Module Information

Module Identifier
IPM3020
Module Title
Logistics in War
Academic Year
2024/2025
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Oral presentation  15 Minutes  20%
Semester Assessment Case Study  4000 Words  60%
Semester Assessment Blog post  Blog post/opinion piece. 1000 Words  20%
Supplementary Assessment Case Study  4000 Words  60%
Supplementary Assessment Blog post  Blog post/opinion piece. 1000 Words  20%
Supplementary Assessment Oral presentation script  1500 Words  20%

Learning Outcomes

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

Understand the fundamental concepts that underpin military logistics.

Critically analyse key historical developments in the practice of military logistics.

Identify and discuss critically the challenges involved in one student-selected case study of logistics in war.

Explain an aspect of logistics’ importance to warfare in a style and format suitable to a non-academic audience.

Brief description

This module will provide students with an introduction to military logistics, and will chart the evolution of logistics across the long duree of military history. After introducing the core concepts of logistics, the module explores various aspects of logistics on land, at sea, and in the air. It aims to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the principal trends in military logistics, both in conventional and non-conventional warfare, and offers students the opportunity to engage in self-directed research into a military campaign of their choosing.

Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce students to a critical, yet often overlooked feature of military operations. The module also aims to challenge students to consider the challenges of adapting their written and oral delivery for a range of audiences.

Content

This module will provide students with an introduction to military logistics, and will chart the evolution of logistics across the long duree of military history. After introducing the core concepts of logistics, the module explores various aspects of logistics on land, at sea, and in the air. It aims to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the principal trends in military logistics, both in conventional and non-conventional warfare, and offers students the opportunity to engage in self-directed research into a military campaign of their choosing.

The module will be delivered through a combination of seminar discussions and individual tutorials. The seminars will address key questions including: what are military logistics? How have military logistics evolved? What have been the key challenges facing military logisticians? How have logistics influenced the course and character of military campaigns? What is the relationship between military logistics and military strategy?

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Students will improve their adaptability and resilience skills through independent work. The submission of written work will reflect the independent research skills of the student. The need to locate appropriate research resources and write up the results will also facilitate research skills. Research preparation for an oral presentation will also enable the student to develop independent project skills.
Co-ordinating with others Students will undertake team exercises in the seminars, and will be encouraged to collaborate when engaged on similar case studies.
Creative Problem Solving Independent project work and problem solving will be one of the central goals of the module; the submission of a case study will require that the student develops independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The need to research and prepare an oral presentation will also enable the student to develop independent project skills.
Critical and analytical thinking Students will be expected to conduct close and critical readings of the sources assigned for the seminars. In seminar discussions they will challenge the positions taken by the authors of those sources and by fellow students, as well as articulate and defend their own positions on relevant issues. The written assignments will enable students to develop and demonstrate these skills at length.
Digital capability Students will be expected to submit their work in word-processed format. Also, students will be encouraged to search for sources of information on the web, as well as seeking sources through electronic information sources. One form of assessment will test students' abilities to adapt their academic writing style to a primarily digital audience.
Professional communication Students will learn how to present their ideas both verbally and in writing and how to assert themselves to advantage. They will understand the importance of information and clear communication and how to exploit these. They will know how to use the many sources of information available and how to use the most appropriate form of communication to the best advantage.
Real world sense Students taking the module will develop key employability skills, such as speaking to small and large groups, listening, thinking and responding to the statements of others, as well as expressing themselves clearly in writing, including writing for non-specialist audiences.
Reflection The module aims to promote self-management but within a context of assistance from both the module convenor and the fellow students alike. Students will be expected to improve their own learning and performance by undertaking their own research and to exercise their own initiative, including searching for sources, compiling reading lists, and deciding (under guidance) the direction of their case study report.
Subject Specific Skills Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of subject specific skills that help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas on the module, such as: Collect and understand a wide range of data relating to the module; Evaluate competing perspectives; Demonstrate subject specific research techniques; Apply a range of methodologies to complex historical and contemporary challenges.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7