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ITLS6016: Logistics and Future Cities

This unit conveys the fundamentals of city logistics, which accommodates the pickup, storage, transport and delivery of freight in urban areas. All aspects from planning, management and operation to security, efficiency and mitigation of environmental impact are covered. The relationships between land use, transport and city logistics are described. Traffic engineering concepts like 'link' and 'place' are outlined and their implications for city logistics are explored. The forms of urban freight consolidation centre are addressed along with the role of alternative transport modes, for example public transport (co-modality), cargo bikes, electric vehicles, droids and drones. This unit explores Ecommerce and fulfilment models, including omni-channel retail and analyses the implications for city logistics of new technologies, apps and the sharing economy. This unit also reviews strategies to improve the sustainability of city logistics and examines reverse logistics, the circular economy and urban farming along with the contribution of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to urban freight mobility. Cyber and physical threats to city logistics are studied along with mitigation strategies. The lectures conclude with a look into the future for city logistics. Seminars by city logistics professionals complement the lectures. Students have an opportunity to develop city logistics solutions for themselves through a group design project.

Code ITLS6016
Academic unit Transport and Logistics Studies
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Analyse the key issues and emerging trends in cities and explain how logistics can address these issues
  • LO2. Apply appropriate analytical techniques and tools to effectively address problems in city logistics
  • LO3. Explain the key constraints and opportunities for city logistics caused by technological and policy constraints
  • LO4. Work collaboratively and effectively within teams to develop solutions to real problems
  • LO5. Persuasively communicate recommendations in both presentations and professional reports based on individual and team research

Unit outlines

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