General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Jesus Ezequiel Martínez Marín

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Valeria Bernardo

Teaching languages

  • 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

  • Show knowledge of the ship and its recruitment for use as a means of transport for both goods and people, in an environment of sustainability and respect for the environment


The main objective in the learning of the subject is the acquisition by the student of the basic general knowledge that allow him to understand the structure, organization and operation of the transport system, in all the territorial fields.

 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.


SUBJECT 1. General concepts on transport, logistics and economy

Key elements of the transport economy

Communications and Technical Change

Economics of technological change in the supply chain

SUBJECT 2. The demand of transport

Individual vs. aggregate demand

Load vs passengers 

Urban and interurban demand

Elasticity of demand derived from transport

SUBJECT 3. The direct costs of the transport

Transport offer

Producer costs, fixed and variable

Cost ratio: joint, common and constant costs

User costs

SUBJECT 4. External costs of the transport

Negative externalities

Evaluation of externalities

SUBJECT 5. The price of the transport

Infrastructures and services

Average and marginal price

Price discrimination, price differentiation and yield management

The problem of peak periods

 SUBJECT 6. Investments of transport

The importance of transport infrastructure

Commercial and social approaches to investment

Cost and benefit analysis

CBA and network effects


SUBJECT 7. Transport and public policies

Transport and development - Positive externalities

Regulation and deregulation, privatization

Taxation and subsidies

Urban mobility

Public service obligations

Evaluation system

15% delivery of works, resolution of exercises.

10% case studies- news

20% delivery of final work and respective presentation

5% partial exam

50% final exam

The exam will contain theoretical and practical questions that can be in the format of open-ended questions, exercises to develop and multiple choice, etc. You will have to get a 5 out of 10 in the final exam to be able to average with the mark of the continuous assessment. In the resit exam you will only be able to take the final test that will calculate 50% of the final grade, as the mark of the continuous assessment will be kept (Job Submission, Partial Examination and Final Job Submission). Continuous assessment cannot be recovered.



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