Course code VadZ4033

Credit points 2


Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation18.09.2019

Responsible UnitInstitute of Business and Management Science

Course developer

author Uzņēmējdarbības un vadībzinātnes institūts

Rita Rozentāle

Mg. oec.

Prior knowledge

Ekon1012, Microeconomics

Ekon2109, Macroeconomics

Ekon2120, Basics of Accounting

VadZ4027, Entrepreneurship

Course abstract

The course provides students with theoretical knowledge of the concept, nature, historical evolution and role of logistics, the aspects of the economic performance of logistics systems and logistics management at an enterprise and builds up an understanding of and skills in key logistics functions, the way the functions are performed, the instruments used as well as the basic types of logistics and related functions.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. Students will be able to: demonstrate the knowledge of the history, evolution and nature of logistics and relevant concepts - discussions in classes, a presentation
2. Demonstrate the knowledge of the basic types of logistics and related functions - practical assignments, a report, a presentation
3. Demonstrate the knowledge of the key functions of logistics, the way logistics is organised and the instruments thereof - practical assignments, a report, a presentation
4. Distinguish the basic types of logistics and use economic and management mechanisms and instruments for a particular basic type of logistics for enterprises - practical assignments, group work, a test
5. Determine supply chain capacity and find solutions to increasing it - group work, practical assignments with calculations, a test
6. Manage the supplier selection process - practical assignments with calculations, group work
7. Responsibly plan the completion of the assignments given - group work, a report
8. Effectively work in a team, delegate and coordinate the fulfilment of responsibilities, assume responsibility for the results of the group work - group work
9. Present and explain to others the results of the work - report, a presentation
10. Independently identify the types of logistics costs, how the costs arise and how the costs could be lowered - assignments with calculations, group work
11. Assess and determine supplier selection criteria - practical assignments with calculations, a test

12. Comprehend and substantiate the advantages and disadvantages of various modes of transport - practical assignments, a test

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Concept of Logistics, definitions and historical development (lecture – 2 hours, practical– 1 hour)
2. Main Logistics Costs and financial tools (lecture – 2 hours, practical – 2 hours)
3. Logistics Environment (lecture – 2 hours)
4. Basic Logistics Activities and mechanisms and tools of their ensuring (lecture - 2 hours, practical - 1 hour)
5. Logistics Specialist (lecture – 1 hour)
6. Transportation (lecture – 2 hours, practical – 1 hour)
7. The calculation of Supply Chain capacity (practical - 2 hours)
8. The Supplier Selection process and Justification (practical - 3 hours)
9. Inventory Management (lecture – 1 hour, practical – 2 hours)
10. Warehouse Management (lecture – 2 hours)
11. Legal and regulatory framework of international transactions (lecture – 1 hour, practical – 1 hour)
12. Logistics topicalities in Latvia and global (lecture – 1 hour)
13. The test - Basic Logistics Activities and mechanisms and tools of their ensuring. Inventory Management and Supply Chains (2 hours)

14. Presentation of Report (2 hours)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Formal test with a mark. The Mark consist of:
• Report and a presentation (25%)
• Practical assignments, calculations (15%)
• Group work and a presentation (30%)
• Test - Basic types of logistics, the mechanisms and instruments thereof. Stock management and supply chains (30%)

10% are equal to one point on a 10-point marking scale

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The preparing and presentation of report.
The preparing and presentation of practical assignments.

The preparing for test and examination.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

A formal test with a mark is an accumulative grade from the assessment of the results of a course.

Compulsory reading

1. Praude V. Loģistika (teorija un prakse). Rīga: Burtene, 2013. 56 lpp.
2. Praude V., Beļčikovs J. Loģistika. Rīga: Vaidelote, 2003. 544 lpp.
3. Sprancmanis N. Biznesa loģistika. Rīga: Vaidelote, 2003. 360 lpp.
4. Ķēniņš–Kings G. Modernā apgāde. Rīga: Valters un Rapa, 2000. 235 lpp.
5. Sprancmanis N. Transporta pakalpojumu ekonomika un organizācija. Rīga; RTU tipogrāfija, 2001. 284 lpp.
6. Sprancmanis N. Uzņēmējdarbības loģistikas pamati. Rīga: Burtene, 2011.

Further reading

1. Christopher M. Logistics and Supply Chain Management. London: Prentice Hall, 2005. 305 p.
2. Harrison A., Hoek R. Logistics Management and Strategy. London; Prentice Hall, 2005. 308 p.
3. Boyson S., Corsi Th. Logistics and Extended Enterprise. New York: John Wiley, 1999. 230 p.
4. Bowersox D., Closs D. Logistical Management: The integrated supply chain process. New York: The Mc Grow–Hill Companies, 1996. 730 p.
5. Ghiani G., Laporte G., Musmanno R. Introduction to Logistics Systems Planning and Control. Great Britain: TJ International, 2004. 360 p.
6. Krūmiņš N. Rokasgrāmata loģistikas sistēmu vadīšanai. Rīga, 2004.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Dienas Bizness: nedēļas laikraksts: Latvijas Biznesa avīze. Rīga: Diena: Dagens Industri, 2005-. ISSN 1407-2041
2. Kapitāls: žurnāls lietišķiem cilvēkiem. IKK Izdevniecība SIA. Rīga. ISSN 1407-2505


Restricted elective study course (Part B) for the ESAF academic Bachelor Programme “Economics” specializations "Business Process Management" and "Regional Development and Management".