PIM105 - Principles of Distribution and Logistics

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Subject Title
Principles of Distribution and Logistics

Subject Description
This is an introduction to the foundations and operations of distribution and logistics management, including channel network design, distribution inventory management, distribution replenishment planning, warehousing, materials handling functions, transportation, and transportation operations.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Principles of Operations Management (POM) Diploma provided by APICS - The Association for Operations Management.

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

  1. Identify the principles and objective of managing distribution and logistics.
  2. Discuss the steps required to build successful supply chains.
  3. Describe the processes involved in managing supply chain inventory and the replenishment of the inventory.
  4. Identify the warehousing functions and the strategies that can be used in warehousing.
  5. Discuss packaging and materials handling within the warehousing function.
  6. Discuss the scope of transportation and transportation economics.

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 http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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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

  • Channel Network Design
  • Distribution Requirements Planning
  • Introduction to Distribution and Logistics
  • Distribution Inventory Management
  • Packaging and Material Handling
  • Transportation Management
  • Transportation Operations
  • Warehouse Management

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, exercises, reading assignments, group work and case studies

Prescribed Texts

  • Introduction to Materials Management, 7th Edition; J.R. Tony Arnold, Stephen N. Chapman, Lloyd M. Clive; Publisher:  Prentice Hall ISBN 9780131376700

Reference Material

  • Distribution Planning and Control: Managing in the Era of Supply Chain Management, 2nd edition; David Frederick Ross; Publisher Springer, 2004
  • Designing and Managing the Supply Chain, 3rd edition; David Simchi-Levy, David, Philip Kaminsky, Edith Simchi-Levi; Publisher McGraw-Hill, 2008
  • APICS Dictionary, 13th Edition ISBN – 1-55822-123-9

Required Supplies

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 (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
To attain a passing grade for the subject, a student must complete and obtain a passing grade on all combined assignments and tests (term work) and also a passing grade on the final exam. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of Academic Policy.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

The passing grade for APICS is 60% overall.  The final mark will be based on:

Weekly performance checks, written assignments and participation 40%
Mid-term test (1 hour) 20%
Final exam (2 hours) 40%

The performance checks each consist of ten multiple- choice questions. The mid-term test consists of forty multiple -choice questions and the final examination of sixty multiple-choice questions.

Student evaluation includes weekly performance checks of class work, readings, homework, midterm test, final examination and case studies. Students should be prepared to perform at least three hours per week of  homework to review session material, prepare for weekly performance  checks, complete assignments and review assigned readings.

Exams are marked by APICS and the grades are submitted to Seneca as a SAT or UNSAT recorded on a student’s transcript. Allow 4 to 6 weeks to receive your grade.

Approved by: Denis Gravelle, Sharon Estok