This course will develop your understanding of the significance of e-supply chain in business logistics, providing you with the necessary concepts and techniques in e-supply chain design and implementation from a managerial perspective.

Throughout this course, various technologies in the field will be discussed from the perspective of availability of tools. Additionally, it will use case studies to illustrate the concept and approach to e-supply chain design and implementation.


Course coordinator

Leon Teo, Associate Lecturer - School of Business IT and Logistics

Course objectives

  • Develop a sound appreciation of the impact of ICT on business logistics and supply chain management;
  • Strengthen ability to identify the issues in e-supply chain design and implementation, and to think in a practical and conceptual way about how these issues can be solved across the whole supply chain;
  • Choose an appropriate e-supply chain design for a company based on its business model, overall business strategy, capabilities and current supply chain configuration; and
  • Understand e-supply chain management technologies and their limitations.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognise the significance of e-supply chain in gaining competitive advantage for an organisation;
  • Explain the relationship between e-supply and e-commerce, and the available hardware and software infrastructure support for its implementation; and
  • Understand the e-supply chain design and implementation.


Assessment for this course will occur at various times across the seven-week teaching period. In most cases, assessment should follow a similar structure to the below:

  • A short assessment may occur in the first couple of weeks, driven mostly by peer-assessment or objective feedback as is the case of a survey quiz or contribution to discussion.
  • Assessments that occur mid-study period (approximately week 2 to 5) will have a highly formative purpose, like an extended case study or a scenario role play. These are intended to provide an indication of performance and occur at this time to enable positive changes to future performance.
  • Final assessments are usually summative, and generally draw the course's threshold concepts together. Your previous assessments will have directly prepared you for a summative-style assessment.

Rich, online feedback will be provided to you throughout the teaching period on practical exercises and by individual consultation, ideally within five business days.

Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your RMIT Student Enrolment Advisor on 1300 701 171 for more information based on your particular circumstances.