Supply Chain Suite

Supply Chain Suite

This series will provide you with the tools, tactics, and strategies you need to have a successful career in the supply chain field. You will learn purchasing fundamentals for improving your company's bottom-line profitability, distributions and logistics management for fulfilling customer demands, and supply chain management fundamentals for balancing top management's interests with those of shop floor workers. Some of the courses in this series will even prepare you to sit for nationally recognized certifications. By the end of the series, you will have built the knowledge and skills you need for success in a supply chain role.

72 Course Hrs
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72 Course Hrs
Study online with Instructor moderated discussion boards.
Select a start date for each course below:


Purchasing Fundamentals

Discover and master the fundamentals of purchasing by understanding your strategic and tactical roles as a purchasing practitioner. Improve your company's bottom-line profitability by learning and implementing key concepts such as negotiation, supplier sourcing and qualification, outsourcing and make-or-buy analysis. Learn the basics of supplier partnerships, capital budgeting and green buying.

In this six-week online course, you will learn how to define internal customer needs, generate purchase requisitions and purchase orders, expedite, trace and receive supplier deliveries, maintain effective purchasing records and create and manage various purchasing budgets. I will help you learn about business law, contracts, leasing, Six Sigma and total quality management (TQM). You will learn how to recruit, select and evaluate purchasing personnel, and learn the importance of business ethics.

Distribution and Logistics Management

Distribution and logistics management is a critical company function. Professionals in this field play a key role in fulfilling customer demands, ordering and managing inventory, controlling inbound and outbound shipments, reducing costs, saving time, and meeting company objectives. This course will not only show you how to create and operate a logistics function, but it will also show you how to achieve success through a combination of strategies and tactics.

All elements of distribution and logistics management will be covered, including physical distribution, warehouse selection, material handling, packaging, order fulfillment, customer service, inventory management, receiving, production stores, and returned goods. The course will also address key technology issues such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), bar coding, electronic data interchange (EDI), electronic commerce (e-commerce), and distribution resource planning (DRP).

Supply Chain Management Fundamentals

Supply chain management professionals play a key role in capturing customer demands, creating forecasts, developing schedules, ordering and managing inventory, controlling production orders, and maximizing customer satisfaction.

This course will help you succeed in the supply chain management field. You will learn which actions to take when confronted by almost any situation. You'll understand how to represent top management's interests on the shop floor, and you'll know how to translate such initiatives as strategic planning, sales and operations planning, and new product introduction into achievable, operational plans.

You'll understand all the necessary elements to fulfill the requirements of a formal supply chain cycle beginning with developing long-range production, sales, and capacity plans and ending with planning, implementing, and controlling daily manufacturing schedules. You'll master the fundamentals of supply chain management, including customer demand forecasting, master production scheduling (MPS), material requirements planning (MRP), capacity planning, and production activity control (PAC).

The course also includes essential information to help you prepare for internationally recognized supply chain and materials management certification examinations.

Suite bundles are not eligible for partial drops or refunds. Transfers to other open sessions of the same course are available. Please refer to your school for additional details regarding drops, transfers, and refunds on Suite bundles.


  1. Purchasing Fundamentals
    1. Contributions of Purchasing
    2. Organizational Strategy and Purchasing Response
    3. Elements of the Purchasing Cycle
    4. The Purchasing Cycle (Conclusion); Make or Buy Analysis; Leasing
    5. Supplier Sourcing
    6. Green Buying; Purchasing Records; Competitive Bidding
    7. Business Law, Contracts, and Legal Forms of the Organization
    8. Six Sigma and Total Quality Management; ERP/MRP II
    9. Introduction to Budgeting
    10. Capital Budgeting
    11. Supplier Partnerships; Ethics and Organizational Politics
    12. Recruiting, Training, and Evaluating Purchasing Personnel
  2. Distribution and Logistics Management
    1. Overview of Logistics
    2. Logistics System Elements I
    3. Logistics System Elements II
    4. Logistics System Elements III
    5. Inventory Management
    6. Freight Documents and Returns
    7. Computer Technology
    8. Deregulation and Freight Rates
    9. Personnel Management
    10. Distribution Facility Selection
    11. Project Management
    12. Performance Measurements
  3. Supply Chain Management Fundamentals
    1. Certification and Systems
    2. Sales and Operations Planning
    3. An Overview of Forecasting
    4. Forecasting Techniques
    5. Advanced Forecasting Topics
    6. Strategy and the Production Plan
    7. Master Production Scheduling
    8. Material Requirements Planning
    9. Capacity Planning
    10. Production Activity Control, Part 1
    11. Production Activity Control, Part 2
    12. Production Activity Control, Part 3



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Tony Swaim

Tony Swaim has helped many clients, colleagues, and students reach their professional and personal goals. He has been an online instructor since 1998 and has taught at colleges and universities across the United States since 1981. His focus areas are project management, Six Sigma, and supply chain management. Tony manages a successful consulting firm, and his industry experience includes 20 years of supply chain management. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and holds professional certifications in six disciplines, including the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB®) from the American Society for Quality (ASQ®).

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.

Instructor-Moderated Course Code: B8597