NBS8222 : International Logistics

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

* Facility location and layout
* Warehouse operations and material handling
* Transportation in the supply chain
* Transportation infrastructure and equipment
* Modal choice and intermodal transport
* Fleet selection and vehicle routing
* Port capacity and throughput management
* Closed-loop supply chain management
* Reverse logistics in practice

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/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 Examination1502A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M20A group project (3000 words written report, max. 4 students per group).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Performance2MEach assignment group will deliver a 15 minute presentation.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests acquisition of a 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 group project will involve high level of collaboration and negotiation between the members. Students will be able to obtain many skills involved in effective team working. The assessment criteria for the 20% group project will not solely focus on the learning outcomes to be demonstrated, but they also include attributes such as structure, presentation and use of source material.

Reading Lists