Syllabus for OPM-415

LOGISTICS


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Logistics focuses on the corporate functions of demand and supply management, inventory control, warehousing, and transportation. In particular, this course examines how these functions are changing to accommodate the integration and coordination of activities in a global supply chain.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

 

  1. Discuss how the logistics function contributes to the accomplishment of a firm's strategic objectives.
  2. Describe the components of a logistics system and how logistics integrates with other major functions of the firm.
  3. Analyze the elements of effective inventory management and its impact on customer service.
  4. Evaluate transportation management issues and the factors that influence transportation decisions.
  5. Discuss warehousing problems and solutions including location and design decisions.
  6. Discuss the role of management information systems in logistics.
  7. Analyze the role of materials management and its integration into a logistics system.
  8. Explain and apply the elements of a high-quality, effective, integrated logistics strategy in a global environment.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  1. Global Logistics Management: A Competitive Advantage for the 21st Century, 2d ed., by Kent N. Gourdin. (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006).

ISBN-13: 978-1-4051-2713-9

COURSE STRUCTURE

Logistics is a three-credit online course, consisting of five (5) modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, activities and supplemental reading. Module titles are listed below.

  1. Module 1: The Logistics System

  1. Module 2: Inventory and Transportation Management

  1. Module 3: Warehousing and Information Systems

  1. Module 4: Materials Management, Global Issues, and Strategic Planning

  1. Module 5: Designing an Effective Logistics System

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take a proctored online midterm examination, and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

In addition to an ungraded "Introductions" forum, Logistics requires you to participate in graded class discussions.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and subsequent comments on classmates' responses.

You will be evaluated both on the quality of your responses (i.e., your understanding of readings, and concepts as demonstrated by well-articulated, critical thinking) and quantity of your participation (i.e., the number of times you participate meaningfully in the assigned forums). Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Meaningful participation in online discussions is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement.

Written Assignments

Logistics has several types of written assignments in each module. A typical module will contain activities of the following types:

  1. Exercises In these assignments you will demonstrate your mastery of objectives by answering questions based on one or more sections in the text. You may also be asked to consult Internet sources.
  2. Written Assignments The written assignments generally focus on a particular idea or concept and ask you to explain and apply this idea or concept.
  3. Analysis Assignments In these assignments you will be asked to analyze concepts and issues from the Supplemental Reading passages.

Due dates for each assignment are listed in the course Calendar.

Your written assignments are built around associated modules. Formulate responses in your own words (do not merely copy answers from your reading materials). Although your responses will be primarily drawn from information in the textbook, you may also use outside sources to strengthen your responses. Your textbook, outside sources, including Internet Web sites, should be cited where appropriate and in an appropriate manner.

Midterm Examination

This course requires you to take a proctored online midterm examination.

The midterm is a closed-book, proctored exam. It is two hours long and covers material in Modules 1 through 3. It consists of 5 essay questions focused on course and modular objectives.

For the midterm, you are required to use the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

  1. Looking up any answer or part of an answer in an unauthorized textbook or on the Internet, or using any other source to find an answer.
  2. Copying and pasting or, in any way copying responses or parts of responses from any other source into your exams. This includes but is not limited to copying and pasting from other documents or spreadsheets, whether written by yourself or anyone else.
  3. Plagiarizing answers.
  4. Asking anyone else to assist you by whatever means available while you take an exam.
  5. Copying any part of an exam to share with other students.
  6. Telling your mentor that you need another attempt at an exam because your connection to the Internet was interrupted when that is not true.

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

Final Project

You are also required to complete a final project and to submit it by the last Saturday of Week 12. This project is described fully in the Final Project area of the course site. You will choose a firm from a list provided within this course, study that firm and its operations, and outline a logistics strategy that would fulfill the strategic objectives of that firm. About halfway through the semester you'll submit a proposal for the project, naming the firm you wish to study and outlining your plans for the project. Your mentor will respond to this proposal.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site is the final project rubric used to aid in the grading of the final project.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Online discussions (5)—10 percent
  2. Written assignments (15)—30 percent
  3. Midterm exam (proctored online, modules 1-5)—30 percent
  4. Final project (including Proposal)—30 percent

*Note that your proposal also counts as a part of your Final Project grade. The Proposal counts for 5

percent of the total course grade and the Project itself for 25 percent, adding up to 30 percent of your total grade.

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.

  1. Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.

  1. Arrange to take your examinations by following the instructions in this Syllabus and the Online Student Handbook.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
  2. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting activities before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting activities, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.

  1. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized activity, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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