SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHN125588
Module Leader Karen Fryer
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

The module is to provide students with an overview of current theory and practice in logistics and transport management in its global context. Students will be introduced to the principles, concepts and best practice examples of logistics and transport management, and also develop their insight into the impact of internationalisation on logistics and transport management. The purpose of the module is to equip students with a foundation of essential knowledge of contemporary Logistics and Transport Management and its application domestically and internationally. This module will enable students to be able to assess different strategies and approaches to Logistics management and identify the current issues and challenges.


Overview of passenger and freight transport and logistics for organisations, the community and society including key stakeholders Global Transportation systems Transportation management issues Packaging and materials handling Inbound logistics The Logistics environment Logistics strategies High quality and performance management in logistics Humanitarian logistics Lean and Agile logistics Humanitarian logistics Reverse, Sustainable and green logistics and transport

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1 Analyse different logistics strategies in the context of different organisational sectors;2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the current theories of managing and measuring transport and logistics networks;3 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the impact and contribution of logistics strategies on organisational sustainability;4 Critically discuss and analyse current and future logistics and transport issues and approaches, in the context of the globalisation.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

There will be one 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of seminars each week for 12 weeks comprising a mix of lecture, tutorial, workshop, active learning and guest speakers. The lecture delivery will be enhanced by a variety of forms including, where appropriate, videos and other multimedia forms. Case-studies will be used to match theoretical concepts to practice. GCU Learn will be utilised to provide the materials required and for discussion boards, etc. Feedback will be provided to students as follows: Students will be provided with feedback within three weeks of submission of all summative assessments providing information on strengths, weaknesses, and suggestions for improvement; Students will be able to discuss any points with their tutor at any time during the module. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that the module is GCU Learn enabled, supported by learning technologists at the cutting edge of development on online teaching. Academic staff and learning technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate the module on GCU Learn to ensure students are supported and information shared. At the end of the module student feedback will be sought through a module evaluation questionnaire. Common Good Attributes The Common Good attributes are embedded throughout the module e.g. looking at the impact of choices in logistics and transport on communities eg access to transport options (Active and Global Citizenship), developing solutions for case studies and examining the outcomes from the viewpoints of a range of stakeholders (Entrepreneurial mind-set) and ensuring that solutions are ethical, realistic and sustainable (Responsible leadership).

Indicative Reading

Gourdin, K. (2006 ), Global Logistics Management: a competitive advantage for the 21st century (2nd ed), Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated Rushton A., Croucher P. and Baker P. (2017) The handbook of logistics and distribution management Understanding the supply chain (6th Ed) Kogan Page, UK Tatham P. and Christopher M. (2018) Humanitarian Logistics (3rd Ed) Kogan Page, UK Waters, D. and Rinsler S. (Ed.) (2014) Global Logistics (7th Ed.) Kogan Page, UK Manners-Bell J. (2017) Introduction to global logistics Delivering the goods (2nd Ed) Kogan Page, UK

Transferrable Skills

The following employability/transferable skills are embedded within the module: Critical thinking Cognitive/intellectual skills Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject Independent working; planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development Information retrieval skills Presentation skills Research skills Group working

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 70.00 35% Individual portfolio (wk 13) (3000 words)
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 35% Individual Organisational critique (wk 8) (1000 words)