General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Jesus Ezequiel Martínez Marín

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Jose Luis Torres Soto

Teaching languages

The subject will be taught in Catalan. Students will be able to address the teacher in the language that is most comfortable for them. Some content, transparencies and bibliography will be in English.


Specific skills
  • Show knowledge and skills for the coordination of the departments of purchasing, supply, production and distribution of a product to any company, analyzing different types of techniques

  • Operationalize the storage of goods, through computer applications of logistics management

  • Show knowledge of the organization of maritime, land, air and multimodal transport, customs management and international trade in order to manage and / or contract transport


The subject of information systems in logistics seeks to introduce the student to the different concepts, technologies and procedures used by the industry, for the optimal management of the supply chain in all its sections. At the end of the course, the student will have acquired the necessary notions that will allow him to identify the characteristics of the data and information, the way to capture-format, use and store them and finally, how the information is transmitted and exchanged by to facilitate all the logistical processes that at present employs the industry, the productive systems, the commerce and the transport.

The classroom (physical or virtual) is a safe space, free of sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic and discriminatory attitudes, either towards students or teachers. We trust that together we can create a safe space where we can make mistakes and learn without having to suffer the prejudices of others.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe and identify basic information on the methods and techniques used to plan, outline, organize and monitor logistics processes in international business and the supply chain, by choosing appropriate strategies supported by information systems and communications.
  2. Recognize the functional context of physical distribution and logistics management in general and the associated information flows, identifying critical activities along the supply chain and the actors involved.
  3. Determine the operational and technological requirements of logistics processes in organizations that use logistics as a strategic tool for obtaining competitive advantages at a regional, national, European or international level.
  4. Understand which aspects of international trade have a direct impact on logistics processes and which condition their generalization and interoperability.
  5. Identify the key aspects in the application of information systems in logistics processes that translate into value-added services and that improve the competitiveness of companies.

Working methodology

Theoretical sessions: master class, lectures, presentations

Guided learning: seminars, forums and debates, case studies, use of computer tools applied to the object of the subject, visits to real environments

Autonomous learning: Problem solving, research and critical reading of articles, non-contact tutorials


1. Introduction to Computer Systems
1.1. Computer systems architecture
1.2. Hardware
1.3. Software and programming languages ​​in logistics
1.4. Web services, communications and protocols in the cloud

2. ICT applied to the Transport and Logistics sector

2.1. Information systems to support decision making.
2.2. Transactional systems and planning tools
2.3. Transport Management Systems
2.4. Systems Integration
2.5. Value Added Networks (VAN) and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

3. Methods for capturing and exchanging information
3.1. Coding and Standardization
3.2. Information Input / Output Devices
3.3. Systems and information integration between organizations
3.4. Tracking and Traceability
3.5. One-stop shops and community systems

4. Planning and implementation of Information Systems
4.1. Roles within information systems planning
4.2. Information Security Management
4.3. Selection of Information Systems

Learning activities

Readings of articles and technical reports, visits to companies, internships with computer tools and guided work

Evaluation system

The assessment will consist of a grade obtained from the continuous assessment, attendance and exams according to the following percentages:

  • Practical activities done in the different practical sessions: 40%
  • Cases on the subject, worked in seminar format: 35%
  • Examination of the subject: 25%.
  • The minimum grade for the exam must be 3,5 for it to be computable with the rest of the assessment.
  • Recovery: Those who pass the recovery test will get a pass mark of 5.0 at most.



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