Units of study for Logistics and Supply Chain Management coursework programs

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Table of postgraduate units of study: Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Core units of study

(1) Foundation
ITLS5000 must be completed in a student's first semester of study.
ITLS5000
Foundations of Supply Chain Management
6    N TPTM6155 or TPTM5001


This is the foundation unit for all logistics and supply chain management programs and should be completed in the first period of study. Students demonstrating extensive practical experience in the logistics industry may apply to substitute an alternative unit of study; students should send their resume with a covering email outlining their experience to: business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ITLS5200
Quantitative Logistics and Transport
6    A Basic familiarity with Excel and some knowledge of simple arithmetic is required in this unit. However, resources are made available online before the start of semester for students who need extra assistance in this area.
C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241
N QBUS5001 or TPTM6495
Semester 1
Semester 2
(2) Advanced
ITLS6002
Supply Chain Planning and Design
6    P ITLS5200 or TPTM6495
C ITLS5000 or TPTM6495
N TPTM6190


Students who can demonstrate prior knowledge of quantitative analysis (in particular mathematical knowledge and MS Excel solver proficiency) may apply to waive the prerequisite requirement for this unit of study; students should send an email outlining their knowledge of quantitative analysis to: business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au
Semester 1
Semester 2
ITLS6003
Contemporary Procurement
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001
N TPTM6400
Semester 1
ITLS6008
Production and Operations Management
6    C ITLS5000 and ITLS5200
Semester 1
Semester 2
(3) Capstone unit
The capstone unit must be completed in a student's final semester of study.
ITLS6090
Logistics and Supply Chain Project
6    P ITLS5000 or TPTM5001
C ITLS5200 and ITLS6002 and ITLS6003 and ITLS6004 and (ITLS6001 or ITLS6101 or TPTM6440).
N TPTM6170


This is the capstone unit for the Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management and should be completed in the last period of study.
Semester 1
Semester 2

Elective units of study

Students must complete 24 credit points in elective units.
ITLS6004
Supply Chain Visibility
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001
N TPTM6400
Semester 2
ITLS6007
Disaster Relief Operations
6    N TPTM6390
Intensive July
ITLS6101
Global Freight Logistics Management
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241
N TPTM6440
Semester 2
ITLS6106
Infrastructure Appraisal
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241
Semester 1
ITLS6107
Applied GIS and Spatial Data Analytics
6    N TPTM6180


This unit assumes no prior knowledge of GIS; the unit is hands-on involving the use of software, which students will be trained in using.
Semester 2
Summer Main
ITLS6300
Maritime Management and Logistics
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241
N TPTM6200
Semester 1
ITLS6301
Ports Management
6      Summer Main
ITLS6400
Airline Strategy and Supply Chains
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241
N TPTM6160
Semester 2
ITLS6401
Airport Management
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241
Semester 1
ITLS6403
Cases in Global Transport and Logistics
6    C ITLS6101 and (ITLS6300 or ITLS6301 or ITLS6400 or ITLS6401 or TPTM6160 or TPTM6200)
N ITLS6302 or ITLS6402
Semester 2
ITLS6500
Decision Making on Mega Projects
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241 or INFS5001
Semester 1
ITLS6900
Research Case Study I
6    P (ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241) and (ITLS5200 or TPTM6495)
N TPTM6300

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This is a research unit which requires special permission from the department, please contact: business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au
Semester 1
Semester 2
ITLS6901
Research Case Study II
6    C ITLS6900 or ITLS6300
N TPTM6330

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is research based, there is 1 x 3.5 hr introductory lecture
Semester 1
Semester 2
Note: ITLS6900 and ITLS6901 are only available to students enrolled in the Master's degree.

Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Core units of study

Students in both the Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate must complete the following core units (24 credit points).
(1) Foundation
ITLS5000 must be completed in a student's first semester of study.
ITLS5000
Foundations of Supply Chain Management
6    N TPTM6155 or TPTM5001


This is the foundation unit for all logistics and supply chain management programs and should be completed in the first period of study. Students demonstrating extensive practical experience in the logistics industry may apply to substitute an alternative unit of study; students should send their resume with a covering email outlining their experience to: business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ITLS5200
Quantitative Logistics and Transport
6    A Basic familiarity with Excel and some knowledge of simple arithmetic is required in this unit. However, resources are made available online before the start of semester for students who need extra assistance in this area.
C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241
N QBUS5001 or TPTM6495
Semester 1
Semester 2
(2) Advanced
ITLS6003
Contemporary Procurement
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001
N TPTM6400
Semester 1
ITLS6008
Production and Operations Management
6    C ITLS5000 and ITLS5200
Semester 1
Semester 2

Elective units of study (Graduate Diploma students)

Students in the Graduate Diploma complete 12 credit points in elective units.
ITLS6002
Supply Chain Planning and Design
6    P ITLS5200 or TPTM6495
C ITLS5000 or TPTM6495
N TPTM6190


Students who can demonstrate prior knowledge of quantitative analysis (in particular mathematical knowledge and MS Excel solver proficiency) may apply to waive the prerequisite requirement for this unit of study; students should send an email outlining their knowledge of quantitative analysis to: business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au
Semester 1
Semester 2
ITLS6004
Supply Chain Visibility
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001
N TPTM6400
Semester 2
ITLS6007
Disaster Relief Operations
6    N TPTM6390
Intensive July
ITLS6101
Global Freight Logistics Management
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241
N TPTM6440
Semester 2
ITLS6106
Infrastructure Appraisal
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241
Semester 1
ITLS6107
Applied GIS and Spatial Data Analytics
6    N TPTM6180


This unit assumes no prior knowledge of GIS; the unit is hands-on involving the use of software, which students will be trained in using.
Semester 2
Summer Main
ITLS6300
Maritime Management and Logistics
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241
N TPTM6200
Semester 1
ITLS6301
Ports Management
6      Summer Main
ITLS6400
Airline Strategy and Supply Chains
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241
N TPTM6160
Semester 2
ITLS6401
Airport Management
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241
Semester 1
ITLS6403
Cases in Global Transport and Logistics
6    C ITLS6101 and (ITLS6300 or ITLS6301 or ITLS6400 or ITLS6401 or TPTM6160 or TPTM6200)
N ITLS6302 or ITLS6402
Semester 2
ITLS6500
Decision Making on Mega Projects
6    C ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241 or INFS5001
Semester 1

Unit of study descriptions for the Logistics and Supply Chain Management coursework programs

Note: These unit of study descriptions are listed alphanumerically by unit code.

ITLS5000 Foundations of Supply Chain Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Alan Win Session: Classes: 8 x 3.5 hr lectures, 5 x 3.5 hr tutorials, 1 x 3.5hr field study Assessment: Individual report (35%), group report (15%), quiz (10%), group presentation (10%), exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This is the foundation unit for all logistics and supply chain management programs and should be completed in the first period of study. Students demonstrating extensive practical experience in the logistics industry may apply to substitute an alternative unit of study; students should send their resume with a covering email outlining their experience to: business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au.
Managing an organisation's logistics and supply chain management was for many years a neglected management activity. As a result of an article in Fortune in 1962 written by Peter Drucker, businesses became aware that 50 percent of each dollar consumers spent on goods financed activities that occur after the goods leave the factory, thus focusing attention on the potential efficiency savings that managing these activities could achieve. In the 50 years that has passed, business has seen massive changes; a complete management discipline has been built resulting in the integration and coordination of materials flows into, through, and out of, manufacturing facilities achieving exceptionally high levels of productivity. Logistics and supply chain management now plays a major role in implementing organisational strategy and in many industries has sole responsibility for managing customer service. An understanding of the role of this activity within an organisation and how an understanding of logistics and supply chains can assist business managers to better respond to market opportunities is essential for business students. Students undertaking this unit will be given a solid grounding in the language, concepts, techniques and principles that underlie the field of logistics and supply chain management, and how knowledge of these concepts can contribute towards a strategically effective and operationally efficient organisation or network of organisations.
Textbooks
Pienaar WJ and Vogt JJ (2012) (4th ed) Business logistics management: A supply chain perspective.
ITLS5200 Quantitative Logistics and Transport

