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Module description

Logistics and Simulation


Basic knowledge in Business Administration.

Teaching methods Seminar
Learning target

Description and targets of the module

The module „Logistics“ reflects the broad scope of the term Logistics and intends to highlight numerous facets of logistics.

On the one hand, the course „Production & Operations Management“ examines decision-making processes in operations management as well as their common points with regard to other managerial functions – from the perspective of a management consultant.

On the other hand, the course „Production & Operations Management“ is rather focusing on Intra Logistics, and the course “Supply Chain Management” highlights the networking of logistical processes on a global level before dealing with “classical” tools as e. g. „ Supply Network Planning“, „Available to Promisse“.

The course „Modeling & Simulation“ und „Simulation Cases“ provides information with regard to the forming of logistical networks. After a basic introduction into the topic, the relation to concrete managerial problems is made.

A conceptual frame of reference is created covering the wide field of the subject Logistics by means of four courses comprising

-  Production & Operations Management

-  Supply Chain Management

-  Modeling & Simulation

-  Simulation Cases

which are complemented by peripheral sub-divisions as e. g. Marketing.


As with the other modules, it is not only the goal of the module to fulfill all module-oriented tasks. The learning target is rather


-     to perceive  inherent possibilities of design in the Logistics field
-     to show performance- and cost-related consequences of design options on a functional level

-     to document design options with regard to their company-wide effects as e. g. the Return on Investment

-     to document design options with regard to their company-wide effects expressed for example by key performance indicators like service levels, Return on Investment..

Learning Outcomes

Consulting expertise in the fields of

-     Intra-Logistics

-     Inter-Logistics

Duration 2 Semester
Hours per week 8.0
  • Classes:90 h
  • Individual/
    Group work:150 h

  • Workload:240 h
Credits and grades

Written examination of 120 min

Project Work

The module grade is factored in 9/90 in the final grade.

ECTS 8.0
Responsible person

Prof. Dr. Rainer Fischer

Max. participants 20
Recommended semester 1 and 2
Frequency Every sem.

The content of the module can partly be used for the University's own part-time program "General Management".

Lectures Simulation Cases
Type Seminar
Nr. IBC-06-04
Hours per week 2.0
Lecture contents

Based on the knowledge of the lecture "Simulation and Modeling" you will have the opportunity to build a whole simulation project from scratch. This project is related to other subjects of your curriculum like supply chain management or transportation, production line or resource planning aspects.

The class starts with a short recapitulation of the basics of the simulation process as well in the use of Simio. Afterwards we will go into the projects problem definition and the clarification of the project goals.

During the following major part you have to realize a complete simulation project including a project management plan, the implementation of the problem domain in Simio, the evaluation of the results as well a short presentation of your work and your recommendations. This project has to be realized in a group of up to four students and is support by the lecturer.



  • improving social competence by working in small international groups
  • improving analytical skills


  • understanding the essence of complex systems
  • gathering practical experience in the simulation process
  • developing and analyzing a small real world system

Kelton, Smith, Sturrock, Simio & Simulation, Third Edition, McGraw-Hill 2013.

Jeffrey Allen Joines, Stephen Dean Roberts, Simulation Modelling with SIMIO: A Workbook, 2013.

Production and Operations Management
Type Seminar
Nr. IBC-06-01
Hours per week 2.0
Lecture contents

Increasing volatile feedstock markets, exchanges rates and shorter product life cycles require flexible and agile organizations that are able to quickly adapt to changes in the environment. Managerial decision processes are becoming more complex and are demanding. This does not only require vast knowledge of business processes, but also the application of tools and models to take decisions in order to lead a successful organization.

This course emphasizes, from a management consultant's perspective, on managerial decision making and respective implementation of change in production and operations and the interrelationship with other functional areas of a corporation as well as with its suppliers and customers. The fundamental topics of this course include the Production System Design, Strategic and Operational Planning and Total Quality. Particular emphasis is given to the modern system of Lean Production and Just-in-Time logistic system.

As the Supply Chain Management course focuses in particular on IT-related problems, this course is intended to be more conceptual and thus helps to understand different perspectives and solutions for the numerous issues in operations management.

The students will have to make themselves familiar with the topics covered in the script, by reading and answering the questions related to the respective chapter.

Additional reading is required as basis for case studies in group-work help the students to actually apply the learned lessons. The respective results will be presented to the other students and the instructor.

The visit of a state of the art manufacturing facility helps to better understand the interrelationship of theory and practice. The observations are to be discussed in class.

