Old Dominion University – Department of Engineering Management
ENMA 613 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Syllabus – Spring 2001
Credit: 3 hours Lecture: 3 hours Meeting time: Tuesday, 7:15 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Teletechnet broadcast sites and main campus. Check ODU course listings or web site for exact
Textbook: Ballou, Ronald H. Business Logistics Management - Planning, Organizing, and Controlling the
Supply Chain, 4th Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999. (ISBN 0-13-795659-2)
Course package: There is a course package that is available through the Monarch Copy Center
(757-683-4400). It contains the following documents:
1. Ford Motor Company: Supply Chain Strategy (Harvard Business School Case 9-699-198)
2. The Power of Virtual Integration: An Interview with Dell Computer's Michael Dell (Harvard
Business Review Reprint 98208)
3. What is the Right Supply Chain for Your Product? (Harvard Business Review Reprint 97205)
4. Barilla SpA (A) (Harvard Business School Case 9-694-046)
Lambert, Douglas M. and James R. Stock. Strategic Logistics Management, 3rd Edition. New
York: Irwin/McGraw – Hill, 1993.
Lambert, Douglas M. James R. Stock, and Lisa M. Ellram. Fundamentals of Logistics
Management. New York: Irwin/McGraw – Hill, 1998.
Blanchard, Benjamin. Logistics Engineering and Management, 5th Edition. Upper Saddle River,
NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998.
Simchi-Levi, David, Philip Kaminsky, and Edith Simchi-Levi. Designing and Managing the
Supply Chain. New York: Irwin/McGraw – Hill, 2000.
Catalog Course Description: Management systems for distribution, materials handling, inventory control,
transportation planning, and facilities location and analysis. Special emphasis on logistics
information systems and development of logistics strategy.
Course Purpose: In recent years, logistics has taken a very visible position in management planning for
competitive strategy, cost containment, and customer value. The purpose of this course is to
provide the background for technical managers to understand both the strategic possibilities and
goals of logistic supply chain systems and the analytical models that are used to evaluate and
measure alternative operational approaches.
Instructor: Paul Kauffmann, Ph. D., PE
Office Location: Department of Engineering Management, Kaufman Hall, Room 129, Norfolk,
Phone: 757-683-4946, Fax: 757-683-5640, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Tuesday: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (other times can be scheduled based on student need)
Web site: web.odu.edu/pkauffma Please down load PowerPoint notes from this site prior to class.
Notes for the first class will be available so we can utilize this time.
Grading Policy: Grades will be based on A = 100-94, A- = 93-89 B+ = 88-85, B = 84 - 81, B-= 80-77, C+ =
76 - 73, C = 72 - 68, remaining per ODU graduate catalog.
1. 1. Final Exam (30 %): take home with analytical focus
2. 2. Mid term exam (25 %): in class with analytical focus
3. 3. Semester Project (25 %): demonstration of strategic and analytical skills
4. 4. Analysis of Cases (20%): analysis and report on two case studies (2 @ 10%)
Relationship of homework assignments and test content: Homework assignments track the topical areas
covered each week. These assignments are quantitative and focus on developing and documenting
proficiency in and understanding of the material. Solutions are available to you on the web page
and homework is not collected. However, the mid term and final exams are based on this material
and assess individual proficiency developed from these homework problems. Take them
Case Study / Analysis: Two case studies have been selected to enhance understanding of the application of
both the strategic and quantitative sides of logistics / supply chain systems. Students are
encouraged to form two member teams to work on the cases and submit a single report. The case
reports should not exceed 10 pages. All supporting data, charts, graphs, etc. should be integrated
into the body of the report. In general, you should place yourself in the work place described in
the cases and write a “work place” format report with your analysis/ recommendations. More
details on format can be found in the project section below
Semester Project Description
To build the bridge from the course material to the work place, each student will complete a
semester project in the area of logistics and supply chain management. This is an opportunity to expand
understanding of logistics practices into new areas that are both job and career related. The project should
be an individual effort unless specifically approved beforehand.
The purpose of the semester project is to allow you to use the tools and information from class to
address or investigate logistics performance in your work place. This is an opportunity to make a
difference in your career or for your employer or both. Students in the past have used this as an
opportunity to supplement their career knowledge, investigate an ignored problem, gain workplace
notoriety as an innovative thinker, or examine an area of professional interest. Example topics could be a
critical analysis of supply chain or distribution strategies, inventory models, value added for customers or
similar topics. If you are a full time student and don’t have access to work place logistics data or systems,
call me to discuss a topic.
Grading: The semester project will be graded on four areas:
G Professionalism of the report: qualities include spelling, paragraph and sentence structure,
integration of appropriate graphics and tables, etc.
i · Demonstration of logistics knowledge: Integration of logistics issues or topics including
supporting data and depth of understanding of the issue examined.
s · Quality of the analysis. This includes factors such as the degree of innovation, complexity of the
problem examined, and level of analysis. The project must demonstrate the ability to use data to
analyze a logistics problem.
a · Importance or impact of the work: Demonstration of the usefulness of the analysis or
information to the individual, the organization, or the logistics field.
Development of these papers into conference presentations is strongly encouraged. The project must
demonstrate a quantitative – analytical component.
Semester Project Schedule: 150 word abstract due by mid term exam, final report due by last class
Length and Format: Project reports should contain no more than fifteen pages of high quality, substantive
material. Papers should be 1 ½ spaced, 12-point times new roman with 1” margin on all sides.
Supporting data can be included in appendices. Written work for this course should adhere to the
guidelines established in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (4th
edition). A good web site for this information is: http://www.iupui.edu/~nursad/apa/apaguide.html
Document all your sources and references. Web references should use the format described in:
ENMA 613 Logistics: Topic Plan
I. Introduction to Logistics and Logistics Planning
1 Review of syllabus and course plan
Overview of Defense Logistics
2 1. Introduction to Business logistics
2. Logistics strategy and planning
II. Customer Service Strategy
3 3. Logistics and the product
4. Customer Service
4 4. Customer Service (continued)
5. Order Processing and Information Systems
III. Transportation Strategy
5 6. Transportation Fundamentals
7. Transportation Decisions
6 7. Transportation Decisions (cont.)
7 8. Storage and Handling System
8 Mid term exam
IV Inventory Strategy
9 Chapter 9 Logistics Forecasting
10 Chapter 10 Inventory Policy
11 Chapter 10 Inventory Policy (continued)
12 Chapter 11 Purchasing and Supply Decisions
13 Chapter 12 Storage and Handling Decisions
V. Location Strategy
14 Chapter 13 Facility Location
15 Theory of Constraints
Last class – final exam distributed.