Logistics – BUSI 615

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course covers logistics concepts and systems with respect to their collective impact on organizational performance. Other topics covered in the course include planning and implementation, demand forecasting, distribution, inventory management, transportation and warehousing. Relevant technologies for maximizing logistics efficiencies are also emphasized.


BUSI 613


The purpose of this course is to provide students with both a broad framework of logistics theory and a thorough understanding of how to select, implement and operate competitive logistics systems. Students gain valuable vocational skills in the practice of integrated logistics management through a building of a working modular logistics system and they develop appropriate policies for each operational level of this system.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Locate logistics as an important set of activities to the wealth creating potential of the firm.
    2. Recognize the essential relationship between marketing and logistics.
    3. Formulate a logistics cost benefit analysis from a firm's balance sheet and income statements.
    4. Construct an integrated working ERP model.
    5. Develop a workable ERP implementation plan detailing timings and responsibilities.
    6. Apply logistics systems approaches to effectively improve the firm’s total costs and customer service.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 1000 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 500 words.

Integration of Faith and Learning

The Faith and Learning assignment is to be completed across Modules/Weeks 4 and 5. In Week 4 the student will make his/her main post of about 750 words. In Module/Week 5, the student will make a substantive critical response of about 500 words to one of his/her colleagues’ main posts.

Before the student attempts this Faith and Learning paper, he/she will need to watch to the Kaltura video lecture prepared on business ethics. The student will find this Kaltura lecture in the Module/Week 4 Course Content.

Weekly Integrated Learning Projects

Further detailed instructions are available under Course Content.

Final Integrated Learning Project

The final integrated learning project comprises a working Excel ERP model for your chosen firm. The final project will tie all the preceding modules/weeks together into a fully integrated working ERP model in Excel. The integrated modules/weeks will include, Master Production Schedule, Bill of Materials, Materials Requirements Planning, Capacity Planning, Distribution Requirements Planning and Shop Floor Control.

The final submission will also include a written management report detailing (1) a recommendation for implementation based on a cost / benefits analysis; (2) implementation project plan with responsibilities; (3) a justified recommendation for an ERP system (e.g. SAP, or other) and its operation (local or cloud processing; and scope of application (national, global, etc.). Further detailed instructions are to be found in a Kaltura presentation and in the Course Content.