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MAR8075 : Logistics

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor D John Mangan
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 and networks
Supply chain management
Inventory management, materials handling and warehousing
Logistics service providers
Trade Facilitation.
Outsourcing, offshoring and procurement
Costing, performance management.
Incoterms, risk, security.
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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture162:0032:00Present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Study for in class test (zero weighted pass/fail formative assessment)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Presentation of group assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Work on group assignment (Semester 2)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination (Semester 2)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion118:0018:00Revision for final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00Visits to port and research vessel -Present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk22:004:00Guest lectures - Present-in-person
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 in relation to IKO1-3 and ISO3.
The site visits illustrate the course material in a real world context and especially illustrate IKO3.

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person lectures and fieldwork will be replaced by synchronous online sessions.

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 and 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 zero weighed pass/fail formative assessment (in-class multiple choice test) allows students to test their knowledge of detailed subject matter and terminology.
Should the public health situation require it, the planned examination scheduled to be completed present-in-person will be replaced by an open book, online examination to be completed within a defined 24 hour period.

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