20 credits at level HE5
The module enables students to gain an understanding of the role of freight transport, in its various modes, as the key framework for international supply chain operations. It examines not only administrative, legal and operational issues and developments, but also the international trade context within which the industry operates. Students will further develop their awareness and understanding of the key challenges facing the global industry.
1. Principles of modal selection for international freight movements, and of individual sector integration into effective inter-modal networks.
2. The key roles of road-based distribution and freight forwarding sectors
3. The administrative and legal framework of international logistics.
4. Current and developing operations strategies, including aspects of facilities location, out-sourcing and the impact of mega-carriers.
5. Communications and information technology as drivers for the international supply chain
6. Implications of the evolving world order within international trade.
7. Current and emerging challenges for the future of global supply chain management, including international security and the environment.
Will be by means of a range of academic and work-based teaching and learning methods, including tutorials, workshops, presentations and videos, in addition to directed reading and independent study, supplemented by distance learning via WebCT.
Study will be structured so as to provide a balance between the acquisition and development of students knowledge, and the opportunity to further develop and demonstrate work-based skills in and understanding of international logistics management.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||1. Understand the importance of the respective roles of all major modes of transport, and be able to identify and apply the relevant selection criteria in developing an integrated supply chain for a given business situation.||Be able to identify the relevant characteristics of each mode, which would aid or create barriers to effective logistic operations within a specific commercial framework. Also to identify likely future developments, based on emerging international trade patterns.|
|2.||. Be able to evaluate the critical roles and effectiveness of road-based freight and distribution and freight forwarding in total logistics operations||Discuss the key characteristics of road freight transport, and the extent to which it effectively integrates with other modes in creating a seamless supply-chain. Examine and critically evaluate the critical and changing role of freight forwarders as service providers and facilitators in global logistics, particularly in relation to international administration and legal compliance.|
|3.||Understand the principles of sound logistics network planning and strategy. Also to evaluate the key criteria concerned with the own-account versus third-party decision-making process.
Evaluate the viability of different network strategies in a range of commercial logistics operations. In addition, to compare aspects of own-operation, third-party and other agency contract services, with a view to creating synergy within a supply-chain framework.
|4.||Be able to compare and evaluate the communication and information systems used by different businesses in developing added value within their supply-chain.||Discuss the communication and information-related factors, which drive logistics operations and strategy in a range of businesses. Also, demonstrate the extent to which this has, and may further, impact on the profile of up-stream supply-chain partners.|
|5.||Understand the evolving pattern of international trade, and the implications for global logistics operations.||
Discuss and evaluate the ways in which shifts in international trade and demand/supply patterns are, and will continue, to affect global logistics operations and strategy. Also, identify potential future problems and likely solutions, arising from the new world order in global commerce.
|6.||Be able to identify the key issues likely to affect global logistics operations in the fore-see-able future, and to evaluate likely solutions.||
Identify the factors and situations which have the potential to materially challenge the viability of international trade and logistics operations. Evaluate the varying impact on global supply-chain operations of such factors as political instability, international terrorism and the environment.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Individual work-based assignment||Case study report|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Christopher, M. (2004) Logistics & Supply-Chain Management 3rd. edition, Prentice Hall (Pearson Education)
Gourdin, K. (2005) Global Logistics Management 2nd. Edition, Blackwell
Rushton & Walker (2007) International Logistics & Supply-Chain Out-sourcing Kogan Page
Tiffin, J. & Kissling, C. (2007) Transport communications: understanding global networks enabling transport services Kogan Page.
|Host Subject Group:||Business Logistics and Information Systems|
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