SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for Specialist Diploma in Supply Chain Management

About the Course

Logistics is a key pillar contribution close to 7% of Singapore's GDP and remains a critical growth area for the years to come. The World Bank ranked Singapore as the No. 1 Logistics Hub in Asia in the 2014 Logistics Performance Index.

Singapore's strategic location in the heart of Southeast Asia and at the nexus of major shipping lanes has made it an important logistics hub and conduit for world trade.

Today, Singapore is a prime location for major logistics firms, with 20 of the top 25 global logistics players conducting operations here. With an expansive base of leading global logistics players, world-class infrastructure and excellent global connectivity, Singapore is the preferred logistics and supply chain management hub for companies.

This course aims to equip participants with specialized knowledge and skills in the field of supply chain management, including warehouse and inventory management, transportation operations and freight services, lean process, pharmaceutical and bio-chemical supply chain, and cold chain management, etc.

Participants gain hands-on experience in simulation software, TradeNet application, Warehouse Management System (WMS) ERP System, and hi-tech equipment such as pick-to-voice system, pick-to-light system, cold chain packaging and equipment, and Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID).

Upon completion of the course, participants will be equipped to:

  • Manage inventory, improve and optimize supply chain processes, and apply info-comm technologies in supply chain management;
  • Plan, implement and manage integrated supply chain and specialized logistics, in particular, pharmaceutical and bio-chemical supply chain, and cold chain management.


Through the Specialist Diploma, participants will enhance their knowledge in the logistics sector, as well as upgrade and deepen their skills so that they are well placed to take on new or larger job scopes and progress in their careers, either vertically or horizontally.


Career Progression

Participants will join established Logistics companies as a Logistics Officer and can look forward to a fulfilling career advancing to be a Senior Logistics Officer after accumulating the required skill and experience.


Careers in Supply Chain Management

  • Air Freight Operations
  • Logistics Operations
  • Sea Freight Operations
  • Supply Chain Planning
  • Logistics Customer Service
  • Logistics Business Solutions


Participating Organisations

Logistics companies participating in the programme including ST Logistics Pte Ltd, DHL Supply Chain Singapore Pte Ltd and Yusen Logistics (Singapore) Pte Ltd. etc.


Participants will undergo a 12 months structured training programme including on-the-job training, facilitated/e-Learning training and company-based projects leading to a Specialist Diploma in Supply Chain Management.


Module Synopses


1. Post-Diploma Certificate in Supply Chain Operations

The Post Diploma Certificate (PDC) aims to equip participants with the foundation of supply chain operations. Participants will learn inventory management, warehouse operations, transportation operations, freight services, and specialized logistics in cold chain management and pharmaceutical/bio-chemical supply chain management.

This PDC consists of the following 6 modules:

E2289C Warehouse Management and Operations

Module Synopsis

This module covers the principles of warehouse operations and its importance in supply chain management. These include warehouse planning and processes, material handling system selection, labour and cost requirements.
Through these lessons, the module equips participants to be able to effectively manage the warehouse and distribution operations with benchmarking tools and awareness of the latest technology and development in this industry.

Module Outcomes

By the end of the module, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the needs and functions of a Distribution Centre (DC)
  • Outline how the information and material flow works in a warehouse, and how it leads to order fulfilment
  • Examine how technology and automation can be deployed for warehouse operations
  • Analyse and recommend warehouse KPIs and conduct performance gap analysis
  • Develop the steps to be taken for a warehouse process improvement study

E1809C Transportation Management and Operations

Module Synopsis

This module aims to provide an understanding on the concepts behind the practical and theoretical applications of transportation management and operations at local context, and the efficient management of industrial and transport logistics. Participants will learn concepts such as transportation management, last mile delivery, and hands-on use of IT tools for track and trace.

Module Outcomes

By the end of the module, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the various types of distribution channels and transportation services
  • Plan, analyse and optimize distribution network and transportation routing
  • Recommend suitable use of export packing and packaging labelling for international transportation
  • Apply technologies in distribution planning
  • Appreciate current trends and challenges faced in the local distribution industry

E1819C Freight Services and Operations

Module Synopsis

This module aims to build student’s knowledge on various aspects of international freight services through a structured, consultative and interactive learning process using relevant case studies from the industry. It intends to equip participants with fundamental industrial knowledge as well as the practical skills needed to function effectively as a specialist in the international freight service industry.

