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MAR8075 : Logistics

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor D John Mangan
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


A1 - To help students understand the linkages between global trade, logistics and maritime transport.
A2 - To provide students with a detailed understanding of the key principles, practices and technologies that
underlie effective management of logistics systems, and the roles played by global logistics service
providers and global port operators.
A3 - To illustrate the role of transport in integrated, intermodal logistics systems and within individual
supply chains.
A4 - To introduce a number of management science techniques and illustrate how they can be used to analyse and
optimise logistics systems.
A5 - To interpret the results of such analyses in the context of managerial and wider system implications.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to logistics.
Transport: modes and characteristics.
Globalisation, shipping and international trade.
Containerisation and intermodality
Systems, networks and connectivity
Supply chain management
Inventory management, materials handling and warehousing
Logistics service providers
Trade Facilitation
Outsourcing, offshoring and procurement
Costing, performance management.
Incoterms, risk, security.
Future energy vectors
Sustainability and responsible logistics
Management science applications.
Data flows and digitisation
Technology developments in logistics.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture162:0032:00Lecture
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Study for in class test (formative assessment)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Work on group assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork16:006:00Visits to port and research vessel
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Guest lectures
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are the primary means of delivering the curriculum and are designed to assist students in the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of key principles, practices and techniques (IKO1 – 5).
The group assignment and presentation of same (semester 1) allow the students to apply learning from the first half of the module (IKO1-3 and ISO3).
The site visit illustrates the course material in a real world context and especially illustrate IKO3.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80End of semester exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M20Group Project using logistics analysis tools on a set problem with results presented via an in-class 15 minute group powerpoint presentation
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Written exerciseMMultiple Choice In-Class Pass/Fail test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The end of semester examination provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the course material and to apply the various tools and techniques considered in the course.

The group project allows students to tackle a logistics problem, in a team / group setting, and use the course material to come up with workable solutions.

The formative assessment (in-class multiple choice test) allows students to test their knowledge of detailed subject matter and terminology.

Reading Lists