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Geoffrey Clifton Session: Classes: 12 x 3.5 hr computer labs, 1 x 3.5 hr workshop. Assessment: computer exam (30%), individual report (30%), final exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Supply chain management as well as logistics, transport and infrastructure management relies on the ability to make effective decisions based on the information provided by careful analysis of data. Students undertaking this unit will develop a strong understanding of the basic techniques underpinning quantitative analysis and will develop highly marketable skills in spreadsheet modelling and the communication and presentation of data to support management decision making. This unit emphasises the practical aspects of quantitative analysis with computer based workshops. Students are guided through the basic theories used in decision making but emphasis is placed on how the theories are applied in practice, drawing on real world experience in quantitative analysis. The unit covers demand forecasting, spreadsheet modelling, optimisation of production and transportation using linear programming, simulation and basic statistics and linear regression techniques.
Textbooks
Winston, W.L. and Albright, S.C. 2012, Practical Management Science, 5th edition, Cengage, Boston; Selvanathan, E. A., Selvanathan, S. And Keller, G. 2014, Business Statistics: Australia and New Zealand 6th edition, Cengage Learning Australia, Melbourne.
ITLS6002 Supply Chain Planning and Design

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Andrew Collins Session: Classes: 6 x 3.5 hr lectures, 6 x 3.5 hr computer labs. Assessment: 2x computer exams (40%), assignments (40%), final exam (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
Note: Students who can demonstrate prior knowledge of quantitative analysis (in particular mathematical knowledge and MS Excel solver proficiency) may apply to waive the prerequisite requirement for this unit of study; students should send an email outlining their knowledge of quantitative analysis to: business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au
Successful supply chain management relies upon informed decision making. This unit explores a range of important decisions, and equips students with a toolkit of models and analytical methods that can assist in making informed decisions. The first set of decisions concern supply chain design and strategy, and includes network design and facility location. These decisions provide structure to the supply chain, set the boundaries within which planning decisions will be made, and impact on supply chain performance over the long term. In contrast, planning decisions provide value over the medium and short term. Here, this unit will cover aggregate planning, sales and operations planning, and inventory control. Special attention will be placed on how to handle uncertainty and risk within the supply chain.
Textbooks
Magal SR and Word J (2012) Integrated Business Processes with ERP Systems
ITLS6003 Contemporary Procurement

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jyotirmoyee Bhattacharjya Session: Classes: 13 x 3 hr lectures/workshops Assessment: quiz (20%), group report (30%), final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
Globalisation of supply markets, evolving regulatory environments and technological developments pose ongoing challenges for strategic procurement. This unit explores current procurement practice in both public and private sector organisations using a number of local and international case studies. Students will gain insights into category management, sourcing risks, spend analysis, lean and e-procurement, negotiations, reverse auctions, ethical sourcing and the implications of big data analytics and emerging technologies for contemporary procurement practice. The unit includes an industry-led workshop and certificate component and is suitable for both early career procurement professionals as well as students considering procurement as a future career option.
ITLS6004 Supply Chain Visibility

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jyotirmoyee Bhattacharjya Session: Classes: 13 x 3 hr lectures/workshops. Assessment: individual report (30%), group presentation (20%), final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Companies increasingly work with multiple partners in globally distributed supply chains. To create agile and responsive supply chains, it is essential for companies to have timely visibility of information in relation to products within their own warehouses as well as the movement of raw materials and finished goods across the supply chain from source to the end consumer. To improve business-to-business visibility, information from a wide range of sources and business processes must be gathered and shared amongst a number of supply chain partners. This continues to be a challenge for many businesses. This unit examines the role of evolving technologies and the global GS1 standards in enabling warehouse and supply chain visibility. Case studies, SAP and other software packages as well as an industry--led workshop and certificate component are used to create a practical learning environment.
ITLS6007 Disaster Relief Operations