Module Outcomes

By the end of the module, participants should be able to:
  • Describe international freight service industry landscape
  • Explain different INCOTERM & scenarios
  • Describe different freight mode, cargo & container types
  • Explain different import & export freight processes & the respective documentation requirements
  • Describe freight application systems & technologies
  • Design integrated freight solution / models
  • Explain pricing & tender management process
  • Discuss the future of freight service industry

E1829C Inventory Management

Module Synopsis

This module covers the basic principles in inventory management and aims to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of inventory control techniques, practices and technologies commonly adopted in the industry. This module enables and equips participants with the expertise to control and manage the inventory operations of different types of stocks.

Module Outcomes

This module aims to build on participants’ knowledge of the various aspects of inventory management. By the end of the module, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the importance and strategic role of inventory and inventory management in companies that manufacture, distribute, store, move and sell products to its customers
  • Describe the various common inventory control practices used in the industry
  • Appreciate the various technologies that are used for inventory management
  • Explain the appropriate inventory control methods to be used for independent-demand items, dependent-demand items and perishable items

E1839C Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Module Synopsis

This module aims to build on participants’ knowledge of ERP fundamentals by providing the overview of ERP system as well as system navigation. Participants will also be introduced to the major business processes in the ERP system. Through the hands-on practices on Material Management (MM), Sales and Distribution (SD) and Production Planning (PP) modules in ERP system, participants will be equipped with the expertise necessary to perform the procurement, inventory management, sales and production related transactions.

Module Outcomes

By the end of the module, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the role of a ERP system in carrying out business processes in a company
  • Explain the basic functionality of ERP system
  • Execute a procure-to-pay process in ERP system
  • Execute an order-to-cash process in ERP system
  • Execute a material planning process in ERP system

E2299C Pharmaceutical and Cold Chain Management

Module Synopsis

Through this module, participants will be introduced to Cold Chain management and Pharmaceutical/Dangerous Goods (DG) supply chain management. The topics in Cold Chain management cover cold chain operations, suitable technologies applied in Perishable and Temperature Sensitive Products logistics, and cold chain standards such as CCQI (Cold Chain Quality Indicator), HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) and ISO 22000:2005 - Food Safety Management System. The topics in Pharmaceutical/ Dangerous Goods supply chain management cover the applications of regulatory guideline, logistics handling of Pharmaceutical and DG products, and Good Distribution Practices (GDP).

Module Outcomes

This module aims to provide an understanding of the theoretical concepts and practical applications relevant to the management of cold chain and Pharmaceutical/Dangerous Goods (DG). By the end of the module, participants should be able to:
  • Identify the importance of cold chain in supply chain management
  • Implement quality management of cold chain in the food industry
  • Apply the technologies in monitoring temperature in cold chain
  • Explain the significance of a pharmaceutical and DG supply chain
  • Recognize and demonstrate the appropriate selection of different equipment and packaging that support the integrity of the pharmaceutical and DG supply chain
  • Recognize and appreciate the best industrial practices, standards and guidelines that are applicable to the pharmaceutical and DG supply chain


2. Post Diploma Certificate in Supply Chain Processes Improvement

The Post Diploma Certificate aims to equip participants with integrated logistics solutioning and process improvement. Participants will learn how to apply process improvement techniques and technologies to plan, implement and manage the integrated supply chain.

This PDC consists of the following 4 modules:

E2479C Lean Processes and Simulation

Module Synopsis

This module imparts concepts on process improvement and analysis methods. Participants will learn Lean topics such as value-streamed mapping, setting of SOPs and KPIs and work balancing to effectively improve and balance organizational work processes. In addition, the module introduces the use of simulation to study complex systems. Through hands-on sessions, participants will be taught simulation modelling of service processes, material flow and automation systems. The techniques learnt will enable participants to make effective, data-based decisions on process re-designs and systems implementation.

