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Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management gives you the skills to make companies more efficient, competitive and responsive to customers' needs. Learn how to take raw goods and turn them into products that reach customers.

Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management is essential if you plan to be a logistics manager, operations manager or e-commerce manager. You'll learn how to create a smooth supply chain and handle the entire distribution process, from the factory production line to the customer. You'll also learn how to integrate a company's departments, such as marketing and IT, to work well together towards a common goal.

This subject will give you the business and communication skills needed to manage complex information systems and organisational relationships. You'll understand the design and operation of international supply chains, transportation and logistics networks, and how to build partnerships.

Practical, hands-on learning

As a Supply Chain Management student, you'll be encouraged to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations. For example, you could use a computer simulation program to coordinate the flow of materials along a supply chain, and forecast customer demand to ensure that products arrive in time.

You'll also have the opportunity to apply what you've learnt to the workplace and gain technical skills. For example, you might work in teams to produce a set of recommendations for a real company to adopt new business technologies.

You could also get hands-on experience using SAP, the world's leading enterprise resource planning application. And in the paper MSYS366 Managing Projects, you'll learn to use Microsoft Project to practice running projects from start to finish, by putting the right resources and budget in place.

You'll get to see what goes into meeting customer needs throughout production, distribution and the delivery of products. Learn more about Supply Chain Management on the Waikato Management School faculty website.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for Business & Management Studies in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2018.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which has Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, placing it in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide.

Qualifications

Supply Chain Management can normally be taken as a Minor subject (4 papers) for any undergraduate degree offered at the University of Waikato.

In particular, take a look at the Bachelor of Business, or the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours. Otherwise, you could take just one or two Supply Chain Management papers as electives.

If you'd like to gain specialist expertise at postgraduate level, take a look at our Master of Management Studies.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Online
Faculty:

Career opportunities

  • Supply chain manager
  • Supply chain systems manager
  • E-commerce manager
  • International logistics manager
  • Logistics architect
  • Procurement manager
  • Operations manager
  • Warehouse manager

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DIGIB101The World of Digital Business18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Online)
Information and communications technologies are fundamentally changing business operations. This paper introduces all aspects associated with the ever-evolving field of digital business.
MGSYS101Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper explores the dual concepts of digital business and supply chain management. The interactive lectures help in developing critical thinking skills and highlight many topical case studies.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MGSYS200Tools for Managing Projects18A (Hamilton)
This paper will develop hands on knowledge and experience into the commonly used tools for managing projects. Students will develop basic competences of several computer-based tools.
MGSYS201Advanced Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper explores the dual concepts of digital business and supply chain management. The interactive lectures support the development of critical thinking skills and include many practical videos and exercises. Tutorials will focus on specialised concepts and topics. The concepts will be applied to the business context by complet...
MSYS221Entrepreneurial Electronic Commerce18S (Online)
This paper introduces the key concepts associated with the ever evolving field of electronic commerce. Lectures provide an overview of electronic commerce including key messages for entrepreneurial firms wishing to establish an online presence. The lab-based practicals provide exposure to a number of EC development approaches.
SCMGT201Retail Supply ChainsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
SCMGT202Global Supply Chains18A (Hamilton)
New Zealand’s distance from its primary markets makes the study of global supply chains vital. This paper provides a thorough understanding of supply chain management in a globalized context.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MSYS319Industry Experience 218C (Online)
This paper requires a period of four to thirteen weeks work experience in an appropriate and approved host organisation with relevance to the student's degree and major. Investigation of three research topics supports the academic component of the paper.
MSYS335Managerial Decision MakingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MSYS358E-Business Implementation18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the tools and techniques needed to manage the implementation of packaged ERP solutions. Hands-on experience with SAP is provided through practicals. Issues of managing implementation and organisational change processes are covered.
MSYS365Business Analysis and ConsultancyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MSYS366Managing Projects18A (Hamilton)
Excellent project management is critical for most organisations. This paper introduces project management, addressing social and technical aspects within a practical context. Students completing this paper will be able to conceive, structure, schedule, and manage most types of organisational projects.
MSYS376Operations Management18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the topic of operations management. A practical orientation is taken in the paper, with topics covered including product design, management of waiting lines, facility layout, lean production, learning curves and operations strategy.
MSYS377Supply Chain Management18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers concepts important in the management of purchasing, operations, distribution and logistics. It addresses supply chain integration issues related to the production and delivery of products and services to the customer.
MSYS390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
This paper is available only to Waikato Management School students with the approval of the Chairperson of Department.