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Jersey Seipel Session: Classes: 6 x 3.5 hr lectures, 6 x 3.5 hr workshops. Assessment: Individual essay (25%), presentation (25%), final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Large scale, sudden onset disasters strike with little or no warning. In their wake they leave shattered infrastructure, collapsed services and traumatised populations, while the number of dead, injured and homeless often reaches staggering proportions. Humanitarian aid organisations, such as the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders or Oxfam, to name just a few, are usually amongst the first responders, but depend on extremely agile supply chains to support their worldwide operations. Successful disaster relief missions are characterised by the ability of professionals to cope with time pressure, high uncertainty and unusual restrictions. This unit is designed as an introduction to the coordination and management of humanitarian aid and emergency response logistics. Case studies of real events, such as the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and the 2010 Haiti earthquake provide the framework for analysis and research, while discussion of operational factors, simulations, workshops and group exercises offer students an interactive learning environment.
Textbooks
Christopher M and Tatham P (2011) Humanitarian Logistics
ITLS6008 Production and Operations Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Classes: 8x 3.5hr lectures, 4x 3.5 hr tutorials Assessment: individual quiz 1 (20%); individual quiz 2 (20%); individual quiz 3 (30%); case study report (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
Production and operations management designs, operates, and improves the processes and systems through which products are made and delivered. Firms can improve their productivity and gain competitive advantage through effective and innovative production and operations management. This unit offers a thorough examination of various production and operations management concepts from a supply chain perspective. The key teaching topics include operations planning hierarchy, resource management, capacity planning, quality management, retail operations, sustainable/green operations, and reverse logistics. Students learn about the successful production and operations management practices that have helped organisations improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their supply chains and create competitive advantage.
ITLS6090 Logistics and Supply Chain Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Behnam Fahimnia Session: Classes: 7 x 3.5 hr progress report meetings Assessment: group preliminary project report (20%), group presentation (20%), group final project report (40%), final exam (20%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: This is the capstone unit for the Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management and should be completed in the last period of study.
This capstone unit consolidates and integrates the knowledge and skills that students have gained in the Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management program. Taken in the last semester of study, the unit provides students with the opportunity to explore real world and/or scenario?based logistics and supply chain management problems and to reinforce competencies in the area of their interest and expertise. The projects are assigned to students based on their experience and professional needs in one or more of the following areas: design and planning of global supply chains, supply chain risk analysis and mitigation strategies, sustainable logistics and supply chains, performance measurement and management, warehouse and inventory management, production planning and control, strategic procurement, and supply chain challenges facing Australian businesses. Students manage the project investigation and carry it to completion within a specified time period and to a professional standard. Through the project, students identify the problems and existing bottlenecks, explore the potential solutions to these problems, critically analyse the situation, document their progress, communicate findings with their mentor and other students, reflect on their learning, and prepare a formal project report describing the work performed as well as the resulting conclusions and recommendations.
ITLS6101 Global Freight Logistics Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Rico Merkert Session: Classes: 6 x 3.5 hr lectures, 3 x 3.5 hr seminars, 3 x 3.5 hr workshops. Assessment: individual report (20%), quiz (10%), presentation (individual 40%, group 10%), final exam (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
This unit seeks to give students an understanding of the management of international freight, including express, freight forwarding, air freight and ocean shipping. The unit will discuss underlying drivers of international trade flows and the demand for capacity in different freight transport modes, as well as industry structure, regulatory environment (customs, etc.) and market access. Building on this background the unit will highlight the implications for profitable air cargo and shipping operations. Particular focus will be given to fleet and network planning, revenue and cost management. The material covered in the unit will take into account recent developments in global and regional economic activity and discuss implications for the various sectors of the air, sea and intermodal freight businesses. This unit covers operators, customers and investors perspectives and strategies and intermodal freight businesses.
Textbooks
Morrell P (2011) Moving Boxes By Air: The Economics of International Air Cargo
ITLS6106 Infrastructure Appraisal

