Global Logistics & Documentation

I.     Course Prefix/Number: GBS 225

       Course Name: Global Logistics & Documentation

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: GBS 205 or consent of instructor

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course focuses on the global supply chain, as well as strategic planning of logistics and the proper execution of global trade documentation. Topics include:  use of incoterms, transportation options, and the most recent software programs to facilitate supply chain logistics and documentation by using a case study to demonstrate how management of the logistics function is conducted in a real-world situation.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students who complete this course successfully will learn:
  • The basics of logistics and the supply chain
  • An explanation of the “Supply-Chain Concept”
  • Why and how companies use marketing channels
  • The various functions of marketing channels
  • The nature and importance of marketing logistics and integrated supply chain management for the international company
  • The link between logistics and information technology.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • The Role of Logistics Management
  • Preparing a Logistics Plan
  • Managing the Supply Chain
  • Incoterms
  • Transportation Management and Analysis
  • Inventory and Warehousing
  • Export Documentation
  • Import Documentation
  • Anatomy of an Export or Import Sale

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Study guides, including extensive readings from multiple textbooks and practice quiz for Midterm and Final examinations.
  • Potential for on-line group class discussion.
  • Instructor access via e-mail.
  • Weekly on-campus “instructional tutorials.”
  • Readings, study guide and practice quiz for Final Exam.
  • Case studies.
  • Appropriate audio-visual aides.
  • Practical handouts for working professionals as well as students.
  • Access to outside experts in some areas of specialization.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Reading Assignments
  • Writing Assignments
  • Computer-based Homework Assignments
  • Case Studies
  • Documentary Forms Simulations

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Handouts provided; multiple texts recommended for readings, but no purchase required.

Note:  Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.


X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Progress is measured by mid-term and final exams, taken on-campus at the Testing Center. On- campus classes may require a short term paper, based on actual case studies.

XI.   Other Course Information

  • On-campus attendance policies will be established by the instructor.
  • Each instructor will establish policies with respect to make-up exams, incomplete grades.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.