Logistics Policy, MGT 5062

CRN 61520; Section IU

Summer 2024


Instructor Name: Daniel “Dan” Mattioda, PhD         Phone:  (850) 865-7290 (voice/text)

Office Location:  Virtual                                            Email:  dmattioda@fit.edu or

Office Hours:  By appointment                                  Mattioda1967@gmail.com

Required Text

Required text for this course:

Murphy and Knemeyer (2018). Contemporary Logistics (12th edition). Pearson.

ISBN 13: 978-0-13-451925-8

Student Link for textbook options: https://www.pearson.com/store/en-us/pearsonplus/p/9780137503865.html

Or Virtual Bookstore:  https://bncvirtual.com/fit.htm 

Course Description

This course analyzes logistics as a science and provides comparative analysis of different policy considerations. We will review the role of logistics in organizational policy and problems, and future trends in logistics. The culminating event will be a research paper to demonstrate mastery over the complete curriculum.

Course Objectives

After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to:

LO #1: Describe what policy is and how it relates to the supply chain and logistics management.

LO #2: Assess different types of policy and future trends in business and policy to determine the best supply chain strategies.

LO #3: Evaluate policies internal and external to a select organization and how these policies influence supply chain logistics operations and activities.

LO #4: Author a research paper in the area of logistics policy.

Instructional Methods

Discussions in class will be based on a conference/seminar approach. Class instruction will consist of lectures/discussions.  Discussion posts and comments to other classmate posts are also part of the instructional method.  Student posts are part of the participation grade for the class.  Research for the Report (Term Paper) also provides a student learning opportunity.

Course Requirements

All students are expected to review the text, readings or projects assigned for each session.  Students are encouraged to identify and analyze any relevant material and bring these materials and ideas to the attention of the class via posts/blogs. Students are held responsible for material in all assigned sessions as well as highlighted class presentations (see Grading Methods). The Course will use the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) to record all student inputs as in Exams, Term Paper and Participation. Canvas will also be used to conduct the virtual portions of the course.

Class Performance

  1. Mid Term Exam

The mid term exam is a 7-question essay type exam.  The student must answer at least 3 of the 7 questions.  Students are responsible for all material covered in class and assigned textbook readings.

  1. Final Examination

The final exam is a 7-question essay type exam.  The student must answer at least 3 of the 7 questions.  Students are responsible for all material covered in class and assigned textbook readings.

  1. Term Paper

Students in teams of three or less will prepare a professional Term Paper. Each Term Paper should include the following area (suggested though not required).  Please keep the length of the paper to 10 pages or less.  Use 12-point font, double spaced.

1) Title & Statement of the Problem/Opportunity (1 paragraph)

2) Background (1/2 page)

3) Situation (1-2 page)

4) Analysis/Comparisons (2-3 pages)

5) Recommendations (1-2 page)

6) Summary & Conclusions (1-2 page)

7) References (3 or more)

Term Papers are posted into Canvas.  Term Papers are to be Academic Research related to the course or a topic from the student’s organization that has Logistics Policy implications. Students can also choose an actual Logistics Policy issue that the student wants to research. The purpose of this requirement is to provide actual experience in succinctly identifying and analyzing a significant Logistics Policy issue.

The Florida Tech Library has an online system that you can use to search for materials to support Reports. Go to John H. Evans Library. You will find eBooks, Databases, Journals, and many helpful links.

  1. On-Line Posts (total of four) Participation

Four discussions topics will be initiated throughout the course.  Each student is required to make an initial post and comment on two other student posts.

Grading Method

Final course grades will be determined by a weighted average of your individual grades on various course activities.  The approximate weight will be as follows:

Course Activity


Participation (On-Line Post & Comments)  


Term Paper


Mid Term Exam


Final Exam




Grade scales are as follows:  A= 100-90%; B= 89-80%; C= 79-70%; D= 69-60%; F= 59% or lower


Course Outline and Assignments






1) Week of 13 May

Chapters 1 and 2


Bios Submitted

2) Week of 20 May

Chapters 3 and 4


Week 2 Discussion Topic

3) Week of 27 May

Chapters 5 and 6


Term Paper Lab

4) Week of 3 June

Chapter 7


Week 4 Discussion Topic

5) Week of 10 June

Mid Term Exam (Chapters 1-7)


Mid Term Exam

6) Week of 17 June

Chapter 8


Term Paper Lab

7) Week of 24 June

Chapters 9 and 10


Week 7 Discussion Topic

8) Week of 1 July

Chapters 11 and 12


Term Paper Lab

9) Week of 8 July

Chapter 13


Week 9 Discussion Topic

10) Week of 15 July

Chapter 14


Term Paper Due

11) Week of 22 July

Final Exam (Chapters 8-14)


Final Exam

Student Bio/Resume are uploaded into Canvas LMS and they are not graded.

Visit the CANVAS Information Area for answers to frequently asked questions or to request assistance. http://it.fit.edu/training/lms/canvas.php 

Summer 2024 Academic Calendar: https://www.fit.edu/registrar/academic-calendar/summer-2024/ 

Attendance Policy

Attendance is required on a weekly basis. Students are expected to view the online lectures in the week they are offered, and to log onto the site often enough to remain abreast of the communication on the Announcement section as well as any Class News or information from the Professor. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of everything happening in the class online.

Academic Honesty Definitions & Procedures

Located in the student handbook at:


Title IX Statement

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Florida Tech faculty are committed to helping create a safe learning environment for all students that is free from all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. If you, or someone you know, have experienced or is experiencing any of these behaviors, know that help and support are available.

Florida Tech strongly encourages all members of the community to take action, seek support, and report any incident of sexual harassment or gender discrimination to Grace Gamage, Title IX Coordinator at 321-674-8885 or ggamage@fit.edu.

Please note that as your professor, I am required to report any incidents to the Title IX Coordinator. If you wish to speak to an employee who does not have this reporting responsibility, please contact the Student Counseling Center at 321-674-8050.

Please note that as your professor, I am required to report any incidents to the Title IX Coordinator.

If you wish to speak to an employee who does not have this reporting responsibility, please contact the Student Counseling Center at 321-674-8050.

Academic Accommodations

Florida Tech is committed to equal opportunity for persons w/disabilities in the participation of activities operated/sponsored by the university. Therefore, students w/documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable educational accommodations. The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) supports students by assisting w/accommodations, providing recommended interventions, and engaging in case management services. It is the student’s responsibility to make a request to OAR before any accommodations can be approved/implemented. Also, students w/approved accommodations are encouraged to speak w/the course instructor to discuss any arrangements and/or concerns relating to their accommodations for the class.

Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR):

Recording Disclosure (Privacy Waiver)

This course may be recorded for use by students and/or faculty. Enrolled students are subject to having their images and voices recorded during the classroom presentations, remote access learning, online course discussions, and remote office hours/meetings. Course participants should have no expectation of privacy regarding their participation in this class.  Recordings may not be reproduced, shared with those not registered in the courses, or uploaded to other online environments.  All recordings will be deleted at the conclusion of the academic term.