Facts about the course

ECTS Credits:
Responsible department:
Faculty of Logistics
Course Leader:
Edoardo Marcucci
Lecture Semester:
Teaching language:
½ year

TRA705 Sustainable and Digitalized Urban Freight Logistics (Spring 2022)

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

Required prerequisite knowledge

No required prerequisite knowledge is needed.

Recommended requirements

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
  • acquired knowledge about the regulatory and planning framework within which urban freight stakeholders operate
  • developed critical thinking and knowledge of the tools available to analyse and compare alternative intervention policies, estimate their likely effects with respect to current urban freight logistic systems
  • achieved 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

8 lectures, 3 hours each, at different weeks, and 4 seminars, 3 hours each, at different weeks. Participation in seminar activities is mandatory since this builds strongly on lectures and active participation is encouraged.

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

Course evaluation

The grade is based on final written exam (100%)

  • 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 four hours to answer 4 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.
  • To participate to the final exam the student must write 4 mandatory assignments, one for each seminar, on a pass or fail basis.


Required readings are given in Canvas at the semester start. No book is needed.
Additional articles and handouts might also be provided during the course.

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 18, 2021 7:20:25 PM