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Elective Subjects


The programme has 21 non-compulsory subjects that are to be recommended as elective subjects. These cover both the logistics and the information management aspects of the programme with some encompassing both. Subjects have a distinct information management orientation are: Simulation of Industrial Systems (ISE507), Principles of Knowledge Engineering and Management (ISE531), Case Studies in Business Process Engineering (ISE535), Optimization Modeling, Techniques and Tools for Logistics System (ISE545), Fleet Management and Freight Forwarding (ISE546) and Decision Support Modeling for Courier and Freight Management (ISE5010) are what we would deem to be integrating subjects between both the logistics and information management aspects of manufacturing since they encompass both.

Simulation of Industrial Systems (ISE507)
Computer simulation is widely recognized as an indispensable aid for decision making in complex manufacturing and service situation. It is for this reason that "Simulation of Industrial Systems" is introduced. This subject provides students with hands on experience in applying simulation as a problem solving tool for industrial and service situations. It will expose students to hands-on experience of the simulation process from design and model construction, coding, testing and debugging to validating the model, generating results and model maintenance. This will be done by requiring students to use a commercially available simulation package for their project as well as development of software, whenever appropriate.

Workflow Design and Management (ISE518)
The subject "Workflow Design and Management" provides students with the knowledge to analyze and redesign existing work systems and to design new work systems in an industrial environment. Moreover, to apply relevant techniques and problem solving methodologies so as to enable them to successfully manage system implementation projects concerned with productivity improvement. Flow charting and modeling techniques will be emphasized so that students can get an in-depth understanding of the tools available to represent the existing workflow, and provide alternative designs of new systems for evaluation and implementation.

Process and Performance Management (ISE538)
The subject "Process and Performance Management" provides the professional knowledge of measuring processes and performance. The mode of learning includes lecturing, group discussions, case studies and a mini-project. The contents will cover an introduction to process and performance management, performance indicators as management tools, linking performance indicators to overall objects, and limitations and pitfalls of using business performance indicators (KPIs). The course will also provide knowledge and skills in activity-based costing/management in process management and cost management. The concept of balanced scorecard will also be deliberated which provides an effective tool for strategic management to be related to process and performance management.

Fleet Management and Freight Forwarding (ISE546) and Decision Support Modeling for Courier and Freight Management (ISE5010)
One of the focuses in logistics industry is delivery service. The critical mass of success in the business is how one can manage the usage of vehicle, time and space efficiently. The subject "Fleet Management and Freight Forwarding" and "Decision Support Modeling for Courier and Freight Management" introduce the working theories of both fleet management and freight forwarding business in Hong Kong, aiming to provide students with the latest approach in cargo planning and optimization techniques. The detailed explanation of operations behind the business will let students capture the knowledge on how to handle different cargo shipping scenarios including land/sea/air transport. In particular, the introduction of application tools is able to further enrich the problem solving skills in relevant areas.

Optimization Modeling and Applications (ISE5019)
Traditional human brain operations concept is deep rooted to local logistics industry, most of the decisions are made by experienced workers. There is doubt that the decision being made is the best solution for the problem and the outcome varies from different decision makers. The subject "Optimization Modeling, Techniques and Tools for Logistics System" introduces the concept of optimization to tackle different logistics problems, formulate solutions by using different techniques and inexpensive tools that are available in the market. After completion of the subject, students can perform the same job as experienced workers through the knowledge delivered in the lectures and laboratories sessions.

Risk and Crisis Management (ISE548)
"Risk and Crisis Management" provides professional knowledge in the management of risk in logistics which includes the management of the man flow, product flow and information flow. A well-organized logistics service company is able to reduce risks by implementing certain measures, such as diversification of the supplier choice, stockpiling, resources pooling, and information security, etc. All business procedures involved in the logistics industry must be audited to ensure they are up to the company policy and international standard. Furthermore, proper improvement should be carried out in order to minimize the risk of loss caused by inadequate logistics security.

