Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the class, students are expected to acquire the basic knowledge about logistics activities, processes and systems.
Applying knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, students will acquire the skills needed to understand, govern, plan and design the main logistics activities, with particular reference to transport, packaging, handling and storage of goods.
The student must possess the appropriate knowledge for a critical analysis of the main logistics activities.
The student will be able to carry out a project of the main logistics systems and illustrate the results.
Although not compulsory, it is suggested that students attending this course know some basics of Industrial Plants and Operations Management, for a better understanding of the course contents.
Course contents summary
The course addresses mainly theoretical arguments. The following list includes the main topics :
- Logistics activities
- Freight transport systems
- Packaging systems
- Material Handling systems
- Warehouse design.
The logistics system
• Logistics activities
• Physical description of the logistics system and related flows
• The performance of a logistics system. The concept of total logistics cost.
Freight transport systems
• Introduction to freight transport systems and choice of transport mode
• The road freight transport and related costs
• Intermodal transport.
• definitions and terminology
• The costs associated with packaging
• Environmental aspects of packaging. The channels of the reverse logistics;
• Guidelines and regulatory issues related to packaging;
• Types of packaging and description.
• Identification of the packaging
• Management and design of packaging systems
Material handling systems
• definitions. Classification of material handling systems. Construction features and performance. AGV systems
• Design of material handling systems
• Description of the main types of material handling systems.
• Definitions and terminology.
• processes and functional areas of a warehouse
• Process design of the storage areas intensive in manual warehouses.
Ferrozzi, Shapiro. Logistica e Strategia Vol I e II. McGraw-Hill
Caron, Marchet, Wegner. Impianti di movimentazione e stoccaggio dei materiali. Hoepli, Milano
The theoretical arguments are discussed during lectures. Because of the pandemic emergency, in academic year 2020/2021 lessons will be taught in blended mode, with students connected using the Teams platform. The course includes exercises on the topics covered in class, which are expected to show the practical and design aspects of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
The assessment of learning skiulls is made by means of a written examination, including both theoretical questions related to the topics of the course, and exercises on the practical aspects. The final score achieved by the student is determined grounding on the weight of the questions answered correctly.
The exam can be taken ONLY and ONLY IF the student is correctly registered on ESSE3 system. A student which is not registered for the exam is not accepted and cannot do it in that session. The teacher also does not accept justifications for this.
Upon successful completion of the examination, the student has a maximum of 15 days to proceed with the verbalization or prosecute the case of rejection of the grade (deadline imposed by the online verbalization system). After that period, if the student has not performed the Reject action (or has not performed any action), the grade is deemed to be accepted and will be verbalized.