Introduction to Transportation, Warehousing and Logistics

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MGT 156

       Course Name: Introduction to Transportation, Warehousing and Logistics

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers business logistics concepts including the management of transportation, inventory, packaging, warehousing, materials handling, order processing, facility location, and customer service.

IV.   Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Define and use the basic terminology of logistics and supply chain management
  2. Appreciate how customer value can be created through logistics
  3. Understand the financial impact of logistics to the organization
  4. Describe the role of logistics in the organization and the global economy
  5. Identify the various activities, issues, and challenges important to logistics and describe how they are related to each other
  6. Describe the basic concepts and approaches that are helpful for analyzing and resolving logistical problems

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

  1. Introduction to the supply chain and logistics
  2. Customer service
  3. Inventory, supply, and order management
  4. Domestic and international transportation systems and management
  5. Warehouse and distribution management
  6. Material handling and packaging
  7. Measuring and selling the financial value of logistics
  8. International logistics
  9. Logistics systems and controls

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of instruction can include lectures, class discussions, individual and group written and oral assignments, and case studies.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Complete assigned reading, writing, and other assignments and projects.

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

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Textbook such as The Management of Business Logistics – A Supply Chain Perspective by John J. Coyle, Edward J. Bardi, and C. John Langley, (Thomson-Southwestern Publishing) or Contemporary Logistics by Paul R. Murphy, Jr., and Donald Wood (Pearson Prentice-Hall).

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Methods of evaluation can include homework, quizzes, exams, class participation, individual and group assignments, and analysis of case studies.

XI.   Other Course Information

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.