6 ECTS credits
150 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4020411ENW for working students in the 2nd semester at a (E) Master - advanced level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Enrollment Requirements
To be able to enroll as a student of the Master of Management programme for 'Supply Chain Management ' it is necessary to have succesfully passed for 'Introduction to IT and Operations Management' and 'Quantitative Methods for Business' or at least you need to be enrolled for 'Introduction to IT and Operations Management' and 'Quantitative Methods for Business'. There are no pre- or corequisites for the Master in Business and Technology students and the students of the Master of Management Science.
Taught in
Partnership Agreement
Under interuniversity agreement for degree program
Faculty of Social Sciences & SolvayBusinessSchool
Business Technology and Operations
Educational team
Johan Devos
Koen Mommens (course titular)
Tom Vermeiren
Soukaina Bayri
Activities and contact hours
24 contact hours Lecture
12 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
114 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

In this course the different aspects of a supply chain are introduced. Every lecture focuses on another part of the supply chain. The covered topics are: supply chain strategy, demand forecasting, inventory management, sales and operations planning, sourcing and procurement, network design, manufacturing and process improvement, warehousing, sustainable transport and urban distribution. The lectures consist of a theoretical introduction to one of these concepts, followed by a guest speaker illustrating how this concept is applied in practice. Furthermore, exercise sessions (some in a game format) and interactive workshops will be organised.

Course material
Digital course material (Required) : Handouts, papers and supplementary course material, Canvas
Digital course material (Required) : Exercises and supplementary exercise material, Canvas
Handbook (Recommended) : Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management, Cecil B. Bozarth - Robert B. Handfield, 5de, Pearson, 9781292291581, 2019
Additional info

The exercises (workshops) might be given on a Saturday morning

Teaching Methods
- Lecture: collective contact-dependent moments during which the lecturer engages with learning materials
- Seminar, Exercises or Practicals (Practical): collective or individual contact-dependent moments during which the students are guided to actively engage with learning materials
- Independent or External Form of Study (Self): independent study

This description of the teaching methods is indicative, in order to assess the expected study load.

Lecture: 24 hours (8 x 3 hours)

  • Includes theory sessions and guest lectures

Practical: 12 hours (4 x 3 hours)

  • 4 exercise sessions or interactive workshops

Self: 114 hours

  • Reading and studying the course material and papers during the semester:
    • 4.5 hours per lecture: 36 hours
    • 4.5 hours per exercise session or workshop: 18 hours
  • Solving preparatory exam questions: 12 hours
  • Preparing the exam: 48 hours
Learning Outcomes

General Competences

After following this course, students should be able to understand the different parts of the supply chain and explain how they interact with each other. Students can define all fundamental concepts of supply chain management and can make strategical, tactical and operational decisions in this domain. Students can solve realistic problems related to the topics covered during this course, using the tools and models taught. Furthermore, the guest lectures will provide students with insights in the practical implementation of the theory and how a supply chain works in real life. Students should be able to identify the relevant actions to deal with a real-life problem in a supply chain. They should also have insight in how particular concepts are influencing the sustainability of the supply chain.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Written EXam with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

    Note: Written closed-book exam which covers the content discussed during the lectures, workshops, exercise sessions and guest lectures. The exam may consist of multiple choice questions, open questions and exercises. Marks on multiple choice questions will be corrected for guessing.

Additional info regarding evaluation

(!) In accordance with the supplementary faculty regulations to article 8§3 of the Teaching and Examination Regulations, the examination in the first examination session for master students in Management only takes place in the additional examination block, organized in the two weeks following the spring break. For all other students the examination in the first examination session takes place in the second examination period as stipulated in the academic calendar.

Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Electromechanical Engineering: Vehicle Technology and Transport (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Management: Standaard traject
Master of International Business: Standaard traject
Master of Photonics Engineering: On campus traject
Master of Photonics Engineering: Online/Digital traject
Master of Electromechanical Engineering: Sustainable Transport and Automotive Engineering
Master of Linguistics and Literary Studies: Profile Profile Literary Studies
Master of Movement and Sports Sciences: Sports Policy and Sports Management Profile Profile Sports Policy and Sports Management (only offered in Dutch)