EXC 3652 Port Management

EXC 3652 Port Management

Course code: 
EXC 3652
Accounting and Operations Management
Course coordinator: 
Mehdi Sharifyazdi
Course name in Norwegian: 
Port Management
Product category: 
BBA - Specialisation in Shipping
2022 Spring
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Level of study: 
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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 and intermodal transport operations. It provides a broader framework around shipping management, and helps to relate sea transportation 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
  • To theorize the concepts of port management and multimodal transportation
  • To describe and explain alternative transport systems
  • To explain impact on supply chain efficiency of alternative transport choices
  • To identify the roles of port users and service providers
  • To discuss port governance, agglomeration, competition and performance 
  • To theorize the roles of hubs, dry ports and sea ports in supply chains


Learning outcomes - Skills
  • To evaluate and compare the benefits and costs related to various transportation modes
  • To analyze cost efficiency of alternative shipping systems
  • To analyze competition between transport modes
  • To use port cost/price models
  • To identify and analyse opportunities for port operational planning
General Competence
  • To understand the relationship between port/transport choice decisions and supply chain effectiveness and efficiency
Course content
  • Overview of ports, multimodal and intermodal transport
  • Road transportation
  • Railway transportation
  • Bulk shipping
  • Container shipping
  • RORO shipping and ports
  • Port operational planning
  • Port prices
  • Port governance models
  • Dry ports and hinterland logistics
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



Two years of college education in economics and business administration, marketing or equivalent is required for taking the course. 


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.


Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.

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)
  • No support materials
Individual 23/09/2022: Please note that re-sit examination autumn 2022 will be arranged as a home exam, 3 hours.
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • No support materials
Duration:3 Hour(s)
Comment:23/09/2022: Please note that re-sit examination autumn 2022 will be arranged as a home exam, 3 hours.
Exam code:EXC36521
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
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.