Course Title: Supply Chain Sustainability

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Supply Chain Sustainability

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 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 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Professor Shams Rahman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5530

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

One method for achieving sustainable growth is to increase the amount of product materials recovered from the world’s waste stream. On the one hand environmental related legislations are forcing companies to be responsible for their waste, and on the other hand waste disposal costs are increasing rapidly. Considering this evolving business environment, many world class companies have realised that reverse logistics practices, combined with source reduction processes can be used to gain competitive advantage. The focus of this course is on the relationship between supply chain planning and environmental impact. It introduces you to the basic concepts of sustainability, reverse and lean logistics practices, including reuse, recycle and remanufacturing, green supply practices, discusses the role of regulations concerning product take back policies, life cycle assessment, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and international environmental standard such as ISO 14000, and explores the impact of legislations and policies on supply chain practices and reverse logistics network design. The course is of particular value to students majoring in logistics and supply chain, procurement, marketing, and sustainability management.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the concepts, and principles that underlie sustainability in supply chains, reverse logistics and the environment, especially with regard to the management of recycling and closed-loop-manufacturing, and logistics systems.
  2. Analyse the impact of logistics and supply chain on environment and appreciate the importance of reverse logistics and environmental and waste management issues in logistics and supply chain from the strategic perspective.
  3. Determine the performance measures necessary to capture sustainable supply chain practices.
  4. Explain and apply the environmental assessment methods and tools and international environmental standards such as ISO 14001, ISO 26000 in supply chains. 
  5. Interrelate the life cycle assessment methods and tools with strategic decision making regarding environment.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3:
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.