Logistics I


On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
Recognize how logistics contribute to value creation;
Recognize how logistics affect the economy and efficiency of organizations;
Contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of logistics systems;
Recognize and participate proactively in logistics activities management and implementation, namely, inventory, procurement and sourcing, warehousing and transportation management, to promote a better logistics system performance;
Recognize how decision making integration in the management of logistics activities contributes to improving the performance of logistics systems;
Measure and control performance of the logistics systems.
Analyze and discuss cases, problems and issues regarding the requirements and logistics options.
Apply general logistics terminology.
Work collaboratively in a group.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António Carlos Bárbara Grilo, Virgínia Helena Arimateia de Campos Machado


Weekly - 4

Total - 84

Teaching language



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APICS. SCOR Supply Chain Operations Reference Model. Quick Reference Guide. Version 12.0, 2017.
Chopra S., Supply Chain Management. Strategy, Planning and Operations, Pearson Global Edition, 7ª ed., 2019, Harlow.
Coyle J.J., Bardi E.J., 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.
Lyons K., Farrington B., Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Pearson Education, 7ª ed., 2016.
Murphy P.R., Kneymeyer A.C., Contemporary Logistics, Pearson, 12ª ed., 2017.
Silver E.A., Pyke D.F., Thomas D.J., Inventory Management and Production Planning and Scheduling, 4ª ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2016, New York.
Tompkins, J.A., et al., Facilities Planning, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010, 4ª ed., Hoboken.

Teaching method

The curricular unit is taught in lectures and labs. In lectures, with a charge of 1,5 hours/week, key concepts, methodologies and techniques are explained based on examples. In labs, with a charge of 2,5 hours/week, exercises and case studies are resolved, allowing students to gain a deeper understanding of the subjects as well as developing reasoning skills. Sessions are complemented by required readings and case studies developed by students. Attention is given to the oral presentation and written project.

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

1. Logistics basic concepts. Value added role of logistics. Logistic activities and costs.
2. Inventory management. Pareto law. Decision rules for items with time varying demand pattern. Materials Requirement Planning.
Deterministic models for items under independent demand. Safety inventories.
3. Procurement and sourcing.
4. Demand management. Challenges of collaboration with customers and management levers to improve coordination.
5. Warehouse management. Storage layout planning. Order picking operations.
6. Transportation management. Transportation modes. Logistics platforms. Transportation vs inventory management.
7. Reverse logistics. Objectives, motivations and dimensions.
8. Information Technology.
9. Logistics performance evaluation models.


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