Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
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. Course coordinator: Dr. Kostas Selviaridis,, Engineering Logistics. Prerequisites: MTTF01 Logistics or MTTN01 Logistics in the building process. Recommended prerequisits: MTTN25 Warehousing and Materials Handling or MTT091/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 aim of this course is to provide students with fundamental understanding as well as more advanced knowledge of the design and implementation of physical distribution and transportation systems. The entire distribution network will be considered, focusing on key aspects such as infrastructure and transport modes, transport market structure and design/planning of distribution operations. The course will address the most important theories, concepts, models, methods and tools used by academics and practitioners to identify, describe, design, analyse and evaluate diverse solutions for physical distribution of goods. It will furnish an understanding of the important role played by physical distribution/transportation into contemporary supply chains across several industry sectors, as well as convey the knowledge and skills to methodically analyse transportation needs and make informed decisions regarding choice and design of appropriate distribution solutions.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

independently be able to:

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Teaching methods
The course will be mainly taught through lectures, including guest lecturers from industry. Additionally, a number of small-group workshops/lessons will be held with the purpose of applying theoretical knowledge and models/tools through case-based and quantitative assignments.

Coyle, J, Novak, R, Gibson, B & Bardi, E. (2010) Transportation: A Supply Chain Perspective, South Western Cengage Learning, Ohio, USA.
Lumsden, K. (2007) Fundamentals of Logistics, Chalmers Insitute of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. (it can be downloaded from the department website).
A selection of relevant articles will be posted on the course webpage.


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.