MO9521 - Transport and Inventory Management

What will I learn on this module?

The module aims to provide you with an understanding of the key elements of national and international transport. You will learn about how different forms of transport combine and operate to move goods and people around the world and how goods can effectively and efficiently be ordered, stored, despatched and delivered. This module will offer you a border understanding and an appreciation of the institutional challenges, tensions and future opportunities for growth within supply and distribution systems.

Within in this module, you will cover ten main topics:

1. Supply chain modelling;
2. Facility location and layout – as a means to improve sustainability, energy, cost and carbon reduction;
3. Warehouse operations, material handling and Japanese shop floor management;
4. Forecasting and inventory control;
5. Warehouse management and transport planning;
6. Hierarchical and aggregate planning;
7. Reverse logistics, closed-loop supply chain management and their links to sustainability and environment management;
8. Modal choice and intermodal transport;
9. Vehicle routing and scheduling, role of transportation in carbon reduction and energy efficiency;
10. Containerisation.

On completing the module, you will have developed knowledge and understanding of transport and inventory management and be able to critically evaluate their functional areas. You will also be able to apply this knowledge to business and management contexts, and compare and contrast the warehouse functions and the intermodal choices.

How will I learn on this module?

Your module will be delivered using a combination of lecture, seminar, open learning (e-portal based) material, case studies, and directed and independent learning. Throughout, the emphasis will be on high levels of your participation, both individually and within small groups or teams.

An interactive approach to lecture sessions will draw upon your directed learning undertaken and your experiences. You can therefore expect the reflective-practitioner approach to learning to be embedded in all workshop/seminar sessions. These activities will facilitate the application of theory to ‘real-life’ situations, also enabling you to critically analyse and make appropriate recommendations for the organisation/individual.

Your module’s Teaching and Learning Plan outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed learning and independent learning. Your tutor-directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform. Your independent learning will centre upon the identifying and pursuing areas of interest in relation to the subject area or by providing deeper/broader knowledge and understanding of the subject. Your independent learning activities might include extended reading, reflection, research etc.

As an intermediate module, the content will broaden your knowledge about contemporary transport issues and relate this to concepts of competitive advantage through efficient inventory management. It will use case study information and where appropriate, research outputs from applied research journals and trade magazines.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Ongoing support will be provided to you through the lectures and seminars to build up your skills and expertise in the module. You will have two hours of weekly lectures and one hour of weekly seminar.

Your module study is further supported by an e-learning portal (blackboard) which acts as a central directory for the teaching and learning materials, such as the Teaching and Learning Plan, lecture slides, seminar exercises, case studies, assessment briefs, alongside other relevant internet resources and multimedia support information. In addition, this module is research-led and the module content is developed based on various core text books and journal articles. Hence, a wide-ranging electronic reading list that comprises of various core text books and journal articles will be made available to provide you with guidance on the module reading materials. The list will also help you to prioritise those materials, and divide them into topics by core reading and further reading.

To assess your acquisition of the knowledge and the skills introduced during the module, you are encouraged to participate in serval inter-related group practical and analytical exercises and presentations (formative assessment) during your small-group seminars throughout your teaching semester. Tutor’s support and feedback will be given to your group exercises and presentations. You are expected to act on the feedback for the subsequent individual 2500 words written assignment (summative assessment) which consists of 2 related tasks at the end of the semester.

Technology Enabled Learning is utilised in this module and includes use of an electronic reading list on the reading materials.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Understand and demonstrate the contemporary knowledge of the transport and inventory management issues in supply chain operations (MLO1)
2. Understand and demonstrate the design of flexibility into the complex transportation network and the use of technology to improve transportation performance. (MLO2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Evidence skills in identifying the goal of transportation strategy and making transportation decisions. (MLO3)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

How will I be assessed?

The module has serval inter-related formative assessment (group practical analytical exercises and presentations) during the small-group seminars throughout the teaching semester. Tutor’s support and feedback will be given to the groups in the seminars. The relevant materials will be stored in the e-learning portal and distributed through the teaching semester.

The module has a single individual summative assessment (100% written assignment) of 2500 words set around the learning outcomes of the module. The mark and written feedback will be given based on the predeveloped marking criteria. The summative assessment brief and the marking criteria will be available on the e-learning portal and distributed from the beginning of the semester.

This summative assessment will address MLO1, MLO2 and MLO3.





Module abstract

The module provides an introduction to and understanding of the physical movements of goods through supply chains via different transportation and storage networks. The module also focuses on transport as a service to the public, both domestically and internationally, examining the allied industries it supports and looks at complexity issues surrounding multi-modes of transport for both inland and overseas transport and how this integrates with storage and inventory needs.

You will be introduced real business distribution problems across both inland and overseas operations and the challenges and future opportunities of logistics providers/ freight operators in terms of inventory capacity, sequencing, storage and delivery. You will achieve a rounded appreciation of transport and inventory management throughout supply chains through a variety of lecture, workshop, seminar, and case study. Assessment will be a written assignment. You are required to produce an individual detailed report.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 16 months

Location Singapore

City Singapore

Start September or March

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

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