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ZUG2045 - Logistics and supply chain management

15 Credits


This module will introduce students to the principles and practices of sustainable logistics operations as a competitive strategy tool. Furthermore, responsible supply chain management, management of logistics, sustainable logistics and supply chain management, the impact of logistics and supply chain management activities on the natural environment, increasing globalisation and its impacts on supply chains, lean and efficient supply chains, the need to reduce the lead time and be more agile in responsiveness, shall also be presented in this module. Students will have opportunities to apply the new concepts and best practices in both international and national organisations through case studies, simulation exercises and assignments.

Topics to be covered include logistics, the supply chain and competitive strategy; logistics and customer value; measuring logistics costs and performance; creating the responsive supply chain; strategic lead time management; the synchronous supply chain; complexity and supply chain; managing risk in supply chain; the era of network competition; managing the global pipeline; creating a sustainable logistics and supply chains as well as emerging mega-trends in logistics and supply chain management.

Undergraduate – Module

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  • Second Semester 2019


  • Explain the principles, theories, practices and contemporary issues in logistics and supply chain management as well as to develop knowledge of logistics and supply chain management as an area of management studies
  • Explore various models and tools used by logistics and supply chain management practitioners
  • Evaluate contemporary trends and issues in logistics and supply chain management using multiple perspectives
  • Develop critical thinking, problem solving, analytical skills and presentation skills in applying logistics and supply chain management principles and practices to diverse business situations


  • Within semester / term assessment: 60%
  • Examination: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.