MGMT371-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


The course introduces the concept and practices of supply chain management. In particular the course covers in-depth the topics of procurement, supply chain collaboration, information exchange and the use of information technology in supply chain, sustainability and risk issues, and outsourcing. The course then discusses logistics management and its implications in business.

The estimated workload breakdown for MGMT371S2 is:
Lectures 24 hours
Tutorial 10 hours
Mid Semester Test 2 hours
Final Exam 2 hours
Quiz 2 hours
Test + Exam + Quiz Preparation 75 hours
Tutorial Preparation 10 hours
Group Assignment 25 hours
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • Course Learning Outcomes
    The aims of this course (for students) are to:
  • understand the core concepts of purchasing and supply chain management;
  • apply the theoretical concepts in analysing business cases;
  • enhance the level of critical thinking.

    Learning Objectives, BCom
    To achieve the learning outcomes, the course objectives (for students) are to:
  • explain the basic concept, importance, origin and foundation of purchasing and supply chain management
  • understand importance of strategic fit in supply chain.
  • explain the internal and external integration, and the role of cross functional sourcing teams
  • understand the concept and reasons for firms outsourcing, along with its benefits and pitfalls
  • demonstrate the importance of logistics in supply chain and be able to explain the value added role of logistics on both macro and micro level.
  • explain the importance of building resilience in supply chain
  • understand category strategy and its development process.
  • understand the steps in supplier evaluation and selection process, and key supplier evaluation criteria.
  • demonstrate negotiation framework in supply chain and importance of negotiation planning.
  • explain the importance of information to supply chain management and be able to understand the role of information technology in the supply chain.

    B.Com Learning Goals
    1. Graduates can demonstrate advanced knowledge of their selected subject major, informed by the broader context of commerce.
  • The assignment, test and exam are opportunities to demonstrate advanced knowledge in Purchasing and Supply chain management.
    2. Graduates are able to use analytical thinking and problem-solving skills to address specific problems.
  • The assignment, test and exam all require application of theories to analytical thinking
    3. Graduates can understand issues from a range of ethical, global and multicultural perspectives.
  • The test and exam require the understanding of global issues in supply chain management
    4. Graduates are able to communicate effectively both orally and in written form.
  • Written communication assessed in this course through the assignment.

    For quality assurance purposes the School is required to hold on record a number of assessment pieces as examples of differing standards of work. If you have any objections to the school holding your assessment for this purpose then email the course coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(1) MGMT270 or MSCI270; and (2) A further 45 points at 200-level or above


MSCI321, MSCI371

Equivalent Courses


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Rehua 528
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 528
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Timetable Note

Lectures for MGMT371-23S2 are recorded using the ECHO360 lecture recording system.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mesbahuddin Chowdhury


Cover sheets MUST be used on all assignments/essays.

This course has a no extensions policy. If extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances arise that seriously impair a student’s ability to complete an assessment task (assignments and tests) an application for special consideration should be made within 5 working days of the due date of the assessment task.

The written assignment must be submitted online through the MGMT371’s LEARN site. If problems arise electronic copies can be submitted to the Examiner via email by 5.00pm on the due date.

The marks for assessments may be scaled before a final grade is determined.  You should not regard 50% as a pass mark.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Benton, W. C.,1948-; Purchasing and supply chain management ; Third edition;

Chopra, Sunil,1960- , Meindl, Peter; Supply chain management :strategy, planning, and operation ; 5th ed; Pearson, 2013.

Coyle, John J.1935-; Supply chain management :a logistics perspective ; 10e ; Cegage Learning, 2017.

Monczka, Robert M. et al; Purchasing and supply chain management ; Sixth edition;

Wisner, Joel D. , Tan, Keah-Choon., Leong, G. Keong; Principles of supply chain management :a balanced approach ; 4th ed; Cengage Learning, 2016.

All of the above text books are available in the Library. You can borrow the book to copy the specific chapter.


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies
The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $893.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Tourism .

All MGMT371 Occurrences

  • MGMT371-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024