EXC 3652 Port Management

EXC 3652 Port Management

Course code: 
EXC 3652
Accounting and Operations Management
Course coordinator: 
Erna Engebrethsen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Port Management
Product category: 
BBA - Specialisation in Shipping
2024 Spring
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Level of study: 
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 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 seaports 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. 

Some calculations are done in Excel. Therefore, the students are supposed to know the basics of working with Excel.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
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Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Examination every semester
100No3 Hour(s)Individual 23.09.22: The exam has been changed from a digital school exam to a home exam. This applies to both the re-sit exam in autumn 2022 and the ordinary exam in spring 2023.
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:3 Hour(s)
Comment:23.09.22: The exam has been changed from a digital school exam to a home exam. This applies to both the re-sit exam in autumn 2022 and the ordinary exam in spring 2023.
Exam code:EXC36521
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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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.