2023-2024 / LOGI0012-1

Logistics and Transportation


30h Th

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 


Sabine Limbourg

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

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

Methodology used:
Lectures Readings Discussions Exercise sessions Group projects
General planning of the course:
Second semester

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Available documents on the virtual campus Lol@:
1. Slides 2. Exercises and solutions
Recommended references:
[1] Jean-Paul Rodrigue (2020), The Geography of Transport Systems, New York: Routledge, 456 pages. ISBN 978-0-367-36463-2 [2] Hazen and Lynch: The role of transportation in the Supply Chain, CFL Publishing 2008 [3] Ortúzar and Willumsen: Modelling Transport, Wiley; 3d edition 2001 [4] Chambre de commerce internationale, Incoterms 2020: ICC rules for the use of domestic and international trade terms

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

First session

Group projects (30%)

Written exam (70%)

Second session

Written exam (100%)


Written exam (questions may consist for instance of a multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions; on the whole material seen in the course, thus both on theory and exercises)

Documents allowed: 2 pages (not sheets!) of personal notes. The notes must be handwritten and individual. Failure to comply with these instructions will result in the withdrawal of the document during the exam. 


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Sabine LIMBOURG Building N1, Room 337 sabine.limbourg@uliege.be
Assistant: Elodie Bebronne elodie.bebronne@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

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