Supply Chain Management and Logistics

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonJanuary 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

The products and services used every day are dependent on supply chains. These supply chains work behind the scenes connecting suppliers, customers, and other partners to meet the needs of the global marketplace and help drive economies worldwide.  Supply Chain Management involves the integration of numerous processes to create an operational framework, within which multiple organizations work collaboratively to meet marketplace demand.  Logistics -the movement, storage, and flow of goods, services, and information - is an integral part of this framework. 
The Supply Chain Management and Logistics program provides learners with the knowledge and skills to manage supply chains and coordinate logistics.  The program explores the integrated nature of supply chains systems and their connections to stakeholder and strategic objectives.  Learners will learn about the production, acquisition and sale of goods, services, and material, as well as the logistics required to bring these goods and services to market.  The program includes essential business principles such as financial management that guides supply chain design and decision- making.  It integrates a customer-centric philosophy throughout with emphasis on the development of leadership and communication skills, essential for negotiations and maintaining strategic relationships.  Focus will include the use of industry technologies as well as quality and continuous improvement processes, systems, and techniques.


The requirements of this advanced diploma program may be achieved within two years of full-time study

Admission Requirements

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  • A degree or diploma program in Business, Engineering, or Information Technology;  or
    A combination of relevant course work and related industry experience 

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of this program may find work in a range of supply chain management and logistics occupations, where there is a wide array of roles such as procurement, logistics, inventory management, transportation, and contract management.

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    Specific Considerations

    Supply Chain Management and Logistics includes course work in relevant business fundamentals.  Learners with a Business Administration degree or diploma may be eligible for credit towards applicable business course.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

      Program Courses

      Courses are subject to change.

      The Operations Management course reveals the true nature of survival for a company.  This course examines the definition and role of operations, the demand for quality, and time-based competition with an organization.  This course provides students with the skills used to design, operate and manage the systems that create products and services.  Students manage operations through quantitative techniques and operational processes within a company.  

      This course will also prepare students to analyze operational processes and supply chains designed to ensure quality, create value, optimize productivity and improve output in order to make organizations more successful. 

      Corporate social responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce, their families as well as society at large. This course allows students to assess the transformation of simple community engagement of business to the direct development and implementation corporate social standards and strategic plans.

      The challenges and successes of corporate social responsibilities are examined, along with legislation and industry policies meant to regulate supply and distribution channels across continents. 

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to formulate strategic and operational plans to achieve performance targets and gain/sustain competitive advantage. Using knowledge acquired in this and other program courses, students establish the direction a business must take to adapt to the changing environment & then align its resources and actions to reach its goals. Course concepts and content are applied using case studies.

      This course will examine the unique nature of public sector procurement and will discuss procurement strategies for the acquisition of goods and services in the public sector. The course will explore elements of competitive bidding, its evaluation criteria and the rating process. Case studies will be used to provide a practical approach to the students’ learning.


      • TRDI1059A

      This course is designed to apply learning from previous courses, in supply chain management and logistics, to an industry partner project. Working with faculty and an industry partner, students will examine supply chain problems presenting recommendations and/or solutions. This capstone project is culmination of the inter-relationships and complexities of supply chain management and logistics; applying theory, best practices, tools and the learning gained throughout the program.  The final part of the course will have students presenting project findings and recommendations.

      This course is designed to allow the learner to work independently in a industry setting related to their field of study. Learners are expected to follow the work schedule of the practicum host. The duration of this practicum is six (6) weeks.

      This course enables students to examine key economic principles, issues and problems as they relate to supply chain management. Students will examine a wide range of economic issues such as aggregate supply and demand, fiscal policy, nature and causes of inflation, the role money and banking play in the economy, as well as international trade and the international monetary system.

      This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skill to assess risks and to apply the resources to control their probability or impact. Learners are taught where and how risk management methodologies are applied as well as the principles and processes used to mitigate risks.

      This course examines the practical skills a manager needs to direct the financing aspects of an organization’s supply chain. Students explore traditional financing products, export and import financing sources, event triggered supply chain finance, and risk mitigation. Students will learn financial forecasting, operational budgeting techniques, cash flow and capital investment management.

      This course introduces students to the managerial accounting principles used to make effective management decisions. Students will analyze and apply accounting data to assist in managerial responsibilities. 

      This course provides students with the fundamentals of analysis and recording of financial transactions for the complete accounting cycle. Students will gain an understanding of accounting concepts, principles, and procedures.

