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. MTTN25 overlaps following cours/es: MTT021, MTT091 and MTTF10. Optional for: I4, I4lp, I4mf, I4pr, M4lp, M4pr. Course coordinator: Johan Lundin,, Engineering Logistics. Prerequisites: MTT105/F01 - Logistics. Recommended prerequisits: MIO310 - Operations Research-Basic Course. Assessment: Passed written examination, project and assignments. Parts: 3. Home page:

The course aims to provide you with current knowledge regarding the design and the management of a warehouse in all sorts of environments. After finishing this course, you will master the techniques and tools required to analyze and improve the efficiency in existing warehouses as well as designing new facilities from start. This course will also improve your ability to abstract, model, and solve real-life problems related to logistics and warehousing.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

acquire knowledge regarding tools and concepts that can be used to analyze and improve the efficiency in a warehouse. This means that the student should be able to:

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

develop skills and abilities so that he/she can work with efficiency improvements in a warehouse. This means that the student should be able to:

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

be able to apply critical thinking and, hopefully, acquire a lasting interest for industrial warehousing and materials handling. His/her attitude should be more ”professionalized”, and the student should have obtained insights regarding the design and management of a warehouse.

The course in Warehousing and Materials Handling will familiarize you with the concept of a warehouse in a supply chain and its relevant terminology. Furthermore, you will learn what types of equipment and IS/IT systems that are suitable for different types of warehousing environments. You will also learn to analyze a warehouse in order to plan its layout and manage its resources. Finally, you will learn to benchmark the operations in different warehouses against each other. The following list summarizes the course content:

Bartholdi, J.J. & Hackman S.T. Warehouse & Distribution Science: The Book, The Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-08-12 (available for download)
Lundin, J. Compendium in Warehousing and Materials Handling, Department of Industrial Management and Logistics, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, 2010 (available for download)


Code: 0110. Name: Warehousing and Materials Handling.
Higher education credits: 4. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed written examination. Contents: Covers literature and lectures.

Code: 0210. Name: Case.
Higher education credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Satisfactorily completed case. Contents: In a case study, the students in groups (3-4) should solve the materials handling problems of a fictive company. A report should be presented containing the suggested improvements of each group..

Code: 0310. Name: Assignments.
Higher education credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Satisfactorily completed assignments. Contents: The assignments should be solved by the students in groups and a written report should be presented.