MGT204 – Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Unit Outline – 2016 (T2)
Unit Coordinator: Ajay Kumar FAMI,CPM
Introduction
Welcome to Elite Education and MGT204 – Logistics and Supply Chain Management. This document provides you with information relevant to successful completion of this unit; including schedule of lecture topics, prescribed texts, assessment policies, assessment tasks, examinations, academic and administrative contacts and online learning support facilities.
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1. Unit Content and Structure
This unit provides an introduction to the logistics functions that allow the planning, procurement, production, movement, distribution and positioning of goods and services for domestic and international business. The focus on supply chain management emphasises the requirement of integration of international business activities, and the necessary collaboration between firms to manage not simply the movement and positioning of inventory, but also the management of information, finance, data and knowledge across borders.
2. Student Learning Outcome
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
• Describe the role and characteristics of logistics and supply chain management in business on a national and international level.
• Assess business supply chains based on practical examples and describe how varying local environmental conditions affect logistics operations and strategies
• Develop strategic supply chain plans in an organisation and address specific international logistics challenges
• Provide effective supply chain solutions for organisations and evaluate SCM strategies for different country and industry contexts
3. Development of Graduate Attributes
In this unit, students will be encouraged and facilitated to develop the graduate attributes of:
• Knowledge Skills: Extensive functioning knowledge of logistics management concepts, techniques and processes, and the business practice in both Australian and international context.
• Communication Skills:High level written communication skills in a range of formats, considering audience needs and appropriate to real world business situations; and oral communication skills in a range of contexts and considerate to audience needs .
• Problem solving skills: Logical, critical and creative thinking for solving complex work related problems. The ability to apply relevant theoretical knowledge and integrated strategies learnt and employed over time to problem resolution; and the ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and use information effectively and in a timely manner.

