Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2019/2020 | Previous academic years:  2018/2019  |  2017/2018 
Bachelor's degree in Law at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Optative Year: 4 Period: 2º S
Department: Economía

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Module/Subject matter

Operations Research.



Increased competitiveness in all economic sectors requires companies to achieve a high level of efficiency in the organization of their operations for their survival in the market and the acceptance of their customers. The knowledge imparted in this subject allows rigorous analysis of various logistical problems that arise in the production or service processes in order to provide a quantitative support tool for decision making. Moreover, the green scope given in this subject helps the student to understand the contribution that sustainability produced in the mobility of goods and people.


General proficiencies

CG01 - Capacity of analysis and synthesis.

CG02 - Organizational and planning capacity

CG03 - Oral and written communication in the native language

CG05 - Computer literacy related to study area

CG06 - Ability to analyze and seek information from diverse sources

CG07 - Ability to solve problems

CG08 - Ability to make decisions

CG09 - Ability to work in a team

CG14 - Critical and self-critical capacity

CG16 - Ability to work in pressure environments

CG17 - Autonomous learning ability

CG19 - Creativity


Specific proficiencies

CE02 - Identification of the sources of economic information relevant to the firm theory

CE03 - Obtaining of information relevant to the firm that cannot be recognized by non-professionals.

CE04 - Application of business management professional criteria based on the management of technical instruments.

CE17 - Promotion of improvements in production processes aimed at increasing the added value created by the firm.

CMO2 - Knowledge of the concepts needed in production and logistics systems.

CMO4 - Solving problems that affect productive and logistic systems through qualitative and quantitative methods.

CMO10 - Knowledge of the material and non-material resources needed in the production process.

CMM2 - Ability to identify the problems related to distribution channels and the organizations that make up the commercial system.

CMB10 - Application of different quantitative and qualitative techniques in solving problems in the field of finance, banking and insurance


Learning outcomes

R03. Theoretical background for the decision making.

R12. Tactical and strategic decisions related to the production/operations area.

R14. Management support systems and their functions: planning, analysis, design and implementation of the information systems.

R16. Mathematical optimization

R18. Use of computers software to calculate transportation routes.

R19. Basic knowledge of logistics and transportation from the economic and environmental points of view.

R24. Basic knowledge of the environmental costs internalization in logistics and transportation.

R25. Basic knowledge of sustainability strategies in urban logistics.



Methodology-Activity Class hours in the virtual campus Non class hours in the virtual campus
Reading and documents study 25  
Debates and group tutoring 10  
Individual study   30
Objective assessment tests 2  
Individual tutoring 3  
Assignments and study cases 20 60
TOTAL 60 90


Relationship between formative activities and proficiencies

Theoretical sessions at the classroom The instructor will develop the topic objectives, its contents, and problems, highlighting the most difficult ones related to the unit to be explained. CG01, CG02, CG04, CG05, CG06, CG07, CG08, CG09, CG10, CG11, CG13, CG14, CG15, CG17, CG18, CG19, CG21, CG23, CE01, CE02, CE03, CE04, CE05, CE06, CE07, CE11, CE13
Study of the theoretical sessions Reading of a short text related to the topic to study CG01, CG02, CG04, CG05, CG06, CG07, CG08, CG09, CG10, CG11
Weekly own study Own study of the topics explained in the theoretical classes. CG01, CG02, CG04, CG05, CG06, CG07, CG08, CG09, CG10, CG11, CG13, CG14, CG15, CG17, CG18, CG19, CG21, CG23, CE01, CE02, CE03, CE04, CE05, CE06, CE07, CE11, CE13
Practical classes at the classroom Development of practical exercises to be developed with the use of a computer. CG18, CG19, CG21, CG23, CE01, CE02, CE03, CE04, CE05, CE06, CE07, CE11, CE13
Assignments writing Development of assignments to be given in to the instructor and could be discussed in class. CG01, CG02, CG04, CG05, CG06, CG07, CG08, CG09, CG10, CG11, CG13, CG14, CG15, CG17, CG18, CG19, CG21, CG23
Consulting activities Presentation and discussion of the problems and difficulties found in the subject CG01, CG02, CG04, CG05, CG06, CG07, CG08, CG09, CG10, CG11, CG13, CG14, CG15, CG17, CG18, CG19, CG21, CG23,
Final assessment Study and development of the subject CG01, CG02, CG04, CG05, CG06, CG07, CG08, CG09, CG10, CG11, CG13, CG14, CG15, CG17, CG18, CG19, CG21, CG23, CE01, CE02, CE03, CE04, CE05, CE06, CE07, CE11, CE13



