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This module offers a broad framework and clear description of the basic functions and elements related to logistics and distribution. Relevance to practice is a primary focus throughout the material. Key aspects of supply chain philosophy are included along with costing, contractual and legislative concerns but with the primary focus on distribution and logistics including international logistics requirements. Logistics revolves around freight movement or flow of goods and storage of items between the point of origin and end users and is supported by information, energy people and other resources. More importantly logistics refers to the planned and systematic application of these functions with specific objectives usually based around low costs and high service and quality levels. This module will introduce logistics in a historical context, define its concepts, and track the main drivers in the area along with exploring the theories of logistics. It aims to give practical and holistic tools to the student to identify logistics functions, to plan, and maintain effective logistics networks.


Logistics International Contracts, Customs, Regulations, Incoterms, Managing transaction risk, payments, exchange rate exposure, Regulation and Green Logistics Reverse logistics and product lifecycle management, return of goods at end of life, Logistics and the environment.

Learning Outcomes:

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

Understand logistics concepts and development and their place in the business/industrial environment Understand how products move to point of retail Comprehend logistics planning as a whole in the context of company strategic plans Be familiar with the fundamentals of warehouse management, including equipment, information and methodologies for effective inventory holding Understand modes of transport, integration of modes in logistics, cost considerations and transporting legislation Appreciate the contractual obligations involved in logistics and international logistics Be familiar with terminology and gain understanding of obligations. Understanding of concepts of payment and international trade Understand the process of transactions of money in logistics particularly international payment processes Understand the emergence of Reverse Logistics and its role in future manufacturing Understand the concepts of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and manufacturing under green legislation

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Appreciate logistics functions within the business, plan accordingly and manage relationships

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)


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Prime Texts:

David, P. and Steward, R (2008) International logistics: The management of international trade operations , Thomson.
Murphy, P. R. J. and Wood, D. (2007) Contemporary Logistics , Prentice Hall.
Rushton, A., Croucher, P., et al. (2009) The handbook of logistics and distribution management , Kogan Page.

Other Relevant Texts:

Brewer, A., Button, K. J., et al., Eds. (2001) Handbook of Logistics and Supply-Chain Management (Handbooks in Transport) , Elsevier.
Gattorna, J., Ed. (1994) Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management (The handbook of physical distribution management) , Gower Publishing Ltd.
Harrison, A. and Van Hoek, R. (2008) Logistics Management and Strategy: Competing Through the Supply Chain , Financial Times/ Prentice Hall.

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