Course code VadZ5086

Credit points 4

Management of Transport and Logistics Systems

Total Hours in Course160

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes24

Independent study hours112

Date of course confirmation18.09.2019

Responsible UnitInstitute of Business and Management Science

Course developers

author prof.

Gints Birzietis

Dr. sc. ing.

author lect.

Rita Rozentāle

Mg. oec.

Prior knowledge

VadZ5045, Planning and Controlling

VadZ5046, Business Management

Course abstract

The course provides master students with an in-depth knowledge of and skills in freight and passenger transport management and organisational issues at the levels of individual modes of transport and national and international enterprises as well as in establishing, managing and planning a logistics system as well as controlling it at an enterprise. Master students build up an in-depth understanding of how to apply the logistics audit method as well as competence in the matters pertaining to the need, specifics and systems of logistics for enterprises of various industries.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. Students will be able to: demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the nature of logistics and its role in the national economy, the latest trends in logistics in Latvia and in the world - independent work, a case study
2. Demonstrate a conceptual knowledge and understanding of a macrologistics system - independent work, practical assignments
3. Demonstrate a specific knowledge and understanding of models and systems for transport management processes and the elements thereof - independent work, practical assignments, a test
4. Demonstrate a specific knowledge and understanding of the types of logistics and economic and management mechanisms and instruments for a particular type of logistics - independent work, practical assignments, a test
5. Independently identify and analyse transport management components by applying proper methods - independent work, practical assignments
6. Independently determine the basic types of logistics and use economic and management mechanisms and instruments for a particular type of logistics for enterprises by applying the analytical approach - practical assignments, group work, a test
7. Analyse endogenous and exogenous factors for a macro logistics system - discussions in classes, a case study
8. Find, critically assess and creatively use information for doing the assignments given and solving problems - practical group assignments, a case study
9. Effectively work in a team, delegate and coordinate the fulfilment of responsibilities, assume responsibility for the results of the group work - case study
10. Present and explain to others the results of the work – presentation
11. Independently and critically analyse transport management-related problems and justify the decisions made - practical assignments, a case study
12. Independently create and develop a system of rational and effective logistics management at an enterprise - test, independent work

13. Independently integrate the acquired knowledge to analyse a macro logistics system - independent work

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Transport Functions. Transport organization and structure in Latvia (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignments – 1 hour)
2. Characteristics of land, water and air transport modes. Combination of transport modes (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignments – 1 hour)
3. Transport and environment. Characteristics of transportation costs. (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignments – 2 hours)
4. Modelling of transport processes (lecture – 1 hour)
5. Organization and management of public transport (lecture – 1 hour)
6. Transportation services, their types and classification (lecture – 1 hour)
7. Calculation of the increased load unit. Determining of the optimal purchase volume. (practical assignments – 2 hours)
8. Test (1 hour)
9. Provision of transport logistics information. Choosing the best mode of transportation on the route (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignments -2 hours)
10. Logistical aspects of packaging (lecture – 1 hour)
11. Place of inventory in Logistics. Defining of warehouse size, layout and locations. (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignment - 1 hour)
12. Design and selection of cargo delivery systems. Analysis of Transport Service Providers. (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignments - 2 hours)
13. Logistical approach in passenger traffic. International specialization. Need for intermediary services. (lecture – 2 hours)
14. Concept of Logistics, definitions and historical development. Factors of development (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignments – 1 hour)
15. Logistics topicalities in Latvia and global. Macro logistic systems (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignments – 2 hours)
16. Logistics targets, tasks and role in business activities. Main Logistics Costs. (lecture – 2 hours)
17. Inbound Logistics. Supplier selection – case study (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignment – 2 hours)
18. Operations Logistics (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignment – 1 hour)
19. Outbound Logistics. Outbound Logistics – case study (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignment – 2 hours)
20. Service Logistics. (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignments – 1 hour)
21. Economic and management mechanisms and tools for providing of logistics activities (lecture – 1 hour)
22. Test (1 hour)
23. Logistics place in a company structure. Organization and management of logistics processes in the company – case study (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignment – 2 hours)
24. Audit of Logistics system (lecture – 1 hour, practical assignment – 1 hour)

25. Logistics’ need, role, specifics and systems different industries (lecture – 1 hour)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Examination. The Mark consist of:
• Examination – all the topics (40%)
• Practical assignments (20%)
• Group work, a case study, a presentation (10%)
• Test - Transport process simulation (15%)
• Test - Economic and management mechanisms and instruments for the basic types of logistics (15%)


10% are equal to one point on a 10-point marking scale

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparation and presentation of practical assignments, group assignment, case study.

Preparing for test and examination.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Examination assessment is a cumulative grade from the assessment of the learning outcomes of a course.

Compulsory reading

1. Birzietis G. Pārvadājumi: mācību līdzeklis. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 208 lpp. Pieejams: http://www.tf.llu.lv/index.php?option=com_content&task
=blogcategory&id=15&Itemid=30&limit=10&limitstart=10
2. Birzietis G. Transporta vadība un loģistika: mācību līdzeklis. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 180 lpp. Pieejams: http://www.tf.llu.lv/index.php?option=com_content&task=
blogcategory&id=15&Itemid=30&limit=10&limitstart=10
3. Birzietis G., Truslis V. Autopārvadājumi. Mācību grāmata. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 380 lpp. Pieejams: http://www.tf.llu.lv/index.php?option=com_content&task=
blogcategory&id=15&Itemid=30&limit=10&limitstart=10
4. Christopher M. Logistics and supply chain management. 4 th edition. London: Financial Times/Prentice Hall. 2010. 288 p.
5. Ghiani G., Laporte G., Musmanno R. Introduction to Logistics Systems Planning and Control. Great Britain: TJ International, 2004. 360 p.
6. Praude V. Loģistika. Rīga: Burtene, 2013. 560 lpp.

7. Sprancmanis N. Uzņēmējdarbības loģistikas pamati. Rīga: Burtene, 2011. 221 lpp.

Further reading

1. Christopher M. Logistics and Supply Chain Management. London: Prentice Hall, 2005. 305 p.
2. Harrison A., Hoek R. Logistics Management and Strategy. London: Prentice Hall, 2005. 308 p.
3. Boyson S., Corsi Th. Logistics and Extended Enterprise. New York: John Wiley, 1999. 230 p.
4. Bowersox D., Closs D. Logistical Management: The integrated supply chain process. New York: The Mc Grow–Hill Companies, 1996. 730 p.
5. Ghiani G., Laporte G., Musmanno R. Introduction to Logistics Systems Planning and Control. Great Britain: TJ International, 2004. 360 p.

6. Krūmiņš N. Rokasgrāmata loģistikas sistēmu vadīšanai. Rīga, 2004.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Dienas Bizness: nedēļas laikraksts: Latvijas Biznesa avīze. Rīga: Diena: Dagens Industri, 2005-. ISSN 1407-2041

Notes

Restricted elective study course for the ESAF academic Master study programme “Economics”, specialisation “Business and Logistics”