The focus of this course is on the changing face of international logistics in the 21st century. The essentials will encompass several important elements of international logistics such as transport modes, nodes and hubs and corridors. It will also cover elements of the contemporary context of international logistics including global trade production and distribution, global outsourcing and changing patterns of international trade, as well as developments in the technologies and competencies in transportation and logistics operations.

Additionally, you will examine the prevailing international trade regulatory environment and its resultant impacts on global logistical systems, facilities and processes. Special focus will also be given to the challenges and opportunities in the emerging international logistics environment.


Course coordinator

Dr Vinh Thai, Senior Lecturer - School of Business IT and Logistics

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain and illustrate the significance of logistics operations within a globalised context;
  • Examine the key challenges and levels of risks involved in international logistics to ensure operate appropriately within a global context;
  • Identify and discuss the nature and role of the key parties in a global logistics chain in order to participate in a global environment;
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the various transport modes available and their characteristics in international logistics;
  • Describe and explain logistics services and operations on an international scale; and
  • Apply international logistics knowledge and practices in international trade operations.


Assessment for this course will occur at various times across the seven-week teaching period. In most cases, assessment should follow a similar structure to the below:

  • A short assessment may occur in the first couple of weeks, driven mostly by peer-assessment or objective feedback as is the case of a survey quiz or contribution to discussion.
  • Assessments that occur mid-study period (approximately week 2 to 5) will have a highly formative purpose, like an extended case study or a scenario role play. These are intended to provide an indication of performance and occur at this time to enable positive changes to future performance.
  • Final assessments are usually summative, and generally draw the course's threshold concepts together. Your previous assessments will have directly prepared you for a summative-style assessment.

Rich, online feedback will be provided to you throughout the teaching period on practical exercises and by individual consultation, ideally within five business days.

Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your RMIT Student Enrolment Advisor on 1300 701 171 for more information based on your particular circumstances.