SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMN225891
Module Leader Karen Fryer
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

The module is to provide students with a critical analysis 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, as well as their understanding of the role of the logistics and transport management function within organizations. Students' analytical and evaluative skills are developed through the critical examination of theories, models, tools and techniques employed in logistics and transport management which are then put to use through either real world or case study analysis. 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.


-360b7 Overview of passenger and freight transport and logistics for organisations, the community and society including key stakeholders b7 The role of logistics in international supply chain management including emerging markets and the "last mile" b7 International and domestic logistics and transport (passenger and freight) choices, functions and processes b7 Transportation infrastructure and planning b7 Risk management in logistics and transport b7 Packaging and materials handling b7 Lean and Agile logistics b7 Humanitarian logistics b7 Reverse, Sustainable, green and quality logistics and transport b7 Transportation operations inc import/export regulations b7 Logistics performance and effectiveness b7 Current issues in International Logistics and Transport

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Analyse, synthesise and discuss current theories of managing and regulating transport and logistics networks;2. Demonstrate an understanding of the operational aspects of participating in logistics and transport processes and developing responsible and ethical solutions;3. Use quantitative and qualitative tools to analyse and evaluate options and issues in logistics and transport operations and strategies;4. Critically discuss and evaluate current and future logistics and transport issues, in the context of the globalisation of economy.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

There will be one 3 hour session 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: -360b7 Students will be provided with feedback within three weeks of submission of all summative assessments providing information on strengths, weaknesses, and suggestions for improvement. b7 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

Core texts: Rushton A., Croucher P. and Baker P. (2017) The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management (6 th Ed) Kogan Page Manners-Bell J. (2016) Introduction to Global Logistics Kogan Page Additional Reading: Blecken A. (2010) Humanitarian Logistics: Modelling Supply chain Process of Humanitarian Organisations Keune, Bern Coyle J., Novack R., Gibson B. and Bardi E. (2011) Management of Transportation (7 th Ed) Cengage David P. and Stewart R. (2010) International Logistics: The management of international trade operations (3 rd Ed) Cengage Gourdin, K. (2001) Global Logistics Management: a competitive advantage for the 21st century (2 nd Ed), Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated Grant D. (2012) Logistics Management Pearson Education Ltd, UK McKinnon A., Browne M., Piecyk M. and Whiteing A. (ed) (2015) Green Logistics: Improving the environmental sustainability of logistics" (3 rd Ed) Kogan Page Sales M. (2013) The Air Logistics Handbook: Air freight and the global supply chain Routledge Tatham P. and Christopher M. (2014) Humanitarian Logistics (2 nd Ed) Kogan Page, UK (3 rd Edition due out May 2018) Waters, D. (ed.) (2010) Global Logistics: New Directions in Supply Chain Management (6 th Ed) Kogan Page

Transferrable Skills

The following employability/transferable skills are embedded within the module: -360b7 Critical thinking and problem solving b7 Cognitive/intellectual skills b7 Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject b7 Learning style and orientation to learning b7 Independent working; planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development b7 Information retrieval skills b7 Research skills b7 Group working

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Independent Learning (FT) 74.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 70.00 45% Individual case study report - 2,500 words
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 45% Group presentation on a case study 15 mins