Course Outline

MGT735 Retail Supply Chain Management and Procurement

Course Coordinator:Wayne Graham (wgraham@usc.edu.au) School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2020Semester 2

Online

Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

Supply chain management is vitally important for retailers and has been noted as the source of success for many retailers, and as an inhibitor of success for e-tailers as they struggle with delivery reliability. In this course you will examine how retailers understand their customers' preferences and respond with appropriate products through effective supply chain management.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Online
Online 2hrs Not applicable Not Yet Determined

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Introduce and apply basic contemporary concepts and principles of retail logistics and supply chain management. Knowledgeable
Engaged
2 Identify and critically evaluate pertinent issues in the context of retail supply chains. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
Empowered
3 Develop strategies and solutions to improve retail supply chain performance. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

Enrolled in any PGRD Program

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Students are expected to actively participate in workshop discussions. They will receive and can seek formative feedback from the lecturer at the end of lecture/through online feedback sessions, e.g. through Q&A time, case discussions, and discussion of concepts learned in the context of their own work experience. A formative assessment task is scheduled for week 5, which provides additional opportunity to synthesise learning progress and identify areas for improvement.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Written Piece Individual 20%
Report (diagram plus 1,000 words)
Week 5 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Case Study Group 30%
15 minutes in class oral presentation and delivery of presentation materials in file format (e.g. MS PowerPoint)
Week 9 In Class
All 3 Report Individual 50%
3,000 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Retail supply chain map
Goal:
The goal of this task is to assess that you have acquired an understanding of basic retail supply chain and procurement management concepts.
Product: Written Piece
Format:
This is an individual paper. Your task is to deliver a report, including a diagram of a retail supply chain and a 1000-word discussion. The document should cover:
Introduction of a self-selected supply chain network. 
Illustration and description of a retail supply chain, including product, process, information and financial flows.
Identification of 3 opportunities and/or issues in the chosen supply chain and application of 3 corresponding concepts/theories.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Ability to deliver accurate written work including English expression, discipline-based vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and punctuation
2
Ability to demonstrate critical thinking to evaluate a supply chain and identify business opportunities and problems
3
Ability to apply concepts and theory to discuss issues and opportunities in a retail supply chain context
4
Assessment criteria are mapped to the course learning outcomes.
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Case presentation
Goal:
The goal of this task is to assess your ability as a group and individually to analyse a selected retail supply chain's issues and opportunities (case will be provided on Blackboard), prepare a presentation document and present the results in class (online students deliver a voice and/or video recorded presentation). The goal is to apply and evaluate core principles/concepts and techniques used in retail supply chain management and procurement in a case context.
Product: Case Study
Format:
This is a group task. A retail supply chain management case will be made available at the beginning of the course. Your task is to:Identify, describe and analyse issues and/or opportunities relating to the case.Deliver a 15-20 minute in-class presentation of your findings.Deliver a case analysis document (e.g. 15-20 page presentation document, or equivalent; online students deliver a voice and/or video recorded presentation).
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Ability to demonstrate reflective thinking for problem solving and decision making in a retail supply chain context
2
Ability to deliver a business case analysis including the application of relevant principles, concepts and theories
3
Ability to demonstrate clarity, logic and flow of arguments presented
4
Ability to demonstrate verbal and non-verbal presentation skills, tools and visual aids
5
Ability to demonstrate effective team work. Peer assessment will be used
All - Assessment Task 3:Case Report
Goal:
Building on Task 2, the goal of this individual task is to demonstrate an advanced and more comprehensive analysis and understanding of retail supply chain management issues.
Product: Report
Format:
The format of this individual assessment task is to:
Review the case and previous analysis outcomes.
Provide new insights into the case analysis by addressing case questions (provided via Blackboard)
Prepare and submit a case analysis report (3000 words) via Blackboard/SafeAssign.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstrate capacity to develop and articulate informed arguments in a retail supply chain context.
2
Delivery of a business case analysis including the application of relevant principles, concepts
and theories
3
Ability to deliver accurate written work including English expression, discipline-based vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

N/A

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.

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