University of Florida

PKG 4008
Distribution and Transport Packaging

Semester Taught - Spring

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Covers topics of containment, protection and preservation related to transporting and delivery of packages.



Course Objectives

The course presents topics related to the technical aspects of a system approach to designing packaging that provides product protection and facilitates safe and cost-effective distribution. Topics include analyses of the distribution environment, transportation types, packaging dynamics and testing procedures.

Students will learn to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of distribution and transport packaging.
  • Understand the characteristics and hazards associated with the distribution environment.
  • Understand the basics of packaging dynamics.
  • Prepare a protective package using appropriate materials and testing equipment.


William Pelletier
Phone: 392-1864 x101
Office: 101 Frazier Rogers Hall

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required

No Textbook Required

Course Outline

1. Introduction to Distribution and Transport Packaging
2. Distribution Environment: Different Modes of Transportation
3. Package Design Process
4. Fundamental of Packaging Dynamics: Vibrations and Shocks
5. Shipment of Temperature Sensitive Products
6. Performance Testing and Industry Standards

Assignments and Grading

A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses.  In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better).  Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement.  For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit:

Assignments must be presented on 8.5" x 11" paper; on one side only.  Assignments will be marked down for a sloppy presentation and, if excessive, they may be returned un-graded.  Laboratory and project reports, including all calculations, must be typed.  Homework assignments as well as laboratory and project reports must be turned in before class begins.  Assignments returned late, before 5:00 PM on the day they were due, will be marked down by 10% of their total, assignments returned late, before 5:00 PM on the day following the due date will be marked down by 50% of their total. No assignments late by more than a day will be accepted.

Shown below is the grading scale:

Grading Scale
A [90-100%]
A- [87-90%[
B+ [84-87%[
B [80-84%[
B- [77-80%[
C+  [74-77%[
C [70-74%[
C- [67-70%[
D+ [64-67%[
D [60-64%[
D- [< 60%]
Grading Method  
Exams (2 @ 100 each) 50%
Problems/Laboratories/Quizzes 10%
Attendance 10%
Project and Presentation 30%
Total 100%


Attendance (on time) at lectures and laboratory sessions is expected from all students at all times.  Cell phones must be turned off prior to the start of class.

Academic Honesty

As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge: “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.”  You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." 
It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see:  

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.

0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565,  

Software Use

All faculty, staff and student of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

  • University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575,

    Counseling Services
    Groups and Workshops
    Outreach and Consultation
    Self-Help Library
    Training Programs
    Community Provider Database

  • Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601,