400 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MSYS435Advanced Managerial Decision MakingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MSYS458Advanced E-Business Implementation18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the tools and techniques needed to manage the implementation of packaged ERP solutions. Hands-on experience with SAP is provided through practicals. Issues of managing implementation and organisational change processes are covered.
MSYS465Advanced Business Analysis and ConsultancyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MSYS466Advanced Project Management18A (Hamilton)
Excellent project management is critical for most organisations. This paper introduces project management, addressing social and technical aspects within a practical context. Students completing this paper will be able to conceive, structure, schedule, and manage most types of organisational projects.
MSYS476Advanced Operations Management18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the topic of operations management. A practical orientation is taken in the paper, with topics covered including product design, management of waiting lines, facility layout, lean production, learning curves and operations strategy.
MSYS477Advanced Supply Chain Management18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers concepts important in the management of purchasing, operations, distribution and logistics. It addresses supply chain integration issues related to the production and delivery of products and services to the customer.
MSYS490Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
This paper is available only to Waikato Management School students with the approval of the Chairperson of Department.
MSYS495Industry Experience 418C (Online)
A period of four to thirteen weeks internship is spent in a host organisation with relevance to the student's major, located in New Zealand or overseas. Students find their own host organisation, which is then approved by the departmental co-ordinator. In addition to the time spent in the host organisation, Weekly small group elect...
MSYS499Report of an Investigation18D (Hamilton), 18E (Hamilton), 18F (Hamilton), 18G (Hamilton), 18H (Hamilton), 18I (Hamilton), 18J (Hamilton), 18K (Hamilton), 18L (Hamilton) & 18M (Hamilton)
Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS degree.

Prescriptions for the GradCert(SCM) and GradDip(SCM)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Supply Chain Management at an advanced level in their first degree. The requirements for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Prescriptions for the BMS(Hons)

Supply Chain Management may be taken as a major for the BMS(Hons) for students already enrolled in the major prior to 2018. The requirements for the major are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Students enrolling in 500 level Supply Chain Management papers should normally have a minimum of a B average in undergraduate Supply Chain Management papers, with no less than that in 300 and 400 level Supply Chain Management papers. All students should discuss their programme with the Management Student Centre before enrolling.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MSYS519Professional Field Internship18C (Online)
This paper, usually taken in the New Zealand summer period from November to February, facilitates practical experience building and skills development through an intensive industry internship for graduate level students. The paper is delivered online, and students will be on-site and at work in their host organisations from 8-13 we...
MSYS552Applied Research Methods and Project18A (Online)
This paper provides the opportunity for students at the graduate level to produce a research report which reflects their ability to investigate in-depth a business topic of their interest. The report is expected to have value to a practicing manager, rather than having an academic focus. The paper will be delivered solely on-line. ...
MSYS57621st Century Logistics18A (Hamilton)
In today's competitive business environment, logistics and supply chain management is increasingly being recognized as a source of competitive advantage. This paper is a treatment, at an advanced level, of a selection of topics in modern logistics and supply chain management such as service operations management, transportation, di...
MSYS577E-Enabled Agile Supply Chains18B (Hamilton)
Agility is at the cutting edge of supply chain management and is a leading strategy for competing in today's highly competitive global marketplace; and successful agile supply chains are critically dependent on E-business strategies and systems. This paper is based on foundational and current readings in supply chain strategies inc...
MSYS599Report of an Investigation18D (Hamilton), 18E (Hamilton), 18F (Hamilton), 18G (Hamilton), 18H (Hamilton), 18I (Hamilton), 18J (Hamilton), 18K (Hamilton), 18L (Hamilton) & 18M (Hamilton)
Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS(Hons) degree.

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Supply Chain Management as a Minor

A minor may only be taken with a single major. To complete a minor in Supply Chain Management, you must complete 60 points, including at least 30 points above 100-level in papers listed for this subject.

The specific requirements for the Supply Chain Management minor are that you must include:

The specific requirements for a minor in Supply Chain Management are that you must include:

  • MGSYS101 Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management

Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate, you must pass 60 points at 100-level or above, including at least 45 points at 300-level or above. At least 45 points must be from this subject area.

Papers may be chosen from those ticked for this qualification under Supply Chain Management in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/SCMGT

Note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.


Documents

Waikato Management School Student Handbook


Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Supply Chain Management subject convenors

Associate Professor Eric Deakins
Email: edeakins@waikato.ac.nz

Dr Cecile L'Hermitte
Email: clhermit@waikato.ac.nz