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Doctorate in Transportation and Logistics

Courses Offered

TL 711 Logistics Systems (4). Covers foundation material on topics critical to establishing effective supply chains. Topics include inventory theory, forecasting, aggregate planning, quality management and project management. Material is presented with appropriate military applications.

TL 715 Enterprise Resource Planning (3). Covers material essential to the successful implementation of an ERP, addressing enterprise-wide functionality as well as required tactical functions such as project management and project planning, and provides an overview of implementation alternatives.

TL 719 Crisis Analysis and Homeland Security (3). Provides an integrated approach to crisis response and management within the contexts of military logistics and homeland security. Focus is on problems of natural, technological, civil hazards, and disasters. The role of technology is emphasized and the National Incident Management System is utilized.

TL 721 International Logistics Management (4). Offers a coherent perspective on contemporary global logistics from raw materials through production to the customer. Addresses the roles of governments and intermediaries, international sourcing, and the application of local trade laws.

TL 723 Advanced Supply Chain Planning (3). Continues to develop the concepts introduced in TL713. Flexible supply chains are considered. By understanding both current capabilities and evolving needs of the enterprise, the appropriate modifications to the supply chain can be identified.

TL 725 Technology Advances and Logistics (3). Addresses the new technologies that help shape advanced logistics and the advantages that such technologies have brought to the end users, suppliers, and a broad spectrum of related industries. Develop the understanding of requirements for effective integration of system and components for automated systems in support of logistics through the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) and other data capture technologies.

TL 727 Organizational Change Management (3). An overview of change management as the process of making either incremental improvements or radical changes to an organization's operations for the purpose of enhancing both organizational and individual effectiveness. A systems perspective and leadership implications are stressed.

TL 729 Adaptive Planning in Logistics (3). Presents a systems view of organizations with a focus on how remote sensing technology enables sense and respond logistics. Military applications are emphasized at both the strategic and operational levels. Organizational structure, strategic alliances, quality, and programmed decision making will be addressed at the strategic level, while supply chain dynamics, inventory management, and the value of information transparency will be addressed at the operational level.

TL 731 Logistics Research Methods (3). Covers key research concepts including: principles of scientific research; experimental, quasi-experimental, and observational studies; and continuous-dependent variable, discrete-choice, and network models. The focus is on applications and problem-solving in logistics and transportation.

TL 733 Case Studies in Logistics (3). This course will consist of case analysis based on events from previous military operations. Focus on actual logistics cases along with solutions and how individual/organizational decisions relate to the ultimate outcome. Analyzing the processes which would have reduced or eliminated the supply chain's susceptibility to success or failure. Topics from courses within the military logistics curriculum are integrated into the cases and will provide a vehicle for the students to assimilate material from previous courses.

TL 751 Transportation Systems Security (3). This course examines security threats and solutions related to transportation systems. Specific focus is placed securing passenger and freight modes of transportation including railroad, highway, aviation, maritime and pipelines from acts of terrorism and intentional disruption.

TL 752 Transportation Planning and Environmental Compliance (3). This course provides an overview of the procedures of transportation planning and environmental compliance, to include an understanding of the related policies and procedures as they relate to transportation systems, and compliance with local, state, and federal laws. A discussion of emissions, hazardous cargo, and permitting also will be provided.

TL 753 Transportation System Modeling (3). This course focuses on quantitative techniques used for planning and operation of transportation systems. Topics include: system capacities and flows, comprehensive models of transportation and urban systems, and understanding how political processes, new technologies, and economic considerations affect transportation decisions.

TL 754 Urban Transportation Systems Analysis (3). This course provides students with an understanding of system analysis tools used in urban transportation. Students will work with analytical techniques employed in urban transportation planning, such as traffic forecasting and system capacity analysis and apply these techniques using real-world data for analyzing both the demand and supply of transportation.

TL 755 Context Sensitive Solutions (2). Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) examine, in addition to traditional transportation engineering factors, impacts on the community as well as the natural and human environment. This course will introduce students to the main principles of CSS and allow them to learn how they are applied through use of case studies.

TL 756 Transportation Systems Laboratory (3). This course applies urban transportation, traffic engineering, and data collection methods to real-world case studies in small urban areas. Students will work with a community to conduct a comprehensive urban transportation study, including data collection, assessment of current conditions, evaluation, alternative solutions, and presenting the findings.

TL 782 Transportation Systems I (3). Interdisciplinary concepts and models including: relationships between transportation, the economy, environment, and land use; freight transportation demand; logistics planning; railroad technology, capacity, and infrastructure; railroad planning and regulation; maritime transportation, ports, and cargo-handling.

