2018 Winter School Subject List

Disaster Relief Operations (ITLS6007) - Opens 10 May 2017

Faculty: Business (Business School)
Department: Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies
Level: Postgraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1)  Jersey Seipel - jersey.seipel@sydney.edu.au

(1)  Business ITLS info - business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 03 Jul 2017 
End Date: 12 Jul 2017 
Capacity: 50 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 10 May 2017 
Applications Close: 19 Jun 2017 
Census date: 10 Jul 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 10 Jul 2017 
Available to audit: Yes
Open to HSC graduates?: No


    There are no listed prerequisites for this course.


Large scale, sudden onset disasters strike with little or no warning. In their wake they leave shattered infrastructure, collapsed services and traumatised populations, while the number of dead, injured and homeless often reaches staggering proportions

Humanitarian aid organisations, such as the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders or Oxfam, to name just a few, are usually amongst the first responders, but depend on extremely agile supply chains to support their worldwide operations.

Successful disaster relief missions are characterised by the ability of professionals to cope with time pressure, high uncertainty and unusual restrictions.

This unit is designed as an introduction to the coordination and management of humanitarian aid and emergency response logistics.

Case studies of real events, such as the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and the 2010 Haiti earthquake provide the framework for analysis and research, while discussion of operational factors, simulations, workshops and group exercises offer students an interactive learning environment.


Individual essay (25%), Presentation (25%), Final Exam (50%).


Start Date: 03 Jul 2017     End Date: 12 Jul 2017

Lecture: Mon, Tue & Wed, 9:00 - 17:00

Final exam: Mon 17th July, 18:00 Start (2 hr Exam & 10 mins reading time).


Lectures: ABS Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050

Final Exam: ABS Seminar Room 3270


Christopher M and Tatham P (2011) Humanitarian Logistics; Tomasini R and Van Wassenhove L (2009) Humanitarian Logistics; Kovacs G and Spens K (2012) Relief Supply Chain Management for Disasters.