Supply Chain Management online short course

Course starts 25 January 2021

Course information

Registration Closes:
19 January 2021
Course Starts:
25 January 2021
11 weeks online
7-10 hours per week
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Owing to digital transformation and globalisation, supply chain management has evolved into a complex discipline that requires sound logistical and leadership skills. As overall business success relies heavily on supply chain success, professionals with a thorough understanding of supply chain and logistics management are valued by companies across sectors.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Supply Chain Management online short course is designed to equip you with the management skills you need to pursue rewarding new career opportunities in this field.

You’ll learn how to make informed decisions related to procurement, inventory, storage, demand, and transportation management, and will develop the know-how to devise an effective supply chain plan. You’ll also acquire the tools to manage a business’s entry into international trade, and will walk away with knowledge backed by Africa’s leading university1 that you can draw on to give any organisation a competitive advantage.

1QS Top Universities (Jun, 2019)

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • Enhanced leadership skills stemming from an in-depth understanding of supply chain and logistics management
  • Practical knowledge in the realms of logistics, operations, manufacturing, and quality assurance
  • The ability to design an integrated supply chain plan and measure its performance

Is this course for you?

This course is aimed at anyone seeking to establish or expand on their supply chain management knowledge and skills to remain relevant and unlock new career opportunities. It’s particularly suited to individuals currently employed as senior or general managers, and will appeal to those already working in the areas of logistics, warehousing, transportation, inventory control, purchasing, marketing, sales, customer service, and retail.

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This supply chain management course is accredited by the International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA), allowing you to become recognised as an industry expert worldwide.

Course curriculum

Improve the efficiency of your company’s supply chain functions as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 General management for the supply chain manager
  • Module 2 Functional management areas and the role of logistics
  • Module 3 Procurement management
  • Module 4 Inventory management
  • Module 5 Warehousing and storage management
  • Module 6 Forecasting and demand management
  • Module 7 Transportation management
  • Module 8 Containers and packaging
  • Module 9 Reverse logistics and investment recovery
  • Module 10 Managing the international supply chain
  • Module 11 Creating a competitive advantage

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Develop supply chain management skills and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 25 January 2021.

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    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with an Enrolment Advisor here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.