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Corinne Mulley Session: Classes: 12x 3.5hr letures/tutorials Assessment: 2x individual assignments (50%), final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
The provision and implementation of infrastructure involves a choice between alternative ways of using scarce resources. Infrastructure appraisal is a process which provides an evidence base for decision-makers to make informed and rational choices on investment strategies. This unit uses cases studies to investigate the evaluation of infrastructure investment whether funded by the private or public sector, where the critical difference is between the viewpoint of the investor with private investors being interested in the return to their own business, and public investment needing to be concerned with the costs and benefits to society as a whole. The unit also examines the implications for appraisal in the increasingly-important public-private financing investment setting. The unit considers the rationale of appraisal and its underlying value judgements before addressing issues of reference case and elements for appraisal identification. Uncertainty is a crucial element associated with evaluating investments which occur in the future, as is the valuation of resources, when there is no market to guide value. The unit goes beyond financial appraisal and cost benefit analysis to include themes that are assuming growing importance in today's evaluation processes, such as the wider economy impacts and economic impact analysis.
Textbooks
Boardman, A.E, Greenberg, D.H., Vining, A.R. and Weimer, D.L. (2011) (4th ed) Cost-Benefit Analysis: Concepts and Practice, Pearsons
ITLS6107 Applied GIS and Spatial Data Analytics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Adrian Ellison and Dr Richard Ellison Session: Classes: 6 x 3.5 hr lectures, 6 x 3.5 hr computer labs. Assessment: individual projects (40%); group project (20%); group presentation (10%); final exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: This unit assumes no prior knowledge of GIS; the unit is hands-on involving the use of software, which students will be trained in using.
The world is increasingly filled with systems, devices and sensors collecting large amounts of data on a continual basis. Most of these data are associated with locations that represent everything from the movement of individuals travelling between activities to the flow of goods or transactions along a supply chain and from the location of companies to those of their current and future customers. Taking this spatial context into account transforms analyses, problem solving and provides a powerful method of visualising the world. This is the essence of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and this unit. This unit starts by introducing students to the 'building blocks' of GIS systems, including data structures, relational databases, spatial queries and analysis. The focus then moves on to sources of spatial data including Global Positioning System (GPS), operational systems such as smartcard ticketing and transaction data along with web-based sources highlighting both the potential and challenges associated with integrating each data source within a GIS environment. The unit is hands-on involving learning how to use the latest GIS software to analyse several problems of interest using real 'big data' sources and to communicate the results in a powerful and effective way. These include identifying potential demand for new services or infrastructure, creating a delivery and scheduling plan for a delivery firm or examining the behaviour of travellers or consumers over time and locations. This unit is aimed at students interested in the spatial impact of decision-making and on the potential for using large spatial datasets for in-depth multi-faceted analytics.
ITLS6300 Maritime Management and Logistics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Michael Bell Session: Classes: 20 x 1.5 hr lectures, 4 x 1.5 hr seminars, 4 x 1.5 hr workshops Assessment: quiz (10%), individual presentation (10%), individual assignment (40%), final exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
This unit conveys the fundamentals of maritime logistics and positions each student to become a competent practitioner with an understanding of the key concepts, techniques and management methods of maritime logistics. The unit commences with a review of world seaborne trade, trends and cycles in the industry. This includes a review of ship types, ship life cycles, and the markets for new and second hand ships. There is an analysis of competition and efficiency in maritime logistics, including the impact of vertical and horizontal integration, alliances, freight stabilisation agreements and conferences. Ship owning, financing, chartering and insurance are covered in detail. Ship certification, flag state control, and the role of the IMO are described. Intermodal supply chains are studied for both bulk and containerised freight. Tramp and liner shipping is covered, with a detailed look at routing and scheduling for liner operations. Presentations by maritime professionals will complement the lectures and provide students with windows on the workings of the industry.
Textbooks
Stopford M (2009) Maritime Economics; UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), Review of Maritime Transport, 2013 and 2014
ITLS6301 Ports Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Michael Bell Session: Classes: 20 x 1.5 hr lectures, 4 x 1.5 hr seminars, 4 x 1.5 hr workshops Assessment: quiz (10%), individual presentation (10%), individual essay (40%), final exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
This unit conveys the fundamentals of port management and thus develops each student into a competent practitioner with an understanding of the key concepts, techniques and management methods for the port industry. The unit comprehensively covers all aspects of management from planning and operation to security, efficiency and mitigation of environmental impact for all types of port. Technological changes and their implications for the port industry, in particular container terminal automation, are studied. The role of ports in global supply chains is analysed. The relationship of ports with their hinterlands as well as the concept of port-centric logistics is looked at in detail. The port-city interface as well as waterfront redevelopment is covered, with examples drawn from a number of countries. Port policy and the importance of competition and/or regulation are presented. Talks by port professionals will complement the lectures and provide students with windows on the workings of the industry.
Textbooks
Stopford M (2009) Maritime Economics; UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), Review of Maritime Transport, 2013 and 2014; World Bank (2011) World Bank Port Reform Toolkit
ITLS6400 Airline Strategy and Supply Chains

