INB345 - International Transportation

Outline info
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Subject Title
International Transportation

Subject Description
Transportation plays a key role in the logistics system of any supply chain.  The physical movement of goods using various modes of transportation will be the main focus of this subject.  Students will learn to use the most cost effective mode/modes of transportation with the best possible transit time to meet the demands of just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing, lean & green principles and the best use of transport equipment by proper load planning and packaging.

Credit Status
One credit.

Note:  This is a required course for the International Business Diploma Program (BUI) and Business Administration - International Business Diploma Program (BAB).

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1.  Describe the role of the freight forwarder and the customs broker in the import/export process.
  2.  Assess the services of rail, truck, ocean and air as modes of transport.
  3.  Demonstrate how the modes of transport interact to support international trade through intermodalism.
  4.  Describe consolidations for air and ocean transport.
  5.  Calculate chargeable weight and freight charges for truck, ocean and air modes of transport.
  6.  Recommend unitizing, packaging and markings for international shipments.
  7.  Assess concepts of marine insurance and related law.
  8.  Calculate the landed cost of imported goods and cost of exporting goods (containers, ULDs (unit load devices), etc).
  9.  Describe global supply chain management concepts in transportation.
  10. Understand IATA (International Air Transport Association) areas, city and airline codes.
  11. Describe claim procedures and limitations for ocean, air, truck and rail.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
• Understanding Freight Forwarding
• Transportation geography
• Land transportation

o Rail
o Track
o LTL Shipments
• Air Freight
o Role of IATA in Air Freight Forwarding
• Ocean Freight
o Containers and Containerization
o Documentation
• Incoterms ® 2010

Mode of Instruction
A combination of teaching methods will be utilized which may include lectures, case studies, discussions, group and individual work.

Prescribed Texts
Title:           International Transportation and Trade Program - CIFFA Text Book
Edition:      7th Edition (Adopting for Fall 2017)
Author:       Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association Inc.
Publisher:  CIFFA
ISBN:         978-0-9949901-0-5

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor prior to the assignment due date so that an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks from the due date.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail. Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following website for Seneca College Library style guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines:  http:/

Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency
The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Quiz 10%
Assignment 20%
Mid-Term Test 30%
Final Exam 40%

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Academic Program Manager Emiliano Introcaso