SC401 Intro to Supply Chain Management

About This Course

This introductory course provides an overview of the principles of supply chain management, including strategy, forecasting/planning, purchasing, operations, logistics, and transportation. Instructors will focus on the methods organizations use to create value for customers through key operating priorities, such as quality, cost, time, flexibility, innovation, and sustainability. Participants will be introduced to immediately applicable strategies and practical analytical tools that they can use to solve problems and make decisions in real-world contexts.


Course Snapshot

Course delivered in a virtual format with live instructor & student interaction

Once per year (Fall)


2 days, 8:00am - 4:30pm


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Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management (SCM) is the planning and oversight of the entire supply chain, from people and activities to resources and products. An efficient, well-managed supply chain creates value and helps a company gain a competitive advantage...

What You’ll Learn

Upon completion of this course, students will have gained the knowledge to:

  • Appreciate the strategic role of operations in all types of organizations;
  • Understand the importance of links between customer needs and operations design;
  • Describe ways in which the operations function interacts with other functions, particularly marketing and finance;
  • Map the flow of a process and identify areas for improvement;
  • Apply analytical tools to solve operations and supply chain problems;
  • Understand supply chain management and its importance in today’s economy.

The Learning Environment

This course is delivered in a virtual format and combines lectures, discussions, and group activities. 

Other Courses in this Certificate Track

Enrolling in the full certificate program allows for more comprehensive learning in regard to sustainable supply chain management.

Courses may be taken individually and in any order unless otherwise noted. Five courses are required to complete the certificate. If pursuing the certificate, all courses in the certificate program must be completed within three years. Visit the program page for a recommended sequence.