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TRAN3041 Freight Transport, Logistics and the Environment

10 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr A E Whiteing

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

TRAN3040 Physical Distribution and Logistics

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This 10 credit module equips students with a broad understanding of freight transport and logistics systems, as seen from the perspectives of both society and the freight industry. The module explores the roles of all main freight transport modes, both individually and in combination, to explore how freight is moved. We look at a range of scales from global, looking at the role of freight transport as part of the modern globalised world economy, to local, exploring the issues relating to freight and logistics in servicing customers in urban areas. We focus on environmental problems relating to freight and logistics, such as the contribution to pollution and global warming, and consider how these problems can be reduced, and we consider the role of freight and logistics in key supply chains for society, such as food supply chains. On completion of this module, students will possess valuable skills in a field which is often neglected despite its importance for society and the economy, skills which are much sought after by transport consultancies and governmental organisations.


After completing this module, students will have a broad understanding of freight transport and logistics systems from the perspectives both of society and the freight industry, and across a range of scales from global to local.

Learning outcomes
Students will develop skills in evaluating freight transport and logistics systems and the problems associated with them, with a focus on analysis of environmental problems and potential solutions to such problems.


Essentials of freight and logistics - freight transport modes and their characteristics, the role of transport as a key element of logistics and supply chains and the interactions between transport and other supply chain elements such as inventory management

Demand for freight transport - the drivers of freight demand and the factors affecting freight mode choice decisions

Global supply chains and international frieght transport - the roles played by each mode and the importance of intermodal systems

Environmental issues relating to global supply chains

City logistics - the role of freight and logistics in the modern urban economy the environmental and other problems of freight and logistics in urban areas and potential solutions

Key issues in food supply chains, particularly in urban areas

The changing nature of retailing and the implications for freight and logistics operations and the environment

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Wider reading - 60 hours
Coursework - 18 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are provided with feedback on their coursework report.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000-word individual report100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:39:41


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