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Logistics
BUSI-615

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

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.

Requisites

Prerequisite

BUSI 613

Rationale

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 Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Liberty University Custom. (2019). Logistics (Custom ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill Create. ISBN: 9781264141241.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office 365 Suite

Course Assignments

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.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)

200

Integration of Faith and Learning

75

Weekly Integrated Learning Projects (7 at 75 pts ea)

525

Final Integrated Learning Project

200

Total

1010

Course Policies

Quizzes/Tests/Exams

For timed quizzes/tests/exams, the student is required to complete the quiz/test/exam within the assigned time. For the student who exceeds this time limit, a penalty of 1 point will be deducted for each minute, or part thereof, he/she exceeds the assigned time limit.

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

BUSI 615

Textbook: LUC, Logistics (2019).

Module/Week

As per Course Description

Topic

Reading Source

Assignments

Points

1

Strategies and Planning

Marketing and Logistics

Logistics: chs. 1–3

1 video

1 website

- Office hours (see faculty information) for Q/A Webex (See faculty information for Webex link)

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Discussion Board 1 – Key topic - Manufacturing Resource Planning

 

- Weekly Integrated Learning Project (Team)

 

10

 

0

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

75

2

Demand Forecasting / Planning / Technologies

Demand Forecasting

Logistics: chs. 4–5

1 video

1 website

- Office hours (See faculty information) for Q/A Webex (See faculty information for Webex link)

- Discussion Board 1 – 2 x Replies to colleagues

 

- Weekly Integrated Learning Project (Team)

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

75

3

Strategies /Planning / Implementation / Technologies

Enterprise Resource Planning / Implementation

Logistics: ch. 6

1 video

1 website

- Office hours (Monday 7–8 p.m. ET) for Q/A WebEx (See faculty information for Webex link)

- Discussion Board 2 – Key topic - Enterprise Resource Planning

 

- Weekly Integrated Learning Project (Team)

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

75

4

Inventory Management / Technologies

Demand Driven Materials Requirements Planning / Implementation

Logistics: chs. 7–10

2 videos

1 website

- Office hours (Monday 7–8 p.m. ET) for Q/A Webex (See faculty information for Webex link)

- Discussion Board 2

(2 x Replies to colleagues)

 

- Integration of Faith and Learning (Main post)

 

- Weekly Integrated Learning Project (Team)

20

 

 

 

 

 

50

 

 

 

 

75

5

Distribution / Warehousing / Technologies

Distribution Requirements Planning / Implementation

Logistics: chs. 11–13

1 video

1 website

- Office hours (Monday 7–8 p.m. ET) for Q/A Webex (See faculty information for Webex link)

- Discussion Board 3 – Key topic – Integrated Logistics Information Systems

 

- Integration of Faith and Learning (Replies)

 

- Weekly Integrated Learning Project (Team)

 

 

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

 

75

6

Transportation / Technologies

Transport requirements planning / Implementation

Logistics: chs. 14–15

1 video

1 website

- Office hours (Monday 7–8 p.m. ET) for Q/A Webex (See faculty information for Webex link)

- Discussion Board 3

(2 x Replies to colleagues)

 

- Weekly Integrated Learning Project (Team)

20

 

 

 

 

 

75

7

Technologies

Logistics IT Project Management

Logistics: ch. 16

1 video

1 website

- Office hours (Monday 7–8 p.m. ET) for Q/A Webex (See faculty information for Webex link)

- Discussion Board 4 – Key topic – Implementation of an Integrated Logistics System

 

- Weekly Integrated Learning Project (Team)

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

75

8

International Logistics / Technologies

Global Logistics Planning and Implementation

Logistics: ch. 17

1 video

1 website

- Office hours (Monday 7–8 p.m. ET) for Q/A Webex (See faculty information for Webex link)

- Discussion Board 4

(2 x Replies to colleagues)

 

- Final Integrated Learning Project submission

20

 

 

 

 

 

200

Total

1010

NOTE:

Submit each assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned module/week unless otherwise instructed.