Module Overview

Transport Operations Management

This module concentrates on the operational elements of transport involved in the movement of goods by land, sea and air, and highlights the role of each in the management of the supply chain.  Recognition is placed on the additional importance of greening the transport element of the supply chain.  It also examines the potential for intermodal movements for global supply chains. 

The module aims to develop an understanding of the principles of day to day management of global freight movements to facilitate the competitiveness of the supply chain.

Module Code

LOGT 2003

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change


Movement of goods by road

Road haulage vehicle procurement; types of road haulage services; road terminal facilities; operational practices; vehicle routing and scheduling; vehicle benchmarking best practise; safety and security; road haulage as an element of the supply chain; road haulage economics; industry trends, greening road transport operations and sustainability.

Movement of goods by rail

Infrastructure and service provision options, rail freight vehicle types, national and international rail freight services, rail terminal facilities, developments and challenges, role of rail freight in the supply chain, rail freight opportunities for cost savings, euro and global industry trends.

Movement of goods by sea

Types of ships, performance, capacity and suitability, composition of the market, main players in port activities, port terminal facilities, key role of shipping in international trade, role of shipping in the supply chain, economics of shipping, safety and security developments, global maritime trends, limitations and future of Irish maritime sector.

Movement of goods by air

Nature of demand for air freight services, types of traffic and services provided, economics of air freight operations, key hubs, main players, safety and security developments, relationship to the global economy, air freight in the supply chain, drivers for the sector.

Intermodal transport systems

Development of unit load and container systems; technological developments in intermodal systems; development in terminal facilities; main hubs available to Irish supply chain providers , developments in multimodal highways throughout EU, limiters to the spread of multimodalism. Intelligent transport systems, control and communication technologies.

As this module seeks to identify the most effective and efficient  management  techniques for transport operations, lectures will guide participants to existing and potential best practise, however to establish professional calibre, self study, team working, case study, internet and video material and its associated follow up sessions will be essential.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40