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rico Merkert Session: Classes: 6 x 3.5 hr lectures, 3 x 3.5 hr seminars, 3 x 3.5 hr workshops. Assessment: individual assignment (50%), quiz (10%), presentation (30%), final exam (10%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
International growth in the airline industry offers extensive commercial and employment opportunities not only for airlines but also for the airports, banks, consultancies and other players that form the aviation supply chain. This unit covers all aspects of international business and management for airlines and along the aviation value chain from consumer, producer and investor perspectives. Students develop an understanding of the economics of the operation of airlines and suppliers to the airline industry, including financial analysis, risk management and implications of competitive strategies for the development of hubs and global alliances. The growth in air traffic particularly in the Asia/Pacific region is creating significant opportunities for airline development and the unit thus covers forecasting and the role of the private sector in this development. The unit also examines the management and logistics of regional aviation. As a result of our strategic partnership with CAPA and a number of airlines and airports, students have access to industry data bases, company information and aviation contacts/networks.
Textbooks
Doganis R (2010) Flying Off Course;
ITLS6401 Airport Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Xiaowen Fu Session: Classes: 5 x 3.5 hr lectures, 2 x 3.5 hr seminars, 5 x 3.5 hr workshops. Assessment: individual report (40%), quiz (20%), group presentation (20%), final exam (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
Airports play an integral role in the aviation system, and contribute significantly to the economic growth of a region, or even a country. This unit covers major aspects of airport management, operation and public policy. The unit's learning objectives are two-fold. Firstly, it provides students with the core knowledge and insights concerning the key issues and decisions involved in the operation and management of airports in a rapidly changing regulatory environment. Secondly, it develops the skills for applying various applied economics and management knowledge to the airport industry. The unit assists students to understand more fully the business related problems encountered by commercial, industrial and public organisations in the airport industry. It also develops an ability to interpret results from relevant economic / management studies.
Textbooks
De Neufville R, Odoni A, Belobaba P and Reynolds T (2013) Airport Systems; Planning, Design and Management; Ashford N, Stanton M, Moore C, Coutu P and Beasley J (2012) Airport Operations; Belobaba P, Odoni A and Barnhart C (2009) The Global Airline Industry
ITLS6403 Cases in Global Transport and Logistics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Xiaowen Fu Session: Classes: 2 x 3.5 hr lectures, 5 x 3.5 hr seminars, 5 x 3.5 hr workshops. Assessment: individual report and presentation (40%), group presentation (30%), final exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
Global transport and logistics (aviation, shipping and multi-modal transportation) is one of the fastest growing international industry areas providing commercial and employment opportunities in airlines, airports, shipping lines, ports, freight forwarders, banks, consultancies, and other players in the global supply chain. In the current market environment it is not enough to have an understanding of the business fundamentals of the aviation and maritime industry. The most sought after skill is to be able to apply acquired knowledge and to be ready to do business. This unit builds on the material taught in the foundation maritime and aviations units with the aim to relate all of the key learning outcomes from those units to real world industry examples. Students are required to test their understanding in case studies and workshops both on an individual level and in team work environments. The course is enriched by a number of presentations from senior managers from the aviation and maritime industry.
Textbooks
Doganis, R., 2010, Flying Off Course, 4th ed., Routledge, London, New York; Stopford, M., 2009, Maritime Economics, Routledge, London, New York
ITLS6500 Decision Making on Mega Projects

