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Business IT and Supply Chain

Part B: Course Detail

OMGT 2155 Course Guide

Teaching Period RMIT Course Code

Semester 1 2014 OMGT 2155

RMIT Course Id


RMIT Course Title School Career Campus Learning Mode

Business IT and Supply Chain Business IT & Logistics Undergraduate City Campus Face-to-Face

Primary Learning Mode Weekly 2-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial

Credit Points Teacher Guided Hours Learner Directed Hours


36 per semester 108 per semester

Melbourne, Australia Course Coordinator Course Coordinator Phone Course Coordinator Email

Dr. Chin Eang Ong +61 3 9925 1629

Course Description This course introduces to students the significance of information utilisation and sharing in supply chain management. It aims to show that proper use of real-time information can help reduce inventory, lead time, cycle time, and other wastes in the supply chain thereby enhancing the overall efficiency and responsiveness. The use of information relies heavily on computer hardware and software, particularly information technology developed around the Internet. For e-supply chain management, the underlying technology is basically identical to that for e-commerce. Therefore, the background of e-commerce development and its relationship with supply chain management will be explored in this course. Similarly, the issues of infrastructure support, security, e- business model, and the guidelines for e-supply chain design and implementation will be addressed and discussed.

As this course will examine e-supply chain from a management perspective, case studies will be used to illustrate the concept and approach to e-supply chain design and implementation. The focus will mainly be placed on the rationale behind the migration from traditional supply chain to e-supply chain and the approach to implementing e- supply chain using the available technologies.

This course will enhance your appreciation of supply chain management in the information era, both in theory and in practice. It will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the underlying technologies and equip you with the

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necessary knowledge in designing and implementing e-supply chains. You will learn to think systematically not only about e-supply chain configuration and technological requirements but also the need to revise the business model to tie in with the changes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development As indicated in the approved Program Guide for the Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management), OMGT 2155 mainly focuses on the following capability dimensions:

1. E-Supply chain design and implementation capabilities;

2. Application of information technology capabilities;

3. System thinking capabilities;

4. Critical analysis problem setting and solving capabilities; and

5. Interpersonal and communication capabilities.

The capabilities that are developed through the undergraduate logistics program in which you are enrolled are described in the program guide. It is expected that upon successful completion of the course you would have further developed these capabilities by gaining the following:

1. Develop sound understanding of the impact of information technology on business logistics and supply chain management;

2. Demonstrate a high level of understanding of the relationship between business model and supply chain design focusing on the use and sharing of information among business partners;

3. Identify and examine the issues in e-supply chain design and to think in a practical and conceptual way about how these issues can be solved across the whole supply chain;

4. Develop, plan and select the appropriate e-supply chain design for a company based on its business model, overall business strategy, capabilities, and current supply chain configuration;

5. Identify and assess the difficulties and the challenges in implementing an e-supply chain design;

6. Develop a high level of understanding of the available technologies and their limitations; and

7. Identify and determine the importance of e-supply chain management in assisting the functional areas of e-business/e-commerce.

8. Generate and exemplify effective interpersonal skills and communication techniques in working as a team to solve real-world problems in e-supply chain management.

In short, successful completion of the course should promote your thinking conceptually about e-supply chain management and its significance to assist a business entity to achieve its strategic goals.

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Overview of Learning Activities Lectures, class discussion, case studies, and tutorials

Teaching Schedule


Supply Chains and E-Supply Chains.


E-Commerce and E-Business.


E-Logistics Platforms.




Integration of Supply Chains into Business.


Supplier Relationship Management (eSRM).


E-Supply Chains Enabling Technologies: RFID.


Strategic Sourcing and E-Procurement (Industrial speaker)


Security and E-Supply Chains.


Strategy for E-Supply Chains.


E-Supply Chains Management.


Future of E-Supply Chains.



