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NBS8222 : International Logistics

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Haiyan Lu
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide students with an understanding of the key concepts of logistics and distribution, how different forms of transport combine and operate to move goods (and people) around the world, and how goods can effectively and efficiently be ordered, stored, despatched and delivered. It will provide students with an appreciation of the institutional challenges, tensions and future opportunities for growth within global logistics and supply chains, and encourage students to use their business management skills developed throughout previous study to contribute to the formative and summative assessment of the module.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following areas of layout:
* International logistics and distribution core contents and knowledge
* Modern logistics in practice and implementation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Time for students to complete formative and summative coursework & assessments
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week (not necessarily to do in that week)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PiP Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is supported by a study guide that outlines the formal sessions, together with the lecturer-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to lecture sessions will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experiences. Throughout, the emphasis will be on high levels of participant participation, both individually and within small groups. Participants can therefore expect the reflective-practitioner approach to learning to be embedded in all discussion sessions through undertaking activities which facilitate them to apply theory to ‘real-life’ situations, critically analysing and making recommendations for appropriate ways forward for the organization/individual.
Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform. Independent learning will centre upon the participants identifying and pursuing areas of interest in relation to the subject area or by providing deeper/ broader knowledge and understanding of the subject through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, reflection, research etc.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A100N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study2MA group presentation (30 minutes max, 4 students per group)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests acquisition of clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly. Students will be able to select from and apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, and adaptability. The exam can be set online if required.

The group presentation will involve a high level of collaboration and negotiation between the members to demonstrate their understanding of relevant topics. Students will be able to obtain skills involved in effective team working, presentation, and use of source material.

Reading Lists