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ITLS6015: Managing Supply Chain Disruption

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

Supply chains are typically designed to handle minor risks in supply and demand. Increasingly complex supply chains leave businesses vulnerable to abnormal events and disruptions, including natural disasters, supplier failure, cyber security threats and wide scale threats such as pandemics and climate change. Despite this, supply chains are an essential service and play a crucial economic and humanitarian role in times of crises. Supply chains are also undergoing structural change due to evolving consumer demand and are being impacted by disruptive technologies such as manufacturing-as-a-service and autonomous distribution and delivery. Supply chains are differentiated by their resilience to abnormal events and disruptions and their ability to accommodate and exploit structural change and disruptive technologies. This unit explores each of these types of disruption and equips students with a variety of strategies for mitigating these risks. Students design resilient supply chains and plan responses to humanitarian crises. They critically assess the structural changes and technological disruption that are taking place in supply chains now or are anticipated to occur in the future. This unit makes extensive use of recent case studies, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ITLS6015
Academic unit Transport and Logistics Studies
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Alan Win,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
Final Exam
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Individual assignment
Individual assignment
20% Week 06
Due date: 31 Mar 2022 at 23:59
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4
Assignment group assignment Group report
Group report
20% Week 13 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO3
Presentation group assignment Group presentation
Group presentation
20% Week 13 15 minutes per group
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary

Formal Exam

Individual Assignment

Group Project – Report and Presentation

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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For more information see guide to grades.

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.

Academic integrity

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to supply chain disruptions Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Managing regular risks Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 03 Supply risks & natural disasters Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6
Week 04 Supply chain security & integrity Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 05 Risk mitigation strategies Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Demand risks & consumer influence Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 07 Humanitarian Logistics Seminar (3 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Climate change & supply chains Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 10 Global disruption & pandemic Seminar (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Contribution of management decisions Seminar (3 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Disruptive technologies & changes in the labour market Seminar (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Group presentation session 1 Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Group presentation session 2 Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

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

Sodhi, M.S. and Tang, C.S. (2012) Managing Supply Chain Risk, Springer

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. Appraise existing supply chains for their vulnerability to disruption
  • LO2. Prioritise regular verses risk mitigation supply chain decisions and investments
  • LO3. Identify technologies and structural changes that are disrupting supply chains and protect against these and create business opportunities from them
  • LO4. Design supply chains that are resilient to regular and abnormal risks and disruptions
  • LO5. Evaluate the ethical implications of business responses to supply chain disruption
  • LO6. Integrate multi-disciplinary perspectives within diverse teams to effectively manage supply change disruption

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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