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RLMT309 - Reverse Logistics Management and Operations

Course Details

Course Code: RLMT309 Course ID: 4308 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides students with an overview of today’s best practices in reverse logistics applications in manufacturing, retail and in the military. It includes the nature, scope, practices, procedures and processes of adding a reverse logistics operations center to a forward logistics supply chain. A practitioner approach is used to explore and examine the management functions and the interrelationships among the components of reverse operational logistics are provided. Case studies of Central Returns Centers are examined and core assumptions derived to help define the steps to follow in setting up a Central Returns Center. This course is intended for students and professionals working in logistics, retail business management, general management, transportation management, supply chain management, and corporate and military decision makers.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/22 - 07/01/22 07/04/22 - 08/28/22 Summer 2022 Session B 8 Week session
04/26/22 - 09/30/22 10/03/22 - 11/27/22 Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

LO-1 Demonstrate how to approach a particular planning issue in a particular decision-making situation.
LO-2 Explain the vocabulary of the Reverse Logistics discipline
LO-3 Explain the issues and problems managers face while implementing a reverse logistics systems framework in a manufacturing, retail, or military operation.
LO-4 Explain the concepts, strategic issues, and different decision-making situations for each of them.
LO-5 Explain best practices of a reverse logistics operation.
LO-6 Demonstrate knowledge of several techniques that used in the strategic planning models
LO-7 Classify the differences between forward and reverse logistics.
LO-8 Demonstrate knowledge the critical thinking used to (fuzzy logic, QFD, and method of total preferences) select world markets with the most market potential.
LO-9 Explain how managers can use reverse logistics to track and trace goods as returns, recalls, recycling and as waste.
LO-10 Explain how to differentiate the financial impact of reverse logistics from financial components within a business environment.
LO-11 Develop an implementation plan involving reverse technology processes and technology within a manufacturing, retail or military organization.
LO-12 Explain the importance of reverse logistics in a competitive market.
LO-13 Describe the various aspects and make-up of reverse logistics to include planning, organizing, staffing, directing, leading, and controlling.

NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Wk 1 Forum Intro 4.00 %
Wk 1 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 2 Forums 4.00 %
Wk 3 Forums 4.00 %
Wk 4 Forums 4.00 %
Wk 5 Forums 4.00 %
Wk 6 Forums 4.00 %
Wk 8 Forums 4.00 %
Paper Assignments 30.00 %
Week 3: Research Paper Proposal/Outline 10.00 %
Week 2: APA Format Quiz 10.00 %
Week 4: One Page Abstract, Annotated Bibliography 10.00 %
Case Study 20.00 %
Week 7: Case Study 20.00 %
Final Research Paper 18.00 %
Week 8: Final Research Paper 18.00 %

Textbooks in APA format:

deBrito, M. (2003). Managing reverse logistics or reversing logistics management, (ERIM) Erasmus research institute of management, ISBN-90:58920586

Pochampilly, K., Nukala, S., & Guota, M. (2008). Strategic planning models for reverse and closed –loop supply chains, p. 292, CRC Press, ISBN-10: 1420054783

Rogers, D., & Tibben-Lembke, R. (1998). Going backwards: Reverse logistics trends and practices. p. 283. University of Nevada, Reno.

Required Readings: See Course Outline

Castaneda, L., Harrell, M. C. Hall, L., Varda, D., Hall, K. Beckett, M. & Stern, S. (2008). Deployment Experiences of Guard and Reserve Families: Implications for Support and Retention. Rand Corporation and National Defense Research Institute.

Additional Resources: In the lessons area there are PowerPoint presentations, leadership articles, and up-to-date APA handouts.


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

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.