TPTM6155 Logistics & Supply Chain Management by lindahy


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                   Logistics & Supply Chain Management
                                                                     Semester One, 2010
Unit of Study Outline

Coordinator: Mr. Alan Win
Phone: +64 21 751 479, Email:
Office: Institute of Transport & Logistics, 144 Burren St, Level 1, Room Number 104
Consultation Times: By arrangement only. In first instance contact me via email.

Times: Days Per Below: 9am – 4:30pm Venue: ITLS Building, Level 3, Room: LT1

Stream: A
 Day    Wednesday       Wednesday      Wednesday          Wednesday        Wednesday        Wednesday
 Date   10 March        24 March       21 April           5 May            19 May           16 June

Stream B
 Day    Thursday        Thursday        Thursday          Thursday        Thursday         Thursday
 Date   11 March        25 March        22 April          6 May           20 May           17 June

1. Unit of study information

   1.1. Faculty Handbook description

   Logistics and supply chain management are foundation blocks of any successful business. Unless an
   organisation can manage and coordinate the movement of materials, information and cash through its
   business, and those of partner organisations, it is unlikely to outperform its competitors. Furthermore
   organisations rarely compete as fully integrated organisations; typically they are part of increasingly
   interdependent networks. The operational disciplines of the successful organisation are responsible for
   developing and managing its response to market opportunities, and supply chain management is the
   key to a successful response. This unit provides an understanding of these two important concepts. It
   offers sound grounding in terms, concepts, techniques and principles that underlie logistics and supply
   chain management, exploring both concepts and demonstrating how together these contribute
   towards a strategically effective and operationally efficient organisation.

   1.2. Aims and context

   This unit of study presents an introduction of concepts, principles and techniques associated with
   logistics and supply chain management. Further, the unit of study explores the relationship and
   influence of logistics and supply chain management with the other business activities, particularly
   operations management, marketing, sales and finance. Case analysis provides students with realistic
   exposure to the important issues facing logistics and supply chain management professionals in
   today’s business environment.

   Interest in logistics management has grown rapidly in recent times due to three major factors: first,
   many world class companies have discovered the magnitude of savings that can be achieved by
   planning and managing their logistics operations more effectively; second, information and
   communication systems have been widely implemented and provide access to comprehensive data
   and information for analysis, from all components of the logistics system, and, finally, deregulation of
   the transportation industry has offered reduced transportation costs across a variety of transportation

   Students will learn how logistics systems consist of suppliers, manufacturing centres, warehouses,
   distribution centres and retail outlets. It is dynamic and involves the constant flow of information,
  product/service and funds between different components. Each component of the logistics system
  performs different processes and interacts with other stages of the logistics system. However, the
  objective of the entire system is to maximise the overall value generated.

  Consequently, to reduce cost and improve service levels, effective logistics strategies must take into
  account the interactions at various stages in the logistics system. Equally, it is important not lose
  sight of the fact that as with any other business activity, logistics interfaces with the other processes
  and activities in the business and decisions and actions should only be taken with these relationships
  in mind.

  This entry level unit prepares students for subsequent units of study including Logistics Systems
  TPTM6190, Value Chain Management TPTM6170, and International Logistics TPTM6260.

2. Learning outcomes, learning and teaching activities & assessment

  2.1. Intended learning outcomes
  The intended learning outcomes are:
   1. To acquire, develop and demonstrate problem solving skills.
   2. To develop and practice communications skills.
   3. To acquire an understanding of the Logistics and SCM concepts and inter-relationships that exist
       between them and to demonstrate their knowledge by successful completion of unit assessment
   4. To develop research skills appropriate to the Logistics & SCM discipline.
   5. Plan and achieve goals and meet challenges and deadlines.
   6. To learn to work as a collaborative and cooperative team member.
   7. To work with people from diverse backgrounds.

  On completion of this unit of study, students should be able to:
   1. Understand the concepts and vocabulary of the Logistics & SCM discipline.
   2. Develop and apply research skills appropriate to the requirements of the unit and discipline.
   3. Understand how the concepts of related management disciplines are applied in the development of
       Logistics & SCM problems.
   4. Understand and apply the concepts learnt to Logistics & SCM problems and support their solutions
       with logical argument.
   5. Communicate an understanding of the unit’s concepts and their application in written and verbal/
       presentation media.
   6. Develop individual intellectual enquiry and application skills.
   7. Demonstrate the realisation of these outcomes by achieving an adequate overall standard in the
       assessment process.

