Course Title: e Business Supply Chains

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: e Business Supply Chains

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Dr Justin Filippou

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5694

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the significance of e-supply chain in business logistics. It provides you with the necessary concepts and techniques in e-supply chain design and implementation from a managerial perspective. Various technologies in the field will be discussed from the perspective of availability of tools. The course also emphasises on the use of case studies to illustrate the concept and approach to e-supply chain design and implementation.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onward your class will be held in a device-equipped teaching space. Each student group will have access to a laptop. It is however recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus both in and outside class times.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Following successful completion of this course you are expected to have gained a holistic view of end-to-end supply chain operation management process. You will also be able to transform part of the process to eletronic based operations using information technologies and an internet platform.

Detailed capabilities include:

  • A sound appreciation of the impact of ICT on business logistics and supply chain management
  • An ability to identify the issues in e-supply chain design and implementation, and to think in a practical and conceptual way about how these issues can be solved across the whole supply chain
  • An ability to choose an appropriate e-supply chain design for a company based on its business model, overall business strategy, capabilities, and current supply chain configuration
  • An understanding of the available e-supply chain management technologies and their limitations

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the significance of e-supply chain in gaining competitive advantage for an organisation
  • Understand the relationship between e-supply and e-commerce and the available hardware and software infrastructure support for its implementation
  • Have knowledge in e-supply chain design and implementation

Overview of Learning Activities

A range of learning experiences are planned for you including lectures and workshops. The workshops are designed to develop your analytical skills drawing on knowledge and frameworks offered in the lectures. Your active and constructive participation in group discussions is expected in addition to weekly reading, group and individual exercises and careful planning and completion of assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT university will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and computer laboratories.
You will have access to extensive course materials on myRMIT Studies, including digitised readings, lecture notes and a detailed study program, external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course will be directed to your ability to assess the significance of e-supply chain in facilitating and enhancing business processes; and illustrate how concepts and techniques in e-supply chain design and implementation have been utilised to advantage in practice.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class, through individual feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT university assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment Policies and Procedures manual. An 1.2.4 Assessment Charter section of this document summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.