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An integrated approach to teaching and learning logistics: A case study

Jacobus N. Cronjé
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 5, No 1 | a21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v5i1.21 | © 2011 Jacobus N. Cronjé | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 November 2011 | Published: 30 November 2011

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Jacobus N. Cronjé, Department of Transport Economics and Logistics Management, North-West University (Mafikeng Campus), South Africa

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Business managers and students often criticise university teaching for not addressing real-life problems. Furthermore, professors are dissatisfied with the research capabilities of postgraduate students. This paper advocates an integrated approach to teaching and learning based on the features of project-based learning aimed at enhancing the practical and research skills of undergraduate students in Logistics. A case study is presented where third-year students were engaged in a real-life project in collaboration with industry, exposing them to collaborative learning, questionnaire design, surveys, analysing and evaluating results, literature review and report writing. The project was carried out in phases where students were assessed after each phase. The paper analyses the assessment of students and their perception of the value of the project. It is concluded that an integrated teaching and learning approach will increase students’ interest in the subject, understanding of theoretical concepts, research skills, business skills and life skills.

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