Tutorial Topic




Introduces members to the class Form group for Assignments & Tutorial Weekly Tutorial Task Briefing


EndNote & Referencing Skills


Tutorial 1


Tutorial 2


Assignment 1 Review/Feedback before submission


Tutorial 3


Tutorial 4


Tutorial 5


Tutorial 6


Assignment 2 - Review/Feedback before submission


Assignment 2 Final Preparation

Overview of Learning Resources You have access to an extensive range of course materials on the online RMIT Learning Hub, including lecture notes, list of reference books, information / guidance on case study analysis and the writing up of business reports, a detailed study / examination topics listing (cross-referenced to the textbook), external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

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Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts NIL


Ross, D.F. (2003) Introduction to e-Supply Chain Management: Engaging Technology to Build Market-Winning Business Partnerships, St. Lucie Press. 1-57444-324-0

Bozarth, CC, Handfield, RB & Weiss, HJ 2008, Introduction to operations and supply chain management, 2nd ed. / edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Harlow.

Coyle, JJ 2009, Supply chain management : a logistics perspective, 8th ed. edn, South- Western Cengage, Mason, OH ; Australia.

Wisner, JD, Tan, K-C & Leong, GK 2008, Principles of supply chain management : a balanced approach, 2nd ed. edn, South-Western Cengage Learning, Mason, OH.

Chopra, S & Meindl, P 2007, Supply chain management : strategy, planning, and operation, 3rd ed. edn, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Monczka, RM & Monczka, RM 2009, Purchasing and supply chain management, 4th ed. edn, South-Western Cengage Learning, Mason, Ohio.

Turban E., Lee, J., King D., McKay, J., and Marshall P. (2008) Electronic Commerce 2008: A Managerial Perspective, Pearson Prentice-Hall.

McCormack K.P., Johnson W.C., and Walker, W. (2003) Supply Chain Networks and Business Process Orientation: Advanced Strategies and Best Practices, St. Lucie Press.

Poirier C.C. and Bauer M.J. (2000) e-Supply Chain: Using the Internet to Revolutionize Your Business, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

Zhang, Q. (Ed.) (2007) e-Supply Chain Technologies and Management, Hershey, IGI.

Weill P. and Vitale M.R. (2001) Place to Space: Migrating to eBusiness Models, Harvard Business School Press.

Worthington S.L.S. and Boyes W. (2002) e-Business in Manufacturing: Putting the Internet to Work in the Industrial Enterprise, ISA The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society.

Lawrence, F. B., Jennings, D. F., and Reynolds, B. E. (2005) ERP in Distribution, Thomson South-Western.

Chaffey, D. (2004) E-Business and E-Commerce Management (2nd ed). Prentice Hall.

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Other Resources

The following are some of the popular journals in the related fields of study:

- Supply Chain Management

- International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

- International Journal of Operations and Production Management

- International Journal of Managing Value and Supply Chains

- The ICFAI Journal of Supply Chain Management

- Journal of Behavioural Sciences

- International Journal of E-Business Research

- International Journal of Electronic Business Management

can ( to access the above journals.


make use

of the



Web Sites




The following Web sites might provide enlightenment on the subject of e-supply chain management:

1. Harvard Business Publishing

2. e-Supply Chain and Logistics: the Partnership Dance

3. e-Supply Chain, Inc.

4. Optimizing the e-Supply Chain: The Final Frontier?

5. e-Supply Chain for International Technology Package Development.

6. e-Supply Chain Management Lab

Overview of Assessment

Your understanding of the significance of information in supply chain management and the ability to apply information technologies in e-supply chain design will be assessed through project and case study assignments. The former requires your in-depth understanding of a topic or area in e-supply chain whereas the latter the ability to explore how information can be used to improve efficiency and responsiveness in a supply chain through e-supply chain initiatives. These assessments will help enhance your self-confidence in investigating into the various possibilities of making better use of information in supply chain management and the design of an e-supply chain to match with a particular business model.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT university assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment Policies and Procedures manual. An 1.2.4 Assessment

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Charter section of this document summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks


Assignment 1 (20% of total marks Group of four): A research essay, around 2,000

2,200 words

Assignment 2 (30% of total marks - Group of four): A business report, around 3,000

3,500 words


Final examination (50% of total marks): 2 hours Closed-book exam on fundamental e-SCM concepts.

