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ITLS5000: Foundations of Supply Chain Management

Logistics and supply chain management functions can account for as much as half of the total costs of running a business. The success of the logistic and supply chain management not only impacts on the profitability of a firm but also has a significant and growing impact on customer experience and satisfaction. Logistics and supply chain management plays a major role in implementing organisational strategy and in many industries has sole responsibility for managing customer service. An understanding of the role of this activity within an organisation and how improving logistics and supply chains can assist business managers to better respond to market opportunities is essential for business students. Students undertaking this unit are given a solid grounding in the language, concepts, techniques and principles that underlie the field of logistics and supply chain management, and how knowledge of these concepts contributes towards a strategically effective and operationally efficient organisation or network of organisations.


Academic unit Transport and Logistics Studies
Unit code ITLS5000
Unit name Foundations of Supply Chain Management
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal evening
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

TPTM6155 or TPTM5001
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Alan Win,
Tutor(s) Ali Hajiaghabozorgi ,
Liam Anthony French,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Final take-home exam
Short answer and MCQ
40% Formal exam period n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Individual report
20% Week 07
Due date: 26 Apr 2020 at 23:59

Closing date: 03 May 2020
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Group report
20% Week 11
Due date: 23 May 2020 at 23:59

Closing date: 25 May 2020
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Group presentation
Oral presentation
20% Week 12 15 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Individual report: Write a professional report explaining some of the key supply chain concepts related to an Australian retailer, as well as explaining supply chain integration and coordination and why they are important for an Australian retailer of your choice.
  • Group report: In teams of five, write a report based on findings for the client organisation analysed in the Group Project part of class lectures.
  • Group presentation: Teams will present their team project to be held during the last two weeks of tutorials/workshops. The content of the presentations should match what is included in the group report. All team members are expected to present equally and participate in responding to the questions after the presentation.
  • Final exam: The final exam will test the understanding of the material covered in the lectures, workshops and assigned readings. The final exam also tests the ability to apply this material in unfamiliar contexts. The exam will be closed-book.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Welcome session (no lecture or tutorial) Individual study (3 hr)  
Week 02 Introduction to logistics and SCM / customer and demand management Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr)  
Week 03 Tutorials Tutorial (1.5 hr)  
Week 04 Inventory management / packaging Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr)  
Week 05 Tutorials Tutorial (1.5 hr)  
Week 07 Procurement and supply management / financial aspects of logistics and SCM Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr)  
Week 08 Tutorials Tutorial (1.5 hr)  
Week 09 Logistics facilities and MHE Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr)  
Week 10 Tutorials Tutorial (1.5 hr)  
Week 11 Transport Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr)  
Week 12 Sustainable supply and value chain innovation Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr)  
Week 13 Revision tutorials Tutorial (1.5 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recording: All lectures and seminars are recorded and will be available on Canvas for student use. Please note the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed on the Library eReserve link available on Canvas.

  • Pienaar, W. J., and Vogt, J. J. (2016). Business logistics management (5th ed.). Cape Town, South Africa: Oxford University Press.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. evaluate supply chain management concepts at the strategic, tactical, and operational levels and explore their impact, individually and collectively, on business performance
  • LO2. analyse the strategic, tactical, and operational challenges faced by business in the design and long-term planning of complex supply chains
  • LO3. apply a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques for effective supply chain performance analysis and decision making
  • LO4. articulate ideas and opinions on supply chain management principles and practices in a clear and concise manner
  • LO5. synthesise a variety of ideas and opinions on a real-world business problem into an optimal supply chain solutions
  • LO6. identify and evaluate emerging corporate and social responsibility initiatives and their impact on supply chain strategies.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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