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Supply Chains in Construction (ABPL90309)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90309
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Semester 1
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This subject provides an insight into the issues currently facing the construction industry. It aims to develop an understanding and awareness of the complex nature of construction supply chains and how they may be better managed to improve productivity, value, efficiency and client satisfaction within the construction industry. The network of organisations involved, through upstream and downstream linkages, in the different processes and activities that contribute to the production of construction artifacts is explored. The subject provides an introduction to supply chain management and provides the skills and knowledge needed to map construction supply chains, identify critical nodes and suggest possible solutions for improving existing construction practices. Case studies, site visits and industry guests are used to demonstrate current local and international industry practices and provide examples of the application of supply chain management-related initiatives in real-world projects.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Recognise and describe the complex nature of construction supply chains
  • Define and map the socio-technical organisation of construction including information and material flows
  • Identify and analyse strategies for improving the performance of the construction industry
  • Present a convincing argument for adapting current construction industry practices using supply chain management to improve the performance of individual construction firms.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Apply theories and principles to specific disciplinary contexts
  • Interpret and analyse information
  • Demonstrate an ability to think critically, solve problems and make informed decisions
  • Critically evaluate the work of others and provide constructive formative feedback
  • Communicate in verbal, written and graphic forms appropriate to particular contexts.

Last updated: 23 May 2019