CAPE Logistics and Supply Chain Operations Unit 2: Shipping and Port Operations

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Globalisation has resulted in a significant increase in world trade and has impacted on the size and complexity of international transportation. However, Caribbean countries have not been sufficiently responsive to the impact of these global changes. Consequently, the movement of cargo throughout the region has become more expensive than the rest of the world. In addition, there is a wide disparity between countries and ports of the region in terms of productivity as the countries have not kept pace with the advances in information technology. In order to meet global requirements, Caribbean countries are required to constantly dredge and upgrade port infrastructure in order to remain relevant. The pressure on the Caribbean has not just been on the physical infrastructure but on developing and retaining qualified human resources. As a result, Caribbean ports have now recognised the need to invest in the development of the human resources in the shipping and logistics industry. This has led to the emergence of Logistics and Supply Chain Operations as a relevant area of study. Logistics and Supply Chain Operations is the task of effectively and efficiently coordinating material flow and the storage of goods, services and related information from the point of origin to the point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements.

The study of Logistics and Supply Chain Operations will assist in satisfying the demand for logistics experts through formal preparation and certification of the human resources in the Caribbean. This will enable citizens to access employment this untapped market space and contribute to regional development. It will also lead to a better quality of life for present and future generations while providing wealth creation through new and innovative job opportunities and other economic possibilities including entrepreneurship. By pursuing this course of study, students will develop decision-making, problem solving, critical thinking and technological skills. This course is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and competencies that are required for further studies, as well as for the world of work.



This syllabus aims to:

  1. promote an awareness of the importance of the global logistics and supply chain industry;
  2. help students understand the impact of globalisation and global logistics on multi-modal transport in the Caribbean;
  3. create awareness of the impact of regulatory bodies on national and regional policies;
  4. help students understand the role and value of stakeholders and information systems in logistics;
  5. foster an understanding of the impact of logistics on economic development at the national, regional and international levels;
  6. develop the capacity for critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, leadership and management, positive cooperative behaviours, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurial skills and technological competence through authentic learning experiences;
  7. integrate information, communication and technological (ICT) tools and skills.

Course Content

Total learning: 22 lessons Time: 52 weeks


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