Contemporary Logistics Issue in China (ISE550)
The subject "Contemporary Logistics Issue in China" will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the latest social, technical and economic issues of the logistics industry in China. It will be conducted in collaboration with an academic institution in Mainland China. Participants will be required to attend a 4-day intensive programme including lectures, seminars and site visits in the mainland. Lectures will be delivered by both academics and experts from the mainland in the field. Assessment will be in the form of assignments, tests, oral presentations and project report.

Managing Six Sigma (ISE553)
The subject "Managing Six Sigma" will provide students with the basic Six Sigma skills for identifying and defining improvement projects that will have significant positive impact on sustainable business performance. The subject includes techniques such as Critical to Quality (CTQ), Quality Function Deployment (QFD), Process Mapping, Capabilities Studies, Design of Experiments (DOE), Optimization methods, Failure Mode and Effect Criticality Analysis (FMECA). It will also cover the skills in the measurement and analysis of process data and to have a basic understanding of the techniques and importance of process modeling in manufacturing and service industries hence to be able to improve the existing process.

Relationship Management and Logistics Systems (ISE556)
The subject "Relationship Management and Logistics Systems" will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the principles and practices of relationship management. The subject covers a mix of concepts, tools and cases that are related to relationship management in practice. It includes topics such as hi-tech management and marketing, AIDA model, CRM, vendor managed inventory, and ERP, production network management, 3PL & 4PL, e-fulfillment strategy and e-marketing. It provides the framework of analyzing the business systems from the relationship and logistics/operations perspective.

International Logistics Systems, Operations and Management (LGT5002)
The subject "International Logistics Systems, Operations and Management" will provide students a full understanding of the growing importance of international logistics systems, operations and management. The businesses need to react proactively to achieve cost effectiveness and competitiveness in the world’s marketplace, by integrating the concept of Logistics Management, a Supply Chain Management tool that is widely believed to be the management example of the next era.

Shipping Economics and Markets (LGT5007)
To facilitate learning of advanced marketing strategy as expounded by contemporary research and as practiced by the most successful shipping, logistics and general industry organizations, the subject "Strategic Marketing Management for Shipping and Logistic" has been introduced. As a consequence participants will be able to develop and implement appropriate strategies in their organizations under specific internal and external environmental conditions in order to achieve their organizational goals.

Strategic Marketing Management for Shipping and Logistics (LGT5008)
To provide students with a basis for the market segmentation of the shipping industry and for subsequent shipping market analyses. To give students a thorough grounding in the relevant economicprinciples which underpin the different shipping sectors. To develop analytical and other genericskills which facilitate the rigorous analysis of business decision making in shipping and its effects inthe market.

Port Policy and Management (LGT5010)
The subject "Port Policy and Management" provides the students with a full and comprehensive understanding of the issues of port management and their operations. Moreover, inter-port competition and policy choices, together with logistics related functions that a port, as an intermediate of the total logistics supply chain as well as a gateway of international trade, is nowadays required to undertake. These issues will also be dealt with.

Transport Logistics in China (LGT5013)
The subject "Transport Logistics in China" is designed primarily for personnel currently involved in the China's freight industry to upgrade and advance their skills in the field of management in freight transportation. It aims to provide within an operational and business environment an advanced understanding of the principles and complexities of the freight industry in Mainland China, the advanced skills necessary to implement various mode of freight transport management within a logistics company environment, and the proactive skills necessary to achieve and sustain advantage in a rapidly changing business/freight operational environment in Mainland China.

Environmental Issues in Operations Management (LGT5115)
The subject "Environmental Issues in Operations Management" is designed to introduce both philosophy and methods of operations management in environmental management. It aims to discuss environmental issues in product/service manufacturing and distribution, to provide frameworks of considering and analyzing the environmental problem related benefits and costs, and to reveal basic tools and techniques for the environmental issue related problem modeling and solving. The module stimulates students to rethink and re-examine their management practice from a new point of view.

The Dissertation (ISE529)
The dissertation comprises a single piece of work. The work should be of a standard which manifests the student's ability to undertake an applied research or theoretical research within the professional context of Logistics areas. The objective of this work is to enhance the competence of the students in conducting research and development relating to Logistics in their companies. Creative skills and innovative thinking in the application of advanced knowledge and theories learned in this programme to solve real industrial problem should be demonstrated.
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