1262 Research Seminar: Sustainable Logistics
Assoz.Prof PD Dr. Vera Hemmelmayr, Mag.Dipl.-Ing. Lydia Novoszel
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/16/21 to 09/19/21
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Friday 10/01/21 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.3.07
Thursday 10/14/21 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D2.0.374
Thursday 11/18/21 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.038
Friday 01/21/22 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.3.08

In this seminar course you will learn and apply how to formulate a chain of thought and communicate it, based on your chosen topic in the area of sustainable logistics. The output is a academically written seminar paper, that might be extended to a bachelor thesis as well as feedback from your supervisor and your peers on your communicaiton and presentation skills. More over you have the opportunity to apply already established knowledge regarding tools as well as interaction with stakeholders in your field of interest.

The topic of this seminar is sustainable logistics. Detailed information on the topics is provided in the first session, while the assignment of topics will take place in the second session.

Learning outcomes

After passing this seminar, students should be able to:

  • Define, structure and solve research problems in the field of sustainable logistics.
  • Define a research question for this purpose.
  • Prepare, present and discuss a research proposal including structure and research design.
  • Identify, classify and use references appropriately to answer the research question.
  • Select the appropriate research and analysis methodology.
  • Write, present and argue the independently written scientific paper including research results.

Additionally, students should gain the following capabilities:

  • Social competence, communication with lecturers, other students and stakeholders.
  • Ability to decide independently based on acquired knowledge.
  • Presentation skill in front of a professional audience.
  • Time management, organisation skills and goal-orientation.
  • Assess the quality of scientific papers in a structured way.
Attendance requirements

Lectures start punctually. Attendance in the first lecture is mandatory for the participation in the course. If an absence cannot be avoided, inform the lecturers per email before class and provide some form of proof for the absence (e.g. medical confirmation) in the next session. In total, a minimum requirement for attendance of 80% is required to pass the course. To ensure full-time participation during online sessions, clicker questions will be provided to ensure clarity on next steps and most important information.

If the attendance falls below 80% for students receiving partial credit, students are graded with 5 (Nicht genügend). See further:

Teaching/learning method(s)

In the first session the kick-off meeting takes place, in which the lecturers present recent, relevant research areas. These can be used as starting point for the seminar papers.

In the second session, the lecturers present practical information on how to perform academic research and writing. Then the topics are distributed to the interested students. After this, individual coordination meetings with the respective lecturer are recommended to define specific research approaches.

In the third session the research proposal is presented, including the structure and method of the research. The deadline for submission is announced in the first session.

Additional coordination meetings are advisable.

About 10 days before the fourth session (date announced in first session), the seminar paper is submitted. Then the paper is assessed both by the lecturers and peers. The papers are assigned so that each student has to review one paper according to the provided peer review template. This student is also required to give appropriate feedback to the reviewed paper in the fourth session's presentation.

In the fourth session students present their research results, corresponding to the final seminar paper.  

All submissions are required in time without exceptions.

The seminar paper can be extended to a bachelor thesis within the semester following the seminar if the seminar is graded with grade 2 or better.


Criteria for grading:

  • 2 check-ins with supervisor 5%
  • Written Research Proposal 15%
  • Presentation of the proposal 10%
  • Seminar paper 45%
  • Presentation of the final paper 10%
  • Peer Review report 10%
  • Feedback to reviewed paper 5%
Cooperation with other students is encouraged. However, the final write-up must be done individually. ‘Duplicate’ submissions are unacceptable and will receive a score of zero.

All submissions are required in time, late submissions are unacceptable and will receive a score of zero.

If the seminar paper is extended to a bachelor thesis, the bachelor thesis is graded separately.

Each submission will undergo a plagiarism check


Sehr gut (1): ≥90%

Gut (2): 80-89%

Befriedigend (3): 70-79%

Genügend (4): 60-69%

Nicht genügend (5): <=59%


Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Students have sucessfully completed course 1 to 3 of the SBWL Supply Networks and Services. Students should take the corresponding course 4 in Sustainable Logistics in the same semester as course 5.

The course "Grundlagen wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens" should have been passed before taking part in this course. A scientifc work conduct is required and will be influencing the grading.

1 Author: Paulina Golinska (Editor)

 Logistics Operations, Supply Chain Management and Sustainability

Publisher: Springer Jahr
Year: 2014
Content relevant for class examination: No
Content relevant for diploma examination: No
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book
2 Author: Alan McKinnon, Sharon Cullinane, Michael Browne und Anthony Whiteing (Hrsg.)

GREEN LOGISTICS - Improving the environmental sustainability of logistics

Publisher: Kogan Page Limited
Year: 2010
Content relevant for class examination: No
Content relevant for diploma examination: No
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book
Availability of lecturer(s)

Please contact the lecturers via email.

Last edited: 2022-01-20