University of Technology Sydney

49680 Value Chain Engineering Systems

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UTS: Engineering: Professional Practice and Leadership
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

Value chains have become the central feature of operations management in applying engineering systems to commercial and industrial processes in the modern economy. The emphasis in this subject is on the action 'to engineer' through holistically drawing upon the full range of sciences from engineering, information technology and service sciences, management and operations strategy. The goal is to engineer value chains for productivity, quality, performance, compliance, growth, risk-sharing and learning improvement.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Identify key value chain drivers for Australian and global economies to provide clear pathways for continuous improvements in their teams.
2. Use operational and supply chain management tools to analyse distribution centres, transport, procurement and other components in the value chain.
3. Apply value chain tools to solve value chain problems and add value to an organisation.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Design Oriented: FEIT graduates apply problem solving, design thinking and decision-making methodologies in new contexts or to novel problems, to explore, test, analyse and synthesise complex ideas, theories or concepts. (C.1)
  • Technically Proficient: FEIT graduates apply theoretical, conceptual, software and physical tools and advanced discipline knowledge to research, evaluate and predict future performance of systems characterised by complexity. (D.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies
Students enrolled in the Master of Professional Engineering should note that this subject contributes to the assurance of Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies: 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 2.4.

Teaching and learning strategies

Teaching strategies for this subject include both (i) face-to-face in-class lectures; and (ii) online learning activities including practice examples/problems, reading material and study notes. Weekly 3-hour session comprising lecture, discussion and exercises.

Some class time will be dedicated to progressing group work and supporting students in the completion of the second assessment task. Students are encouraged to attend and actively participate in the in-class activities to improve their theoretical as well as practical understanding of the key concepts discussed in the class.

Students will be able to complete regular online quizzes to assess their progress in developing required knowledge and concepts. The quizzes do not attract grades but rather offer an opportunity for important formative feedback.

Content (topics)

  • New Value Chain Engineering
  • Supply Chain
  • Forecasting and Demand Management
  • Warehousing, Storage and Distribution
  • Strategic Operations/Operations Management
  • Global Supply, Demand and Operations
  • Transportation in a Supply Chain
  • Modelling and Decision Making
  • Sourcing Materials and Services - Procurement
  • Real Options exercise
  • Value Chain Risk Management
  • Value Chain Case Studies

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Supply Chain Analytics

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

D.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Length:

750 - 1000 Words and Data Analysis with Excel

Assessment task 2: Engineering the Value Chain

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

C.1 and D.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, group assessed
Weight: 30%
Length:

It is expected that your group report shall be about 12 to 15 pages, though this will vary depending upon your apporach to the problem and issues.

Assessment task 3: Final Examination

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

D.1

Type: Examination
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.

Required texts

Supply Chain Management, Chopra and Meindl, 6th Edition, 2015, Pearson.

Recommended texts

Strategic Operations Management: a value chain approach, Walters, David and Rainbird, Mark, 2007, Palgrave Macmillan

Introduction to Management Science, Bernard W Taylor III, , Eleventh Edition, 2013, Pearson

Operations Management, Processes and Supply Chains, Lee. J. Krajewski, Tenth Edition, 2013, Pearson

Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective, Coyle, Langley, Gibson & Novack, 9th Edition, 2012, Cengage

Transportation: A supply chain perspective, Coyle, Novack, Gibson & Bardi, 9th Edition, 2011, Cengage

Supply Chain Logistics Management, Bowersox, Closs and Cooper, 4th Edition, 2013, McGraw Hill

Supplementary Class Notes are available on UTSOnline. Other readings will be advised in lectures.

References

Additional references will be advised in class and on UTSOnline.