Fundamentals of Transportation Systems

  • Concept and characterization of the transport industry
  • Basics of passenger and freight mobility
  • Basics and tasks of traffic telematics
  • Manifestations of traffic
  • Basic metrics of the transport industry
  • Trends and innovations in mobility
  • Overview of the individual modes of transport (esp. road transport, rail transport, shipping, air transport)
  • Basics of transport infrastructure

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Kummer, S. (2010): Einführung in die Verkehrswirtschaft, facultas,
2. Auflage, Wien.
Clausen, U. / Geiger, Ch. (Hrsg.) (2013): Verkehrs- und Transportlogistik, 2. Auflage, Springer Berlin.
Cerwenka, P./Hauger, G./Hörl, B./Klamer, M. (2004): Einführung in die Verkehrssystemplanung, Österreichischer Kunst- und Kulturverlag, Wien.
Cerwenka, P./Hauger, G./Hörl, B./Klamer, M. (2007): Handbuch der Verkehrssystemplanung, Österreichischer Kunst- und Kulturverlag, Wien.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, reading list for self-study phases, discussion, reflection, and discussion of case studies, flipped classroom

Assessment methods and criteria

  • Final written exam (100%).
  • Content criteria: degree of problem identification and problem characterization, complexity of solutions.
  • Formal criteria: Completeness of answers, linguistic complexity, and independence of results presentation.

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 define basic terms of the transportation industry (1)
  • describe technical, practical, and scientific developments in the transportation industry (1) and explain their economic, environmental, and social impacts (2)
  • define (1) and interpret (2) key indicators of the transportation industry
  • describe tasks and requirements of freight and passenger mobility (1) and define related decision problems (1)
  • name tasks and areas of application of transport telematics (1)
  • describe (1) and compare (2) the characteristics of road, rail, air, and water transportation
  • present the basics of transport infrastructure (1)
  • describe essential trends and innovations in mobility (1) and explain possible effects (2)

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