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USAC – International Logistics

Chiang Khong Border

USAC Chiang Mai Program

Course Syllabus
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Fall 2013
International Logistics


300 level, 3 credits
45 contact hours
Pairach Piboonrungroj, Ph.D., website:
office hours to be determined:
USAC office contact ( Program director Jum )


This course, International logistics, focuses on the current development of the international logistics especially in the Southeast Asia. The essential contents of the course cover the fundamental knowledge of international logistics and global supply chain development including infrastructure improvement, international trade facilitations and the role of globalization. Students who successfully complete this course are expected to be able to critically understand the role of international logistics on the global economy and international trade, to systematically analyze the international logistics situations and be able to suggest the managerial solution and sustainable policy.


  1. Piboonrungroj, P. 2014. International Logistics: An Economics Perspectives, North Road Analytics Press.
  2. Walters, D. 2010. International Logistics: New Direction in Supply Chain Management, 6th ed. Kogan Page.


Welcome to International Logistics! In this course we will study different aspects of issues related to international logistics and global supply chains that influence management and development decisions in an international setting.

By the end of this semester students should achieve the following capabilities:

  • Knowledge-specific capabilities: encompassing fundamental concepts, key principles, relevant theories, applicable methods and contemporary issues and practices related to the international logistics and supply chains. The ability to critically analyze and apply these knowledge capabilities in different circumstances is emphasized.
  • Problem-solving capabilities: the focus is to develop the ability to think critically and creatively and to be analytical, methodological and innovative in approaching problems
  • Research capabilities: the emphasis is to develop capabilities in conducting literature reviews based on specific research problems or questions, in analyzing empirical data, in logically and systematically organizing research data and information generated from research, and in efficiently and effectively communicating to interested parties


After successful completion of this course, students should:

  • Be able to effectively discuss the nature of logistics operations within a globalised context
  • Appreciate the key challenges and risks involved in international logistics
  • Discuss the nature and role of the key parties in a global logistics chain
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the various transport modes available and their characteristics
  • Describe and explain logistics services and operations on an international scale

Teaching Method and Student Responsibility

The text book theory will be applied to real life situations, and there will be lectures, discussions, presentations, and analysis of various case studies.
Students are encouraged to ask questions and will be responsible for reading the applicable sections of the text book before arriving in the class room. Students are also required to attend classes and participate actively in the class discussions. Only one excused absence is allowed (with documented, serious reason). Each additional absence will count as minus two points from the final grade (of 100).



The course grade is based on these elements; course project, assignments, a midterm exam and a final exam. Related course materials, such as summaries of lecture notes, solution keys to assignments, practice questions for exams and selected old exams, will be posted on the course website listed above as the class progresses. The midterm and final exams will be held by the USAC calendar. There will be no make-up exams. Exam dates cannot be changed for any reason. The grades are assigned according to the following formula:
20%: Course Project:
Each student will be assigned a specific product and route to analyse the international logistis issue and offer practical solutions.

20% Assignments
Period assignments will be given to students to assure they are on task and understanding the material being covered in class.

30% Midterm report (please download the instruction here)
30% Final Examination

*Topics and assignments may vary. Additional assignments or evaluations may be required at discretion of professor.
Final Grading Scale:

A= 100-94
F= 59-0
A-= 93-90
B= 86-83


Students are responsible to confirm all assignments are received by their instructor. This includes assignments submitted electronically or mailbox when the instructor is not present.


Every effort will be made to accommodate students with disabilities or special learning needs. If you have a documented disability for which you have already requested accommodations through the USAC Central office, your instructor will have been notified so that arrangements can be made early in the term.


Plagiarism, cheating, submitting work of another person or work previously used and other forms of academic dishonesty will lead to lowered course grades, failure of the course or more severe measures, depending on judgments of the gravity of the individual case.

Classroom policies:

All wi-fi, cell phones, computers or similar items will be in the off position
and not used during class unless specifically requested by the instructor.
Attendance is required. Only one excused absence is allowed (only with documented, serious reason). Any absences will result in the loss of 2 points from the final course grade. Students are responsible for any work missed in class and for turning in any assignments on the correct due date. The professor reserves the right not to accept any late assignments or to lower the grade significantly.
No exams or presentations can be postponed or made up. Please make sure you are present to complete all work and take all exams as scheduled.
Being late or leaving class early can result in the loss of points from the final grade. Please return promptly from any class breaks. Any disruptive behavior may lead to the student’s removal from the classroom and/or course, at the discretion of the professor and program director.
Please no food or drinks in the classroom unless otherwise confirmed.
No filming or recording of the classes allowed without the written consent of all present.
Auditing: Audit students have to attend classes regularly (at least 75% of the classes) and complete their homework and activities like every other student. They are not required to take the final exam. At the end of the course they will receive “Audit Pass” or “Audit Fail.” Confirm audit status by drop/add date set by USAC office (no changes allowed after that date). Please see the professor for any additional requirements or questions.

Topics and Materials

Topic 1 – Introduction to International Logistics and Globalization

  1. Introduction
  2. Intro to Globalisation

Topic 2 – International Logistics Performance

  1. The World Bank’s Logistics Performance Indicator (LPI) (Official Website)
  2. Presentation by Ben Sheperd (Methodology) and Ruth Banomyong (Thailand Perspective)
  3. LPI Analytics
    1. Download R Programming Language and R Studio
    2. (Dropbox link to code and analytics note)

Topic 3 – Modeling International logistics

1. Business Canvas Approach (PDF)

2. Value Stream mapping

3. Supply Chain Strategies

4. Sustainable logistics

Product related Info

  • GE Refrigerator

  • Responsible sourcing at Nestle


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