Introduction to Logistics

  • Logistics processes
  • Logistics structures
  • Classification of goods
  • Properties of services
  • Inventories
  • Inventory calculations
  • Production Management
  • Supply chain management
  • Picking systems
  • Storage systems
  • Logistics services

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Pfohl H.-C. (2016): Logistikmanagement: Konzeption und Funktionen. 3., neu bearbeitete und aktualisierte Auflage. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Vieweg.
Schulte C. (2017): Logistik: Wege zur Optimierung der Supply Chain. 7., vollständig überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage. München: Verlag Franz Vahlen.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Classroom teaching by lecturers, blended learning, self-organized learning

Assessment methods and criteria

  • Written final exam (70%, open questions, calculations).
  • Continuous assessment (30%): individual and group work, presentation, quizzes, active contribution in class
  • Content criteria: Degree of problem identification and problem characterization, complexity of solutions in terms of technical and methodological competence.
  • Formal criteria: Completeness of answers, linguistic complexity, and independent presentation of results.

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

Logistics & Transport Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



1 WS



Learning outcome

Upon successful completion of the course, students can

  • name and explain the concepts of transportation, warehousing, logistics and supply chain management (1,2)
  • name different forms of goods and explain their differentiation (1,2)
  • explain the differences and relationships between logistics and production (1,2)
  • explain the characteristics of services based on logistic processes (2)
  • name and explain basic functions of logistics (1,2)
  • explain logistic processes and their results as customer benefits (2)
  • explain and apply basic inventory calculations (2,3)
  • explain and analyze logistics structures using practical examples (2,4)
  • name and explain associated logistics processes (1,2)
  • name and explain the role of information as a key control tool for logistics processes and as an increasing value for stakeholders
  • name and explain the impact of logistics processes on the environment (1,2)

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