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 2019


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

Course Description

The overarching goal of this course is to highlight the role of transport and freight distribution in facilitating and enhancing both intra- and inter-firm supply chains and logistics operations.This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the interrelations between components of freight 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 freight logistics, i.e., retailing, distribution and marketing channels, city logistics and transportation management. Issues concerning the distribution planning and location modelling, delivery postponement, selection of marketing channels, freight routing, port logistics and transport mode selection in ways that affect transport and physical distribution of goods 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

Completion of this course will empower students to improve decision-making, solve logistics problems, enhance distribution efficiency, reduce operational costs and harness new global business opportunities for one of the fastest growing logistics and transport industry. 

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

Examine and evaluate key concepts, models and theories in the field of distribution and freight logistics.

Develop and present critical and coherent analyses and management discussions on aspects of freight logistics.

Apply appropriate techniques and methods to analyse freight distribution and movement patterns and make applicable recommendations.

Assess and analyse transport mode choices and freight distribution options to improve logistics efficiency.

Develop effective interpersonal and communication skills in working in teams, lead and coordinate group work as well as working individually to produce high quality work.

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.

The learning outcomes will be reinforced by the completion of three assignments, which have been designed to increase students’ understanding of contemporary transport and freight distribution practices in the real world as well as to bring theory to bear on practice.

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 distribution activities are carried out in the real world. This will be accomplished by the completion of three assessment tasks:

The first Assessment is an individual exercise via a case study that examines students decision-making capability to solve logistic and distributional problems in an organisation. It enables students to learn to define and prioritise customers to improve service quality and deploy quick response strategy to service delivery management based on customer segmentation approach.

The second and third are group assessments. The first requires students to develop a freight strategy for port and logistics related operations. It requires students to write the freight strategy and policy direction to drive the creation of an efficient and sustainable freight network within a port hinterland; the second relates to a powerpoint presentation covering the topic of retail logistics. This assignment requires students to undertake an analysis of the retail transport and logistics operations of a real existing national or international organisation by critically reviewing the logistics strategy, tactical positioning, and operational processes adopted by the selected organisation.