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MGT3204 Warehousing and Inventory Tools

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Warehousing & Inventory Tools
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 089901 - Purchasing, Warehousing and Di
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Kim Southey

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


Manufacturers, distributors and suppliers, in fact any organisation needing to hold inventories and stock, need to acquire the right warehousing and inventory tools. Traditional warehousing and inventory systems often involved tedious hand entries into Gantt and other project management monitoring systems with revised inventory stock levels recorded at the end of the week or month. The older systems were much less efficient than more contemporary systems that involve new inventory software packages and warehouse techniques. Goods or products that are picked from a shelf in the warehouse are now automatically tracked via a software system that records the entry and automatically adjusts stock levels. Warehousing can mainly be thought of in terms of dividing large spaces into bins and compartments or shelves so that products can be located accurately. It also refers to how items are stored and which processes should be used to handle different items such as conveyors, forklifts and packaging systems. Inventory software for instance is used to calculate how much is left in stock, which warehouse it might be located in, and so on. Inventory systems are also used to track sales, determine which stock to reorder, enabling managers to make key purchasing and supply decisions. Critical to this analysis will be the determination of total throughput costs at both macro and micro levels. For example, examination of the role that factory floor layout plays in affecting the total throughout time/cost. Hence, techniques such as facility layout using both heuristic and algorithmic approaches should be explored in some detail. This course accordingly focuses on storage and inventory management related aspects of the supply chain.


The course will enable students to learn about the main methods of managing the physical components of inventory within and across warehouses. Various topics distinguish between the key differences of warehousing and inventory and case studies are used to analyse different kinds of warehousing and inventory needs across industries, e.g., the food industry. Students should be able to see the links with continuous improvement techniques and acquire key skills related to minimising the total inventory costs. They will be able to apply just-in-time control systems to maximise delivery options and meet end-user demands. We also focus on integrating key warehousing and inventory skills with supply chain design and optimisation in the chain. Both pull and push concepts and their impact on the choice of inventory management will be introduced and discussed. Students will explore topics such as traditional inventory management, re-order levels, and economic order quantity alternative approaches. Students will not only acquire key knowledge of warehousing and industry; they will also learn how to solve quite complex warehousing problems and to determine which software will best assist a manufacturer to keep control of multiple stock items across the business.


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

  1. describe general concepts of inventory and warehouse management and the importance of these to the supply chain
  2. determine how inventory costs are derived from holding and ordering stock
  3. apply the relevant techniques of inventory management to supply chain operations to real-life case problems to minimize total annual costs and explore software options
  4. explain the difference between push and pull inventory management approaches and apply the appropriate technique to the problem
  5. examine and understand the philosophy of Just-in-Time (JIT) approaches to inventory management
  6. explore how relationship charts relate to floor layout and material handling costs.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to the importance of inventory and warehouse management 10.00
2. Traditional inventory management 15.00
3. Approaches related to managing inventories in push/just in case situations 20.00
4. Philosophies of Just-in-Time (JIT) in managing inventories and inventory software 20.00
5. Heuristic and algorithmic techniques related to facility layout 15.00
6. Warehousing floor layouts and material handling costs. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Keller SB, Keller BC & Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals 2014, The definitive guide to warehousing: managing the storage and handling of materials and products in the supply chain, Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Lectures or Workshops 36.00
Private Study 89.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT 1 30 30 19 Aug 2019
PROJECT 2 30 30 14 Oct 2019
EXAMINATION 40 40 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. This is a restricted examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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 examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination)
    2. 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