Course Number: LG 302
Course Title: Logistics Engineering and Management
Instructor: Dr. John R. Morrisette
Phone: 257-7389 (W), 320-4475 (H)
Term Dates: Term II, Oct 15 – Dec 10, 2004
Class Time: 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM, Fridays
Site: WPAFB, Area B, Building 50A
LG 302: Logistics Engineering and Management
I. Course Description: A study of logistics management from a systems perspective. Emphasis is placed on the development and utilization of a logistics support structure that is cost-effective and meets the needs of the customer. Prerequisite: LG 201.
II. Goals of the Course: To provide the student with a basic understanding of
logistics management. The student will be provided with a working knowledge of the logistics process commencing with the identification of a customer need and extending through the definition of system requirements, functional analysis and allocation, synthesis, analysis, design optimization, evaluation, and validation. The objective is to acquaint the student with a wide range of factors that are addressed in logistics and to integrate these factors into the total logistics effort. This course is process-oriented and will include research, oral presentation, and project reports.
III. Learning Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student will be able to: (1) Understand key logistics terms and concepts.
(2) Understand and be able to use the metrics of logistics.
(3) Understand the system engineering process and the role of logistics in that process.
(4) Understand supportability analysis and be able to use analytical methods, tools, and techniques to insure that a system can be effectively and efficiently supported throughout its life cycle.
(5) Understand the logistics operations accomplished during production, operational use, and system disposal.
(6) Understand and be able to employ logistics planning, organization, management, and control.
IV. Course Arrangements: Lecture, discussion, research presentations, and problem-solving exercises will be employed in this course.
V. Course Requirements: Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the text and supplemental material. Students should be prepared to discuss all assignments in class. Homework assignments are due on the dates specified in this syllabus. Assignments will be graded and returned the following class period. Grades for late assignments will be reduced by 10%. Students are responsible for obtaining information regarding assignments made during any absences.
Article Analysis: Each student will present an article analysis as a research project. Each student will research an article from the literature (periodical, journal, etc.) dealing with some aspect of systems, and present an analysis to the class. The analysis should address the relationship of the article to systems, why the article is important, strengths and weaknesses of the article, and an overall evaluation of the author’s work. Additional guidance regarding the analysis will be provided in class.
Research Reports: Each student will prepare a research report to be presented in class. The student will identify and evaluate an existing (or proposed) logistics system. Systems to be studied can be from the student’s own area or from any other source. Items to be addressed in the report include, but are not limited to: Classification of the system, flow chart(s), organization chart(s), inputs, processes, and outputs, errors/bottlenecks, etc. Presentations should not exceed 30 minutes.
VI. Textbook: Blanchard, Benjamin S., Logistics Engineering and Management, Fifth Edition, New Jersey, Prentice Hall, 1998.
VII. Supplemental Resources: Students should utilize the resources of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base library. Selected periodicals include the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) Insights, the International Journal of Logistics Management, the Journal of Business Logistics, and the Logistics Spectrum (Society of Logistics Engineers). Students should also use the books on the Park College shelf at the base library.
VIII Class Meeting and Examination Schedule:
Class Read Assignment
Meeting Date Chapter Topic Problem #
1 Oct 15 1 Introduction 6, 8, 21
2 Oct 22 2 Measures of Logistics 2, 7, 19
3 Oct 29 3 System Engineering Process 3, 8, 17
Article Analysis Due
4 Nov 5 4 Supportability Analysis 1, 10, 17
Review for Midterm Examination
5 Nov 12 Midterm Examination
5 Design and Development 4, 16, 21
6 Nov 19 6 Production/Construction 2, 9, 28
7 Utilization and Support 11, 20, 21
7 Nov 26 Research Reports Due
8 Retirement 1, 2, 4
9 Logistics Management 18, 20, 25
8 Dec 3 Research Presentations
Review for Final Examination
9 Dec 10 Research Presentations
IX Class Policies: The Park College policy on class attendance shall apply without exception. Class participation is expected and will comprise part of the final grade. All readings/problems must be completed prior to the applicable class. This is essential to insure class participation and to further develop an understanding of the course material. Students are expected to attend all classes and to be on time. Roll will be taken during each class. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (e.g. illness, duty, TDY, etc.) are excusable, however the student is expected to complete all required work. Two unexcused absences are allowed in accordance with Park College policy. Submitting someone else’s work as your own constitutes academic dishonesty and is not tolerated. Academic dishonesty will result in a grade of “0” for the work. A second violation will result in a grade of “F” for the course.
X. Grading Policy: Final grades will be determined as follows
Assignments 10 points
Class Participation 10 points
Article Analysis 10 points
Presentation 50 points
Midterm Examination 35 points
Final Examination 35 points
Total 150 points
Grades will be assigned as follows: 135 and above = A, 120-135 + B, 105-120 = C, 90-105 = D, below 90 = F
XI. Incompletes: An incomplete will be given in place of a letter grade only in extenuating circumstances (e.g. hospitalization, excessive TDY, etc.) Missing the final examination does not result in an automatic incomplete. Incompletes will be given only with prior instructor approval and only after appropriate documentation is provided. Students receiving an incomplete have 60 days from the last day of the term to complete all required coursework. If not completed, incompletes become an “F” grade.
XII. Academic Dishonesty: The following information is provided from the 2000-2001 Park University Catalog – page 47.
“Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.
Plagiarism – the appropriation of imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work – sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”