4. Weekly Lecture and Tutorials
Week No. Topic Topic Learning Outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:
Week 1 The Introduction of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (SGM)
Reading:
Mangan et al Ch 1
• Identify and explain logistics definitions and concepts that are relevant to managing the supply chain;
• Define both terms and outline how logistics and supply chain management differ from each other.
• Identify how supply chains compete in terms of time, cost, quality and sustainability.
• Show how different supply chains may adopt different and distinctive strategies for competing in the marketplace.
• Highlight the importance of these areas in both manufacturing and services contexts.
• Identify how best practice logistics and supply chain management can yield both cost reduction and value addition..
Week 2 Globalisation and Supply Chain Strategy
Reading:
Mangan et al Ch 2 & 4 • Highlight the growth that has occurred in recent decades in international trade. Regional and country differences and relative shares will also be illustrated.
• Explain what is meant by globalisation, identify the most globalised countries in the world and explain the drivers for globalisation.
• Identify the (unequal) distribution of economic wealth among the world’s countries.
• Explore the role of multinational companies in global trade, together with the impact of overseas investment by companies.
• Examine the role of both outsourcing and offshoring in global trade and logistics.
• Highlight the role of logistics and supply chain strategy in the context of firm strategy, and see how logistics and supply chain strategy can actually sometimes drive firm strategy.
• Outline the evolution of manufacturing, from which various logistics and supply chain strategies have emerged.
• Look at both lean and agile logistics strategies, and the role of mass customisation in the latter.
• Develop a taxonomy of supply chain strategies.
Week 3 Transport in Supply Chains
Reading:
Mangan et al Ch 6 • Understand the cost structures and operating characteristics of the different transport modes, and the relationships between freight rates and consignment weight, dimensions and distance to be travelled.
• Highlight key terms used in transport.
• Identify the range of issues to be considered in planning transport infrastructure.
• Discuss the roles of distribution centres and highlight the concept of factory gate pricing.
• Explain the application of a technique known as the transportation model.
• Identify some of the many issues (including the effect of supply chain strategies) that can impact the efficiency of transport services.
Week 4 Logistics Service Providers
Reading:
Mangan et al Ch 8 • Describe, and differentiate, the various types of companies that provide logistics services.
• Discuss the role of fourth party logistics.
• Illustrate the use of incoterms and bills of lading to show how responsibility along the supply chain is clarified and managed.
• Examine the range of issues in, and the process employed for, selecting logistics service providers.
• Illustrate a number of other pertinent concepts and terms often used in logistics systems.
Week 5 Procurement and Outsourcing
Reading:
Mangan et al Ch 9
• Explain the procurement process.
• Consider factors affecting outsourcing and procurement decisions.
• Highlight the need for outsourcing in view of both globalisation and the growth of international trade.
• Identify the problems faced by outsourcing companies which can result in failure.
• Outline how outsourcees are selected and distinguish order winning and order qualifying criteria.
• Examine how outsourcer-outsourcee relationships develop.
Week 6 Inventory & Warehousing Management
Reading:
Mangan et al Ch 10 & 11 • Explain the significance of inventory in logistics and SCM.
• Introduce the costs involved in inventory management.
• Introduce common inventory control systems designed to reduce costs.
• Identify inventory reduction strategies including ‘just-in-time’ inventory management.
• Define the role of warehousing in contemporary global supply chains.
• Explain materials handling processes within warehouses and distribution centres.
• Explain how materials movements are planned and controlled, including computer-based information and automated materials handling functions.
• Offer insights into how warehouses are managed and how work is organised.
Week 7 Information Flows and Technology
Reading:
Mangan et al Ch 12 • Define the role of information in contemporary global supply chains.
• Explain the need for information visibility and transparency across the supply network, and outline the barriers to achieving it.
• Define various information technologies employed in logistics and SCM.
• Discuss the use of RFID in SCM to provide real time information visibility.
• Discuss the emerging importance of knowledge management in supply networks.
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Week 8 Logistics and Financial Management
Reading:
Mangan et al Ch 13
• Describe and differentiate the accounting and financial information generated within logistics companies.
• Explain the key accounting statements, their purpose and implications.
• Demonstrate the importance of cash flow to a logistics company.
• Discuss business risk for a logistics company and currency risk in the context of international logistics activities.
• Outline the taxation implications of international transfers within a logistics company.
• Understand the role played by cost and management accounting information in a logistics company.
• Identify typical components of a balanced scorecard of a logistics company.
Week 9 Measuring and Managing Logistics Performance
Reading:
Mangan et al Ch 14
• Understand basic forms of performance measurement used in a logistics context such as tachographs in road haulage and space utilisation in warehousing.
• Illustrate the trend towards measurement of a wider array of activities and the eight driving forces behind this trend.
• Explain why many LSPs now routinely share key performance data with customers.
• Understand the role of benchmarking in the context of logistics performance management.
• Identify how many and which key performance indicators (KPIs) to track, how they are embedded within the organisation, how they fit with wider company objectives, where the requisite data will come from, and who (at what levels within the organisation) should receive the information generated by these KPIs.
• Understand in particular warehouse/inventory metrics and total landed costs.
Week 10 Supply Chain Vulnerability, Risk, Robustness and Resilience
Reading:
Mangan et al Ch 15
• Provide working definitions for key concepts.
• Explain why supply chain risk and conversely robustness and resilience have emerged as important themes in supply chain management.
• Address the problems surrounding interpretations and the treatment of ‘risk’ in management.
• Highlight the need for a holistic approach to managing supply chain vulnerabilities.
• Provide a structured framework for the identification and management of supply chain risk and resilience.
Week 11 Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Systems
Reading:
Mangan et al Ch 16
• Define the terms integration and collaboration in global SCM context.
• Explain how internal and external integration can be achieved to benefit supply chain performance.
• Discuss collaborative working and partnerships.
• Elaborate on specific methods used to enable collaboration.
• Offer a holistic perspective of SCM to provide an understanding of how supply chains can gain greater integration and collaboration in the future.
• Understand what sustainability involves in the context of logistics and SCM.
• Understand key terms such as carbon footprints, food miles, reverse logistics, etc.
• Illustrate best practice examples of attempts to reduce environmental footprints.
• Understand the link that exists between growth in logistics and concomitant growth in the demand for transport.
• Examine the different aspects of the two key dimensions used in logistics to reduce environmental impacts, namely scale and efficiency.
• Explain the different aspects of reverse logistics.
Week 12 Emerging Supply Chain Design
Reading:
Mangan et al Ch 19
• Review the many strategies and practices employed in logistics and SCM today.
• Appreciate the emerging and changing context within which logistics and SCM exists.
• Understand the need to synchronise the design of supply chains with the design of products.
• Understand the disparate costs that exist across supply chains.
• See how modelling approaches can assist in supply chain design.
• Detail the skills and knowledge areas required of logistics and supply chain managers in the future.
Week 13 Final Exam Revision& Self Exam Preparation
Week 14 Final Examination
5. Student Assessment:
Learning outcomes for subject Assessment Tasks
Type of Assessment
When assessed – year, session and week
(for example, year 1, semester 1, week 1) Weighting
(% of total marks for subject)
Describe the role and characteristics of logistics and supply chain management in business on a national and international level.
Attendances, Participations and Contributions
Mid Term Test
Weekly Tutorials
Week 6