  2.2. Learning and teaching activities

  Face to face

  Learning and teaching activities include:
   1. Read text and other materials. Monitor the business press for topics that are relevant applications
       of the unit concepts. Use the Internet to expand their knowledge of the unit concepts.
   2. Prepare for class sessions by reading relevant text chapters before class meetings.
   3. Review and revise own notes after class sessions.
   4. Respond to questions in class sessions.
   5. Participate in class exercise discussions.
   6. Undertake a role in presentations when required.
   7. Undertake adequate preparation for assessments.
   8. Follow up assessment outcomes with unit lecturer.

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   Blackboard: ( provides the main online learning support. It is
   essential that you log in at least twice per week to keep abreast of unit-wide announcements and use
   the resources to supplement your learning.

   Outline/presentation/notes: for each lecture are available 3 days before each lecture for you to
   download from Blackboard ( Copies of extra handouts from the
   lecture are also made available online one day after the lecture.


   Text: Vogt JJ, WJ Pienaar and PWC de Wit (2007) Business Logistics Management: Theory and
   Practice, Second edition, OUP Southern Africa

   2.3. Assessment

       Assessment task         Weighting     Due Date*       Closing Date**      Word length

       1. Individual Essay     35%           May 6           May 20               2,500 words

       2. Group Project        30%           June 16/17      Jun 16/17           20 – 30 min
       Presentation & Report                                                     Presentation plus
                                                                                 documented report
                                                                                 4,000 words

       3. Final 2hr exam       35%           Exam period     Scheduled Exam      25 Multiple choice
                                                                                 questions plus
                                                                                 answer 2 of 4 essay
                                                                                 1,500 words

       Total                   100%                                               8,000 words

   *    A hard copy must be handed to the Paper Coordinator no later than 4pm on the due date.
   ** Students who submit the assignment after the due date but before the closing date will be
   penalised 30% of their final mark for the assignment. The closing date is the date beyond which an
   assessment cannot be accepted for marking.

   2.4. Assessment details

   Individual Essay (35% of final mark)

   Rationale: The topic(s) for the individual essay will be advised and posted during the first lecture of
   the paper. The individual essay is completed to enable students to demonstrate an in depth
   understanding of a specific topic covered as part of TPTM6155.

   Submission details:
   • The Faculty cover sheet (individual) must be attached for all essays.
   • Please check that you have read the electronic compliance statement.
   • Make sure you check for matched phrases (e.g. ‘Check your assignment’ within the Academic
     Honesty module on Blackboard) and appropriately reference or paraphrase.
   • Submit assignments both electronically via Blackboard, and, a duplicate hard copy MUST be
     handed to the Unit Co-ordinator during the 4th lecture. Submission is not valid unless both copies
     are identical and both received by the due date.
   • Should submission problems occur, students should contact the unit coordinator as soon as

   An individual task that assesses your ability to:
   • Identify a research topic and sources of material relevant to the selected topic
   • Analyse and synthesise the materials to demonstrate an understanding of the topic
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  Group Project Presentation & Report (30% of final mark)

  Rationale: Project groups and the topic will be advised and posted during the first lecture of the
  paper.  The case study is completed in groups of four to six students to develop valuable
  communication and collaboration skills.

  Submission details:
  • The Faculty cover sheet (group) must be attached for all essays.
  • Please check that you have read the electronic compliance statement.
  • Make sure you check for matched phrases (e.g. ‘Check your assignment’ within the Academic
    Honesty module on Blackboard) and appropriately reference or paraphrase.
  • Comply with all relevant Faculty policies and procedures e.g. special consideration, extensions,
    appeals, academic honesty, plagiarism.

  Submit your hardcopy to the Lecturer at your Day 6 lecture on June 16 (Stream A) / June 17 (Stream

  • Quality of analysis and focus on topic
  • Quality of synthesis of research materials
  • Consistent support of arguments with rationale and considered opinion
  • Clear and coherent aural and written articulation of ideas
  • Ability to respond to questions from class lecturer and peers
  • Appropriate use of time allocated for preparation and for the presentation
  • Adherence to the principles of academic honesty

  Final Examination (35% of final mark)

  Rationale: The final examination will be open book, although ONLY legitimately published copies of
  the course text will be permitted in the examination room. The examination is completed to enable
  students to demonstrate in breadth of understanding of a range of topics covered as part of TPTM6155.

