Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Supply Chain Management

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Business, International Management, Supply Chain Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This introductory course is designed to provide students with an overview of the key areas in logistics and supply chain management. The course also provides a solid understanding of the basic terms, concepts and relationships involved in managing logistics and supply chains. On completion of this course, students should understand the major components of supply chains and how these are linked. The course also provides a basis for more advanced studies.
    Course Introduction
    Every business must deliver goods and/or services to its customers. Supply chain management addresses all relevant questions relating to the achievement of the '5 Rights': Right Goods, Right Time, Right Place, Right Quantity and Quality, Right Cost. This course is designed to introduce students to the core concepts of logistics and supply network and associated opportunities and challenges of achieving efficient and effective supply networks. The course will also consider current leading edge academic and practical debate such as outsourcing, ethical sourcing, sustainability, the 'greening' of supply chains, and the delivery of life saving good and services in response to disasters and complex emergencies.
    Course Aims
    On completion of this course, you should understand the major elements of supply chains/networks, how these are integrated within and accross organisational boundaries, the opportunities and challenges of achieving optimal efficiency and effectiveness in different industries and business environments. In particular, the course will focus on value creation through the sustainable management of supply networks.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Understand the major elements of a supply network and appreciate the extent to which they are inter-related in delivering improved value to an organisation.
    2 Obtain an overview of inventory, distribution, procurement and manufacturing management strategies related to the movement of goods and services within commercial supply networks.
    3 Recognise the importance of information flows to the effective and efficient operation of supply networks
    4 Demonstrate the increasing importance of a sustainable approach to supply network management
    5 Understand ways in which inter-personal and inter-organisational relationships can be managed effectively and efficiently in a supply network context.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Exam - selected response
    Mid-Semester Exam


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Individual Research Report


    Exam - constructed response
    End of Semester Examination


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.