To equip the learner with knowledge and skills that would enable him/her carry out a research project and defend the research project successfully.

Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, learners should be able to:

i)        Explain the research process

ii)      Develop a research proposal

iii)    Identify appropriate research designs and methodologies

iv)    Define the concepts and methods in scientific method.

v)      Identify and define ethical issues in research.

vi)    Make statistical decisions

vii)     Prepare data collection instruments

viii)   Describe the components of a research report and the factors used in the evaluation of a research report.

ix)    Explain Research Report elements and dissemination of research findings

Course Description  

Definitions & nature of Research; Types of research: participatory, quantitative, operations, evaluative. Research process; methodology, data collection, presentation and analysis; Research Designs; descriptive; analytical; experimental; quasi-experimental. Sampling methods; random, stratified, cluster; sample size determination. Proposal development: identification of problem, problem statement, introduction/background information, rationale/justification, study objectives, literature review, methodology, budget, appendix and references/bibliography.  Statistical decision Theory: test of hypothesis and significance, central limits theorem, significance; The Q, t and f tests, Test of correlation, 1-way ANOVA, 2-way ANOVA; The Chi Square Test, Data transformations;  Non-parametric methods analysis of Times series;  Multivariate Data Analysis;  Computer Analytical Techniques; Report writing: study objectives; methods and materials; results; discussions; conclusions and recommendations; appendix; bibliography and acknowledgment.  Dissemination of Research findings: methods of dissemination; scientific papers, reports, seminars and application of findings.

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To equip learners with knowledge and skills in logistics management.


Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of logistics management in delivering goods and services to the end user.
  • Explain participants and pathways available in logistics management.
  • Apply management principles in logistics operations


Introduction to logistics: definition of terms, objectives and principles of logistics, scope of logistics, role and importance of logistics, challenges faced in logistics; Transport management; defining transport in logistics management, role of transport in logistics management, modes of transport, characteristics of the modes of transport, transport management strategy, transport documentation; Warehousing and distribution management: Meaning and role of ware housing, factors to consider when setting up a ware house, distribution principles, distribution strategies; Out sourcing logistics management: definition of the key terms ,role of logistics service providers, service quality management in logistics, performance measurement in logistics; Measuring logistics cost and performance: definitions, role of performance measurement in logistics, logistics activities and cost, cost analysis, benchmarking in logistics management.

Purpose of the Course

The purpose of this course is to enable students understand the circumstances that give rise to contractual, civil or private law obligations and liabilities in procurement and logistics processes.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student should be able to;

  • Understand the distinction between law of contract, law of sale of goods, law of torts, law of agency, civil and criminal liabilities.
  • Determine when it would be advisable to seek legal advice on contract drafting and emerging disputes.
  • Evaluate the impact of international law on shipping business.
  • Recognize what totals to an offense subject to penalty in procurement and logistics.

Course Description

Law of contract: nature and meaning, essential elements, classifications, formation, discharge of contract, remedies for breach of contract, doctrine of privity of contract, express and implied terms of contract. Supply of goods and services; introduction, implied conditions in sale of goods, nature of sale of goods, the principle of caveat emptor, conditions and warranties, rights and duties of purchaser/ supplier. Law of agency: creation of agency, duties, rights and liabilities of the principal and the agent, Authority of an agent, relations between an agent and third parties, termination of agency. Law of torts; negligence, nuisance, defamation, trespass to person and property, consumer protection, criminal liability, product safety, food safety, weight and measures, consumer credit. Related legislation; competition law, intellectual property, international trade, insurance.

Purpose of the course

The purpose of the course is to equip the students with knowledge and skills in retail and merchandise management.

Learning Outcomes.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. Identify various retail opportunities and evaluate the strategies associated with each type of opportunity.

2.Distinguish and characterize the factors and management tools that retailers consider and use when developing their merchandise mix.

3.Identify various retail opportunities and evaluate the strategies associated with each type of opportunity.

Course Description

Retail environment; development of retail marketing, types of retail organization stores and non-
stores retailing: Information systems; manual system, electronic systems ,capturing processing
and storing information: Retail marketing strategy ;retail corporate plan,corporate and
marketing objective ,importance of merchandise ,market audit: Marketing research; the
marketing research process, consumer buyer behavior,segmentation and targeting of retail
markets,application of marketing research :Merchandise management; relationship between
merchandise and accounting ,cost management ,budgets, controlling orders, control of stock
losses:assessment and selection of suppliers ;selection of the merchandise :retail marketing mix;
retail mix concept ,targeting and positioning strategies, retail price, retail service, retail
promotional mix: vendor selection; vendor appraisal, vendor rating ,vendor evaluation, vendor
development, creating the bulky ,lean supply capability, partnerships.

Purpose of the course

The purpose of the course is to equip the students with knowledge and skills in strategic purchasing and supplies management.

Learning objectives.

By the end of this course ,students should be able to ;-

1.Gained general knowledge about purchasing management (including supplier management) and logistics management, with a special emphasis on strategic challenges in the supply chain.

2.Discuss the strategic importance of purchasing and supply management,

3.Gained knowledge on involving and developing suppliers, purchasing and supplier strategies and purchasing and supply management in a global context.

Course content.

Introduction; Concept of strategy, views of strategic development ,strategy in the organization,
business context of strategy, strategic purchasing models, understanding consumer perceptions:
strategic planning ;analysis tools, external environment,resources,stake holders competitor
assessment, competitive advantage: strategic choice; strategy formulation
,implementation,evaluation,control and monitoring, generic strategies :strategic supply chain
management;development and evaluation of strategic supply chains, role of supply strategies,
contribution of supply chain strategies, operation of supply chain strategies, value added supply
chain ,strategic bench marking, Strategic planning,resource control,competencies,knowledge
and skills, training and development: strategies for supply chain:outsourcing,single sourcing,
supplier development, multiple sourcing,subcontracting,early supplier involvement.