Course Title: Supply Chain 4.0

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Supply Chain 4.0

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


665H Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain


PGRDFlex23 (All)

Course Coordinator: Shahrooz Shahparvari

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5233

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To participate successfully in this course, it is highly recommended that you: 

  • have an understanding of the logistics and supply chain business/commercial environment;
  • have a basic understanding of excel, statistics, and quantitative analysis for business and management;
  • can read and interpret supply chain maps; and
  • be able to comprehend and communicate supply chain information in accurate, clear, concise and coherent English.

Course Description

Technology is driving supply chain evolution, automation and digitalisation. In order to navigate an increasingly turbulent environment, businesses are turning to automation to enhance the resilience and efficiency of their supply chains. This course will focus on contemporary supply chain operations and explore the roles automation technology can play to increase operational performance. The currently available forms of automation will be explored, together with the practical uptake of alternative technologies in a range of business sectors. The return on investments of these automation approaches will be assessed in relation to alternative commercial settings.

Supply chain digitalisation goes hand in hand with automation, both as an enabler and a means to leverage commercial value. Thus, this course will also examine the role digitisation plays in supply chain automation. Data management and coordination via digital platforms will be explored in relation to supply chain automation.

Automation and digital supply chain technology is constantly evolving. This course will also cover this dynamic landscape by exploring future supply chains. New approaches to resilience and agility will be covered together with the latest developments in omnichannel logistics and supply chain circularity. The impacts of advances in machine learning, artificial intelligence and the latest analytical techniques on supply chain automation will covered.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


You will achieve the following course learning outcomes (CLOs) upon successful completion of this course:

CLO1 Critically evaluate the potential of contemporary supply chain technology to inform automation initiatives.

CLO2 Differentiate the nuances between different types of automation used across logistics and supply chain practices to enhance business decision making.

CLO3 Applyalternativedigitaltechnologytoarangeofsupplychainandlogistical settings to ensure solutions are practically valuable.

CLO4 Expertly judge viability of automating logistical practices via commercial imperatives to enhance business decision making.

CLO5 Work independently or in teams to develop and communicate supply chain automation business evaluations and impactful visualisation techniques.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course uses highly structured learning activities to guide your learning process and prepare you for the assessments. The activities are a combination of individual, peer-supported and facilitator-guided activities, and where possible project-led, with opportunities for feedback throughout.

The learning activities have been designed to assist you in the development of a number of important graduate capabilities. Authentic and industry-relevant learning is central to this course, and you will be encouraged to critically compare and contrast what is happening in the logistics and supply chain profession, and to use your personal insights.

You are expected to consistently apply yourself to the course throughout the semester. Social learning is another important component, and you are expected to participate in class and group activities, share drafts of work and resources and give and receive peer feedback. You will be expected to work efficiently and effectively with others to achieve outcomes greater than those that you might have achieved alone.

Hybrid fortnightly workshops will be provided outside of normal working hours for online learners in parallel with those able to attend in person. The workshops will be recorded for asynchronous learners and are designed to supplement the material provided on the RMIT Canvas site and the recommended readings. Discussions in these workshops are specifically designed using group work and problem-solving activities so that you may critically analyse topics covered throughout the course. The workshop setting also provides the opportunity for you to critically evaluate problems and develop confidence in your ability to apply theoretical issues to practical situations.

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of recordings, texts and articles will be referred to in class. You will be given a list of suggested readings and audio-visual recordings, but you are required to undertake further research throughout the duration of the course. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online discussion forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and individual consultation. 

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. 

Contact: Ask the Library for assistance and information on Library resources and services: Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills. Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the course learning outcomes (CLOs).

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

Assessment Task 2: 35%
Linked to CLOs 1, 2, 4, 5 

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked to CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5