Global Commerce and Transportation (GLBL)
GLBL 3200 Transportation Modes and Nodes (4 Credits)
This course provides an overview of how transportation has driven economic development throughout the world now as well as in history and into the future. From around the world to down the street to your front door global supply chains are dependent upon fast, efficient, and dependable transportation. Whether by air, ocean, rail, track, barge, or pipeline, we are dependent upon the goods firms deliver to us daily. Students learn about the characteristics of these modes of transportation as well as the nodes of access they use including: ports, terminals, distribution centers, flow centers, cross-dock facilities, and the supply chains they serve. This course also addresses how different modes interface to create global intermodal transportation systems that efficiently move goods from origin to destination more efficiently than ever before. Whether it's a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, e-tailer, students learn how effectively managing transportation is a key factor in profitability.
GLBL 3250 Supply Chain and Logistics Systems (4 Credits)
This class provides an overview of supply chain management as a key business function that holistically integrates functions such as planning, purchasing, inventory control, transportation, and warehousing. Students learn about topics such as designing supply and distribution networks aligned with the firm's business and supply chain strategy as well as improving supply chain performance via SCOR, Lean, and Six Sigma techniques. Students explore how various aspects of supply chain management are integrated within the firm as well as coordinated with suppliers, trading partners, and logistics/transportation providers to deliver superior customer satisfaction. Making sound strategic and tactical decisions are learned by managing a global consumer electronics supply chain via an online simulation. Best practices are investigated by studying some of the world's top supply chains.
GLBL 3300 Transportation and Public Policy Issues (4 Credits)
This course provides an overview of the many public policy dimensions of transportation systems. It examines government regulations affecting transportation businesses, environmental regulations, labor laws, finance, public welfare, and the general relationship between economic policy and transportation investment. The class focuses on personal mobility (autos, highways, urban transit, and airlines), including freight transport (rail, ports, and pipelines). Future directions in transportation-related public policy are also addressed.
GLBL 3350 Transportation Safety and Security (4 Credits)
Transportation security in the 21st century challenges the capabilities of our global transportation infrastructure. This course explores the ever-evolving requirements imposed on industry practitioners and encourages students to develop skill sets and knowledge required to embed security in transportation systems. We examine the evolution of the industry's concerns about safety, including concerns about security, and analyze how these concerns drive workforce training and resource allocation. Students assess technological and economic challenges to ensure safe and secure transportation systems. In addition to physical security issues, this course also examines the issues of resilience and preparedness, and how they drive industry practitioners, policy planners, and stakeholders.