Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: I4, I4lp, I4mf, M4lp, RH4. Course coordinator: Professor Marianne Jahre,, Engineering Logistics. Prerequisites: MTTF01 Logistics or MTTN01 Logistics in the building process. Recommended prerequisits: MTT091 or MTTF10 Materials Handling. Assessment: To qualify for a final grade, the student must have passed the written examination and completed compulsory assignments. Evaluation of course performance is based on the written examination and the assignments. Parts: 2. Home page:

The course will give to students both fundamental and more advanced knowledge about physical distribution systems solutions and related transport means. The entire distribution network will be taken into consideration. The scope of the course is to provide the most important theories, concepts, models and methods used by theorists and industries to identify, describe, analyse and design diverse solutions for physical distribution of goods. The course will furnish an understanding of the important roll played by distribution into modern industries and supply chains. It will also convey the knowledge and skills to methodically analyse transportation needs, and consequently to choose and design transport and distribution systems.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

This means that the students will have:

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

independently be able to:

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Ghiani, G., Laporte, G. and Musmanno, R. (2004) Introduction to Logistics Systems Planning and Control, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, West Sussex, England. ISBN 0470849177
Lumsden, K. (2007) Fundamentals of Logistics (it can be downloaded at the department’s website).
Various articles published on the course homepage.


Code: 0111. Name: International Physical Distribution.
Higher education credits: 4,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed written examination. Contents: Literature, lectures and assignments.

Code: 0211. Name: Assignments.
Higher education credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Satisfactorily completed assignments. Contents: The assignments are compulsory and are carried out in groups of 4 students. They cover the choice of transportation mode, design of transportation systems, and transportation planning.