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AUTO8004 - Transport Planning & Logistics

Title:Transport Planning & Logistics
Long Title:Transport Planning & Logistics
Module Code:AUTO8004
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Automotive Engineering
Valid From: Semester 2 - 2021/22 ( January 2022 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: Efce Van Heerden
Module Description: This module is designed to develop an understanding of the role of freight transport within logistics. The student will be able to appreciate and assess the influence of various logistical elements within the area of freight transportation. This module also provides quantitative tools and techniques to solve some classical logistics problems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse the performance of a logistical management system.
LO2 Design and plan an efficient logistic management system.
LO3 Assess the interactions between the various components of the logistical system.
LO4 Apply simulation and solution algorithms to solve a variety of logistics problems.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Concepts of Logistics and Distribution
The supply chain, Competitive advantage, Measuring logistic cost and performance, Variations in supply chain (food, commodity,controlled-product,etc) and their impact Export/Import, Globalisation of logistics, Key Performance Indicators (KPI), Benchmarking and metrics.
Forecasting & Modelling
Capacity & balance;Forecasting methods (qualitative, time-series analysis, causal)& models (simulation); Freight flow forecasting;Demand models & management
Design & Planning for Logistics
Domestic transportation; International logistics; Route planning (assignment problems),Distribution channels to market ;Logistic metrics, Technology, impact on industry location;Transportation costs,models,lead times,constraints (supplier, chemical, hazardous materials, etc);Risk management; optimisation; Reverse logistics (Returns and Recycling management). Logistical information systems.
Warehousing and Storage
Type, classification and cost of inventory, Inventory Management & metrics;Warehouse layout & flow; Warehousing and materials handling systems; Warehouse management;Distribution strategies
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions In Class assessment 1,3 20.0 Week 8
Practical/Skills Evaluation Simulation and assignment lab 2,3,4 20.0 Week 12
Project Students are required to benchmark the logistics planning process. They should focus on the three main logistics planning activities (order processing, inventory management, and the distribution strategy) for a logistics system for the company they work for or a company that they are familiar with. 1,2,3,4 60.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Coursework 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Supervised Computer lab 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Self Directed Learing 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture On -Line delivery 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Lab Supervised Computer lab 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent Learning Self Directed Learing 4.5 Every Week 4.50
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.50

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • John Mangan, Chandra Lalwani, Agustina Calatayud 2020, Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 4th Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 978-1-119-702]
  • Vikas Singla 2021, Operations Research Using Excel A Case Study Approach, 1st Ed., CRC Press [ISBN: ISBN 97803676]
  • Christopher, Martin 2016, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 5th Ed., Pearson Education, Limited [ISBN: 9781292083810]
  • Arash Mahdavi 2020, The Art of Process-Centric Modelling with AnyLogic, 1st Ed., Any Logic
  • John Mangan, Chandra Lalwani, Tim Butcher, Roya Javadpour 2012, Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 2 Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 9781119998846]
  • H. Paul Williams 2013, Model Building in Mathematical Programming, 5th Ed., John Wiley & Sons Inc NY [ISBN: 9781118443330]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • G .Ghiani 2004, Introduction to Logistic Systems Planning and Control, Wiley [ISBN: 9780470849170]
  • A Rushton 2006, Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management, Kogan Page (in assocation with CILT) [ISBN: 9780749446697]
  • P. Frohne 2007, Quantitative Methods for Logistics, McGraw Hill [ISBN: 9780071494151]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BGSCM_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Global Supply Chain Management 2 Mandatory
CR_TTMGT_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Transport Management 2 Mandatory
CR_TTMGT_8 BSc (Hons) in Transport Management 2 Mandatory
CR_EBSCM_8 Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Supply Chain Management 2 Mandatory

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