  Details: The exam consists of 2 sections:

   1. 25 Multiple choice questions – 2 marks for each correct answer, -1 for each incorrect answer, 0 for
       unanswered questions. Total available marks for this section = 50. The questions are directly
       from the text.
   2. Answer 2 of 4 long answer essay questions. Each question is worth a maximum of 25 marks. Total
       available marks for this section = 50.

  • Undertake adequate preparation
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills by using suitable applications and examples
  • Clear and coherent written articulation of ideas
  • Adherence to the principles of academic honesty

  2.5. Workload and minimum requirements
  To attain good understanding of the material provided and complete the necessary course activities
  students should expect to spend a minimum of 11 hours a week throughout the semester on this

                      Teaching activity /            Approximate number of
                      assessment                     hours dedicated to it
                      Face to face teaching          6.5hrs × 6 days = 39hrs
                      Pre-lecture reading / study    5hrs x 6 = 30hrs
                      Preparations for exams         30hrs
                      Assignment completion          25hrs
                      Group project preparation      20hrs
                      Total                          144 hrs

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  2.6. Feedback
  Marks for assignments will be available to students no later than three weeks or 21 days after the
  official submission, presentation or examination date. Results will be made available via Blackboard.
  Your assessment will only be available to collect/view when your result has been posted to
  Blackboard. Assessments may be collected/viewed from/at the Student Enquiries Office from
  Monday to Friday between 12pm and 1.30pm ONLY. If you would like your assignment returned to
  you via the post you must include an addressed and stamped envelope when you submit your
  assessment. If no stamp is provided, the assignment will not be returned. Please note that scripts
  of take home exams will not be returned to students; individual scripts will be available for students
  to view on request. We do not provide any comments on exam scripts.

  2.7. Academic honesty, plagiarism, legitimate cooperation and group work

  Commencing students should complete the academic honesty module available via Blackboard
  before their first assessment submission. Students should refer to Faculty and University policies on
  academic dishonesty and plagiarism
  al), copyright and the ‘All your
  own work website’ ( for
  information about legitimate cooperation, group work, how to reference correctly and how to avoid

  Academic honesty is important to protect students' right to receive due credit for work submitted for
  assessment. It is clearly unfair for students to submit work for assessment that dishonestly
  represents the work of others as their own and gain marks and degrees, which are not based on
  their own efforts and abilities. Deliberate breaches of academic honesty constitute academic
  misconduct. These breaches include: plagiarism, fabrication of data, recycling previously submitted
  material, engaging someone else to complete an assessment on one’s behalf and misconduct during
  supervised assessments.

  The penalties for academic misconduct may include: a mark of zero on the assessment; a fail grade
  in the unit of study, additional assessment (including an unseen exam), and reference of the matter
  to the University Registrar.

  All assessments will be checked for plagiarism. Where plagiarism is suspected, the assessment will
  be fully checked and monitored using manual process, google checks and also electronic plagiarism
  detectors. In order to do this, the Faculty may reproduce the assessment, provide a copy to
  another member of faculty, and/or communicate a copy of this assignment to a plagiarism checking
  service (which may then retain a copy of the assignment on its database for the purpose of future
  plagiarism checking).

  Academic dishonesty involves more than just copying material. Cooperation and helping other
  students may at times trigger academic dishonesty proceedings if it appears you have worked too
  closely with another student. In this unit you will complete:
   1.   Individual Assignment
   2.   Group Project
   3.   Exam

  Individual assignments must be written and prepared alone. You may consult with other students
  about ideas and possible research sources but the analysis and writing of the assignment must be
  done alone. Group assignments should be prepared within the group. Students should contribute
  fully to the group and take part in all group activities, contributing ideas, analysis and writing to the
  final product. While students within the group should assist each other freely, students should not
  carry this level of cooperation outside the group. One group may cooperate and help another group
  about ideas and possible research sources but the analysis and writing of the assignment must be
  done by the group alone.

3. Student feedback and evaluation
  3.1 Feedback received from previous students
  Student feedback is valued in this unit. The end-of-semester Unit of Study Evaluation includes both
  ratings and opportunity for qualitative comments. Unit of Study Evaluation forms are reviewed to

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  understand both ratings and comments at the end of the semester and to plan changes for
  subsequent semesters. The same feedback approaches will be incorporated this semester.

  3.2 Improvements made
  Several changes have been incorporated this semester to improve the student experience including:
  •   posting lecture notes onto Blackboard 3 days before the timetabled lecture
  •   encouraging the election of 2 student representatives per stream to meet with the unit of study co-
      ordinator during the semester to provide feedback on any student issues with class work.

  3.3 Collection of feedback from current students
  A unit of study evaluation will be conducted at the end of the semester during lectures. Feedback will
  be used to make changes to improve the unit of study. This is a completely revised version of
  TPTM6155 and your comments will be appreciated.

4. University policies and services
  All students must comply with and follow all Faculty and University policies and procedures.
  Faculty policies are contained in the Administration Manual for Students at
  It is crucial that you take the time to consult this manual early in your studies in order to familiarise
  yourself with policies and procedures relating to critical issues such as the Faculty’s policy on special
  consideration (including requirements and timelines. e.g. lodging applications five working days after a
  missed assessment), appeals (lodge within 15 working days of the decision) and other policies such as
  enrolment, credit etc. Assistance is available from the Faculty’s Student Information Office at
  University policies at Assistance is available from the University’s
  Student Centre the Student Affairs
  The code of conduct is an important policy which outlines the University’s expectations about treating
  all staff employees and students with respect, dignity, impartiality, courtesy and sensitivity and refrain
  from acts of discrimination, harassment or bullying.
  Links to other student services and resources are included on Blackboard and on the Faculty’s
  Learning and Teaching website

5. Topic and assessment schedule

 Week    Topic                In-class (Lecture/Tutorial)             Out-of-class      Assessment
                                                                      preparation       due date
 Day 1   Introduction to       • Introduction to business             Read Chapters
         Logistics & Supply      logistics (Chapter 1)                1, 2, 3 & 4
 10/11   Chain                 • Competitive advantage created
 March   Management              by logistics (Chapter 2)
                               • Strategy (Chapter 3)
                               • Tactical logistics management
                                 (Chapter 4)
                               • Class exercise - group work

 Day 2   Purchasing,           • Procurement management               Read Chapters
         Financial Control,      (Chapter 5)                          5, 6, 8 & 18
 24/25   Packaging &           • Financial aspects of logistics
 March   Inventory               (Chapter 18)                         Group work
         Management            • Packaging (Chapter 8)
                               • Inventory management
                                 (Chapter 6)
                               • Class exercise - group work

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 Week     Topic                In-class (Lecture/Tutorial)            Out-of-class    Assessment
                                                                      preparation     due date
 Day 3   Physical              • Design of storage and handling      Read Chapters
         Distribution &          systems (Chapter 9)                 7, 9, 10 & 19
 21/22   Monitoring            • Equipment used in facilities
 April   Performance             (Chapter 7)                         Group work
                               • Operation of a warehouse
                                 (Chapter 10)
                               • Controlling logistics
                                 performance (Chapter 19)
                               • Class exercise - group work

 Day 4   Transport             • The transport system (Chapter       Read Chapters   Individual
                                 11)                                 11, 12 & 13     assignment
 5/6                           • Transport cost and pricing                          due
 May                             principles (Chapter 12)             Group work      6th May 4pm
                               • Transport management
                                 (Chapter 13)
                               • Class exercise - group work

 Day 5   International         • International Logistics (Chapter    Read Chapters
         Logistics, Reverse      14)                                 14, 15, 16 &
 19/20   Logistics, &          • Reverse logistics (Chapter 15)      17
 May     Logistics Systems     • E- business in logistics (Chapter
                                 16)                                 Group work
                               • Logistics systems (Chapter 17)
                               • Class exercise - group work

 Day 6   Group Assessment     Group presentations                    Prepare for     Group
                                                                     Group           Presentation
 16/17                                                               Presentation    & Group
 June                                                                Prepare Group   Report

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