Number of credits
|Master in management (120 ECTS)||5 crédits|
|Master in business engineering (120 ECTS)||5 crédits|
|Master in business engineering (120 ECTS) (Digital Business)||5 crédits|
|Master in mathematics (120 ECTS)||5 crédits|
|Master in mathematics (60 ECTS)||5 crédits|
Language(s) of instruction
Organisation and examination
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents
Today, a firm can't be competitive without a good transportation and logistics network. Our goal is to understand the role and importance of transportation in the supply chain and in the economy. An overview of the different transportation modes: Road, Rail, Sea, Air, Pipeline and Intermodal transportation, allows supply chain manager to be aware of the performance of these different transportation modes in terms of costs, responsiveness, land use and environment. This course also treats the fundamental topics of transportation such as transport contracts, transport insurances, the incoterms, the cold chain, constraints related to the transport of dangerous goods and customs.
This course also covers urban freight transport since it is a significant issue in the economic, commercial, social and environmental management of our cities. Indeed, changes in intensity of freight movements are occurring as a result of the growth in e-business, just-in-time manufacturing and quick response systems for retailers. The environmental consequences of urban freight traffic, especially in terms of greenhouse gas and other air pollution are of increasing concern to the community.
After these considerations, freight transport will be modelized using traditional four-step transportation planning model, consisting of trip generation, trip distribution, modal split, and assignment stages. This last step involves fundamental network flow problems such as the shortest path problem. The traffic congestion problem, the transport mode choice decisions and the impacts of transport infrastructure will be especially highlighted. Several case studies are analyzed.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit
Understand the importance of transport in the overall Supply Chain performance
Introduce the different modes of transportation and the differences in managing each.
Knowledge of steps necessary and data required to complete a long-range transportation plan.
Give students the opportunity to describe, analyze, and recommend improvements in selecting and managing appropriate transportation modes.
Resolve problems inherent in transportation management.
Ability to make tradeoffs with multiple factors in project planning and design
Understand the impact of the global economy, politics and the environment on transport management.
Exchange ideas with industry guest speakers when available.
Understand and be capable of using modelization methods when seeking a solution for a concrete transportation problem
Provide concrete solutions to a transportation problem.
Acquire some skills of an international executive: work within a team, demonstrate a sense of synthesis and communicate in writing
Prerequisite knowledge and skills
Basic notions of mathematics and statistics
Ability to follow algorithmic instructions
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures Readings Discussions Exercise sessions Group projects
General planning of the course:
Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)
Recommended or required readings
Available documents on the virtual campus Lol@:
1. Slides 2. Exercises and solutions
 Jean-Paul Rodrigue (2020), The Geography of Transport Systems, New York: Routledge, 456 pages. ISBN 978-0-367-36463-2  Hazen and Lynch: The role of transportation in the Supply Chain, CFL Publishing 2008  Ortúzar and Willumsen: Modelling Transport, Wiley; 3d edition 2001  Chambre de commerce internationale, Incoterms 2020: ICC rules for the use of domestic and international trade terms
Assessment methods and criteria
Exam(s) in session
written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )
Group projects (30%)
Written exam (70%)
Written exam (100%)
Documents allowed: 10 pages of personal notes
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