TL 783 Transportation Systems II (3). Barge, pipeline, and highway transportation including: river and lake movements, inland waterway planning, lock performance analysis, pipeline networks and technology, highway capacity and finance, truck size and weight policies, and highway planning models.

TL 785 Spatial Analysis of Transportation Systems (3). Theories and models of spatial interaction between transportation and land use including: transportation and spatial organization of production and cities; networks and transportation costs; location theories; interaction and optimization models; GIS concepts and applications.

TL 786 Public Transportation (3). History and development of transit. Transit modes. Transit facilities. Services planning. Routing and scheduling. Demand forecasting. Intelligent Transportation Systems. Transit and urban land use. Rural transit systems. Intercity rail passenger service. Policy and management.

TL 787 Public Transportation II (3). This course focuses on concepts and modeling procedures used when planning and operating public transportation systems. Topics covered include transit demand analysis, quality of service concepts and estimation, bus and rail capacity, and service planning.

TL 789 Academic Conduct and Ethics (1). This course focuses on academic conduct in students' educational program, but then goes on to explore theories, concepts, and practices of ethics that student may apply to their academic program and then into their career.

TL 790 Seminar (1-3)

TL 793 Individual Study (1-5)

TL 794 Practicum/Internship (1-3)

TL 796 Special Topics (1-5)

TL 811 Modeling for Logistics Research (4). Models used in logistics research are studied. Topics include statistical models, mathematical programming, network models, stochastic decision processes, and simulation. The ability to perform and present logistics research is cultivated.

TL 823 Contemporary Supply Chain Research (3). This course focuses on contemporary research in supply chain management. Topics include advertising, information technology, game theory, supply chain contracts, and sustainability. The ability to perform and present supply chain research is cultivated.

TL 829 Supply Chain Risk Management (3). This course focuses on risk management in supply chains. Topics include random yields, exchange rates, real options, complex systems, and disruptions. The ability to perform and present supply chain risk management research is cultivated.

TL 831 Modeling for Transportation and Logistics Decision Analysis (3). This course emphasizes critical thinking skills and excel spreadsheet modeling skills to solve, and analyze logistics and transportation issues. It includes an introduction to modeling, excel, add-in tools, optimization, and uncertainty analysis.

TL 885 Geospatial Information Systems for Transportation (3). This course focuses on applications of advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve complex logistics and transportation problems. The emphasis is on state-or-art methods and applications using GIS.

TL 899 Dissertation (credits determined by advisory committee)

Engr 770 Quantitative Modeling (3). Applications modeling and optimization methods. Domains: transportation, logistics, manufacturing, service systems scheduling, and supply-chain management. Decision models: linear programming and sensitivity analysis, transportation and assignment, network models and algorithms, and integer, dynamic and nonlinear programming.

Engr 771 Probabilistic and Deterministic Methods (3). Applications modeling. Domains include transportation, logistics, manufacturing, service systems scheduling, and supply-chain management. Quantitative models and tools include Markov chains, stochastic processes, queuing, deterministic and stochastic decision analysis, time series, forecasting, and regression modeling.

Agec 771 Economics of Transportation Systems (3). This course will provide an understanding of transportation economics and policy issues facing society. Topics include transport demand, modal costs, transportation competition and market power, transportation regulation, transportation investment, and the economics of transportation safety.

GEOG 655 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3). Application of the principles of geographic information systems and integrally related mapping to solve problems related to environment site characterizations, resource exploration, soil and groundwater contamination, geological and geotechnical investigations, waste management, construction, etc. Comprehensive lab assignments included to give students hands-on experience solving problems with current state-of-the-art software and hardware, digitizers, scanners, and GPS units. {Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOG 455.}

GEOG 656 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3). Application and analysis of advanced techniques and principles of geographic information systems and remote sensing technologies to fully address spatial and time related problems related to urban site characterizations, hydrology analyses, risk assessment, policy making, disaster response and strategies defense techniques. Comprehensive lab assignments included to give students hands-on experience solving problems with current state-of-the-art software and hardware, digitizers, scanners, and GPS units. Pere: GEOG 455/655. {Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOG 456.}


In addition to these courses, technical electives may be selected from graduate courses offered by participating departments, subject to the approval of the student's advisory committee. For a description of potential electives, see the graduate program descriptions for: Agribusiness & Applied Economics, Business Administration, Civil Engineering & Construction, and Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering.

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