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MGT2104 Supply Chain Design

Semester 1, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Management and Marketing
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Latif Al-Hakim
Moderator: Mehryar Nooriafshar

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


In today's customer-driven markets, business competition is between supply chains rather than individual firms. Managing the flow of products, information, and system wide costs across the supply chain measures the success of the supply chain in constantly matching or exceeding customer requirements. This course emphasises issues that represent distinctive challenges for supply chain management and provides students with the basic knowledge and tools necessary to develop, implement and sustain strategies for managing supply chain issues.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the role of supply chains in the context of Internet and e-commerce
  2. identify and articulate supply chain problems
  3. make inventory management and risk pooling analysis
  4. describe alternative decision-making strategies in supply chain design and management
  5. discuss strategic partnerships and comprehend procurement, outsourcing and distribution strategies
  6. demonstrate problem-solving skills by diagnosing information flow problems across the supply chain and their consequent impacts on fulfilling customer requirements
  7. evaluate the dimensions of customer value within the supply chains and discuss how the supply chain management contributes to customer value
  8. analyse supply chains applications
  9. demonstrate written communication skills by preparing and submitting a written assignment and a report
  10. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by identifying, discussing analysing and evaluating relevant contexts, applications and processes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Strategic analysis of supply chains 10.00
2. Planning and managing supply chains 15.00
3. Partnerships alliances 10.00
4. Procurement, outsourcing and distribution strategies 15.00
5. Networks in supply chains 10.00
6. Information value for supply chains 15.00
7. Role of information technology and e-business for supply chains 15.00
8. Customer value and supply chains 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Simchi-Levi, D, Kaminsky, P & Simchi-Levi, E 2008, Designing and managing the supply chain: concepts, strategies and case studies, 3rd edn, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Burt, DN, Petcavage, SD & Pinkerton, RL 2010, Supply management, 8th edn, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Stock, JR & Lambert, DM 2001, Strategic logistics management, 4th edn, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Students will be expected to keep abreast of latest developments in Internet transactions and supply chain issues.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 85.00
Private Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 100 20 23 Mar 2012
MAJOR REPORT 100 30 01 Jun 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a restricted examination. Candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the examiner. (ii) Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. (iv) The examiner will not accept submission of assignments by facsimile. (v) Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements.

  2. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

  3. Course weightings: Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in an examination paper. The examination may test material already tested in assignments.

  4. Deferred work: Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at