Course Name and Number: MGT 5100 – Distribution Management

Instructor:  Dr. Leonard Howell

Meeting Days and Times: Distance Learning.  Assignments and other course materials will be posted on or before Monday of each week, and homework assignments given on that Monday will be due by 11:59 PM EST on the following Monday.  See the schedule at the end of this syllabus for details regarding holidays.

Email: Email me on CANVAS. Response time to emails/questions will be within 48 hours during the week.

Required Textbook: Supply Chain Management, 7th Edition, Author: Chopra.
      Publisher: Pearson,  ISBN-10:  0134731883
      Students may order from the Virtual bookstore:

Communication Medium: The primary method of communication will be through the class e-mail on CANVAS. It is the student’s responsibility to stay current with all postings to the class web site on CANVAS.

Course Description:  This course analyzes distribution systems and management from a cost vs. return point of view with an emphasis on U.S. and world transportation systems' impact on distribution centers, automated order processing, warehousing techniques and layout, organization for physical distribution management, total systems approach, government regulation, distribution components and management of distribution resources.

Course Objectives:

  1. To provide an overview of the dramatic change in the relationship between suppliers, customers, and competitors.
  2. Focus on the changing relationship between suppliers, customers, and competitors in a globalized market.
  3. To develop practical alternatives and concepts for distribution management that recognizes past failures and accommodates future realities in terms of readiness, cost, and effectiveness.
  4. Learn how to use MS Excel to solve real-world distribution management problems involving network design models, decision trees, demand forecasting, and basic statistics, and interpret results.


Grading Policy:   Student performance in this class will be assessed in the following areas:

Midterm Exam:                                            35%
Final Exam:                                                   35%
Homework Assignments:                          30%

There will be a homework assignment at the end of each chapter, and when answering questions from the textbook, make sure your answers are complete and detailed and not merely 1- or 2-sentence responses. It is your responsibility to check the course website for due dates. Plan ahead. Late homework will be assessed a 25% Late Penalty, and the late homework may be submitted anytime within one week immediately following the assignment due date and will receive the 25% late penalty. CANVAS will not accept late homework submissions past this one-week period which closes one week after the assignment's original due date and will automatically assign the grade of zero.  Re-submissions of homework will not be accepted after the original due date. 

It is highly recommended that you come up with alternative scenarios to handle possible technical difficulties. Please note that an extension will not be granted even if your computer is inoperable at an untimely manner, unless the problem is an FIT system-wide problem.

Please be aware that you have the liberty to complete your assignments using any computer that is available to you.

The examination dates will be announced at least one week in advance. All exams must be completed on the assigned time and date on CANVAS. You will have one attempt to take the exams. Additional attempts or extensions will not be given.

All work must be typed using Times New Roman or Calibri, 12 points font and must be double spaced and must be submitted in MS Word or PowerPoint; work submitted in any other format will not be graded. All submissions will be done through CANVAS.

A conventional grading scale will be used (90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, <60=F). A grade of “I” (incomplete) may be assigned only if a student in good standing (passing) has been officially excused due to hospitalization or serious sickness, or other extenuating circumstances beyond their control, in which case, any due materials must be completed in accordance with the FIT guidelines for removing an Incomplete (I) grade.  


Class Format/Outcomes:
Course material will be delivered online through the Florida Institute of Technology CANVAS platform. Optional Zoom sessions may be used from time to time to discuss course learning points, but participation will not be required, and if such sessions are held then they will be recorded and uploaded to CANVAS for those interested in reviewing them.

Students are expected to have an access to a computer with internet connection to access course materials and complete assignments. Students must have a CANVAS account with FIT. Students are expected to read the textbook and posted notes/ materials, and are encouraged to regularly log on CANVAS to check for new postings.

Students are required to log-on the course website as often as possible and complete all the online activities. It is crucial that you keep up with these activities in order to be successful in this class.

Homework and Exam information will be posted in the Assignments folder as well as in the Announcements; Lectures, partial homework solutions, and all other materials will be available in specified folders under ‘Files.’

Assignments and Expectations:

Students will be required to:

        1. obtain the textbook.
        2. log on FIT’s CANVAS site regularly.
        3. read materials assigned regularly.
        4. complete assigned homework on time.
        5. take the MIDTERM exam and the FINAL exam.
    1. All exams are required. Missing an exam will carry a score of zero on that exam. No make-up exam will be given unless allowed by the instructor in cases such as personal or medical emergencies supported by proper documentation.
    2. Students are expected to complete weekly assignments and homework must be submitted by the due date.  Late homework will be assessed a 25% Late Penalty, and the late homework may be submitted anytime within two weeks immediately following the assignment due date and will receive the 25% late penalty. CANVAS will not accept late homework submissions past this two-week period which closes two weeks after the assignment's original due date and will automatically assign the grade of zero. Re-submissions of homework will not be accepted after the original due date.    

Note: No special privilege or extra work will be given to any student to improve his/her grade. Be prepared to study and work hard.

