Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

IT Support in Supply Chain Management

Degree programme International Business Administration
Subject area Business and Management
Type of degree Bachelor
Summer Semester 2024
Course unit title IT Support in Supply Chain Management
Course unit code 025008042208
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Elective
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2024
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Xavier ALDAPE-PEREZ
Requirements and Prerequisites

Successful completion of all courses of the Supply Chain Management module.

Course content
  • Information technology and software applications for management, planning and controlling
  • Identification technologies and standards (RFID, barcodes, EDI,..) for object tracking
  • Concepts for integration in a supply chain and in production
  • IT-supported procedures and possibilities in the B2B and B2C area
  • Data provision and analysis procedures
  • IT support in the Sales and Operation Planning process (S&OP)
Learning outcomes

The flow of information is an integral part of supply chain management. Having information about the current state of the objects and the supply chain at any time and any place is necessary for the manager to make decisions. Students of Supply Chain Management and Digital Management and IT will find concrete application fields of digitalisation in this course.

The students know IT-supported possibilities and standards for the identification, tracking and communication of objects in the supply chain (e.g. EDI, barcodes, RFID, etc.). The students can describe their possible applications. Marketplaces, electronic catalogues, auction portals, etc. for the implementation of B2B and B2C concepts as well as their possible applications are made known. Procedures and possibilities for the provision, analysis and distribution of supply chain data can be presented (e.g. data warehouse, big data, analysis tools such as multidimensional analyses, data mining, etc.).

Current concepts for the integration of information and technical possibilities within a supply chain from an internal as well as cross-company perspective can be discussed and described (e.g. Industry 4.0, Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR), etc.). IT support for Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) can be explained and described. Students can analyse case studies and argue suitable IT support processes and technologies for supply chain management.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Interactive course with lecture, case studies, exercises in individual and group work, presentations and homework.

Assessment methods and criteria

Pre-assignment, participation during the seminar in the form of contributions and short presentations (individual or group assignments), post-assignment, individual weighting as determined by the instructors, announcement at the beginning of the semester



Recommended or required reading

Hompelten, Michael; Rehof, Jakob; Wolf, Oliver (2015): Cloud Computing for Logistics. Bern: Springer.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

 Classes with compulsory attendance