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,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021


City Campus


665H Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Professor Prem Chhetr

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1392

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment via 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 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

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