EXC 3652 Port Management

EXC 3652 Port Management

Course code: 
EXC 3652
Accounting, Auditing and Business Analytics
Course coordinator: 
Mehdi Sharifyazdi
Product category: 
BBA - Specialisation in Shipping
2020 Spring
Active status: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of various port management aspects as well as transportation modes used in international transports, with an emphasis on multimodal transport operations. It provides a further framework around shipping management, and helps to relate sea transportation in relation to other transport modes. An important aspect is also the understanding of the port as a multimodal link in the supply chains

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Acquired Knowledge:

After completed course students shall have learned:

  • The concept of port management and multimodal transportation
  • The benefits and costs related to various transportation modes
  • The impact on supply chain efficiency of alternative transport choices
  • The roles of port users and service providers
  • About port operations, governance and performance


Learning outcomes - Skills

After completed course students shall be able to:

  • Describe and explain alternative transport systems
  • Describe and analysis cost efficiency of alternative shipping systems
  • Discuss competition between modes
  • Use port cost/price models
  • Discuss port governance, agglomeration, competition and performance
General Competence
  • To understand the relationship between port/transport choice decisions and supply chain effectiveness and efficiency
Course content
  • Transportation and transportation industry – overview
  • Demand for freight transportation
  • Road transportation
  • Railway transportation
  • Pipelines
  • Short sea transportation
  • Deep sea transportation
  • Cost structures for alternative transportation mode
  • Cost structures for intermodal transfers
  • Intermodal Transport Operations
  • Ports
  • Port operations and cost
  • Future developments
  • Port operations planning
Teaching and learning activities

 Students are expected to actively participate through discussions and exercises. In addition, 1-2 of the 15 lectures will be in the form of field visits/excursions.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information



The specialisation requires two years of university education in Business Administration or equivalent.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination every semester
100Yes3 Hour(s)
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
Duration:3 Hour(s)
Exam code:EXC36521
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
Teaching on Campus
45 Hour(s)
Participation in lectures, excursions and discussions.
Prepare for teaching
50 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
40 Hour(s)
65 Hour(s)
Preparation for the final exam
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.