Course Title: Ports and Terminal Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ports and Terminal Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

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 aim of the course is to provide you with knowledge and skill of contemporary management practices in ports and terminals. In this course you will focus on a wide range of themes and topics to enable you to examine and evaluate the business relationships, the processes and systems involved in efficient, safe and productive ports and terminal management and operations around the world. The course will also explore key challenges and key issues that pertain to ports and terminal management.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Critically evaluate the role of ports and terminals in the regional and national economies and the global supply chain.
  2. Analyse and discuss business activities of managers in ports and terminals in the context of maritime logistics and global supply chains.
  3. Critically analyse port performance, port service quality, and port competition with application of theories and principles and suggest competitive port strategy.
  4. Design port development policies on the basis of comparison of the Anglo-Saxon Doctrine, the European Doctrine, and the Asian Port Doctrine.
  5. Identify and discuss focal issues encountered by port and terminal managers.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is designed on the principles of in-depth academic and field knowledge provision through a hybrid teaching methodology. It will consist of a series lectures and group discussions with port and terminal case studies in which you will be encouraged to actively participate in the learning process. To do so, you need to undertake independent work involving literature review, reading and analysis of the literature for main topics in this course. Your learning activities will include formal lectures, weekly breakout tutorials and group discussions and presentations. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising case studies, literature review of choice journal papers, and guest lectures.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Canvas. 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 so that they will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task Weighting (%) Linked CLOs 
Assessment Task 1 30% 1, 2, 3
Assessment Task 2 30% 3, 4
Assessment Task 3 40%1,2, 3, 4, 5