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Courses

The intermodal transportation curriculum is delivered as seamlessly integrated modules throughout the program, allowing for a greater opportunity for synthesis and analysis. Designed and delivered to meet the needs of working professionals, the transportation management degree program consists of five, one-week residencies on the University of Denver campus and a travel seminar to an international location. Students progress through the program with a core group of fellow students, known as a cohort. This face-to-face opportunity for interaction between faculty and executive education participants provides a fundamental principle of education adopted by the University of Denver: collaborative interaction. To supplement the more traditional lecture format, students will also be challenged with team projects, offsite activities, and group discussions related to transportation management.

The degree program curriculum provided by the Intermodal Transportation Institute has been certified by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics. The degree program graduates are certified in transportation and logistics and may use CTL as a professional and educational designation.

Module

The MS in Intermodal Transportation Management curriculum consists of 15 courses for 60 quarter hours of academic credit and is presented in an integrated, interdisciplinary, and industry-relevant method. Some courses are delivered in multiple sections, or modules, throughout multiple onsite residencies. Each module for a course is taught by the same faculty member(s). Students can expect to have pre-residency and post-residency coursework assignments for each module.

Fall First Year
TRAN 4010 Introduction to Transportation Systems

Faculty: Craig R. Lentzsch

This course will provide an overview of the transportation sector of the North American economy, focusing on all of the modes. It will include a discussion of the vision of a transportation system for the future: one that moves people and goods efficiently, economically, safely and securely, and in an environmentally benign manner on an integrated, seamless, ethical transportation system that uses the strengths of all modes and minimizes their weaknesses. The course will discuss how such an intermodal system impacts the development of the US and global economies.

TRAN 4330 Principles of Supply Chain: Management and Technologies (Module 1 of 2)

Faculty: RJ Graham

This course will provide an overview of supply-chain management—understanding supply-chain processes from customers to suppliers; identifying the five, core supply-chain processes; and examining the roles and the functions that transportation and logistics play in the supply chain. The course will also examine the cutting-edge technologies involved in logistics management.

Module 1 of 2: This module will cover one half of the course curriculum.

TRAN 4080 Transportation Law and Regulation: Domestic and International
(Module 1 of 3)

Faculty: Dale C. Andrews, John Howard Broadley, David H. Coburn

This course consists of three distinct, integrated modules. The course will examine the role of transportation in the historical development of the US and its importance to the US economy— including the role of economic regulation and the role of deregulation and its impact on the respective modes and their development. It will examine the federal programs and agencies involved in transportation regulation, including the effect and the impact of the current transportation laws, regulations, and policies on the performance and the development of an intermodal transportation network. The course will review the legislative process involved in financing transportation and the impact on both the public and the private sectors of the transportation industry. In addition, the course will review and analyze the relevant international laws and customs regulations governing global commerce as well as international, intermodal liability issues.

Module 1 of 3: This module will cover one third of the course curriculum.

TRAN 4020 Transportation Economics
(Module 1 of 2)

Faculty: Emilio Sacristán Roy

This course will discuss basic microeconomic concepts used in the analysis of all businesses, including the concepts of marginal, average, short-run, and long-run costs and production. Competitive, monopolistic, and oligopolistic market structures will be examined, with particular emphasis on oligopolies. The national economy, GDP, determinants of investment, employment and inflation, the monetary system, the financial and capital markets, international economics, and the economics of intermodal transportation are among the topics that will be covered.

Module 1 of 2: This module will cover one half of the course curriculum.

TRAN 4030 Quantitative Tools for Transportation Management
(Module 1 of 2)

Faculty: Thomas Obremski, Gary A. Kochenberger

This course will cover the basic hypothesis of testing and regression analysis and the use of dedicated software and industrialized data sets with multiple variables. Topics covered will include resource allocation, introduction to LP, modeling principles, minimum cost distribution models, facility location models, supply–chain management, generalized distribution/queuing systems, introduction to simulation, and modeling and analysis of distribution systems.

Module 1 of 2: This module will cover one half of the course curriculum.

TRAN 4920 Leadership Development Planning Project

Faculty: RJ Graham

This course will guide participants through the process of developing and executing an individualized leadership development plan to enhance specific leadership skills. With work over the five quarters of the program, the leadership plan will provide a unique opportunity for each participant to hone critical aspects of his/her leadership, which, in turn, benefits the participant, the organization, and the larger community.

TRAN 4320 Transportation Management, Leadership, and Values
(Module 1 of 3)

Faculty: RJ Graham

This course will provide an integrated examination of values-based management and principled leadership practices vital to the success of today's intermodal transportation manager. Delivered over three quarters of the program, the course will provide detailed analysis of core competencies for strong management, exploration of best leadership practices, and investigation of ethics- based decisions to successfully navigate challenges facing today's transportation executive.

