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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

Ireland plays a key role in import and export both for the European Union and Internationally. As an island, Ireland is dependent on maritime and air shipments as well as land haulage to fulfill this important function, which is growing year on year. In this module, the objective is for learners to develop the knowledge, understanding and practical skillset to support and drive this growth. In 2018 Irish ports handled 55.1 million tonnes of goods an increase of 3.3% on 2017. Goods forwarded from Irish ports amounted to 18.0 million tonnes in 2018, an increase of 0.8% when compared with the previous year. A total of 37.1 million tonnes of goods were received in 2018, an annual increase of 4.5%. Maritime traffic accounts for 67.3% of goods handled in Ireland in 2018, whether for domestic consumption or onward forwarding. Airfreight in 2018 totaled over 150,000 tonnes, the vast majority of international origin. Road freight totaled a significant portion of goods movements at nearly 150 million tonnes in 2018, the vast majority of which was domestic only, although a certain proportion related to import/export. These statistics paint a complex picture of the thriving transport and logistics industry in Ireland and to continue its successful growth, it is necessary for industry participants, whether business owners or employees to understand the fundamentals of transport and logistics. The rational for this module is to provide practical information for application in industry as well as to develop the understanding of participants of how transport and logistics is part of the wider supply chain and to provide them with the knowledgebase to develop the two concepts together to continue to drive growth and efficiency.


Introduction to Logistics and the Supply Chain: the concepts of the global supply chain and international logistics, global transport infrastructures and methods of transit. Incoterms: Incoterms 2020; definitions and use of each. Concepts of the split of costs, transfer of risks, place of delivery and the responsibilities of the buyer and seller. Incoterms and their effect on Valuation for customs purposes, negotiating Incoterms with customers and suppliers. Distribution in the Supply Chain: the several methods of distribution in the supply chain. The two traditional stages of distribution of - "Supplier to Manufacturer" and "Manufacturer to Wholesaler" newer concept of "Manufacturer to Retailer" and will be able to map and determine the common transport requirements of each. Concepts of "push distribution methods" and "pull distribution methods" Maritime Logistics: maritime trade flows and economics as well as internationally observed certifications. cargo types and be able to explain which is suitable for what cargo as well as potential risks to cargo. Aviation Logistics: benefits and drawbacks of aviation in the supply chain, service types of aircraft as well as the potential risks to cargo, the role that airports play in their overall logistics requirement. Road freight Logistics: road freight characteristics, methods of delivery such as bulk, groupage or intermodal, road freight economics, concepts such as road freight limitations, backfilling, security and limitations and legal requirements for the transit of certain goods or materials domestically, overall logistics requirements and will be introduced to road freight certifications. Risk Management and De-Risking the Supply Chain: skill set to identify risks, concept of risk-mapping, risk-mitigation and de-risking, tools such as PESTLE and Porter's 5 Forces, standardized management systems such as ISO 9001:2015 to additionally help mitigate risks developing.

Learning Outcomes:

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

Upon successful completion of the module you will be able to: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of Supply Chain and the Role of Transport and Logistics in the supply chain 2. Describe the key principles of Incoterms as well as show an understanding of each Incoterm in relation to cost, risk transfer and responsibility 3. Describe the stages of Distribution within the supply chain as well as push and pull mechanisms 4. Demonstrate an understanding the characteristics of Maritime, Aviation and Roadfreight transport and the role each play in a logistics strategy. 5. Describe potential risks along the supply chain and potential risk mitigation measures.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Upon successful completion of the module you will be able to: 1. cognisant of the costs associated with each method of transport to a given destination. 2. Carry out a risk assessment on a supply chain for various methods of transport. 3. Appreciate the use of risk management tools such as PESTLE and Porter's 5 forces.

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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:

Liu, John J (2011) Supply Chain Management and Transport Logistics , Routledge
Bowersox, Donald J. (2013) Supply chain logistics management , McGraw-Hill

Other Relevant Texts:

Martin Christopher (2010) Logistics & supply chain management , Pearson, Fourth Edition
European Parliament ; Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the Union (2010) The future of sustainable freight transport and logistics , European Parliament

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

BSSCMAUPA - Supply Chain Management
CTSCMPUPA - Supply Chain Management (Production and Inventory
CTSCMPUPB - Supply Chain Management (Production and Inventory

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