10%
15%
Assess business supply chains based on practical examples and describe how varying local environmental conditions affect logistics operations and strategies.

Assess business supply chains based on practical examples and describe how varying local environmental conditions affect logistics operations and strategies.
Research assignment – Individual Report (2500 -3000 words)
Students require writing a report on critical evaluation of logistics systems of a chosen company; and develop strategic supply chain plans or provide effective supply chain solutions. Business with global logistics operations is preferable. Critical evaluation of the chosen company’s logistics operations should be performed. This involves using theoretical concepts that students have learned so far or are supposed to learn in the unit, to assess current logistics practices of the company. Week 10 25%
Develop strategic supply chain plans in an organisation and address specific international logistics challenges.

Provide effective supply chain solutions for organisations and evaluate SCM strategies for different country and industry contexts.

Describe the role and characteristics of logistics and supply chain management in business on a national and international level.
Final Examination:
150 examination consisting of multiple choice (20%) or analytical problem solving (40%) and reflective essays (40%) on the content of the unit Week 14, Trimester 1, Year 2
50%
Assess business supply chains based on practical examples and describe how varying local environmental conditions affect logistics operations and strategies.

Develop strategic supply chain plans in an organisation and address specific international logistics challenges.

Provide effective supply chain solutions for organisations and evaluate SCM strategies for different country and industry contexts.

6. Prescribed textbooks and other resources:
Textbook:
• Mangan, J., Lalwanim, C., Butcher, T., Javadpour, R., (2011), Global logistics and supply-chain management, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 9781119998846
Reference Books:
• Bowersox, D., Closs, D., Cooper, M.B., (2012), Supply Chain Logistics Management, 4th Edition, McGraw Hill, ISBN: 9780078024054
• Coyle, J.J., Langley, C.J., Novack, R., Gibson, B.J., (2013) Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective, 9th Edition, Cengage Learning Australia. ISBN: 9780538479189
• Coyle, J.J., Novack, R., Gibson, B.J., Bardi, E., (2012), Transportation: A Supply Chain Perspective, 7th Edition, Cengage Learning Australia. ISBN: 9780324789195
• Harrison, A., Hoek, R.V., (2010), Logistic Management and Strategy, 4th Edition, Pearson Education, ISBN: 9780273730224
• Murphy, P.R., Wood, D., (2011), Contemporary Logistics: International Edition, 10th Edition, Pearson Education, ISBN: 9780132479035
• Wisner, I.D., Tan, K.C., Leong, G. K., (2012), Principles of Supply Chain Management: A Balanced Approach, 3rd Edition, Cengage Learning Australia. ISBN: 9780538475488
Additional resources:
Journals and Newspapers
• Business Process Management Journal
• International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications
• International Journal of Logistics Management
• International Journal of Operations & Production Management
• International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
• Supply Chain Management
• Transportation Research Part E : Logistics and Transportation Review
• World Trade Magazine.
Websites
• The Worldwide Directory of Transportation and Logistics (http://www.logisticsworld.com)
• Leaders in Internet Protocol (IP) Based Transport Management Systems (http://www.elogistics.com)
• UPS Logistics Technologies (http://www.upslogistics.com)
• China Supply Chain Council (http://www.supplychain.cn)