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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

Ireland has a proven track record in the growth of Distribution and Logistics. In a complex and challenging Distribution environment, ensuring a strong knowledgebase of distributor requirements is vital to maintaining this growth and safeguarding the reputation of Ireland as best in class business partner and business destination globally, leading the way in innovation and seamless distribution. The aim and objective of this module is to provide learners with an understanding of the key principles underlying Distribution and Logistics Management within the EU and globally. The purpose is to also provide learners with an understanding of the Distribution Function, Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP), Distribution Channel Dependencies, Warehouse Management, Materials Handling and Third-Party Logistics (3PL). We need to ensure that learners will get a more in-depth understanding of the framework and processes necessary for successful and efficient compliance within the Supply Chain Distribution and Logistics process. The purpose is for them to fully understand the role of Distribution and Logistics personnel to be able to apply Distribution and Logistics expertise within their organisation.


The below key elements will be part of the syllabus for the module Principles of Distribution and Logistics. Distribution Function. Learners will be introduced to the Distribution function including the role that distributors play in the Irish and European Economy and our main export markets. Participants will be introduced to the tools and techniques for managing within the Distribution function. Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP). Learners will be introduced to the techniques for managing Inventory Replenishment, explaining the basic functions of Inventory, and Inventory flow within the distribution channel, including ordering techniques and planning. Distribution Channel Dependencies. Learners will be introduced to the processes involving the movement of finished goods from the producer to the customer. This includes the efficient movement of materials and products from the supplier to the customer and the key drivers of overall profitability of the business. Warehouse Management. Learners will be introduced to the effective performance of warehousing activities that are integral to the success of the channel network supply and distribution functions. Warehousing has a significant cost source and the ability to provide inventory accurately and on-time far outweighs the cost of the material. Materials Handling. Learners will be introduced to the key elements of the production warehouse, showing how effective use of storage and material handling equipment can improve inventory management. In this session, participants will explore several key elements of effective warehouse design and management. Third-Party Logistics (3PL). Learners will be introduced to the importance of 3rd Party Logistics in the distribution and logistics process, including the cost savings related to using 3PLs.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

Upon successful completion of the module you will be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the procedures and processes of the Distribution function Describe the key principles and requirements for managing Distribution Requirements Planning Outline Distribution Channel Dependencies and the the movement of finished goods from the producer to the customer Demonstrate an understanding of Warehouse Management, Inventory Accuracy, Cost considerations and Materials Handling. Analyse the benefits of adopting a Third-Party Logistics strategy for optimising the distribution and logistics process, including the cost benefit analysis of such an approach.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Upon successful completion of the module you will be aware of the importance of Distribution and Logistics within the Supply Chain able to appreciate the inter-linking elements in this module in relation to Distribution and Logistics channels.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)


How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

The module will be delivered through a blended distance learning format. The students will receive lectures and carry out assignments in their place of employment. Delivery will be supported through the UL learning management system and related technologies.

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Coyle et al (2013) Managing supply chains a logistics approach , cengage
Arnold, J.R,Tony, Stephen N. Chapman, and Lloyd M. Clive (2011) Introduction to materials management , Pearson

Other Relevant Texts:

Bowersox, Donald J. (2013) Supply chain logistics management. , McGraw-Hill

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

BSSCMAUPA - Supply Chain Management

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