0832 Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Mag.Dipl.-Ing. Lydia Novoszel, Suparna Saha, M.A.
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/14/23 to 09/17/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Monday 10/02/23 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM TC.5.27
Monday 10/02/23 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.5.27
Thursday 10/05/23 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM D3.0.233
Monday 10/09/23 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.5.01
Thursday 10/12/23 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM D3.0.233
Monday 10/16/23 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.5.01
Wednesday 10/18/23 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.5.05
Thursday 10/19/23 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM D3.0.233
Monday 10/23/23 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.5.01
Monday 10/30/23 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.5.01
Tuesday 10/31/23 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM TC.2.03
Monday 11/06/23 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.2.02

The lecture is structured as follows:

  • Introduction to Supply Chain Managementand Supply Chain Performance: Achieving Strategic Fit and Scope
  • Supply Chain Drivers and Metrics
  • Demand Forecasting in a Supply Chain
  • Inverted Classroom: Introduction to Linear Programming (Please bring your laptops to class in this and the following 2 sessions)
  • Aggregate Planning
  • Sales &Operations Planning
  • Beer Game and Coordination and IT
  • Sourcing Decisions in SCM
  • Digital Supply Chain, Smart Operations and Industry 4.0
Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the module, students should have acquired an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of Supply Chain Management. The first  two lectures elaborates on this through the focus on performance measurement and drivers and metrics of SCs, then the focus shifts to demand forecasting before switching to an introduction on linear programming (LP) . In session 5, students become familiar with the concepts of Integer Programming and Aggregate Planning and in session 6 with Sales and Operations Planning followed by an educational game exemplifying the previously covered topics. The last lecture discusses coordination in SCM and the role of IT in the supply chain. Various cases enable the students to gain deep context knowledge and prepare them for applying their new skills in the business environment.

Attendance requirements

Attendance in the first lecture is mandatory for the participation in the course and SBWL. If an absence cannot be avoided inform the lecturer via email before class and provide some form of proof for the absence (e.g. medical confirmation) in the next session. In total, a minimum requirement for attendance of 80% is required to pass the course.

If the attendance falls below 80% for students receiving partial credit, students are graded with 5 (Nicht genügend). See further: Prüfungsordnung

Teaching/learning method(s)

Lectures, Case Studies, Inverted class room, Home work Assignments and In-Class Exercises

Tutorials will be held on campus.

HW Assignments: 30%

Case Studies: 20%

Final Exam: 50 % 

Lectures start punctually. In case of in-class assignments, be aware that they are most likely to take place at the beginning of a lecture. If students are absent during the in-class assignments no make-up assignments are granted.

If a student misses the final exam, he or she can repeat the exam only if he or she provides sufficient proof of the necessity of the absence (illness, accident…). If the student misses a performance assessment worth less than 50% of the grade, (limited) opportunities to repeat the assessment can be provided optionally by the lecturers and in any case require sufficient proof for the necessity of the absence as well.

Cooperation with other students on homework assignments is encouraged. However, the final write-up must be done individually. ‘Duplicate’ homeworkwrite-ups are unacceptable and will receive a score of zero. (Any homework that is late will receive a score of zero.)

The final exam has to be passed with at least 50% of maximum points. (Passing the final exam is mandatory for positive evaluation of this course.)

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Information for WU bachelor students (Not relevant for incoming students):

Organisatorische Fragen zur Zulassung/Aufnahme
Die Zulassung zur SBWL erfolgt durch das Institut für Transportwirtschaft und Logistik: ITL Homepage SBWl SNS

Fragen zur Aufnahme, die nicht bereits im Internet (Informationsseite der SBWL) beantwortet werden, richten Sie bitte per E-Mail an

Inhaltliche Fragen zum Einstiegstest
Bei inhaltlichen Fragen zum Einstiegstest wenden Sie sich bitte an

Alle Kurse der SBWL Supply Networks and Services können ausnahmslos nur nach positivem Abschluss des Zulassungsverfahrens besucht werden.


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Recommended previous knowledge and skills
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel and linear programming (as provided in the entrance exam literature)
Availability of lecturer(s)

Lydia Novoszel: Office hours on demand and virtually, appointments via email

Tutor: Celina Adams



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Last edited: 2023-08-09