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Module Code: IFB209TC
Module Title: Logistics and Distribution
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2021/22
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: School of Intelligent Finance and Business
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of the module is to provide students with a thorough grounding in contemporary logistics operations and transportation. Specific topics include intermodal operations, transportation selection, warehousing and distribution management, third-party logistics (3PLs), tendering for contracts, reverse and green logistics services, port centric maritime logistics, the concept of adding value in logistics and optimising logistics operations
Learning outcomes 
A. Critically understand the role and importance of logistics in competitive business performance.

B. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding the various transportation and warehouse models.

C. Understand and design the logistics network.

D. Demonstrate an in-depth understand the importance of green logistics and the impact to the environment and business sustainability.

E. Identify and apply methods and techniques for improving logistics efficiency.
Method of teaching and learning 
A wide range of textbooks are suggested as supplementary reading and video cases are used to support the lecture material.

References to journal articles will expose students to current developments and applications as well as providing a critical view of the concepts covered.

Use of best-practice websites will be utilised to further expose students to practical case studies.

Case studies will be used to support the teaching and learning;

Practical sessions will be held to use planning and analysis tools
Logistics and transportation

Transportation means - air, road, sea, pipeline, rail, inland waterways. Selection criteria - types of cost analysis, Intermodal operations.

Distribution management - strategies, cost modelling, logistics partnerships, measures of logistics performance, facilities location, computer-based planners.

Warehousing - storage location, cross-docking, containerisation, packaging and palletisation, the wider role of warehouses.

The concept of 3rd party logistics (3PL) and how 3PL providers add value.

The current status and development trend of logistics networks in China and Asia Pacific will be discussed.

Ports and maritime logistics operations

Maritime port operations management – ports and their functions; criteria for port location; port access and interface with other transport modes; terminal layout/facilities/constrains/operations planning; analysis of port performance.

Port centric logistics network management - collaboration strategies, support from information systems, route/mode planning and optimisation of logistics networks.

Green-logistics and supply chain sustainability

Logistics planning along with environmental policies, best practice in reducing the environmental problems associated with freight, transport and warehousing activities, reverse logistics activities for product lifecycle management
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 20  8        122  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Problem Solving Assignment(2500 Words) 50.00
2 Business (2500 Words) 50.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 10/21/2020 7:02:40 PM