English. A C1 level of English is recommended to follow this subject. Students not fulfilling the C1 requirement could have problems to follow this subject.



The subject evaluation will be made taking into account the following criteria:

  • 1.-Participation (20%): The active participation of the students in the subject will be highly considered. The students¿ interventions will be counted in the forums / blogs of the subject.
  • 2.- Development of objective tests (20%): This type of tasks seeks to measure the process of knowledge acquisition in the subject, taking into account the point of departure of each student, and their progress.
  • 3.- Case study developments (60%): The application of quantitative techniques to cases of real companies allows to show the real knowledge of the subject by the student. Each student will be asked to solve at least one practical case and will count for their realization of the teaching assistant's help. The resolution of these practical cases are mandatory for passing of the subject.
Learning outcomes Evaluation system Weight (%) Can be repeated?
All Course feedback 20% NO
All Objective tests 20% NO
All Cases study analysis 60% YES




This subject has the following basic contents:

  • 1) An introduction to Logistics and Transport
  • 2) A detailed study of sustainability issues in mobility in a generic sense
  • 3) Decision-making for the environmental improvement of the problems of Logistics, Transport and Production



PART I: Introduction to Logistics and Transportation.

  • Topic 1: Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Strategy and Planning.
  • Topic 2: Transport Fundamentals and Transport Decisions.
  • Topic 3: Decision Making in Logistics and Transport. Main computational algorithms to decision makings: routes optimization, supply chain management optimization, and facilities location decisions.

PART II: Green Logistics and Sustainable Transport: Challenges and Decisions

  • Topic 4: Environmental sustainability: A new priority for Logistics and Transport
  • Topic 5: Assessing the external impact of freight transport. Evaluating and internalizing the environmental costs of Logistics.
  • Topic 6: Restructuring road freight networks with environmental criteria within supply chains
  • Topic 7: Vehicle routing optimization under environmental objectives
  • Topic 8: Increasing fuel efficiency in the road freight sector with the purpose of sustainability. Alternative fuels and freight vehicles: status, costs and benefits, and growth
  • Topic 9: European policies for transportation sustainability
  • Topic 10: Green corridors in European transportation



Acceda a la bibliografía que su profesor ha solicitado a la Biblioteca.

a)         Bibliografía básica:

1)    Faulin, J., Grasman, S., Juan, A., Hirsch, P (2019): Sustainable Transportation and Smart Logistics: Decision Making Methods and Solutions. Elsevier. Cambridge. MA. USA

2)    McKinnon, A., Browne, M., Piecyk, M., Whiteing, A. (2015): Green Logistics. Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Logistics. Kogan Page Limited. London. UK.


b)        Bibliografía complementaria:

1)    Ballou, R.H. (2004): Business Logistics. Supply Chain Management. Prentice Hall. NJ.

2)    Coyle, J.J., Novak, R.A., Gibson, B., and Bardi, E.J. (2011): Transportation: A Supply Chain Perspective. South Western. Cencage Learning. Mason, OH

3)    Fahimnia, B., Bell, M.G.H., Hensher, D.A., Sarkis, J. (2015): Green Logistics and Transportation. A Sustainable Supply Chain Perspective. Springer. New York. NY.

4)    Faulin, J., Juan, A., Grasman, S. and Fry, M.J. (2013): Decision Making in Service Industries: A Practical Approach. CRC Press. Taylor and Francis Group. Boca Raton. FL.

5)    Psaraftis, H.N.(ed) (2016): Green Transportation Logistics. The Quest for Win-Win Solutions. Springer.London. UK.





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This subject will be completely taught on line by MiAulario ( platform.