HUMN 2022 Emergency Field Operations: Supply Management and Logistics

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102368

Coordinator Garry Stevens Opens in new window

Description In 2023, this subject replaced by HUMN 3119 - Emergency Field Operations Supply Management and Logistics. This subject will equip students with the required skills to assess organisational capacity to respond to disasters and other complex humanitarian emergencies. The subject will cover logistical frameworks and tools for planning, the sustainable deployment of goods and services, and monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of local and global supply chains. It will discuss the challenges, ethical, and political dimensions of supply chains and contingency plans in emergency and disaster response contexts.

School Social Sciences

Discipline Studies in Human Society, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Co-requisite(s) HUMN 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Describe logistics principles, processes and frameworks and their adaptations in humanitarian emergencies
  2. Articulate key challenges, ethical issues, and political dimensions of humanitarian logistics
  3. Identify and use recognised tools to plan and monitor supply chains and evaluate their effectiveness.
  4. Critically assess organisational capacity to respond to a humanitarian emergency
  5. Conduct and report a Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA)
  6. Critically assess the role and effectiveness of the Logistics Cluster in humanitarian response
  7. Articulate principles of sustainable deployment of goods and services

Subject Content

Logistics and supply chain management: key concepts and frameworks
Logistics in humanitarian emergencies: challenges, standards and the Cluster Approach
Preparedness and procurement: setting up local and global supply networks
Transport, warehousing and distribution
Assessment and monitoring: conducting a Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA)
Co-ordination and Communication in emergency response contexts
Security and civil-military co-operation
New logistics frontiers: services, cash transfers and market support
Human resource management
Sustainability and performance evaluation


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Case Study 1500 words 30 N Individual
Applied Project 2000 words per group 20 N Group
Final Exam 2 hours 50 N Individual