Course Title: Logistics Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Logistics Research Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020


City Campus


630H Management


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

Course Coordinator: Professor Booi Kam

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1326

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.08.66

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of the following course: 
050055 - Business Research Design (BUSM4448 or equivalent code)

Course Description

This course is designed to assist you to draw on the skills and knowledge acquired in Business Research Design (BUSM4448) to undertake a research project in procurement or logistics and supply chain management. It provides you the opportunity to build upon the substantive theories learnt in the core procurement and supply chain management courses to analyse real business problems or investigate operational issues faced by organisations. The course comprises a mix of research method workshops and one-on-one consultative sessions.

The research method workshops will cover topics ranging from scoping a research idea, writing a literature review, developing the research methodology, documenting the findings, framing the result discussion and reaching conclusion. The one-on-one consultative sessions will centre on issues relating to the conduct of your research, giving you the opportunity to raise questions, clarify doubts and receive feedback on your writing.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Independently investigate problem situations in procurement and supply chain and logistics management to develop informed approaches for their resolution
  2. Explain and critique key business and management concepts, theories and methods to make reasoned judgement about their applicability to contemporary practices in procurement and supply chain and logistics management
  3. Conduct a systematic structured literature review on specific issues pertaining to procurement and supply chain and logistics practices
  4. Identify, select and design appropriate research methodologies to study unusual phenomena or operations problems in procurement and supply chain and logistics management
  5. Independently explore contemporary practices and issues in procurement and supply chain and logistics operations to extent or build new theories

Overview of Learning Activities

Lecturer inputs: A range of learning experiences is planned for you including research methods seminars, data analysis workshops, and tutorials on research report writing. Your inputs as learners: Your active and constructive participation in discussion is expected. This is in addition to weekly reading, group and individual exercises or assignments and careful planning and completion of assessment tasks.

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and 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: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 2: 80%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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.