cod. 06136

Academic year 2023/24
3° year of course - Second semester
- Eleonora BOTTANI
Academic discipline
Impianti industriali meccanici (ING-IND/17)
Ingegneria gestionale
Type of training activity
96 hours
of face-to-face activities
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the class, students are expected to acquire the basic knowledge about logistics activities, processes and systems.
Applying knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, students will acquire the skills needed to understand, govern, plan and design the main logistics activities, with particular reference to transport, packaging, handling and storage of goods.
Making judgements
The student must possess the appropriate knowledge for a critical analysis of the main logistics activities.
Communication skills
The student should acquire the vocabulary specific to the field of logistics. Basic terminology should be known in both Italian and English language
Learning skills
The student will be able to carry out a project of the main logistics systems and illustrate the results.


Industrial Logistics is a mandatory course of the Bachelor degree in Engineering Management. Since there are several profiles (curricula) on the said degree course, with various educational offers, it is not possible to identify mandatory propedeuticities for the course of Industrial Logistics. However, for a better understanding of the course contents, it is recommended that students intending to take the exam have already taken all the exams of the first two years of the Engineering Management degree program. Knowledge of basic mathematics (derivatives, integrals, algebraic calculus) and elementary geometry is also required.

Course unit content

The course addresses mainly theoretical arguments. The following list includes the main topics :
- Logistics activities
- Freight transport systems
- Packaging systems
- Material Handling systems
- Warehouse design.

Full programme

The logistics system
• Logistics activities
• Physical description of the logistics system and related flows
• The performance of a logistics system. The concept of total logistics cost.

Freight transport systems
• Introduction to freight transport systems and choice of transport mode
• The road freight transport and related costs
• Intermodal transport.

Packaging systems
• definitions and terminology
• The costs associated with packaging
• Environmental aspects of packaging. The channels of the reverse logistics;
• Guidelines and regulatory issues related to packaging;
• Types of packaging and description.
• Identification of the packaging
• Management and design of packaging systems

Material handling systems
• definitions. Classification of material handling systems. Construction features and performance. AGV systems
• Design of material handling systems
• Description of the main types of material handling systems.

Warehouse design
• Definitions and terminology.
• processes and functional areas of a warehouse
• Process design of the storage areas intensive in manual warehouses.


Ferrozzi, Shapiro. Logistica e Strategia Vol I e II. McGraw-Hill
Caron, Marchet, Wegner. Impianti di movimentazione e stoccaggio dei materiali. Hoepli, Milano

Teaching methods

The theoretical arguments are discussed during lectures. Teaching activities will be in the form of frontal lessons in classroom.
The course includes exercises on the topics covered in class, which are expected to show the practical and design aspects of the course.
It is recommended that students log on to Elly as soon as possible to check whether they can access the teaching material or if there are any problems.
Site visits and seminars taken by external companies complete the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Learning is tested by means of a written examination in the form of a multiple-choice quiz, printed and taken in class. The test consists of 18 questions in total, to be completed in 50 minutes. 13 questions take the form of theoretical questions (worth 1.25 points; penalty for incorrect answers -0.3 points) and 5 questions take the form of exercises (worth 3 points; penalty for incorrect answers -0.3 points).
Each question has 5-6 answer options, only one of which is considered correct. There is always an option "I prefer not to say," which is obviously not the correct option, but if selected by the student, it does not involve a penalty. The teacher also interprets as "I prefer not to say" a question left blank by the student, and therefore does not apply penalties.
For exercises, it is mandatory to report the written solution that should CLEARLY indicate the line reasoning that lead to selecting the (correct) answer. It should be noted that the score of 3/3 points is awarded to the exercise ONLY IF the correct answer is accompanied by the correct solution. The teacher reserves the right to award a lower score if, for example, the solution contains errors while leading to the correct answer or if it is not clear from the proposed solution how the student came to select the chosen answer.
The maximum mark achievable is approximately 31 points, corresponding to a mark of 30/30 cum laude. Lower scores are rounded off (if necessary), depending on the mathematical score achieved, and in particular: fractional scores from 0.05 to 0.45 are rounded down, while fractional scores from 0.5 to 0.95 are rounded up. The test does NOT include any bonus points. Therefore, an examination is considered sufficient if the score obtained is at least 17.50/30; lower scores ARE NOT considered sufficient.

Students are advised to read the questions carefully before answering.
It is also recommended to hand in the exam IF AND ONLY IF the number of questions answered allows (at least theoretically) to reach the threshold of sufficiency, and not to hand in (i.e. TO WITHDRAW) if the number of questions answered does not mathematically allow a sufficient mark.

For the written test, the learner may use a calculator, but may not use teaching materials.
The final assessment is expressed in thirtieths and the result is sent to the students using the ESSE3 platform. After the publication of the results, and by the date of the minutes, the teacher is available for students to view the assignments and request any clarifications. A supplementary oral test is NOT foreseen.

Registration for the examination in ESSE3 is mandatory in order to take the exam. Students must register within ONE WEEK before the date of the exam; after that date, registrations will be closed. The professor will not accept students who have not booked to take the exam and advises students against making late requests to register for the exam (or presumed to be so) and in any case, such requests are ignored.

Other information

The exam can be taken ONLY and ONLY IF the student is correctly registered on ESSE3 system. A student who is not registered for the exam is not accepted and cannot do it in that session. The teacher also does not accept justifications for this.
Upon successful completion of the examination, the student has a maximum of 15 days to proceed with the verbalization or prosecute the case of rejection of the grade (deadline imposed by the online verbalization system). It should be noted that the teacher DOES NOT have any actions in ESSE3 that may determine the acceptance or rejection of a grade by a student (as is only fair since the decision to accept or reject a grade is the student's and not the teacher's). After that period, if the student has not performed the Reject action (or has not performed any action), the grade is deemed to be accepted and will be verbalized.