Module 1 of 3: This module will cover one third of the course curriculum.

TRAN 4950 Intermodal Business Planning Project

Faculty: RJ Graham

This course will guide participants through the creation of a comprehensive business plan to develop a new or enhanced product or service for the organization. With work over the five quarters of the program, this project provides the participant with important business development skills and an implementable business plan, which may provide a tangible benefit to the organization as well.

Winter First Year
TRAN 4710 Transportation Finance
(Module 1 of 2)

Faculty: Craig R. Lentzsch

This course will examine the basics of major accounting statements, income and balance sheets, break-even analysis, fixed and variable cost, the use of operating leverage, ratio analysis to determine relative performance of companies and the industry. Additional topics that will be covered include the present value of cash flows, including annuities; cash flow estimation with capital budgeting; decision models for capital budgeting; and the use of Excel spreadsheets for capital budgeting.

Module 1 of 2: This module will cover one half of the course curriculum.

TRAN 4020 Transportation Economics
(Module 2 of 2)

Faculty: Emilio Sacristán Roy

This course will discuss basic microeconomic concepts used in the analysis of all businesses, including the concepts of marginal, average, short-run, and long-run costs and production. Competitive, monopolistic, and oligopolistic market structures will be examined, with particular emphasis on oligopolies. The national economy, GDP, determinants of investment, employment and inflation, the monetary system, the financial and capital markets, international economics, and the economics of intermodal transportation are among the topics that will be covered.

Module 2 of 2: This module will cover the second half of the course curriculum and will complete the series of modules.

TRAN 4060 Transportation Marketing and Sales Tools
(Module 1 of 2)

Faculty: Pallab Paul

This course will examine the foundations of marketing as well as the process of developing, assessing, and implementing marketing strategy in the transportation industry. The foundations are grounded in an understanding of customers' wants and needs and a commitment to satisfying those needs within the resources of the organization, the long-term benefits of society and the economy, and the highest ethical and moral standards in this global economy. Based on this foundation, the participants will learn the process of formulating marketing strategies, such as segmentation, targeting, positioning, and the four p's.

Module 1 of 2: This module will cover one half of the course curriculum.

TRAN 4330 Principles of Supply Chain: Management and Technologies
(Module 2 of 2)

Faculty: Brooks A. Bentz

This course will provide an overview of supply-chain management—understanding supply-chain processes from customers to suppliers; identifying the five, core supply-chain processes; and examining the roles and the functions that transportation and logistics play in the supply chain. The course will also examine the cutting-edge technologies involved in logistics management.

Module 2 of 2: This module will cover the second half of the course curriculum and will complete the series of modules.

TRAN 4320 Transportation Management, Leadership, and Values
(Module 2 of 3)

Faculty: RJ Graham

This course will provide an integrated examination of values-based management and principled leadership practices vital to the success of today's intermodal transportation manager. Delivered over three quarters of the program, the course will provide detailed analysis of core competencies for strong management, exploration of best leadership practices, and investigation of ethics- based decisions to successfully navigate challenges facing today's transportation executive.

Module 2 of 3: This module will cover the second third of the course curriculum.

Spring First Year
TRAN 4340 Supply Chain Strategy

Faculty: Chris Norek

This course will provide an integrated examination of values-based management and principled leadership practices vital to the success of today's intermodal transportation manager. Delivered over three quarters of the program, the course will provide detailed analysis of core competencies for strong management, exploration of best leadership practices, and investigation of ethics- based decisions to successfully navigate challenges facing today's transportation executive.

TRAN 4710 Transportation Finance
(Module 2 of 2)

Faculty: Craig R. Lentzsch

This course will provide an integrated examination of values-based management and principled leadership practices vital to the success of today's intermodal transportation manager. Delivered over three quarters of the program, the course will provide detailed analysis of core competencies for strong management, exploration of best leadership practices, and investigation of ethics- based decisions to successfully navigate challenges facing today's transportation executive.

Module 2 of 2: This module will cover the second half of the course curriculum and will complete the series of modules.

TRAN 4060 Transportation Marketing and Sales Tools
(Module 2 of 2)

Faculty: Pallab Paul

This course will examine the foundations of marketing as well as the process of developing, assessing, and implementing marketing strategy in the transportation industry. The foundations are grounded in an understanding of customers' wants and needs and a commitment to satisfying those needs within the resources of the organization, the long-term benefits of society and the economy, and the highest ethical and moral standards in this global economy. Based on this foundation, the participants will learn the process of formulating marketing strategies, such as segmentation, targeting, positioning, and the four p's.

Module 2 of 2: This module will cover the second half of the course curriculum and will complete the series of modules.