Computing, Information Retrieval, and Writing Expectations:


Academic Honesty Definitions & Procedures:

From the Florida Tech Student Handbook  at

Eight Rules of Academic Integrity

  1. Know your rights—Do not let other students in your class diminish the value of your achievement by taking unfair advantage. Report any academic dishonesty you see.
  2. Acknowledge your sources—Whenever you use words or ideas that are not your own when writing a paper, use quotation marks where appropriate and cite your source in a footnote, backing it up at the end with a list of sources consulted. See section on plagiarism.
  3. Protect your work—In examinations, do not allow your neighbors to see what you have written; you are the only one who should receive credit for what you know.
  4. Avoid suspicion—Do not put yourself in a position where you can be suspected of having copied another person’s work, or having used unauthorized notes in an examination. Even the appearance of dishonesty may undermine your instructor’s confidence in your work.
  5. Do your own work—The purpose of assignments is to develop your skills and measure your progress. Letting someone else do your work defeats the purpose of your education and may lead to serious charges against you.
  6. Never falsify a record or permit another person to do so—Academic records are regularly audited and students whose grades have been altered put their entire transcript at risk.
  7. Never fabricate data, citations or experimental results—Many professional careers have ended in disgrace, even years after the fabrication first took place.
  8. Always tell the truth when discussing your work with your instructor—Any attempt to deceive may destroy the relationship of teacher and student.

For more information on academic dishonesty, please read the policy on plagiarism. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously by the university and is not condoned by any member of the university. Examples of academic dishonesty include (but are not limited to):

Academic Cheating

  1. Intentionally giving or receiving help on written assignments, examinations or any work without prior permission of the instructor.
  2. Looking at another student’s test paper or other material (i.e., texts, notes or papers) with intent to gain or give unfair academic advantage, without permission of the instructor.
  3. Walking or signaling to a person while taking a quiz or examination with intent to gain or give unfair academic advantage, without permission of the instructor.
  4. Collaborating with another person in preparing written work with the intent to give or gain unfair academic advantage, without prior permission of the instructor.
  5. Substituting for another person or permitting another person to substitute for oneself during an examination.
  6. Turning in a paper or other work that has been previously written for another class or for another purpose, without prior permission from the instructor.
  7. Assisting others in act of academic dishonesty through the use of course material, including graded exams, quizzes, homework answers, test banks, graded assignment materials, computer code, project materials, research papers, and/or other items.

Digital/Electronic Cheating

  1. Engaging in computer fraud, trespass, theft, embezzlement, changing of information or invasion of privacy.
  2. Tampering with digital or electronic files or information belonging to another.
  3. Digitally/electronically examining, modifying or copying programs or data other than one's own, without prior authorization.
  4. Using digital/electronic information in violation of copyright agreements.
  5. Attempting to degrade computer hardware or software performance or to circumvent its security.
  6. Depriving or attempting to deprive other users of resources or access to a computer.
  7. Uploading/sharing any material such as listed above through any electronic format may be seen as not only an academic dishonesty issue but also a copyright violation.
  8. Using an electronic device to retrieve or capture data or information in the completion of academic work, without prior permission of the instructor.


  1. Handing in as one’s own a paper or assignment, a document purchased from a term paper service or any other source.
  2. Copying another student’s paper or work and handing it in as one’s own.
  3. Taking a paper or work from a file not one’s own and handing it in as one’s own.
  4. Intentionally footnoting an incorrect source.
  5. Appropriating passages or ideas from another and using them as one’s own without proper documentation.
  6. Quoting a written source on an exam, paper or homework without citation when it is requested by the instructor to present one’s own work.

Procedures for Handling Suspected Violations (Graduate)

Suspected breaches of academic regulations involving cheating, plagiarism or academic misconduct at the graduate level will be handled as outlined in departmental handbooks and online in graduate policies. Students should contact their college/school dean or department head for complete information.

Title IX Statement:  The university’s Title IX policy is available at

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities.  Florida Institute of Technology policy also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

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

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.

Anticipated Weekly Subject Matter and Assignment Schedule:
The schedule below is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.

Week of                 Text Chapter                   Topic___________________                                                      

May 13                         Chapter 1                     Understanding the Supply Chain

May 20                        Chapter 2                    Achieving Strategic Fit in a Supply Chain

May 27                        Chapter 3                    Supply Chain Drivers and Metrics

June 3                          Chapter 4                    Achieving Strategic Fit in a Supply Chain

June 10                        Chapter 5                    Network Design in the Supply Chain

June 17                         Midterm Exam            Covers Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 (but not Chapter 5)

June 21                         Last day to withdraw with a final grade of W

June 24                        Chapter 6                    Designing Global Supply Chain Networks

July 1                           Chapter 7                     Demand Forecasting in a Supply Chain

July 8                           Chapter 7 (cont.)          Demand Forecasting in a Supply Chain

July 15                         Chapter 8                     Aggregate Planning in a Supply Chain

July 26                              Final Exam                       Covers Chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8