LG312 Trans & Distribution Systems

for S1HH 2013

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LG 312 Trans & Distribution Systems


S1HH 2013 PA


Wagner, Peter G.


Senior Instructor


MS, Systems Mgt/Logistics
BS, Accounting

Office Hours

Before or after class, or by appointment




Semester Dates

January 14 - March 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30PM

Credit Hours



Coyle, Bardi & Novack; Transportation; Southwestern; 7th ed, 2011
ISBN 10: 0-324-78919-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-324-78919-5

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Course Description:
LG312 Transportation and Distribution Systems: 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 interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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:


Quizzes may be given at any time during the course.  They will consist of ten (10) multiple-choice questions each. Quizzes will be unannounced in advance, and there will be no make-ups.


A midterm and a final will be given at the milestones indicated in the course outline.  They may include objective questions, open-ended questions requiring narrative responses, and/or problems requiring quantitative solutions.  Make-up tests will be permitted only when prior arrangements are made and/or when the circumstances are explained to the instructor's satisfaction. The final examination will be closed book and closed notes and will require the student to clearly demonstrate her/his attainment of the comprehensive core learning objectives


Four homework assignments will be reviewed and graded for credible effort and accomplishment. Each graded assignment is individually worth sixty (60) course points.
Each student will be rated on discussion leadership: each is expected to meaningfully contribute to discussion throughout the course. 


Your final numerical rating will be calculated based on the number of points attained out of a possible 1000 points as follows:
Discussion Leadership 160 points 
Homework 240 points 
Quizzes 200 points 
Midterm Examination 120 points 
Final Examination 280 points 
Final course letter grades will be assigned as follows:

A 900 - 1000 points
B 800 - 899 points
C 700 - 799 points
D 600 - 699 points
F 599 or lower points

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 submissions will be accepted only in the case of excused absences, or other unavoidable exigency that may arise and as determined by the instructor to be reasonable and sufficient cause for the allowance of a late submittal.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to accomplish assigned readings and homework problems and to come to class prepared to ask questions.  The “secret” to success in this class is to be positively engaged and attentive during all classroom discussions and to not let the work pile up until the afternoon of the class. Bring your textbook and a calculator to all class sessions.

Students are expected to attend all class sessions.  To paraphrase Woody Allen, about 85% of success in life is just showing up (!)  Each student is capable of unique and positive contributions to the course experience of everyone in the class; consequently, active participation by everyone is desired.  You are expected to come to class having read and thought about any assigned readings, to ask and/or answer relevant questions and offer relevant comments about those readings, and otherwise appropriately participate in classroom discussions and activities.  Also, I welcome your bringing to class any additional articles or pertinent materials…perhaps an internal memo or operating procedure from your company that might exemplify a best or worst practice…(?)  Never hesitate to ask a question --- others will be glad you asked.  Also, attendance is correlated positively with learning.  New information will be covered during each class meeting, and the progression of the course material is often cumulative in nature.  Consequently, regular attendance is in general critically essential to success in this course.  If you must absent yourself from class (e.g., illness, business requirement, etc.)  it is your responsibility to obtain information regarding material you missed.  

The purpose of homework is to reinforce classroom lectures and readings in the text, and to promote student confidence in the understanding of logistics engineering concepts and techniques.  A reasonably minimum amount of exercises in number and scope will be assigned to, in the instructor's opinion, accomplish those goals.  However, some students may find they need to do more than the assigned minimum exercises to adequately reinforce the course material.  Consult with the instructor if necessary.

Take responsibility for your own learning.

Like most other things in life,  the more you put into this course, the more you'll get out of it.  Take advantage of this short 8 weeks and learn as much as you can.  I'll endeavor to make the material as interesting for you as I can.

Keep up with the reading and homework assignments and avoid cramming for exams.

Attend class with a  focused  and positive attitude!  You are enrolled in an accelerated curriculum format --- completing a 3-credit course in just eight meetings.  To accomplish this, in addition to considerable independent study, our class meetings are from 5:30 - 10:30pm.  My assumption is that we're all professional adults who, by signing up for the class (me to teach and you to attend) agree to abide by the schedule.

Bring your textbook to all class sessions.

Please remember to be courteous to students and instructors in other classes.  When we take breaks,  please don't congregate/talk loudly in hallways where this can interfere with other classes in session. Please don't let the door slam when exiting/entering the classroom.
Use of computers or other electronic devices during class sessions for anything other than course activities as directed by the instructor is extremely rude and disruptive, and will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1/15 The Role and Importance of Transportation   Chapters 1 and 2
1/22 Transportation Regulation and Public Policy    Chapter 3
        Transportation Costing and Pricing    Chapter 4 

1/29 Motor Carriers   Chapter 5 
        Railroads    Chapter 6

2/5   Airlines    Chapter 7
        Water Carriers and Pipelines    Chapter 8
2/12 Midterm Examination
        Transportation Risk Management  Chapter 9
        Global Transportation Planning    Chapter 10 

2/19 Global Transportation Execution  Chapter 11 
        Third Party Logistics  Chapter 12
2/26 Private Transportation and Fleet Management    Chapter 13
        Issues and Challenges of Global Supply Chains   Chapter 14  
       Course Synthesis and Concluding Remarks

3/5  Final Examination

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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 .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No errors in writing
1-3 errors in writing
4-6 errors in writing
7 or more errors in writing


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