      Cultural differences, if not understood, can be a significant barrier to the success of doing international business. This course examines the diversity in a cultural settings and/or people that you will encounter in doing business internationally. Communication strategies will be explored and a variety of communication styles analyzed to address cross cultural variables and barriers in international business.

      This course is an introduction to basic concepts in business law. It provides students with an overview of various acts and legislations that govern the marketplace such as contract law, tort liability, employment legislation, intellectual property, and real property.

      International law is the appropriate rules and regulations that can directly affect the success of global business initiatives and expansions for organizations. This course examines the basic legal principles of international law applicable to any business engaging in an international supply chain, business development and/or expansion. Ethical practices are explored as both law and ethics are essential to all decisions concerning international trade. 
      Topics include partnership and trade agreements, international contracts and negotiations, and intellectual property. International legal challenges and disputes are also examined to provide a broad perspective into the world of international trade. 

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate a project within a team environment. Students learn effective project management techniques that allow them to monitor all work activities and ensure a quality product while remaining within budget and meeting all contract requirements.

      All business strives to make smart decisions. As part of the decision-making process, stakeholders meet to exchange ideas and agree upon a course of action. Varying interests are negotiated to serve the goals of the organization and those of its stakeholders. Successfully facilitating meetings and discussions enhances group consensus and commitment. Negotiating with confidence and overcoming resistance can produce outcomes which serve various interests and still produce quality conclusions. By employing effective facilitation, negotiation, and decision-making skills, you can increase productivity, make smarter decisions, and accomplish better results.

      This course is designed to introduce the components required to build quality management systems. Focus will be placed on the methodologies, tools and techniques used to plan, measure and control a project and/or product quality. Also focused on will be establishing the quality requirements to ensure compliance and the processes to control it.

      This course is designed to model principles and tools of continuous improvement and Lean Six Sigma methodologies used to improve organizational performance.  While conducting a process improvement project, students will examine quality and waste minimization initiatives using industry accepted principles and techniques.

      The ability to communicate effectively with internal and external clients is essential in the workplace. This course provides students with communication skills necessary to determine clients' needs and to communicate information effectively.

      Data analysis is the process of inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modelling data in order to support better decision-making. Data analytics allows organizations to inform business decisions that can lead to optimization of the supply chain and overall improvements in operational efficiencies.

      This course introduces learners to data analysis in the field of supply chain management. Learners gain an understanding of data literacy and explore the data analytics pipeline. By creating complex spreadsheets using spreadsheet software, learners accurately analyze data, anticipate outcomes, draw conclusions, and present results of data analysis.

      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

      The Foundations of Supply Chain Management course examines the activities within the supply chain including planning, inventory management, procurement, and distribution of goods.  This course examines the skills needed to manage supply chains as well as the skills to forecast supply chain challenges and assess risks.

      In this course, students will learn the major components of warehouse management, focusing on concepts and principles to effectively and safely manage and control warehouses. The inter-relationships of warehouse systems with transportation management functions and distribution channels will be explored. Students will evaluate warehouse design and layout, shipping and receiving functions, storage equipment and personnel planning for a warehouse environment. Traditional and automated receiving and picking processes will also be evaluated. 

      Students will learn the major components of inventory management, including materials management, inventory control systems, planning and replenishment concepts, and demand forecasting.  Computerized inventory systems will be examined as well as concepts of physical inventory control and inventory analysis. 

      Students will gain knowledge in various purchasing (procurement or buying) principles, inclusive of topics such as sourcing strategies, price determination, cost management, quality, and supplier relations and management.  Students will also examine the technology and tools used in purchasing.  This course will provide students with an understanding of how effective purchasing can assist the overall success of the organization. 

      This course will introduce management technologies used in the supply chain and logistics industry.  The course will explore how Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are used to efficiently manage a supply chain. Also discussed will be the use of technology such as radio-frequency identification (RFID), artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain.

      This course is designed to examine freight forwarding and practices for managing risk and effective supply chain management. Freight forwarding is the coordination and shipment of goods from one place to another. Topics discussed include international payments, cargo insurance, commercial documentation, packaging, dangerous goods and customs compliance.  Also discussed will be transportation modes and the challenges of using a single carrier versus multiple carriers.  Risk assessment and risk management techniques will be incorporated throughout the course.


      • TRDI1057A

      This course is designed to provide the students with an introduction to transportation. Students will learn the impact of transportation on the economy, the infrastructure of the transportation industry, the structure and characteristics of the various modes of transportation, and current issues within the industry. Topics studied will be related to the Canadian and Atlantic Region economy and infrastructure.

      NOC Codes

      0113 - Purchasing managers
      1215 - Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
      1524 - Purchasing and inventory control workers

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