PMC103 - Logistics and Transportation

Outline info
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Subject Title
Logistics and Transportation

Subject Description
This module explores the vital role that logistics plays in strategic supply chain management and its links to procurement. Students develop an understanding of the primary logistics activities of transportation, warehousing and inventory management. The module includes consideration of a variety of analytical and technological tools such as activity-based costing, total cost of ownership and warehouse management systems. Issues in transportation from modal choices to industry regulations are discussed as is logistics outsourcing through 3PLs and 4PLs. The subject will prepare the student to chart a customized logistics strategy for the organization and make strategic logistics decisions, based on the most current concepts and transportation options.

Credit Status
This subject is the third of eight modules required by the Supply Chain Management Association of Ontario - SCMAO (formerly OIPMAC) for the Strategic Supply Chain Management Leadership Program toward the CPP (Certified Professional Purchaser) designation.

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

1. define logistics in terms of utilities, functions and objectives.
2. explain the relationships between logistics, purchasing and SCM.
3. compare logistics alternatives in terms of total cost/service level trade-offs.
4. explain the strategic interface between customer service and inventory management.
5. understand the strategic role of inventory and determinants of inventory levels.
6. know when to use and how to use various inventory models, JIT, DRP, re-order point.
7. evaluate alternative warehouse locations and layouts.
8. choose the best transportation mode for a given freight movement.
9. appreciate the impact of public policy and regulation on logistics and SCM.
10. explain the differences between third and fourth party logistics providers.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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Topic Outline

  • What is logistics?
  • Customer Service.
  • Inventory Management.
  • Warehousing.
  • Transportation.
  • Third-party Logistics (3PL)
  • Fourth-party Logistics (4PL)

Mode of Instruction
Highly participatory using case studies, small and large group discussions, and lecture.  

Prescribed Texts
A Candidate Manual and a Readings Manual are to be purchased for this module - downloaded by the students at the beginning of the semester.  Students are directed to the following link to purchase the materials:

Reference Material

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

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Modes of Evaluation
The evaluation criteria are set by SCMAO.  Please refer to their standards by contacting 416-977-7566 ext. 2149. 

Students must obtain a 60% average for course work, and achieve a minimum grade of 60% on the final exam to successfully complete the course.

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For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca’s Registrar’s Offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:   

Individual Exercises 25%
Group Presentation 10%
Group Case Report 20%
Individual Case Reports 15%
Discussions 05%
Final Exam 25%

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

Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Academic Program Manager Emiliano Introcaso