|Taal waarin de cursus wordt gedoceerd:||Engels|
|Info semesterexamen:||examen in het 1ste semester|
1. Aanvangscompetenties (begintermen)
2. Eindcompetenties (eindtermen)
The whole course aims to help students in developing conceptual insights. At the end of the course students should have developed a preference for analysis and calculation, rather than intuition. They should also feel familiar with standard analyses, understanding their scientific foundation and practical applicability.
Although some of the topics covered may also be taught in advanced classes at the undergraduate level, the emphasis here lies on the perspective of the high-level decision maker rather than on the perspective of the analyst.
The course consists of two parts:
Part 1 discusses the optimization of transport from a management perspective. How should a transport firm calculate costs? How can one plan the trips of vehicles optimally? How is customer's waiting time affected by the deployment of additional vehicles? What is the right moment to replace old vehicles with new ones? How can one take account of the stock costs in transport decisions? Should an importer who acquires goods from an overseas origin choose for air transport or maritime transport? What is the ideal size of a consignment? Which prices maximize the profit of a transport supplier?
Students who prepare for a career as decision-makers within transport firms or logistics departments will find these methods and techniques particularly useful. This part of the cours is based on carefully selected analyses of operational research that have proven their worth in decades of practical application. The data comes from consultancy work within transport firms and companies involved in own-account transport.
Part 2 of the course addresses an issue of transport policy: cost benefit analysis. Direct and indirect costs and benefits are explained, with many examples from transportation. This is merely a brief introduction to the subject, aiming at a general understanding of the method. The course does not go into the mathematical details of quantification methods.
Examen: Schriftelijk zonder mondelinge toelichting
6. Noodzakelijk studiemateriaal
Gust Blauwens, Peter De Baere, Eddy Van de Voorde, Transport Economics, 4th Edition, De Boeck, Antwerp, 2010, 531 pp.
7. Facultatief studiemateriaal