Introduction to Logistics and Transport

Module summary

Module code: TRAN1063
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: Systems Management and Strategy
Module Coordinator(s): Anusha Pappu



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. Construct an argument that critically addresses a research question in an informed manner.
7. Be familiar with the Wellbeing economics literature.

Indicative content

1. Introduction to Passenger Transport 1. 1. Fundamental notions and trends Part 1: From utility functions to transport demand determinants 1.2. Fundamental 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. Fundamental 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. Smart 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.


Individual Reflective Report - 40% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6.
Outline Details - Reflective report on experience of group work developing an innovative freight or passenger transport solution as part of Design Sprint activity (formative task). 1500 Words.

Essay - 60% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Leaning Outcomes - 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5, 6 & 7.
Word Length - 2500 Words.
Outline Details - Demands critical analysis of a set essay question. Students will be given choice between two topical questions to address. Essay should draw on wide range of notions and concepts studied and demonstrate awareness of breadth of issues shaping con-temporary freight and passenger transport.

Students are not required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the module.

Formative Assessment:
Feedback on engagement with the Module on Moodle. Feedback/group discussion in tutorials on work uploaded to the wikis. Formative mid-term in-class test on transport economics notions. Formative feedback on group presentation of outputs resulting from design sprint activity.