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RLMT501 - Practical Applications in Economics Analysis

Course Details

Course Code: RLMT501 Course ID: 4315 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a comprehensive study of problem formulation and calculating return on investment (ROI) in project management, such as applications for reverse logistics. The student will develop engineering economic analysis solutions to case study problems of returns, recalls, recycling, repackaging, waste management, as part of learning how to design a reverse logistics network or supply chain.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

LO-1 Design a virtual reverse logistics network

LO-2 Engineer a virtual network to support reverse logistics in an organization

LO-3 Construct a method to calculate an economic return on investment analysis that includes both tangible and intangible benefits

LO-4 Debate and describe the basic principles regarding returns, recalls, recycling, repackaging and waste management as applied to reverse logistics

LO-5 Recommend an economic solution for returns within reverse logistics

LO-6 Develop an economic solution for recalls as applied to reverse logistics

LO-7 Develop an economic solution for repackaging as applied to reverse logistics

LO-8 Develop an economic solution for recycling as applied to reverse logistics

LO-9 Develop an economic solution for waste management as applied to reverse logistics

Forum and Participation Assignments:

Post answers to the assignment questions directly to the discussion boards as new messages and post them only in the Forums . You must also provide a substantive response to at least one other student. I expect a minimum of a 300 word answers on the topics and a minimum of 200 words of substantive response to another student’s comments. While we do not need to agree, we do need to be polite and professional. All the work posted in the Forums must be correct in terms of punctuation spelling grammar vocabulary, syntax and any in-text citations. Writing style should follow APA guidelines. Remember that all materials must be loaded directly to the discussion boards, and, associated with the correct assignment/board.

Everyone is expected finish by the end of the week, which is Sunday night therefore, “The initial submission for each Forum is due no later than Thursday night of the assignment week


Go to Assignments area of the classroom for more details on these requirements.

NameGrade %
Forum 24.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.00 %
Week 2 Forum 3.00 %
Week 3 Forum 3.00 %
Week 4 Forum 3.00 %
Week 5 Forum 3.00 %
Week 6 Forum 3.00 %
Week 7 Forum 3.00 %
Week 8 Forum 3.00 %
Paper Assignments 20.00 %
Week 2 Paper 10.00 %
Week 3 Paper 10.00 %
Case Study 30.00 %
Week 4 Case Study 10.00 %
Week 6 Case Study 10.00 %
Week 7 Case Study 10.00 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Week 8 Final Research Paper 20.00 %
Week 1 Paper 6.00 %
Week 1 Paper 6.00 %

Required Readings

Reverse Logistics Reading and Videos:

Reverse Logistics Association

What is reverse logistics? (website and video)

Enterprise Reverse Logistics

This are links to videos that describes a typical reverse logistics process

Recalls Reading:

Transportation Research Board: TRB Special Report 308: The Safety Challenge and Promise of Automotive Electronics: Insights from Unattended Acceleration.


Toyota Recall Press Releases:

Returns Reading:

Hsu, H., Alexander, C., Zhu, Z (2009). Understanding the reverse logistics operation of a retailer: A pilot study. Industrial Management + Data Systems (109,4), pp. 515-531. Emerald Group Publishing (available in APUS library).

Kumor, S., Dieveney, E., Dieveney, A. (2009). Reverse logistics process control, measures for the pharmaceutical industry supply chain. International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management (58,2), pp. 188-204. Emerald Group Publishing (available in APUS library).

Skinner, L. & Bryant, P., Richey, G. (2008). Examining the impact of reverse logistics disposition strategies. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management (38, 7), pp. 518-539. Emerald Group Publishing (available in APUS library).

Stock, J. & Mulki, J. P. (2009). Product returns processing: An examination of practices of manufacturers, wholesalers/distributors, and retailers. Journal of Business Logistics (30,1), pp. 33-53. ABI/INFORM Global (available in APUS library)

Xiaoming, L & Olorunniwa, F (2008). An exploration of reverse logistics practices in three companies. Supply chain management: International Journal (13,5), pp. 381-386. Emerald Group Publishing (available in APUS library)

Repackaging Reading:

Read and review the below websites to understand different actual companies that specialize in reverse logistics and in particular, with regards to third party outsourcing of repackaging. Consider these companies as part of the Case Study for repackaging.

Additional Resources


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

Reverse Logistics Association

Reverse Logistics Executive Council

Reverse Logistics Magazine

Reverse Logistics Professional

Book Title:Virtual Project Management Office (Ebook is available through the APUS Online Library-
Publication Info:Management Concepts, Inc.
Author:Gordon, Robert L. and Curlee, Wanda
Unit Cost:$59.35
Book Title:Green Finance and Sustainability : Environmentally-aware Business Models and Technologies- ebook available through the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:IGI Global
Author:Luo, Z.
Unit Cost:$181.40

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.