Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia




Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia


Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica e Industrial



Teacher in charge

Virgílio António Cruz Machado, Virgínia Helena Arimateia de Campos Machado

Weekly hours


Teaching language



The main knowledge to be acquired by students with this unit is the methodologies, models and techniques in the logistics activities scope. Students should be able to evaluate and control logistics systems performance.

With this unit students are expected to develop their skills to understand how logistics contribute to value creation, explore the factors that can influence the efficiency and effectiveness of the value chains, but also in the ability to elect the best methodology, models and techniques to be used for improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the supply chains. Furthermore, students should also train their skills in interpreting the logistics activities performance.


Preferably fifth year students.

Subject matter

  1. Basic concepts. Value-added role of logistics. Logistic activities and costs.
  2. Warehouse management. Basic layout types. Warehouse and storage operations. Material handling equipment. Storage layout planning. Order picking operations.
  3. Transportation management. Value-added role of transportation. Transportation modes and their performance characteristics. Logistics platforms. Transportation vs inventory management. Trip generation models.
  4. Reverse logistics. Objectives, motivations and dimensions. Supply chain management on closed loop.
  5. Information Technology. E-Business.
  6. Logistics performance evaluation. Models and performance measures.


Carvalho, J.C., Logística e Gestão na Cadeia de Abastecimento, Ed. Sílabo, 2010, Lisboa.

Chopra, S. e Meindl, P., Supply-Chain Management. Strategy, Planning and Operations, Pearson International Editions, 5ª ed., 2009, New Jersey.

Coyle, J.J., Bardi, E.J., e Langley, C.J., The Management of Business Logistics. A Supply Chain Perspective, Thomson, 7ª ed., 2003, Quebec.

Lambert, D.M. et al., Fundamentals of Logistics Management, The Irwin/McGraw-Hill series in Marketing, 1998, Boston.

Papacostas, S., Transportation Engineering and Planning, Prentice-Hall, 1993, London.


Teaching method

In lectures the expositive method is adopted to present concepts, methods and models. Oral questions are frequently made for prerequisite control, knowledge assessment and stimulate students’ participation.

In laboratory sessions the experimental method is adopted. Active methods are used. The students are challenged with multifaceted problems which should be solved. Also, case studies are analyzed and discussed. Frequently teamwork is used.