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LG 312 Trans & Distribution Systems
Sowder, Scott Lee


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

LG 312 Transportation & Distribution Systems

Semester

S2M 2010 CH

Faculty

Sowder, Scott

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MS Human Resources Management
MS Business Administration

Daytime Phone

464-7486

Other Phone

447-2435 (H); 671-5632 (C)

E-Mail

scott.sowder@park.edu

scootman59@hotmail.com

scott.l.sowder@navy.mil

Semester Dates

Mar 15 - May 9, 2010

Class Days

Tu-Th

Class Time

7:30 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Coyle, J.J.; Bardi, E.J.; Novack, R.A. (2006).  Transportation (6th ed.). Ohio: Thompson/South Western.  ISBN 0-324-20214-8 

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Course Description:
Principles and practices of transportation and its role in the distribution process.  The physical transportation system of the United States and its performance; carrier responsibilities and services; economic and legal bases of rates, freight classification and tariffs; public policy regarding regulation; transportation issues and problems.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of active participation between the facilitator and the students based on readings, lectures, discussions, and examinations.  The facilitator will encourage each student to express their ideas and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the subject matter.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare the relationship between transportation issues and distribution goals of manufacturers, suppliers and shippers. The assessment should include a discussion of time, place and quantity utilities.
  2. Explain the correlation between transportation and logistics; include supply chain management in the discussion. The student should exhibit an understanding of inbound and outbound transportation and its transition to the basic theory of supply chain management.
  3. Describe the effects of transportation regulation and public policy on transportation. As a minimum the student should exhibit an understanding of the effects of regulation on the economy, and highway safety.
  4. Define the major operating and service characteristics of the following transportation modes: a. Motor. b. Railroad. c. Air. d. Water and pipelines.
  5. Analyze the impact of intermodal and special carriers on transportation. The student should include a discussion of the operating characteristics and flexibility offered.
  6. Analyze the impact of technology in the transportation field. The student should include a discussion of the use and effects of Global Positioning Systems (GPS), bar coding, Radio Frequency Identification, and internet use.


Core Assessment:
LG 312 CORE ASSESSMENT: All Park University courses must include a core assessment the measures the relevant Departmental Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. The core assessment must measureat least 75% of the Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's). The assessment cannot be due until at least the 6th week of the term and must count for at least 20% of the final grade. The following assessment instrument can be given separately or as part of a final test. In either case, the test and results must be kept for further review. The assessment should be evaluated using the attached rubrics.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

In addition to reading text materials prior to discussion in meetings and adequate attendance, requirements for successfully completing the course are as follows:

  • HOMEWORK:  Five (5) homework assignments will be given over the term and graded for credible effort, completeness, and accomplishment.
  • EXAMINATIONS:  Two (2) examinations will be given at appropriate course milestones as indicated in the course outline.
  • CORE ASSESSMENT:  The assessment will be in the form of a term paper covering 5 of the 6 learning objectives.  Details are below.

EXAMS:  Exams will cover specific sections of the text.  Exams will consist of a mid-term and comprehensive final.  Exams will contain Multiple Choice, True/False and essay questions.  Make-up tests will be permitted only when prior arrangements are made and/or when the circumstances are explained to the instructor's satisfaction.

CORE ASSESSMENT:  The core assessment will be in the form of a term paper.  The paper must be a minimum of 6 pages, but not exceeding 10 pages.  Papers will be double-spaced and must be in APA format with all references and sources properly documented.  The topic of the paper will cover 5 of the 6 learning objectives, and will be assigned by the instructor by the end of week 2.  All papers are due by the end of the 6th week, and may be submitted early.  No late submission of papers will be allowed.  Failure to submit papers on time will receive a grade of zero (0).

