International Logistics Management and Engineering Bachelor course (BSc) Program
Traffic, Transport and Storage Systems
The increasing amount of traffic congestions in all modes of transport impairs the supply chain; therefore it is required to improve traffic processes and operations with transport and storage processes and operations. The course aims to understand the systems of traffic, transport and storage, their objectives and key influencing factors as well as their application within the supply chain as a pre-requisite to control and optimize the supply chain. Aspects included are different systems of different transport modes (e.g. sea, road, rail and air), their required infrastructures and characteristics of different freight types. Moreover, it combines an overview about the roles of the supplier, distribution and shipping networks, warehouse and storage materials management, information systems in traffic and communication (e.g. navigation and tracking systems), fundamentals in transport economics, traffic quality and performance criteria and approaches for modeling traffic and transport processes.
Intermodal Logistics has become a significant and challenging job for the logistician. Intermodality is associated with the use of at least two different modes of transport to carry goods from a point of origin to a point of destination, and may also cover a complete transport chain from door to door, using standardized load units. The main initiative of this course is to understand how to optimize intermodal logistics processes as well as to take into consideration the relevance of environmental, security and safety factors. This course will elaborate definition, concept, roles and intermodal logistics processes, where many modes of transport will be treated in-depth and analyzed for the optimum utilization in the logistics chain.
The teaching method which is applied in the courses is a blended learning method that combines different learning environments, including classical face-to-face classroom sessions and online learning. The online learning components are facilitated through the computer-based learning software ILIAS and educational technologies, such as a video conferencing system and smart board, which allow for the arrangement of online learning, lecture, exercises and examinations.
Moreover, a mixture of learning environments is established through different teaching methods, aiming not only to enhance the theoretical knowledge, but also practical. It is realized by, for example, provision of industrial guest lectures and field trip. Problem-based learning methods based through group projects, group case studies and class room discussion are the main educational aspect offered to strengthen our students’ ability to apply the perceived theory in the class to the practical real-world cases.
Students Excursion to Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg