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Emerging Topics in Logistics (R-Module)

Exam number: 6833

Semester: from 1st semester

Duration of the module: One semester

Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective etc.): Elective

Frequency of module offer: Summer semester 2020

Prerequisites: Previous participation in the “Supply Chain Management and Logistics” course with good knowledge and deep interest in logistics systems, operations research and mathematical modelling Maximum 30 participants.

Applicability of module for other study programmes:
Obligatory or elective in other study programmes. For further information check regulations of the study programme.

Person responsible for module: Prof. Dr. Achim Koberstein

Name of the professor: Dr. Okan Dukkanci

Language of teaching: English

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 6

Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Contact time (Lecture, tutorial etc.): 60 h; self-study: 120 h

Contact hours (per week in semester): 4

Methods and duration of examination:
Successful written exam (120 min) (80%), group presentations for the assigned articles (10%), submission of some homework assignments and/or case studies (10%)

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: Please check regulations of the study programme

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
The participants will learn about the new trends in logistics in particular, sustainable (green) logistics, healthcare and humanitarian logistics applications and the use of the new transportation modes including drones and autonomous trucks.

Contents of the module:
Planned contents are:

  • Sustainability in Logistics
    • Green Logistics (Fuel Consumption and Emission Models)
    • Alternative Fuel Vehicles; Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles
    • Reverse Logistics and Closed Loop Supply Chains
    • City Logistics
  • Healthcare Logistics
    • Organ Transportation
    • Blood Logistics
  • Humanitarian Logistics
    • Post-disaster applications
    • Refugee camps
  • Fairness in Logistics (Routing Problems)
  • Multiple objectives in Transportation Problems
  • New transportation modes in logistics
    • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)
    • Autonomous Trucks

Teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, exercises, case studies, hands-on work, self-studies

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
Optional reading materials:
Ghiani, G., Laporte, G., & Musmanno, R. (2004). Introduction to logistics systems planning and control. John Wiley & Sons.
McKinnon, A., Browne, M., Whiteing A. (2012). Green Logistics: Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Logistics, Kogan Page Limited.
Tomasini, R., Van Wassenhove, L., & Van Wassenhove, L. (2009). Humanitarian logistics. Springer.
Additional topic specific and proprietary material.

Further information:
Registration in Moodle Viadrina required.