Course Description

Course Name

Operations and Supply Chain Strategy

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Explores planning, organisation and control of the resources and capabilities to improve organisational performance and to satisfy customer requirements. Topics include, resource planning, demand management, procurement strategies, supply chain integration and network design.

The aim of the paper is to familiarise students with the discipline of operations and supply chain management, which enables firms to better coordinate information and materials flows and customer service activities relevant to purchasing, logistics and operations processes that occur along a supply chain. The primary objective is to ensure that students can diagnose issues and recommend actions pertinent to specific situations that occur in organisations and their supply chains. A secondary objective is to provide a forum for written and verbal discussion of strategic issues.

Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour lecture
Four 2-hour tutorials (optional)

Learning Outcomes
The paper's objectives are designed to ensure not only that students gain sound theoretical and practical understanding of operations and supply chain strategy, but also that they can engage with the material and issues using their own experiences and knowledge. This paper will suit those students who may wish to develop a career in operations management, supply chain management, purchasing and logistics management or in general management. The aims of this paper are:1. To provide students with an appreciation and understanding of operations and supply chain strategy.2. To allow students to engage with and critically analyse the theory and practice of the field.3. To ensure students broaden their own perspectives of organisational processes and managerial approaches by encouraging an appreciation of the inter-related nature of the business programme.4. To build the student's abilities and confidence in decision-making by providing students with the opportunity to become actively involved in their course of study and learning.5. To provide a basis for more advanced studies in Operations and Supply Chain Management or to complement other studies in management.

Wisner, J., Tan, K., & Leong, G. (2012). Principle of supply chain management (3rd edition). Mason: Southwestern.

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