Grading:

EVALUATION

Final numerical rating will be the calculated based on the following point totals for each activity:

HOMEWORK                 20 points
 
MID-TERM EXAM           100 points

FINAL EXAM                  100 points

CORE ASSESSMENT      60 points

Each student will be graded on academic achievement and letter grades assigned based on the following scale:

A          260 – 280          93-100%

B          240 – 259          87-92%

C          224 – 239          80-86%

D          204 – 223          73-79%

F          204 or lower       72% or lower

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of course material will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  However, the student must make every effort to inform the instructor so arrangements can be made for late submission of any assignment.  Late submission of material that has instructor approval will not recieve a penalty. Late submission of material that does not have instructor approval will be turned in no later than the next class session.  Non-approved late submissions recieved by the next class session will be reduced by one letter grade.  All others will not be accepted. Examinations may be made up provided the student has made arrangements with the instructor.  If no arrangements have been made, a grade of zero (0) will be assessed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Professional conduct is expected by all students at all times, as well as tolerance and acceptance of other ideas and beliefs. A credible level of effort appropriate to the course material is expected.  Although this will vary from student to student due to work or personal events, it is the responsiblity of the student to be adequately prepared for all class sessions.  Students are expected to communicate with the instructor regarding absences, perceived deficiencies in coursework performance, etc. Park University policies regarding academic honesty/plagiarism will be strictly enforced.  Any indication of cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, or other course assignments will not be tolerated.  Plagiarism is the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as their own work, and sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult the instructor. Absences:  The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  What determines an excused absence other than TAD or medical reason is up to the instructor's discretion.  THREE  unexcused absences will result in a grade of "F."  This is the official Park University policy.  Please note that for an absence to be an officially excused absence, (1) the instructor must agree and (2) the student must provide documentation.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:

   
WEEK CHAPTER(S) ASSIGNMENT
1 1-2 HW 1
2 3-4 HW 2
3 5-6 HW 3
4 7-8 MID-TERM
5 9-10 HW 4
6 11-12 CORE ASSESSMENT DUE
7 13 HW 5
8 REVIEW / FINAL EXAM

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Is able to understand the manufacturers
goals of time and place utility while
transitioning to supply chain management.
Inbound and outbound transportation discussions
are included. Intermodal and special carriers are
also discussed.
 
Is able to understand the manufacturers
goals of time and place utility.
Inbound and outbound transportation discussions
are included.
 
Cannot apply basic understanding
 
No basic understanding
 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Able to discuss the concept of supply chain
management in depth. Is able to assess the current
state of federal regulation on motor and air
transportation.
 
Able to discuss the concept of supply chain
management, understands key issues but not
much depth. Able to assess either the motor or air
federal regulation but not both.
 
Cannot apply basic understanding
 
No basic understanding
 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Able to evaluate the benefits of supply chain
as compared to inbound and outbound logistics
in the perspective of manufacturers, suppliers, etc
 
Understands the benefits of supply chain management
as apposed to in and outbound logistics but has no
understanding in relation to manufacturers and shippers.
 
Cannot apply basic understanding
 
No basic understanding
 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
4, 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Able to define and delineate the differences in the
operating characteristics of motor, air, water and
railroad transportation. Able to define GPS, RFID
and internet use in the transportation field.
 
Able to define and delineate the differences in the
operating characteristics of motor, air, water and
railroad transportation. Unable to define GPS, RFID
and internet use in the transportation field.
 
Cannot apply basic understanding
 
No basic understanding
 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Is able to discuss the  concepts of Supply Chain
Management and distribution goals of manufacturers
suppliers and shippers.
 
Is able to discuss the  concepts of Supply Chain
Management. Unable to discuss distribution goals of
manufacturers, suppliers and shippers.
 
Cannot apply basic understanding
 
No basic understanding
 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2, 4, 5,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Apply understanding of inbound and outbound logistics,
intermodal transportation, characteristics of the different
modes of transportation to the theory of supply chain
management
 
Apply understanding of inbound and outbound logistics,
intermodal transportation, characteristics of the different
modes of transportation, Unable to connect to the  
theory of supply chain management completely.
 
Cannot apply basic understanding
 
No basic understanding
 
Whole                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
No errors in writing
 
1-3 errors in writing
 
4-6 errors in writing
 
7 or more errors in writing
 

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