Transport Systems enable mobility of people, and transport of goods and freight shipments between their origins and destinations. The unit provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of different modes of transport and their intermodal and multi-modal combinations. As the transportation has moved away from a reactive and supporting role to one that is more proactive and enabling, this unit provides students with an introduction to logistics and supply chain management. 
Students focus on solving multiple challenges, including increasing fuel costs, capacity requirements, disjointed transport infrastructure, global transportation and risk management, with the goal of optimising operations. Specific topics include transport management systems, software selection and emerging technologies for route optimisation, operational efficiency and sustainability. Students will acquire a more nuanced understanding and appreciation of efficient and effective transportation systems. This understanding plays a critical role in enhancing environmental, social and economic performance of organisations characterised by globalisation and technological advancement. 

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BMO6001

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse the underlying theories and principles of transport systems and modes of operations and their critical role in achieving triple bottom line sustainability;  
  2. Critically review the fundamentals of different modes of transport and their intermodal and multi-modal combinations;  
  3. Articulate how an understanding of logistics and supply chain management can solve common transport problems;  
  4. Evaluate the current business practices of a transport company and justify an action plan for operational improvement; and,  
  5. Design and justify an action plan for improving route optimisation, operational efficiency and sustainability.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Recent literature on transport systems 20%
Report Industry research report and presentation on a transport company (group) 40%
Poster Develop a sustainable transport plan 40%

Required reading

Transportation: A Global Supply Chain Perspective, 9th edn
Robert Novack, Brian Gibson, and Yoshinori Suzuki, John Coyle (2019),
Cengage Australia

Where to next?

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