TRAN 4080 Transportation Law and Regulation: Domestic and International
(Module 2 of 3)

Faculty: Dale C. Andrews, John Howard Broadley, David H. Coburn

This course consists of three distinct, integrated modules. The course will examine the role of transportation in the historical development of the US and its importance to the US economy— including the role of economic regulation and the role of deregulation and its impact on the respective modes and their development. It will examine the federal programs and agencies involved in transportation regulation, including the effect and the impact of the current transportation laws, regulations, and policies on the performance and the development of an intermodal transportation network. The course will review the legislative process involved in financing transportation and the impact on both the public and the private sectors of the transportation industry. In addition, the course will review and analyze the relevant international laws and customs regulations governing global commerce as well as international, intermodal liability issues.

Module 2 of 3: This module will cover the second third of the course curriculum.

TRAN 4320 Transportation Management, Leadership, and Values
(Module 3 of 3)

Faculty: RJ Graham

This course will provide an integrated examination of values-based management and principled leadership practices vital to the success of today's intermodal transportation manager. Delivered over three quarters of the program, the course will provide detailed analysis of core competencies for strong management, exploration of best leadership practices, and investigation of ethics- based decisions to successfully navigate challenges facing today's transportation executive.

Module 3 of 3: This module will cover the final third of the course curriculum and will complete the series of modules.

TRAN 4030 Quantitative Tools for Transportation Management
(Module 2 of 2)

Faculty: Thomas Obremski, Gary A. Kochenberger

This course will cover the basic hypothesis of testing and regression analysis and the use of dedicated software and industrialized data sets with multiple variables. Topics covered will include resource allocation, introduction to LP, modeling principles, minimum cost distribution models, facility location models, supply–chain management, generalized distribution/queuing systems, introduction to simulation, and modeling and analysis of distribution systems.

Module 2 of 2: This module will cover the second half of the course curriculum and will complete the series of modules.

Summer First Year
TRAN 4310 Freight Transportation Systems

Faculty: William J. (Bill) DeWitt

This course will examine the movement of goods domestically and internationally, with primary emphasis on the US freight transportation system, including private carriers; the network of infrastructure, terminals, and nodal connections; and the governmental programs that support the elements of this network. It will address the importance of a strong and sound freight transportation system to the economic well-being of the US and the world, identify the barriers to improving the movement of goods, examine the necessary infrastructure improvements and policy changes needed to meet the growth demands of the future, and discuss new technologies and their importance to the continued development of a safe and secure freight transportation system..

TRAN 4610 Passenger Transportation Systems

Faculty: Michael D. Meyer, Stephen D. Van Beek

This course will discuss how people move through, experience, and use various modes, services, and infrastructures of worldwide passenger transportation systems and networks. It will address the differences and the distinctions among intercity and local bus, rail, ferry, air, and related systems; will identify and recognize the difference between profit-making entities (freight) and not-for-profit or public-sector entities; and will discuss inefficiencies in today's passenger systems and identify steps to begin to correct these problems. The course will also examine the various funding, political, environmental, and resource issues that impact the planning, development, delivery, added value, and support of passenger transportation systems and related services.

Fall Second Year
TRAN 4700 Global Trade

Faculty: Ben Hackett, Roy J. Pearson

This course will examine the World Trade Organization and the regional trade agreements, such as NAFTA, with regard to their impact on US trade, shipping, and the US economy overall; their relationship to account deficits and their significance; and their impact on disputes and how trade disputes are settled. In addition, the course will address the global economy and its drivers, including the US, China, and the European Union economies as well as the specific issues that have an impact on global trade, such as vessel size, trading patterns, and outsourcing and manufacturing patterns.

TRAN 4080 Transportation Law and Regulation: Domestic and International
(Module 3 of 3)

Faculty: Dale C. Andrews, John Howard Broadley, David H. Coburn

This course consists of three distinct, integrated modules. The course will examine the role of transportation in the historical development of the US and its importance to the US economy— including the role of economic regulation and the role of deregulation and its impact on the respective modes and their development. It will examine the federal programs and agencies involved in transportation regulation, including the effect and the impact of the current transportation laws, regulations, and policies on the performance and the development of an intermodal transportation network. The course will review the legislative process involved in financing transportation and the impact on both the public and the private sectors of the transportation industry. In addition, the course will review and analyze the relevant international laws and customs regulations governing global commerce as well as international, intermodal liability issues.

Module 3 of 3: This module will cover the final third of the course curriculum and will complete the series of modules.

TRAN 4050 Intermodal Transportation Systems

Faculty: Michael D. Meyer

This course will provide the opportunity to apply the tools and concepts learned throughout the previous four quarters to the management of the intermodal system of the future— both passenger and freight. The course will examine intermodal systems globally, review transportation policy and policy-makers, design and examine customer-responsive intermodal freight and intermodal passenger systems, and examine the characteristics of the intermodal transportation professional.