Supply chain management extends the study of logistics beyond the boundaries of a single organisation. It places particular emphasis on the interfaces between the 'chain' or 'network' of enterprises engaged in moving products, services and information—from suppliers through intermediaries to end users and/or consumers.

The overarching framework around which the course content is organised is the supply chain management performance and capability continuum, which has three critical components—namely operational excellence, supply chain integration and collaboration, and virtual supply chains.

This course aims to introduce you to the basic concepts and principles of supply chain management and logistics, with a focus on the aforementioned framework. You will explore the development of supply chain principles using inventory management, just-in-time and e-supply chain techniques. The issues of integration, coordination and collaboration across organisations and throughout the supply chain will be addressed and discussed using case studies.



Course coordinator

Associate Professor Booi Kam - School of Business IT and Logistics

Learning outcomes

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

  • Explain and apply the key concepts of logistics and supply chain management in public and private sector to ensure effective and efficient management of an organisation;
  • Build leadership skills in leveraging resources, capabilities and competencies of a group to critically analyse situations and develop solutions to problems;
  • Develop and apply effective interpersonal skills and communication techniques in working as a team to solve real-world problems in supply chain management; and
  • Conduct research work to extend supply chain knowledge.


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.