Core Module Information
Module title: Global Logistics Systems

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOE11153
Module leader: Eoin Plant
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

Logistics is a key component in the successful operations of organisations. In modern times its use to gain competitive advantage has increased in prominence due to a number of factors, including the development of e-commerce and omni-channel, the Covid pandemic, and the focus on sustainability and technology. This module will engage you in a variety of content, such as:
Global logistics; inventory management; warehousing; transportation; logistics relationships and third party logistics; network design and facility location; technologies to support logistics optimisations; logistics regulation and compliance; future strategies for logistics management in addressing the decarbonisation challenge, industry 4.0, and the physical internet.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically contrast various logistics systems used for managing forward and reverse goods movements in different contexts.

LO2: Critically evaluate the appropriate use of multi-modal transport in an international context.

LO3: Critically assess logistics performance including the effectiveness and efficiency of current logistics operations and potential areas of improvement.

LO4: Critically evaluate warehouse design and its role in supporting logistics and supply chain strategies.

LO5: Develop and critically appraise delivery service plans in a variety of contexts.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Eoin Plant
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The LTA strategy used in the module seeks to build upon your current knowledge and analytical skills through the discussion of relevant principles, concepts and frameworks. It will also enable you to synthesise and evaluate good practices in logistics systems.

A variety of teaching methods are used in the module to encourage your engagement, to foster a strong link between theory and real organisational situations, and to utilise active learning opportunities. These include small group work and discussion, case study workshops, live demonstration-guest lecturers, academic paper reviews and directed reading. These methods will be used to support your abilities to critical review current thinking. and key skills such as communication and reflective learning.

These activities alongside the lectures will develop your confidence in presenting your own positions and arguments, and receiving peer feedback. While not only developing a critique of the key features of logistics activities and systems (LO1, 2, 4), but developing your knowledge and analytical skills of the frameworks and concepts essential to the study and practice of logistics (LO 3, 5). You will also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support your learning. Each unit will engage you in the learning process, enable you to develop the key issues further and encourage integration (LO1-5). The materials will encourage you to reflect upon your experiences and learning.

A major element of this module is group work and application of techniques to case studies. This is also part of the assessment, which will not only give you feedback from academic staff but also peer assessment feedback on your soft skills.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment takes place throughout the weeks of attendance. You will work in groups on a variety of challenges, such as in class simulation, and case studies. You will be expected to interactively discuss your analysis with your peers in the group and informally present the group's work to the class. Feedback will be given by peers and the lecturer/tutor.

Summative Assessment:
Component 1, 50%:
2,000 word individual Report; LO 1, 2. Formulate a consultant's report on a contemporary scenario to inform management decision-making.

Component 2, 50%:
This assessment will be based on a logistics problem/challenge.
4,000 word group case study which includes peer assessment; LO 3, ,4, 5
(peer-assessment weighting of 30% of this component, 15% of total module)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2 7 , WORDS= 2000
Project - Written 50 3,4,5 14/15 , WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Global Logistics Systems