General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Jesus Ezequiel Martínez Marín

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Paula Bel Piñana

Teaching languages

  • Spanish


Specific skills
  • Demostrar capacitat per comunicar de manera fluida en llengua espanyola, catalana i anglesa de forma oral i escrita en l'entorn de la logística i els negocis marítims

  • 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


Acquisition of the necessary knowledge to understand the structure, organization and operation of the land transport system and intermodality: current situation, trends, general principles of the regulation of the sector, main agents, etc.


This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan will be ensured.

The TecnoCampus will make available to teachers and students the digital tools needed to carry out the course, as well as guides and recommendations that facilitate adaptation to the non-contact mode.

Learning outcomes


G2. Be autonomous in the aspect of personal planning, the selection of appropriate resources and the maturity to assume responsibilities in decision-making in the field of land transport.


G3. Make decisions in the professional and personal field, applying the knowledge and techniques acquired in the content of the course.


  G5. Communicate appropriately, both in writing and orally, ideas, projects, rules, and decisions by properly and timely handling the diversity of media available.



E.2. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills in the field of logistics and land transport.


E.5. Shows knowledge of the organization of land transport and intermodality, customs management and international trade in order to manage and / or contract transport.


E.7. Shows knowledge about land transport modes and their procurement for use as a means of transport for both goods and people, in an environment of sustainability and respect for the environment.

Working methodology

  • Master classes: Expository class sessions based on the teacher's explanation in which all students enrolled in the subject attend. The lectures will be given through multimedia formats (presentations and videos) that support the sessions.




Item 1. General aspects of transport

Transport characteristics

Modes of transport

Transport professions

Entities and companies

Transport policy in Spain

European transport policy


Subject 2. Evaluation and management of the transports

Management modes

Public-private collaboration

Cost-Benefit Analysis



Item 3. Road transport

Road transport infrastructures and networks

International organizations

Regulation of road transport

Characteristics of road transport

Auxiliary and complementary activities


Item 4. The transport of goods by road

Evolution of supply and demand

Characteristics of road freight transport

The commercial contract


Item 5. The international transport of goods by road

International legal framework

International transport of goods

Customs traffic and TIR regime

CMR agreement




Item 6. Rail transport

Railway facilities and equipment

The Spanish railway network

Regulation of rail transport

Rail transport of passengers and goods

European networks



Item 7. Urban transport

Transport in the urban environment

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

Congestion tolls



Topic 8. Intermodal transport

General aspects of intermodal transport

Combined road-rail transport

Terrestrial maritime interface

Learning activities

Guided learning

Case study and debate: Dynamics that starts from the study of a case, which serves to contextualize the student in a specific situation.


Autonomous learning:

Evaluation questionnaires: different questionnaires will be carried out to consolidate the knowledge acquired during the course and to monitor the progress obtained by the students. To successfully pass the questionnaires, the student must review the materials and resources provided by the teacher.


Work on land transport companies: each one of the students will choose a company of terrestrial transport of which will have to realize an exhaustive analysis that has to include:

- General description of the company

- Products and services

- Geographic coverage of operations

- Gender perspective

- Press release related to the company

Evaluation system

It will consist of the continuous evaluation, with the following percentages:

40%: Continued avaluation

60%: Final exam


Continuous assessment (40% of the mark):

It is compulsory for all students enrolled in the subject. This evaluation will consist of carrying out:

- Test-type questionnaires at the end of each of the topics presented in class

- Individual presentation of the work on land transport companies


Failure to submit any of the continuous assessment activities would result in a 0 in that test.


The final exam (60% of the mark):

It consists of a questionnaire with test-type questions where incorrect answers will be penalized. The questionnaire to incorporate both theoretical questions and practical exercises.


In order to perform these weights, it is an essential requirement to pass the final exam with a minimum grade of 4.5 points. Otherwise, it must be submitted for recovery.


Mandatory attendance

Attendance at 80% of classes is mandatory. Students who do not comply with the attendance program, the maximum mark they can obtain in the continuous assessment will be 3 points.



The recovery is aimed only at students who have failed the subject in the ordinary call. Students who have not taken the regular call will not be able to apply for recovery. In the recovery period, there is only the possibility of retaking the final exam (100% of the grade). In no case will the note of the continuous evaluation be saved.



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