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

Degree programme: Bachelor International Business Part-time
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2021

Course unit title Principles of Supply Chain Management
Course unit code 025027031302
Language of instruction Deutsch
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 4
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 5
Name of lecturer(s) Stefan HÖFFERER, Werner MANAHL, Gunter OLSOWSKI

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Purchasing, Production and Logistics

Course content

Cost and competitive advantages in business usually emerge from international value chains. The proper design of the supply chain (source, make, deliver and return) is essential. In the context of SCM selected topics are deepened and processed in the SCM with an integrated method of simulation and gaming and Problem-Based Learning (PBL).

The main focus is on simulations of production logistics/lean production and distribution logistics/planning. Die concrete problems, an result of these simulations are processed with the PBL method. In lectures and field trips topics such SCM, lean production and KAIZEN are further specialised. Course contents in detail are: Overview of SCM, potentials and possibilities Basic concepts of SCM, SCORE model and basic design levels Experience bullwhip effect and its causes as well as measures of reduction Lean manufacturing, KAIZEN

Learning outcomes


  • Students can use basic concepts, tasks and objectives of supply chain management (SCM).
  • Students are familiar with the conditions, effects and potentials of SCM.
  • The SCORE model, the structure and the contents can be described. Comprehension
  • Students experience and discuss effects and causes of the bullwhip effect.
  • Causes of waste and the effects of this can be discussed and explained.


  • Students are able to explain measures to reduce the bullwhip effect and apply them in the simulation.
  • Basic methods and concepts of lean production and the CIP can be implemented in a simulation, and results can be discussed.
  • The problem solving cycle can be applied as a method in the context of the simulations.


  • Students are able to identify and describe problems from the simulations/cases.
  • KPIs can be analysed as a measure of the success of change and interpreted. Synthesis
  • Students are able to use different principles and procedures of SCM for the design of improved processes and to argue and document decisions.
  • The solutions of the problems are implemented in an acceptable and in-depth concept.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) based on simulations/business games

Coaching on the tasks and explanations

Field trips to supplement respective subjects of SCM

Business game planning/distribution and lean production Lectures for further specialisation of SCM topics and lean production, followed by a discussion

Assessment methods and criteria

Two conceptual written papers, as an individual, minimum 12,000 characters incl. spaces.

One seminar paper per person with an analysis and solutions with implementation aspects in the first simulation, 50 % of the grade.

One seminar paper per person with an analysis and a concept for changed design in the second simulation, 50 % of the grade.


Detailed information about the course and the sessions will be published in the course book. For two excursions each within 200 km travel costs and possibly an overnight stay should be assumed.

Recommended or required reading

Schulte, Christian (2012): Logistik – Wege zur Optimierung der Supply Chain. München: Vahlen.

Ehrmann, Harald (2014): Logistik. Herne: NWB.

Kummer, Sebastian; Grün, Oskar; Jammernegg, Werner (2009): Grundzüge der Beschaffung, Produktion und Logistik. München: Pearson.

Werner, Hartmut (2013): Supply Chain Management: Grundlagen, Strategien, Instrumente und Controlling. Springer: Wiesbaden.

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

Face-to-face instruction with mandatory attendance at simulations according to the course book