Course syllabus

Warehousing and Materials Handling

MTTN25, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2016-04-04

General Information

Compulsory for: MLOG1
Elective for: I4, I4-pr, I4-lf, M4-lp
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


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.

Learning outcomes

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:


Competences and skills
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:


Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Passed written examination, project and assignments. Compulsory attendance may occur in certain parts.

Code: 0110. Name: Warehousing and Materials Handling.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed written examination. Contents: Covers literature and lectures.
Code: 0210. Name: Case.
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.
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.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: MIO310 - Operations Research-Basic Course.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: MTT021, MTT091, MTTF10

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Doktorand Joakim Kembro,
Course homepage:
Further information: Participation is mandatory for the first session. Absence from the first class session will result in an automatic drop from the course.