Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Transport and Intermodality

Degree programme International Business Administration
Subject area Business and Management
Type of degree Bachelor
Summer Semester 2024
Course unit title Transport and Intermodality
Course unit code 025008042207
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Elective
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2024
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Toni KOKKONEN
Requirements and Prerequisites

Successful completion of all courses of the Supply Chain Management module.

Course content
  • Concepts of freight transport and transport chains
  • Tasks, possibilities, strengths and weaknesses of the respective modes of transport and transport routes
  • Overview of the parties involved in the process
  • Design possibilities of transport chains from a modal and intermodal point of view
  • Information technology solutions for identification and goods/transport tracking
  • Exemplary planning of a transport order
  • Current developments, framework conditions and legal regulations
Learning outcomes

The international division of labour and tasks has massively increased the importance of cross-border flows of goods. Disruptions in these processes have significant consequences for the added value of a company and thus for its economic success. Students of the specialisation Supply Chain Management deepen all aspects of goods traffic and transport chains in this course.

Students are able to define and classify the contents and terms of national and international freight transport (road, rail, water, air) as well as intermodal and multimodal transport chains. Basic concepts for planning and design for distribution, freight transport and transport chains are made known. The students know possibilities of identification, coding and goods tracking in the transport chain as well as examples of software support.

Transport policy framework conditions from a national, EU and global perspective are known and can be presented and discussed. Characteristics of transport modes and transport routes in the freight transport system can be discussed and compared with strengths and weaknesses. The students understand the tasks and roles of the actors involved in the process. Legal regulations and trade clauses such as Incoterms, cargo safety, dangerous goods, etc. and their effects on the participants and on the framework conditions in the transport chains can be presented, and measurement parameters for freight transport can be explained.

An exemplary transport order can be planned and designed. Various alternative solutions can be assessed and argued. Current developments, issues, future scenarios and measures can be analysed and discussed in terms of their impact from a logistical, economic and ecological perspective.


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Interactive course with lecture, case studies, exercises in individual and group work, presentations and homework.

Assessment methods and criteria

Pre-assignment, participation during the seminar in the form of contributions and short presentations (individual or group assignments), post-assignment, individual weighting as determined by the instructors, announcement at the beginning of the semester



Recommended or required reading

Wittenbrink, Paul (2014): Transportmanagement; Kostenoptimierung, Green Logistics und Herausforderungen an der Schnittstelle Rampe. Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

Leinbach, Thomas R.; Capineri, Cristina (2007): Globalized freight transport : intermodality, e-commerce, logistics and sustainability. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

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

Classes with compulsory attendance