Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Introduction to Logistics and Transport

Course summary

Course code: TRAN1063
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: Systems Management and Strategy
Course Coordinator(s): Claire Papaix

Specification

Aims

1. To provide a wide understanding of the core economic principles applied to transport systems

2. To give an overview of the key notions, main actors and current facts and figures in the passenger and freight transport sectors

3. To examine the relationships between transport, the society and the environment

4. To highlight the political-economic dimensions that underpin these relationships

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 Acquire knowledge on key economic notions (namely random utility maximization, public/private discount rate, objective functions, etc.) applying to transport systems
2 Identify the range of existing methods to evaluate transport externalities, to elaborate policy objectives, to implement public policy measures/private strategies and to monitor them
3 Get a clear overview of the relevant actors and key decision variables for passenger & freight transport choices
4 Be aware of the contemporary debates on passenger and freight transport trends and challenges along with their business implications
5 Critically understand the impact of transport on the society and the environment
6 Be familiar with the Wellbeing economics literature.

Indicative content

1. Introduction to Passenger Transport
1. 1. Fundamentals notions and trends Part 1: from utility functions to transport demand determinants
1.2. Fundamentals notions and trends Part 2: from transport demand planning to public policy levers
1.3. Transport as a matter of sustainable development

2. Introduction to Freight Transport and logistics
2.1. Fundamentals notions and trends Part 1: supply chain management and freight transport operations
2.2. Fundamentals notions and trends Part 2: from transport mode selection to containerisation
2.3. Green supply chain and reverse logistics

3. Smarty Cities and ICT Technology
3.1. Introduction to smart cities
3.2. Implications of ICT technologies for passenger and freight transport
3.3. Policy appraisal core concepts and populations’ Wellbeing

Teaching and learning activity

Learning outcomes will be achieved through a variety of learning/teaching activities such as: traditional lectures
Tutorials, group discussions and individual/group presentations
Guest lecturers’ seminars
Library and self-managed researches
Supported Open Learning (SOL) materials

Assessment

Method of assessment: In-class test
Outcomes assessed: 1,2,3,5
Grading Mode: Grade over 100%
Weighting %: 20
Pass Mark: 40
Word Length: 1hr/1000 Words eq.
Outline Details: Preparing for the exam, 5 questions on ideas discussed in class/in course material.

Method of assessment: Individual reflective report
Outcomes assessed: 1,4
Grading Mode: Grade over 100%
Weighting %: 30
Pass Mark: 40
Word Length: 2000 words
Outline Details: Based on the group presentation, students will individually reflect on their contributions and learning gains.

Method of assessment: Exam
Outcomes assessed: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Grading Mode: Grade over 100%
Weighting %: 50
Pass Mark: 40
Word Length: 2hr/2000 Words eq.
Outline Details: 5 questions on ideas discussed in class/in course material plus 2 reflection/analysis questions.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Method of assessment: group presentation
Outcomes assessed: 1,4
Grading mode: Pass/fail
Outline Details: group presentation of 15min in which students will apply core knowledge discussed in class/in course material by bringing examples from real business practices.

Must all elements of summative assessment be passed to pass the course?Yes