Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Global Logistics
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  (2,500 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Written report  (2,500 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  (2,500 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Written report  (2,500 words)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. ​Outline the main issues involved in logistics management.

2. Discuss the logistical challenges associated with the demands of modern supply chains

3. Explain the evolution of containerisation and discuss its impacts.

4. Evaluate the role of ICT in modern logistics and the effective management of supply chains.

5. Demonstrate understanding of the conflicts between modern logistical demands and environmental issues.

Brief description

This module introduces and explores the crucially important subject of global logistics, in particular the role of containerization and maritime logistics. The effects of containerization on world trade due to the dramatic reduction in transport costs and opportunities thus afforded to businesses are hard to over-estimate and yet remain unknown to most students of business. A working knowledge of logistics is vital to a proper understanding of business, particularly at the international level.


Introduction to general concepts of logistics

How logistics relates to supply chain management

Challenges to efficient management of logistics

Air, land and sea: the characteristics of different modes

The evolution of the container

Transformation of global logistics by the container

Impacts of containerization on world trade

The role of ICT (including RFID and GPS) in modern logistics

Cold chain issues

Current topics in maritime logistics

Environmental considerations

Customs, tariffs and legislative issues

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Analysis of financial and other numerically based company reports.
Communication Develop communications skills including presentation and listening skills. Improve literacy skills by reading and writing about global logistics.
Improving own Learning and Performance Devise and apply realistic self-learning strategies, review and monitor overall performance, be aware of time management techniques.
Information Technology Use a range of commonly used software packages, prepare and analyze data, present information.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be able to use the skills learnt in this module to enhance their career opportunities.
Problem solving Identify problems. Develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages. Construct a rational proposal in response to a problem.
Research skills Carry out research into global logistics. Identify relevant source material for assignments and case studies.
Subject Specific Skills Students will be able to understand, and analyze global logistics, and consider how management of logistics can provide a competitive advantage and capacity requirements in their chosen career and organization.
Team work Understand the concept of group dynamics, contribute effectively to group activities, participate in group discussions and seminars.


This module is at CQFW Level 6