Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) (Applied)Career
This program is designed for those who want to build a career that combines hands on operations with strategic decision making.
RMIT’s degrees cover topics to develop your knowledge and interest in contemporary issues central to the logistics and supply chain management industry.
Here are some fields of specialisation to consider for your future career.
- E-commerce – working with technology, finance, supply chain, human resources and marketing teams to design an interface to enable ordering or sales.
- Lean-agile management, data analytics and operations management – allocating the right resources at the right time to the correct part of the supply chain.
- Agri/food supply chains – encompassing all aspects of growing an agricultural/food source and getting it ‘from paddock to plate’.
- Closed-loop supply chains – this is also known as reverse-flow logistics and covers activities such as product recalls, returns, repair, waste management at the end of a product’s life cycle, and recycling.
- Procurement – roles have been commonplace in large industries and government departments for some time, however, jobs in private industry are increasing, particularly as consumers factor ethical sourcing into their buying decisions.
- Transport/distribution and warehouse management – 3PL, 4PL, freight logistics, optimisation of vehicle routing, warehouse management systems, last-mile delivery, city logistics, port management and international logistics.
In third year you will undertake a compulsory eight to 12-month supervised work placement in industry through the Cooperative Education Program. By being immersed in full-time work in your field of study you can apply the knowledge you’ve gained at university to a real workplace, deepen or broaden your knowledge of your discipline, industry and the organisation, and be introduced to real world performance and workplace expectations.
You are responsible for finding your own placement, however job search assistance is available. Members of the accrediting bodies and associations connected with this program also provide employment opportunities for students during the Cooperative Education program year. If you are unable to secure a placement you can transfer to a related three-year business degree.
Throughout the degree you will build skills in presenting in management contexts and decision-making and explore your personal goals through seminar discussions with visiting speakers.
Other work-connected and industry-relevant options include:
- Working in a student team as part of the Fastrack Innovation Program. In this elective course you will work with mentors to develop and present a solution to a real problem. This form of fast-prototyping is designed so that external organisations can tap into fresh thinking from RMIT students.
An important industry association supporting the program is the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA). Members of these associations provide employment opportunities for students during the cooperative education program in third year.
Guiding the development of the College of Business, both nationally and internationally, is an Industry Advisory Board of high-profile executives chaired by Gerhard Vorster, Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte. The Board creates a strategic bridge between the latest in technology and design thinking and business.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) (Applied) is accreditated by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and acertified by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia as meeting the educational requirements of Chartered Membership (CMILT).
The above professional accreditations have certain other requirements such as a period of relevant industry experience and training programs that would need to be met.
Students enrolled in the program are entitled to CILTA membership at either the Student (full-time only), Affiliate, Associate or Member grade, depending on your experience and qualifications.
Students of the program are also eligible for student membership of CIPS. Graduates will be eligible for affiliate membership subject to meeting conditions. Graduates will be eligible for an upgrade to full membership (MCIPS) upon evidence of three years relevant work experience; experience gained during the Cooperative Education Program industry placement may be counted towards this work experience requirement if it meets the criteria.