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Valid for year : 2013
TNK099 Logistics Networks and Transports, 6 ECTS credits.
/Logistiknätverk och transporter/

For:   KTS  


Prel. scheduled hours: 30
Rec. self-study hours: 130

  Area of Education: Technology

Main field of studies: Transportation Systems Engineering

  Advancement level (G1, G2, A): A

The aim of the course is for the students to get a deep understanding for how logistics systems can be modeled and analyzed from a network perspective, primarily using quantitative models. The role of transportation as preconditioner and solution for strong supply chains and logistics networks, are especially discussed. After the course the student shall be able to:
  • Analyze a logistics network, identify its parties and evaluate the different parties' effects on the efficiency of the network as well as on an individual company
  • Explain the basics of the SCOR-model, and use the SCOR model on a smaller example, to compute and evaluate important KPI's
  • Explain the basic structure for an ERP and explain what constitutes an advanced planning system
  • Analyze and structure a smaller planning problem, develop a planning model and draw conclusions about the problem, from the solutions that the model delivers
  • Analyze and evaluate results from a network planning model.
  • Discuss difficulties and possibilities in supply chain networks
  • Compute potential savings by increasing the level of cooperation in a supply chain network, e.g., by cooperating in transportation or vendor managed inventory
  • Use mathematical models to suggest cost allocation in cooperation in logistic networks and transportation
  • Discuss an evaluate possible savings by using transport telematics, e.g., to increase traceability
  • Evaluate differences in efficiency by using different means of transport or by combining different means of transport
  • Know and apply planning models for City logistics
  • Know basic technical concepts in transportation

Prerequisites: (valid for students admitted to programmes within which the course is offered)
Basic courses in economic, logistics, optimization and simulation.

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshhold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Supplementary courses:
Project course in Communications- and transport systems

The course is delivered using lectures, seminars, lessons, laboratory work and smaller projects. On lectures, the basic theory is presented. The seminars are used to present and discuss the different case studies in the course. The lessons are used for problem solving relating to the course content. On the laboratory work, larger problems are formulated using standard and commercial software.

Course contents:
The course looks at supply chain networks, to illustrate the necessity to look at a system from a holistic perspective, to avoid suboptimization. The course shows how quantative methods can be used to analyze a supply chain as part of a network. The course consists of
  • Logistics network - Terminology & models
  • The SCOR-model and KPI's
  • ERP-systems and advanced planning systems
  • Strategic network planning
  • Cooperation and coordination in supply chain networks
  • Cooperation / City logistics
  • Cost allocation in transport cooperation
  • Cooperation and Vendor Managed Inventory
  • Transport telematics and traceability
  • Means of transport and terminology in transportation
  • Intermodal transports

Course literature:
Scientific papers according to course homepage
Materials from lectures, case descriptions, laboratory instructions etc.
Additional litterature such as excerpts from books may also be handed out during the course.

Written examination
Project assignment
Laboratory work
Godd projects and labaratory work, with corresponding reports, may lead to higher course grade than grade on the written examination.

Course language is Swedish.
Department offering the course: ITN.
Director of Studies: Fredrik Persson
Examiner: Stefan Engevall
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Last updated: 11/01/2011