Course syllabus


TEK240 TEK240 Production logistics lp2 HT21 (7.5 hp)

The course is offered by the Department of Technology Management and Economics.


Course purpose

The course in Production logistics takes its point of departure in the manufacturing planning and control (MPC) system. The focus is on medium- and short-term materials, priority, and capacity planning, ranging from the Sales and Operation Planning process via rough-cut capacity planning to detailed materials and capacity planning and production activity control. The course addresses concepts related to the physical materials flow process, activities, and efficiencies at the shop floor level, such as kanban and the theory of constraints. The focus on this level includes some related parts of management information systems and production databases. Accordingly, the course’s purpose is to understand the role of MPC in the manufacturing system, choose methods and techniques at the different planning levels, master the selected methods and techniques, and apply them in typical manufacturing environments.


Learning objectives and syllabus

After completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • use and understand existing methods and models for Manufacturing Planning and Control (MPC),
  • explain how different planning environments affect the MPC conditions,
  • interpret the role of MPC in business and manufacturing strategies,
  • specify and configure planning and control systems for specific manufacturing functions and environments,
  • appraise the MPC relation to typical production and materials flow activities,
  • analyze the efficiency of in-plant material flows and describe the principles of achieving efficiency in such systems,
  • and assess the performance impact of how MPC systems are used in practice.


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Study plan


Course design

The course consists of five types of activities, having different aims:

  1. Lectures - to provide the theoretical background and perspectives.
  2. Guest lectures - to demonstrate the application, function, and appropriateness of production logistics in differing environments and reflect on the application of theory.
  3. Exercises – to provide skills and enable understanding of methods and techniques.
  4. Literature seminars – to provide opportunities for more profound knowledge and reflection.
  5. Lab exercises – to facilitate understanding of the topics by applying theoretical content from lectures in games.



See the “Course Summary” below. Also, refer to TimeEdit.


Course literature

  • Jonsson, P. and Mattsson, S.A. (2009), Manufacturing Planning and Control, ISBN 0077117395, McGraw-Hill Education, (Can be bought at Cremona)
  • Baudin, M. (2004), Lean Logistics: the nuts and bolts of delivering materials and goods, Productivity Press, New York. (Available in the e-book collection “books24x7”). Selected chapters according to the course schedule.
  • Baudin, M. (2002), Lean Assembly: the nuts and bolts of making assembly operations flow, Productivity Press, New York. (Available in the e-book collection “books24x7”). Selected chapters according to the course schedule.
  • Rushton, Croucher, Baker (2014), The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management, 5th edition, Kogan Page Ltd, London. (Available in the e-book collection “books24x7”). Selected chapters according to the course schedule.
  • In addition, some separate literature will be provided for the literature seminars.


Examination form

The course ends with a written closed-book exam (4 hours). Passing the course also requires that:

  • the literature seminars are passed,
  • the lab exercises are passed,
  • and the mandatory guest lectures are attended.

For further details, see separate document on examination.

Written exam

  • Final written exam (individual, closed-book): Maximum 35 points, 14 points (40%) are needed to pass the exam.

Lab exercises

  • The course includes two lab exercises. Active participation in each of these is required. Moreover, after lab exercise no. 2, an individually written hand-in should be submitted. The instructions for this hand-in will be provided in association with the lab exercise.

Literature seminars

  • The course includes three literature seminars. An individually written hand-in should be submitted before each seminar, according to the instructions provided in advance of the respective seminar. The hand-in needs to be approved. Active participation in the seminar is required.

Guest lectures

  • The course schedule includes three guest lectures. Participation in each of these lectures is mandatory.
  • Bonus points are added to the written exam if an individually written and formulated reflection on the lecture’s content is handed in, at the latest six days after the lecture (see assignments on Canvas for hand-in deadlines). The bonus points will help you obtain grades 4 and 5 but will not help you reach grade 3. However, individual reflections are not mandatory for those who attend the guest lectures in person. Those who miss a guest lecture need to submit the assignment without bonus points. If approved, you get a bonus of 0.5 points per lecture (up to 1.5 points in total). The reflection should discuss one or more subjects/issues brought up at the lecture, describing your review, not only “summarizing” the speaker’s statements. The topics you choose should be within the scope of the course, not an “off-topic” area mentioned in the lecture. The length should be 300-400 words.


Contact details


Further teachers:


Student representatives for the course evaluation:

  • MPMEI, Alaa Alsheikha
  • MPPEN, Arun Maslekar
  • MPPEN, Lucas Pinto
  • MPQOM, Pravin Ravichandran
  • Exchange, Andreas Weidinger

Course summary:

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