Course Title: International Logistics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Logistics

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017


City Campus


630H Management


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


RMIT University Vietnam


620H Business IT and Logistics


Viet2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr. Vinh Thai

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5014

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The focus of this course is on the changing face of international logistics in the 21st century. The essentials of the course will encompass the several important elements of international logistics such as transport modes, nodes and hubs and corridors. It will also cover elements of the contemporary context of international logistics, including global trade production and distribution, global outsourcing and changing patterns of international trade, as well as developments in the technologies and competencies in transportation and logistics operations. Additionally, it will examine the prevailing international trade regulatory environment and its resultant impacts on global logistical systems, facilities and processes. Special focus will also be given to the challenges and opportunities in the emerging international logistics environment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Explain and illustrate the significance of logistics operations within a globalised context
  2. Examine the key challenges and levels of risks involved in international logistics to ensure operate appropriately within global context
  3. Identify and discuss the nature and role of the key parties in a global logistics chain in order to participate in a global environment
  4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the various transport modes available and their characteristics in international logistics
  5. Describe and explain logistics services and operations on an international scale
  6. Apply international logistics knowledge and practices in international trade operations

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is designed on the principles of in-depth knowledge provision through immersion teaching methodology. Hence series of short but intensive literature review and case-study analysis-based workshops will be conducted. During these face-to face intensive discourses, you will have the opportunity to listen to lectures outlining key themes and take part in group discussion seminars. Efforts will be made to present an opportunity to listen to experts who will highlight on emerging trends in international logistics. You are encouraged to take part in every one of the seminars and workshops without fail in order to develop a sound grasp of the fundamentals of international logistics of the 21st century.
Learning activities may include:

  • Lectures introducing concepts, debates and frame works
  • Structured seminars to discuss and debate the prevailing national, regional and global logistics issues
  • Deconstruction of selected research work concerning the rapidly changing international logistics environment in different parts of the globe and an critical assessment of the discussions and conclusions forwarded
  • Active engagement in individual / group discussions on prevailing international logistics issues concerning trade regulatory environment, intra & inter trade bloc logistical issues and international trade safety and security
  • Making use of RMIT Online course resources available at Blackboard pertaining to the dynamic regional and global logistics industry and contributing critically on set topics through discussion forum

The course will consist of a series of lectures in which students will take part in activities including exercises, case studies and group discussions. In addition students will undertake independent work involving library research, reading and analysis of articles and a range of written tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment Task 2: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.