15-25%)
  • Report — (40-50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LMC606 — Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to operations and supply chain management
2Strategic approaches to operations and supply chain management
3Understanding business processes: mapping and analysing the business model and supporting processes
4Managing quality
5Products and services development
6Logistics: the flow and storage of goods, services and information
7Creating value in the supply chain through sourcing and purchasing
8Managing inventory and demand shaping throughout the supply chain
9Managing production across the supply chain
10JIT/ lean production
11Forecasting and resource planning
12Managing information technologies across operations management, supply chain and logistics

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is an approved elective 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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