SEEM4600 Logistics Management

Course Code and Name: SEEM4600 Logistics Management

Course Objectives:

Business Logistics is the set of activities involved in the flow of materials and products through an organization and through the distribution channels to the market. Some of activities, mainly related to transportation, warehousing and physical distribution of goods, are carried out by external service providers. These service providers, such as freight forwarders, land/ocean/air transporters, and integrated logistics service providers, together with infrastructure operators such as seaports and airports, form the logistics industry. The course is designed to introduce students to the problems, models and solution methodologies in the field of logistics. Emphasis is first placed on developing a broad overview of business logistics from a user's perspective and then on characterizing the logistics industry (e.g., shipping markets, container terminals).
Course Outcomes:

1. Understanding of the characteristics of logistics industry in Hong Kong.

2. Familiar with the major decision issues in air, sea and land transport.

3. Able to assess a shipment/logistics/distribution solution.

4. Able to formulate a practical problem setting into a mathematical model, know how to solve it and understand the underlying assumptions and therefore its limitations and applicability.

5. Understanding of commonly used methods for practical problems.

6. Competent to associate industrial initiatives/new practices with basic concepts in logistics management.

Programme Outcomes:
(P1) The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering appropriate to the degree discipline (K/S)
(P2) The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (K/S)
(P3) The ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability (K/S)
(P4) The ability to function in multi-disciplinary teams (S/V)
(P5) The ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (K/S)
(P6) The understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (V)
(P7) The ability to communicate effectively (S)
(P8) The ability to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context, especially the importance of health, safety and environmental considerations to both workers and the general public (V)
(P9) The ability to recognize the need for, and to engage in life-long learning (V)
(P10) The ability to stay abreast of contemporary issues (S/V)
(P11) The ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice appropriate to the degree discipline (K/S)
(P12) The ability to use the computer/IT tools relevant to the discipline along with an understanding of their processes and limitations (K/S/V)
(P13) The ability to apply the skills relevant to the discipline of operations research and information technology and their applications in engineering and managerial decision making, especially in financial services, logistics and supply chain management, business information systems, and service engineering and management (K/S)

K = Knowledge outcomes
S = Skills outcomes
V = Values and attitude outcomes
Weights (in %):
Course Outcome(s) is/are measurable or not: Yes / Yes (Partial) / No (Please choose).
If Yes, please suggest ways to measure:

This course contributes to

(P1) by exposing students to practical situations with which they can apply the quantitative skills that they learnt earlier in the program. It can be measured by 15%.

(P3) by teaching elements (such as vehicle routing and sequencing, port operations, etc.) of it and giving students practice in applying them. It can be measured by 10%.

(P4) by asking students to learn by themselves (through home work and open-book examinations). It can be measured by 5%.

(P5) by exposing students to different business problem settings so that they can formulate those problems into certain models that can solve using the method that they learnt earlier in the program. It can be measured by 20%.

(P9) by giving students practice in learning independently. It could be measured by 10%.

(P13) by creating opportunities for students to apply the skills that they have acquired in Operations Research in managerial decision making in service operations management. This is done through case studies, assignments, game playing and final examination. It can be measured by 40%.