Course Title: Distribution and Freight Logistics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Distribution and Freight Logistics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Professor Prem Chhetri

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1392

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
008166 - Supply Chain Principles
034161 - Supply Chain Modelling & Design

Course Description

This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the interrelations between components of physical distribution and the role of transport in facilitating and enhancing supply chain operations and logistical performance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the strategic functions of four key elements in physical distribution, i.e., warehousing, distribution and marketing channels, inventory control and management, and transportation. Issues concerning delivery postponement, warehouse planning and location, selection of marketing channels, freight routing, and transport mode selection in ways that affect transport and physical distribution within and between organizations will be discussed.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onward your class will be held in a device-equipped teaching space. Each student group will have access to a laptop. It is however recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus both in and outside class times.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The overarching goal of this course is to highlight the role of transport and physical distribution in facilitating and enhancing both intra- and inter-firm supply chains and logistics operations. At the end of the course, students are expected to have acquired a sound knowledge of the functional components, as well as their interdependency, underpinning transport and physical distribution operations in organizations. This outcome will be reinforced by the completion of three assignments, which have been designed to increase students’ understanding of contemporary transport and physical distribution practices in the real world as well as to bring theory to bear on practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning will occur through the use of the Study Guide as an indicator of learning direction, including on-line library articles and wed-sites. This activity is to complement the Intensive Workshop Session, during which the Instructor will expand on the principles introduced in the Study Guide and illustrate the application of the key constructs to organizational situations.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course notes and a Study Guide will be made available on the LMS @ RMIT On-line prior to the workshop session. The Study Guide will contain information on prescribed and recommended readings.

There is no prescribed text for this course. All prescribed and recommended readings will be sourced from on-line journal articles (available from the RMIT Library web-site) and texts already recommended for OMGT1021 Supply Chain Principles and OMGT2087 Supply Chain Modelling & Design

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course will focus on your ability to understand, analyse and appreciate how transport and physical distribution activities are carried out in the real world. This will be accomplished by the completion of three assessment tasks: first is an individual exercise to simulate a transport system using Monte Carlo; second is the analysis of a freight logistic commodity undertaken as a group assignment including a final presentation of the outcomes and third is an individual formal report on the group selected case studies. Assessment 2 and 3 are the same analysis of the transport and physical distribution activities of a real organisation to critically review the logistics strategy, tactical positioning, and operational processes adopted by the case study.