Facts about the course
- Study points:
- Responsible department:
- Faculty of Logistics
- Course Leader:
- Edoardo Marcucci
- Lecture Semester:
- Teaching language:
- ½ year
TRA705 Sustainable and Digitalized Urban Freight Logistics (Spring 2020)
About the course
Description of the relevance, persistence and main characteristics of urban freight logistic problems. Analysis of the different players involved: characteristics, interests and role. Discussion of the implications stakeholders’ interaction has on urban freight logistic functioning and efficiency. Measures and intervention policies: definition, implementation and evaluation. Urban freight logistics research topics: a) urban consolidation centres, b) off-hour-deliveries, c) limited traffic zones, d) crowd shipping e) digitalisation of last mile distribution
The course is connected to the following study programs
Same as the requirements for the MSc Logistics program. A background in Microeconomics and Transport Economics is valuable but not mandatory.
The student's learning outcomes after completing the course
To achieve advanced knowledge about urban freight logistics, with main emphasis on the urban freight market characteristics, planning and regulatory issues.
The successful candidate should have
- obtained a good overview of urban freight markets, including the role and functions of terminals
- obtained knowledge about the regulatory and planning framework within which the urban freight players are operating
- obtained knowledge to compare more environmentally-friendly alternatives (alternative fuel vehicles, better information systems for information sharing and route planning) with current urban freight transport systems
- obtained in-depth knowledge about selected aspect of urban freight transport and logistics through analysis of current research
- improved his/her analytical and writing abilities through the process of assignment writing
Forms of teaching and learning
12 lectures, 2 hours each, at different weeks, and 4 seminars, 3 hours each, at different weeks.
Coursework requirements - conditions for taking the exam
- Mandatory coursework: Seminar-/collection participation
- Courseworks given:
- Courseworks required:
- Presence: Required
- Comment: Active participation in seminars is mandatory. For each seminar, a written summary and short analysis of the literature discussed at that seminar should be submitted. The submissions will be graded pass / non-pass and all have to be passed in order to take the exam.
- Form of assessment: Written school assessment
- Proportion: 100%%
- Duration: 4 Hours
- Grouping: Individual
- Grading scale: Letter (A - F)
- Support material: All printed and written supporting material + calculator with empty memory
The grade is based on class participation and a final written exam:
- Class participation and class discussion does not just measure attendance in class, but instead it reflects the student’s understanding of the subject matter, as reflected through insightful questions and discussion in class. Although regular attendance is required to achieve this goal, attendance alone without active participation in class discussion will not result in a stellar grade.
- The final exam will be open book. The student should be capable of demonstrating a deep knowledge of the issues discussed in the course while also a capacity for synthesis. This will be tested giving just two hours to answer 2 quite broad questions. The student is expected to come ready and demonstrate his/her insights and understanding of the critical and relevant issues in a systematic yet concise way.
In addition there are mandatory seminar assignments. These assignments are meant to ensure that a student comes “ready for discussion” at the seminars where qualified interaction is expected so to increase the shared knowledge among participants.
Required reading is given in fronter at the semester start.
Book to be announced.
Articles and handouts.