Course Title: Sustainable Engineering Logistics Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Engineering Logistics Systems

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2015


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Arun Kumar

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4328

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 057.03.020

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MIET2385 Systems Engineering Principles, or equivalent

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the philosophy and practice of a systems approach to the design of logistics systems that includes design, development, operating and decommissioning phases of the logistics system. It focuses on affordable logistics support and on total cost of ownership in its life cycle. It also aims develop your skills in data collection, personal organisation and communication. You will learn that achieving affordable support depends upon effective integration of acquisition logistics, strategic planning and strategic thinking, which incorporates everything from study of data and models to system conceptual design and then disposal.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level.
This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.(;ID=eyj5c0mo77631 )

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes: 
1 Knowledge and Skill Base
1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline
1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline
2 Engineering Application Ability
2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
3 Professional and Personal Attributes
3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability
3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On successful completion of the course you should be able to:
1. Relate the fundamentals of logistics engineering systems to integrated logistics support, design, development and decommissioning phases of the logistics system
2. Examine the key concepts of support infrastructures and physical support resources, compare theory and practice of availability,  and contrast reliability and maintainability analysis and their role in improving supportability.
3. Characterise within the content of systems all functions such as material flows, distribution, manpower and personnel, training, and sustaining of life cycle maintenance, operation and support.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:
• recorded lectures: will guide you through important principles and concepts and assist in appropriate problem solving techniques;
• lectorial sessions: will help you become familiar with software systems, to connect theory to practice, and reinforce the principles and concepts learnt in the recorded lectures; and
• project work: will help you learn many useful techniques for engineering project activities, including how to interact with staff and fellow students in a smaller group setting, communication and leadership skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is a prescribed textbook and several recommended references for this course.
You will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT.  Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible internet sites will be provided. You will use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assignment 1: Group/Individual Project, Written Submission
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3

Assignment 2: Individual Multiple-choice Quiz
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3
Description: This Quiz will be a 1-hour test that may be taken any time within a 24 hr period. 

Assignment 3: Individual Oral Presentation of the Final Project
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3

Assessment 4: Individual Final Project, Written Submission 
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3