College of Business (WBUAD)
Humanitarian logistics and disaster response is becoming an important global issue. The fundamental goal of logistics is to deliver the right product to the right place at the right time. When faced with a natural disaster, much of the critical infrastructure is decimated and alternate transportation and communication channels need to be quickly recovered or developed. The victims of the disaster need critical supplies immediately and the private sector in the impacted area needs to rapidly recover and resume normal business practices. This course takes a case-study approach and introduces the student to all phases of a humanitarian logistics from disaster preparation to complete recovery. Topics to be covered include: disaster analysis, disaster management cycle, risk assessment, critical need supply chain techniques, disaster transportation, warehousing and material management, distribution mechanisms, best practices and resources.
By the end of the course, students will have a rich understanding of the requirements for humanitarian relief response. Specifically, students will understand how to prepare a supply chain for immediate disaster response and how to quickly restore disrupted channels. The student will learn how to analyze risk, create warehousing and distribution plans, compare alternate transportation methods, and determine ways to measure performance. The student will also develop advanced decision making skills through the examination of historical humanitarian logistics successes and failures.
Upon course completion, the student will be able to:1. Understand the impact and consequence of disasters, including risk management and vulnerability analysis.2. Understand the current trends in humanitarian and relief management (strategic and tactical).3. Understand how to implement rapid recovery techniques to disruptions in existing supply chains.4. Select the optimal method of moving humanitarian goods to impacted regions.5. Understand distribution options for humanitarian operations, including warehousing and material management.6. Apply performance metrics to humanitarian supply chains.
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