The main knowledge to be acquired by students with this unit is the methodologies, models and techniques in the logistics activities scope. Students should be able to evaluate and control logistics systems performance.

With this unit students are expected to develop their skills to understand how logistics contribute to value creation, explore the factors that can influence the efficiency and effectiveness of the value chains, but also in the ability to elect the best methodology, models and techniques to be used for improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the supply chains. Furthermore, students should also train their skills in interpreting the logistics activities performance.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António Carlos Bárbara Grilo, Virgínia Helena Arimateia de Campos Machado


Weekly - 4

Total - 84

Teaching language



Preferably fifth year students.


Carvalho, J.C., Logística e Gestão na Cadeia de Abastecimento, Ed. Sílabo, 2010, Lisboa.

Chopra, S. e Meindl, P., Supply-Chain Management. Strategy, Planning and Operations, Pearson International Editions, 5ª ed., 2009, New Jersey.

Coyle, J.J., Bardi, E.J., e Langley, C.J., The Management of Business Logistics. A Supply Chain Perspective, Thomson, 7ª ed., 2003, Quebec.

Lambert, D.M. et al., Fundamentals of Logistics Management, The Irwin/McGraw-Hill series in Marketing, 1998, Boston.

Papacostas, S., Transportation Engineering and Planning, Prentice-Hall, 1993, London.


Teaching method

In lectures the expositive method is adopted to present concepts, methods and models. Oral questions are frequently made for prerequisite control, knowledge assessment and stimulate students’ participation.

In laboratory sessions the experimental method is adopted. Active methods are used. The students are challenged with multifaceted problems which should be solved. Also, case studies are analyzed and discussed. Frequently teamwork is used.

Evaluation method

The course grading is based on one closed-book test (T) and one project in group (TG), with a weighting of  70 and 30% in the final grade, respectively.

Final Grade =  0.70 T+ 0.30 TG

To be exempted from the final exam, the student must assure a mark equal or above 9.5 on the average of closed-book tests.

The student is excluded from the final exam if he / she is not present in at least 9 lectures and 9 laboratory sessions, and the grade of TGs does not exceed 9.5 values.

Subject matter

  1. Basic concepts. Value-added role of logistics. Logistic activities and costs.
  2. Warehouse management. Basic layout types. Warehouse and storage operations. Material handling equipment. Storage layout planning. Order picking operations.
  3. Transportation management. Value-added role of transportation. Transportation modes and their performance characteristics. Logistics platforms. Transportation vs inventory management. Trip generation models.
  4. Reverse logistics. Objectives, motivations and dimensions. Supply chain management on closed loop.
  5. Information Technology. E-Business.
  6. Logistics performance evaluation. Models and performance measures.