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Matthew Beck Session: Classes: 8 x 3.5 hr lectures, 4 x 3.5 hr workshops. Refer to timetable for full details. Assessment: 2x individual assignments (40%), group assignment (30%), final exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Infrastructure is crucial to economic performance; without it business cannot operate efficiently or competitively. Delivery of large infrastructure projects, however, is complex and despite many more megaprojects being undertaken than any time in history, the majority of these projects are completed significantly over?budget and longer than planned. In this unit students will be introduced to megaproject decision making. The sources of social and technical complexity are discussed, issues of risk management and governance explored, and human biases in decision making are also highlighted. Strategies to overcome weaknesses in mega?project decision making are also outlined.
Textbooks
Priemus H, Flyvberg B and van Wee B (2008) Decision Making on Mega-Projects; Flyvberg B, Bruzelius N and Rothengatter W (2003) Megaprojects and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition; Penn MR and Parker PJ (2012) Introduction to Infrastructure: An Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering; Brett M and Frischmann BM (2012) Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources
ITLS6900 Research Case Study I

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Andrew Collins Session: Classes: This unit is research based, there is 1 x 3.5 hr introductory lecture Assessment: individual proposal (15%), individual presentation (20%), individual report (65%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1,Semester 2
Note: This is a research unit which requires special permission from the department, please contact: business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au
This unit involves a semester long research project, on a single transport, logistics or infrastructure topic. The topic may either be selected from a list proposed by the academic staff at ITLS, or negotiated with a staff member, based on the students personal or professional interests. The research can take a number of forms. An existing research finding or methodology may be refined or investigated in a different context. Academically strong and ambitious students may seek to obtain more original results. Another alternative is a critical investigation of a case study, or a critical comparison of a range of approaches to a problem, that are either implemented in industry or proposed in academia. Through this unit, students will develop skills in critical thinking, independence of thought and action, and management of a complex, uncertain project. The unit is ideally suited to the strong student who is seeking a competitive edge over others within their profession, or to students who may be interested in future, research based study.
ITLS6901 Research Case Study II

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Andrew Collins Session: Classes: This unit is research based, there is 1 x 3.5 hr introductory lecture Assessment: individual proposal (15%), individual presentation (20%), individual report (65%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1,Semester 2
Note: This unit is research based, there is 1 x 3.5 hr introductory lecture
This unit provides the opportunity for coursework students who have successfully completed the Research Case Study I unit to investigate an additional topic in the transport/logistics/infrastructure field or to further their existing research into a particular topic. The unit involves a semester long research project, on a single transport, logistics or infrastructure topic. The topic may either be selected from a list proposed by the academic staff at ITLS, or negotiated with a staff member, based on the students personal or professional interests. The research can take a number of forms. An existing research finding or methodology may be refined or investigated in a different context. Academically strong and ambitious students may seek to obtain more original results. Another alternative is a critical investigation of a case study, or a critical comparison of a range of approaches to a problem, that are either implemented in industry or proposed in academia. Through this unit, students will develop skills in critical thinking, independence of thought and action, and management of a complex, uncertain project. The unit is ideally suited to the strong student who is seeking a competitive edge over others within their profession, or to students who may be interested in future, research based study.