Course Title: Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018


Shanghai Uni of Int Bus & Econ


650T Vocational Business Education


Offsh3 16,
Offsh3 17

Course Coordinator: Zlatko Muhvic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5440

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.5

Course Coordinator Availability: By email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this introductory course you will explore the elements of integrated business logistics and the role and application of logistics principles to supply/demand/value chain management. Logistics and the closely related concept of supply chain management (SCM) underpin business or corporate strategy because they inform company objectives in sales, market share, share price, returns on shareholder funds, investment and assets.

The course also covers key activities related to logistics and supply chain management, including transportation, warehousing, inventory management, customer service, and purchasing.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Draw on key logistics and supply chain management concepts and theories to inform a variety of business contexts.
  2. Apply logistics and supply chain management strategies to assist other functional areas of a business organization.
  3. Apply leadership and organisational skills to leverage the resources of a group and develop solutions to operational issues.
  4. Interact and communicate effectively in team settings to solve problems in supply chain management.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course is designed to provide a range of learning experiences to equip students with a broad-base understanding of logistics and supply chain concepts. Each lecture will introduce you to a specific aspect of logistics and supply chain concepts. The tutorials are designed to assist you in applying these concepts and in developing a supply chain portfolio for a designated company(s), comprising poster design, group and individual presentations, and report writing.

You will need to complete regular weekly learning tasks that may involve online activities, reading broadly, analysing video material and case studies, reporting critically on set questions, researching course topics, and completing prescribed assessment tasks. You are required to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies/Canvas Course Site. You will also be required to actively and effectively engage with peers in collaborative problem solving activities and other forms of group work.

Overview of Learning Resources

This course is supported online by the use of the myRMIT Studies/Canvas site where various materials will be supplied progressively throughout the semester - including lecture slides, presentation materials, information and guidance on case study analysis and writing of reports, tutorial solutions, assessment timelines and other relevant material. You are advised to regularly check your Course site. 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.

It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus, including the classroom and outside of class times.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Task 1: 15%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: 35%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

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.