Foundations of Supply Chain Management (ITLS5000)


Managing an organisation's logistics and supply chain management was for many years a neglected management activity. As a result of an article in Fortune in 1962 written by Peter Drucker, businesses became aware that 50 percent of each dollar consumers spent on goods financed activities that occur after the goods leave the factory, thus focusing attention on the potential efficiency savings that managing these activities could achieve. In the 50 years that has passed, business has seen massive changes; a complete management discipline has been built resulting in the integration and coordination of materials flows into, through, and out of, manufacturing facilities achieving exceptionally high levels of productivity. Logistics and supply chain management now plays a major role in implementing organisational strategy and in many industries has sole responsibility for managing customer service. An understanding of the role of this activity within an organisation and how an understanding of logistics and supply chains can assist business managers to better respond to market opportunities is essential for business students. Students undertaking this unit will be given a solid grounding in the language, concepts, techniques and principles that underlie the field of logistics and supply chain management, and how knowledge of these concepts can contribute towards a strategically effective and operationally efficient organisation or network of organisations.

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8 x 3.5 hr lectures, 5 x 3.5 hr tutorials, 1 x 3.5hr field study


Individual report (35%), group report (15%), quiz (10%), group presentation (10%), exam (30%)


Pienaar WJ and Vogt JJ (2012) (4th ed) Business logistics management: A supply chain perspective.

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Unit of study rules


TPTM6155 or TPTM5001

Additional Information

This is the foundation unit for all logistics and supply chain management programs and should be completed in the first period of study. Students demonstrating extensive practical experience in the logistics industry may apply to substitute an alternative unit of study; students should send their resume with a covering email outlining their experience to:

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.