Details of the assignments can be found in the Assessment folder on the Learning Hub (

Assignments must be submitted electronically through Blackboard with a Turnitin report attached. This provides us with evidence of the time and date of submission.

Assignments Due Date:

- Assignment 1: Sunday, 13 April 2014 before 5.00 P.M (Week 6). Online submission via blackboard - Assignment 2: Friday, 30 May 2014 before 5.00 P.M (Week 12). Online submission via blackboard

A completed must be attached to each assignment

before submission.







Penalties for Late Assignments:

Assignments that are submitted later than the due time and date of submission will be automatically penalised 10% of the possible mark, per day. Assignments will not be accepted more than seven days late (weekend days included).

However, the above penalty will be waived only if an extension for late submission is obtained via proper channel, as mentioned below, prior to the due date of submission.

Extension of up to seven calendar days An application for extension of an assessment task of up to seven calendar days after the original submission due date must be lodged with the Course Coordinator at least a day PRIOR to the due date by completing the Application for Extension of Time Submission of Assessable Work form (available at:, and where appropriate supporting documents such as a medical certificate in case of illness should be provided. The outcome of the applications will be communicated in writing Extensions of work are

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only granted in cases of exceptional and genuine hardship (not including poor planning or pressure of work).

Extension for more than seven calendar days Applications for extensions for submission of assessment tasks greater than seven calendar days after the original submission due date should be made via the Special Consideration Procedure within 2 work days of the submission due date

Use of RMIT coversheet for assessments Students must complete and sign off a RMIT coversheet with their hard copy








Guidelines for the submission of written work A professional standard presentation is expected in this course. A cover sheet is to be attached to each submission with: student name, lecturer’s name, the course, the topic, and the due date, also student’s signature attesting that the submission is an original work.

Writing style Students are required to conform to the Faculty’s regulations (available at: on the submission of written work and plagiarism. Students should consult this guide and ensure their work complies with the standards specified.

Referencing style









Use of plagiarism detection software

All written work will be submitted to the Turnitin text-matching software (see licensed by RMIT University.

To support students with issues associated with the honesty and full referencing of external work presented in assignments, it is suggested that students should visit the University Website for Academic Integrity:

There are details on the University Turnitin project at that site. Specifically, support resources for students to ensure that their submitted assignments accurately represent their works are provided

Plagiarism resources









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High Distinction (HD) 80-100% marks

Exceptionally clear understanding of subject matter and appreciation of issues; well organised, formulated and sustained arguments; well thought out and structured diagrams; relevant literature referenced. Evidence of creative insight, and originality in terms of comprehension, application and analysis with at least some synthesis and evaluation.

Distinction (D) 70-79 % marks

Strong grasp of subject matter and appreciation of key issues, perhaps lacking a little on the finer points; clearly developed arguments; relevant and well structured diagrams; appreciation of relevant literature. Evidence of creative and solid work in terms of comprehension, application, analysis and perhaps some synthesis.

Credit (C) 60-69% marks

Competent understanding of subject matter and appreciation of some of the main issues though possibly with some gaps; clearly developed arguments; relevant diagrams and literature use, perhaps with some gaps; well prepared and presented. Solid evidence of comprehension and application with perhaps some analysis.

Pass (P) 50-59% marks

Some appreciation of subject matter and issues; work generally lacking depth and breadth and with gaps. Often work of this grade comprises a simple factual description (i.e., basic comprehension) but little application or analysis. Work of this grade may be poorly prepared and presented. Investment of greater care and thought in organising and structuring work would be required to improve.

Fail (NN) Up to 49% marks

Unsatisfactory. Evidence of lack of understanding of subject (minimal or inadequate comprehension and little or no application) and inability to identify issues. Often inadequate in depth and breadth. Sometimes incomplete or irrelevant.

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