Module Outcomes

By the end of the module, participants should be able to:
  • Articulate what is Lean and how to it drives operational excellence
  • Create process maps, SOPs and value-stream maps to identify process improvement opportunities
  • Apply time study and line balancing to improve process performance
  • Represent a queuing process as a queuing system and apply basic queuing models
  • Evaluate service processes, material flow systems and other automation systems by utilising simulation models
  • Present and analyse process data using simple graphical tools

E2489C Supply Chain IT

Module Synopsis

This module covers Info-comm concepts which are critical to the Supply Chain industry. The module covers the following aspects: information analytics, internet, information architecture and cyber security. Participants will be equipped with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively work in the industry. This module equips the participants with Info-comm concepts, data analysis, visualization and geospatial techniques, cloud computing and e-business technology, collaboration and IOT technology and knowledge in information security.

Module Outcomes

By the end of this module, participants will be equipped with the expertise necessary to :
  • Perform data and statistical analysis
  • Explain data findings
  • Identify innovative logistics solutions
  • Review IT enabled processes for areas of improvement
  • Apply latest technology for operations improvement activities
  • Determine customer requirements to develop IT solutions for logistics

E2499C Supply Chain Design and Management

Module Synopsis

This module covers the fundamentals of strategic design and effective management of global supply chain. The participants will learn about the best in class supply chain practices and design strategies being deployed in various industries. This module builds up participants’ knowledge of supply chain fundamentals by strengthening their ability to analyse the current practices and develop improvement alternatives. The participants will develop an understanding on strategies, techniques and best in class practices, which can be adopted to improve the operations in respective verticals.

Module Outcomes

By the end of this module, participants will be equipped with the expertise necessary to evaluate, propose and exercise best in class supply chain practices. Participants will be able to:
  • Identify and analyse the gaps and weaknesses in supply chain operations
  • Develop measures to review and improve supply chain operations
  • Evaluate the prevalent trends to enhance operational practices
  • Analyse logistics solutions that address customer needs
  • Propose solutions for different verticals

E3249C Capstone Project

Module Synopsis

Participants will undertake an individual project to apply what they have learnt and deepen their understanding in the supply chain management related topics of interest.

Module Outcomes

Each student will be expected to define the objectives of the project, develop a plan of action, execute the plan to a reasonable degree, and evaluate its outcomes. Participants will also be expected to take corrective action if necessary, and prepare a report and presentation covering the entire project.

 

Commencement Date

Duration

Venue

October 2018 12 months (weekly classes)  Republic Polytechnic
Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents who are either of the below:

  • Fresh polytechnic graduates from relevant courses, within 3 years of graduation or completion of National Service (ORD)
  • Current employees who have graduated from relevant courses/ORD for more than 3 years but within 5 years

 Relevant Diplomas from the five local Polytechnics:

  1. Nanyang Polytechnic:

  • Diploma in Business Management with specialisation in Supply Chain Management

  2. Ngee Ann Polytechnic:

  • Diploma in International Trade and Business
    (Original diploma: Diploma in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management)

  3. Republic Polytechnic:

  • Diploma in Supply Chain Management
  • Diploma in Industrial and Operations Management

  4. Singapore Polytechnic:

  • Diploma in Business Administration (Operations Management)
  • Diploma in Maritime Business

  5. Temasek Polytechnic:

  • Diploma in Logistics and Operations Management
  • Diploma in Business Process & Systems Engineering

  6. All:

  • Other related Engineering, IT or Business Diploma

Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC)

Singapore Citizen

(After Subsidy & GST)

Singapore PR

(After Subsidy & GST)

SME-sponsored

(After Subsidy & GST)

PDC 1

$505.58

$1,357.83

$357.08

PDC 2

$505.58

$1,357.83

$357.08

Total Course Fees

$1,011.16

$2,715.66

$714.16



Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to make changes to the course fee and application closing dates without prior notice. The commencement of each course is subject to sufficient number of participants. 

All information is accurate at time of publishing.

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Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to make changes to the course fee and application closing dates without prior notice.  The commencement of each course is subject to a sufficient number of participants. All information is accurate at time of publishing.