Web-based Multiple Choice Questions support the self-controlled learning progress and help the students to identify and improve potential gaps.


Arnold, Tony, Introduction to Materials Management, 2nd edition, Eaglewood Cliffland, N.Y. 1996.

Ritman, Larry, Krajewski, Lee, Operations Management, Strategy and Analysis, 3rd edition, Reading (Massachusettes) 1993.

Womack, J.T., Jones, D.T., Ross, Daniel, The Machine that changed the world, New York, 1990.

Collins, Jim, Good to Great, 1st edition, Harper Business, New Nork, NY, 2001.

Modeling and Simulation
Type Seminar
Nr. IBC-06-02
Hours per week 2.0
Lecture contents

Simulation and modeling is getting more and more important to study a complex System, to measure its performance, to improve its operation or to evaluate different design decisions if it doesn't exist. Systems in this case could be built by manufacturing processes, by workflow systems, business processes or combinations of them. Today, powerful desk top computers and simulators make it possible to establish modeling and simulation as a standard tool in a company.

The class starts with an introduction into simulation and modeling in general and the Simio simulation software in particular. This includes an overview of the different simulation approaches and available modeling languages as well the basic concepts of the Simio simulation software.

The following major part gives you the opportunity to gather simulation experience by realizing a set of small case studies or labs.



  • Improving social competence by working in small international groups
  • Improving analytical skills


  • Understanding the essence of complex systems
  • Understanding the fundamental simulation concepts
  • Developing and analyzing simple models based on Simio
  • Understanding some statistical issues

Kelton, Smith, Sturrock, Simio & Simulation, Third Edition, McGraw-Hill 2013., C. Dennis Pegden, David T. Sturrock, Rapid Modelling Solutions: Introduction to Simulation and Simio.

Supply Chain Management IBC
Type Seminar
Nr. IBC-06-03
Hours per week 2.0
Lecture contents

Supply Chain Management is a strategic approach as well as a method to plan, operate, optimize and control such logistics' networks. This is supported by specially designed software systems (SCM-Tools).

The first part of the seminar is about the strategic aspects of SCM like the optimization of international Logistics' networks (e.g. procurement & distribution structures and processes) by modeling and simulation approaches tasking into account cost (e.g. transport, warehousing), capital employed (e.g. inventory, investments) and service level (e.g. delivery time) objectives. The important managerial perspective of "Make or Buy"-decisions is discussed as well, because outsourcing is an important option of modern Logistics. Furthermore process redesign and reengineering are introduced to the audience, as well as Supply Chain Controlling (SCC) based on predefined Key Performance Indicators (KPI) like the international used standard Supply Chain Operation Reference-Model (SCOR).

The second part of the seminar is dealing with the philoso-phy and the basic functions of operational Supply Chain Management like Demand Planning (DP), Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling (APS), Supply Network Planning (SNP), Available to Promise (ATP). The latter are supported by special SCM-Tools. Thus, the IS-aspects of Supply Chain Management are explained within a short introduction of common SCM-Tools like SAP-APO, i2-Rhythm and Wassermann-Way. Directly linked to the IS-aspects of SCM are the interfaces and connections between Supply Chain Management and e-Business / e-Commerce (B2B and B2C). Important is also the gap between the philosophy of SCM (planning and control of worldwide inter company networks) to the reality (optimization of intra and inter company value chains)

The whole seminar will be permanently enriched by up to date know-how from ongoing consulting projects in the SCM field to demonstrate the practical benefit of SCM-approaches in context of logistics consulting.

Three case studies in the fields of distribution structure, e-commerce and the operational planning aspect will be involved. The methods to be used are (among others) the calculation of "Transport Performance", deployment calculations and the use of "Multi Attributive Decision Making" (MADM). The results of the different groups are presented to the participants and discussed with the whole seminar.

Finally, two different case studies of current consulting projects, done by admoVa Consulting are presented to the participants (starting from the data evaluation up to the final recommendation) and will be discussed with the different groups. Furthermore, the students are instructed in the method of "Business Process Optimization" (BPO) and the "Supply Chain Operation Reference-Model" (SCOR).


Chopra, S.; Meindl, P. (2006): Supply Chain Management. Strategy, Planning, and Operation. 3rd Ed. Upper Saddle River.

Christopher, M. (1998): Logistics and Supply Chain Man-agement. Strategies for Reducing Cost and Improving Ser-vice. 2nd Ed. London.

Simchi-Levi, D.; Kaminsky, P.; Simchi-Levi, E. (2008): De-signing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies and Case Studies. 3rd Ed. Boston.

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