LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT

“A University of Applied Sciences, through its tightly and efficiently organised curriculum, provides the advantage of being able to finish your studies in good time (unlike a university).

In a practice-oriented way, the study programme Logistics and Transport Management prepares students for the world of work in globally acting logistics enterprises.“

Stefan Iby, BA, Alumnus

 

Qualification awarded
Bachelor degree programme (6 semesters, 180 ECTS credits): Bachelor of Arts in Business; abbreviated: BA

Level of qualification
Bachelor degree programme: first cycle, ISCED 5A, EQF level 6

Specific admission requirements
Admission to a bachelor degree programme at a university of applied sciences is granted upon the basis of the Austrian higher secondary school leaving certificate (Reifezeugnis), its foreign equivalent, or the successful completion of a special university entrance examination (Studienberechtigungsprüfung). Graduates of compulsory lower schools who have completed additional schooling in the form of apprenticeships as skilled workers may also take a vocationally based examination acknowledged as equivalent to the higher secondary school leaving certificate (Berufsreifeprüfung). Admission to universities of applied sciences is based on a selective admission process. The admission process for the degree programme Logistics and Transport Management (bachelor) consists of a written application, an interview and a multiple-choice test.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning (formal, non-formal and informal)
Students who have acquired certain competences through prior learning can apply for the recognition of these. If the competences were acquired within the framework of a formal learning process (university or equivalent, or other recognized training /education institutions), the programme director decides on the basis of the provided documents (transcripts, course descriptions, etc.), if the credits for the prior learning can be transferred. If competences were acquired in a non-formal or informal context, students can request a competence ascertainment test. If the student passes this test, the competences acquired through prior learning will be credited. Applications for recognition of prior learning have to be submitted within 14 days of the beginning of the semester in which the course is situated. Students must substantiate a request for recognition of prior learning with original documents or officially authenticated copies.

Recognition of study abroad periods
Before the study abroad period every prospective mobile student draws up a learning agreement which has to be approved by the UAS bfi Vienna and the host institution. In case of changes in the study programme the learning agreement may be amended. All changes have to be approved by both the UAS bfi Vienna and the host institution. After the mobility period students hand in their transcripts of records to the mobility coordinator, who will facilitate the recognition based on the signed learning agreements and the approved changes. The credits obtained at the host institution in accordance with the learning agreement are automatically transferred into the transcript of records of the UAS bfi Vienna with their original titles and a reference to the host institution, where the study abroad credits were obtained.

Qualification requirements and regulations
Specific prior knowledge beyond the level of the general university entrance qualification is not required for the bachelor programme Logistics and Transport Management.

Programme profile
The bachelor programme Logistics and Transport Management is a 6-semester programme to be studied either full-time or career-parallel( Career-parallel programmes are designed for working students and take their specific situation into account. The semester takes 20 weeks with classes on three evenings per week and on Saturdays.). The 8 subject areas are:

  • Business Administration: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting and Business Management.
  • Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Transport and Traffic: Within a mainly business oriented study programme students acquire the core and specialised knowledge necessary in the logistics and transport industry.
  • Information Technology: Fundamentals are followed by more specialised knowledge in Applied Information Technologies used in the occupational field.
  • Law Studies: Civil Law and logistics as well as transport related Commercial Law.
  • English Language: English is taught throughout semesters 1 to 4 in order to continuously improve students’ language skills, with a special focus on Logistics English.
  • Compulsory Elective Language (Russian or Spanish). The second foreign language is taught throughout semesters 1 to 4, providing students with general language skills as well as with specific terminology used in logistics, transport and traffic.
  • Personality development: Students develop the personal competence they will need on management level in project and professional teams.
  • Methodological competence: Students acquire a profound knowledge in Mathematics and Statistics.

 

The first part of the programme (semesters 1 - 3) is dedicated to the fundamentals. Along with compulsory courses students are free to attend optional courses where they can fill knowledge and competency gaps (e.g. EXCEL, Accounting etc.).
The second part (semesters 4 - 6) focuses strongly on the combination of theory and practice culminating in a specialization into either Logistics/Supply Chain Management or Transport and Traffic. Alternatively, students can also choose the elective Module Black Sea Region. Based on country analyses, students learn to analyse and evaluate investment conditions for international enterprises and derive recommendations for potential investors. Moreover students write a bachelor thesis in semesters 4 and 5 each. The topics usually address concrete issues in companies or institutions to put theory into applied logistical practice. In semester 6 students can apply and amplify their theoretical knowledge and practical competencies necessary in the transport and logistics sector during their mandatory 3-month internship. Parallel to this professional phase in a logistics/transport business, students reflect their field experience within an internship related seminar.
In future, logistic middle management will be characterized by the interdisciplinary combination of logistics management and IT competence. Therefore, the objective of the bachelor degree programme Logistics and Transport Management is to provide students with this interdisciplinary knowledge and the skills necessary for future logistics managers. Graduates of this bachelor degree programme are educated and suitable for the following positions and professional fields: logistics managers in transport, traffic and forwarding companies, managers in traffic planning, traffic security and traffic controlling bodies, consultants for logistic, transport and traffic issues.

Key learning outcomes
The graduates are able to:

  • coordinate internal and cross-plant supply and logistics chains;
  • draw up and realize logistic and transport systems;
  • calculate logistic, transport and traffic services for national and international calls for bids;
  • carry out stock and inventory measures;
  • evaluate and carry out cooperation options like partnerships and alliances;
  • assess the legal aspects of transport, traffic and logistic activities;
  • carry out international business location or regional planning projects.

 

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples
Based on the above competences, skills and know-how, the fields of activity for the graduates of the bachelor degree programme can be found primarily in the following (types of) enterprises:

  • nationally and internationally operating logistics companies, carriers, forwarding agents and transportation companies;
  • information and process management companies;
  • operational logistics in industry, commerce and trade;
  • enterprises (incl. service providers) in the field of traffic planning, traffic engineering, traffic control, traffic safety and traffic ecology;
  • enterprises (incl. service providers) in the field of logistics planning, logistics technology, logistics control, logistics security, logistics ecology;
  • organisations in site development and regional development;
  • authorities and institutions (incl. EU) as well as NPOs in the field of logistics, transportation and traffic (e.g. Red Cross, Armed Forces);
  • consultants in the field of logistics, transportation and traffic;
  • institutions of applied research in the field of logistics, transportation and traffic.

 

Access to further studies
Graduates of UAS bachelor degree programmes may enrol in master programmes at universities and UASs.

Course structure diagram with credits
Logistics and Transport Management BA (PDF, 117.31 KB)

Course descriptions in German
Course descriptions in English

Examination and assessment regulations
Every examination can be repeated twice, whereby the third examination is before a commission. In case of a negative commission examination, a once only application to repeat a year can be made to the degree programme director. According to the modalities for examinations outlined in the curricula, achievement may be evaluated upon the basis of oral and written exams or project related work. In principle oral examinations are open to the public (Source: Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research Unit III/7).
Final examination: For UAS bachelor degree programmes, independently written works, so-called bachelor papers, are to be produced within the lectures, the concluding bachelor examination is held in the form of a commission.

Austrian Grading Scheme (PDF, 38.95 KB)

Additional information about the grading system is provided in the Transcript of Records (ToR) and the Diploma Supplement.

Graduation requirements
For UAS bachelor degree programmes, independently written works, so-called bachelor papers, are to be produced within the lectures, the concluding bachelor examination is held in the form of a commission.

Mode of study (full-time, part-time, e-learning…): full-time, career-parallel

Programme director or equivalent: Andreas Breinbauer, tel.: ++43-1-7201286-60