Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (On-campus split block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Peter O'Neill


Topics include strategic warehousing decisions; third party logistics; decision analysis techniques for facilities location; warehouse design; design of order picking systems; decision trees and game theory and applications to warehousing; labour management and the introduction of technological change; packaging and unitisation; shipping case design; pallet load stabilisation; containerisation; contingency planning in logistics operations; measuring performance; benchmarking.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. explain the strategic options and controllable variables available to the logistician in managing order fulfilment operations and network design
  2. explain the contribution of package design to logistics effectiveness
  3. identify fulfilment inefficiencies and suggest appropriate solutions
  4. design a warehousing and order picking operation given appropriate data.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Class test: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Peter O'Neill

Contact hours

3 hours per week