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Overview - 2021/2022

With the Fanshawe Business - Supply Chain and Operations program, you’ll be prepared to join private or public sectors in this demanding field.  Through our supply chain management courses you will learn how to analyze using computer software, while nurturing your negotiation skills. You’ll cover business theories and put them into practice. Your supply chain management courses will examine material sourcing, transportation methods, inventory, retail management, and analytical techniques. This supply chain management certification is available in a traditional in class format with September, January, February and May admission.

There are options to transfer to a degree completion program at many other post-secondary institutions or complement your diploma with a graduate certificate offered at Fanshawe College.

Supply Chain Canada: Professionals advancing the future.Articulation agreements exist with Supply Chain Canada which provides advanced standing in the Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) designation program.


A co-op version of this program is also available


Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
- Mathematics* ONE OF:
       - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
       - Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
          (Note: a minimum final grade of 60 required for any Grade 11 Mathematics course)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
- Mathematics* ONE OF:
       - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
       - Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
          (Note: a minimum final grade of 60 required for any Grade 11 Mathematics course)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grade stated above

  • *Applicants who lack the required Mathematics may still gain eligibility for admission by completing appropriate prior upgrading.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements 
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Business Studies (C), (M), or (O)
  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE): Business Mathematics course and Computer Skills course
  • Applicants who do not meet the stated admission requirements for the Business - Supply Chain and Operations program should apply to the one-year Business Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate program, Program Code BFS2.  The Business Fundamentals program is recommended for students who require or desire academic upgrading, particularly in Mathematics and English, before pursuing a business diploma program.  Students who successfully complete the Business Fundamentals program may be eligible for admission to Level 2 of any two-year business diploma program at Fanshawe College.

Advanced Standing

  • Applicants may apply for advanced standing on the basis of previous academic achievement at another institution and/or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).  Advanced standing qualifies the applicant for direct entry to a second or higher level of the program. 

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


Business - Supply Chain and Operations-2021/2022

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BUSI-1005Introduction to Business Processes3
This course explores the various functional areas of business in Canada and demonstrates the interrelationship among these areas. Students are introduced to many concepts, including major business trends, the role of government in business, marketing, operations, employee-management issues, financial resources management, business ethics and social responsibility.
ACCT-1100Principles of Accounting 13
This course introduces the student to the Principles of Accounting, and includes an exploration of the underlying concepts that guide the preparation of accounts for individuals and organizations. It is designed to teach the student, regardless of program destination, an essential life skill - an understanding of Net Worth, and its importance to business success and the financial well being of the individual.
WRIT-1032Reason & Writing Business 13
This course will introduce business students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
MKTG-1012Principles of Marketing 13
This course is designed to provide an overview of the decisions that face Marketers in today's fast-paced and competitive business environment. Students will learn that marketing is not only advertising but a broad set of activities designed to satisfy consumer needs and wants. Students examine the information Marketers require for effective decision-making and learn the basic elements of the marketing planning process.
MATH-1052Business Math3
This course provides a review of basic arithmetic and algebra as well as providing students with mathematical tools and concepts needed for other college courses and in future employment. This course is to prepare students for later courses in Marketing, Business, Financial Planning, Accounting, Purchasing and Insurance.
BUSI-1060Strategies for Success1
This course presents and helps to develop some of the skills required to achieve academic and career success. Areas of focus include college resources, study skills, time management, academic integrity, emotional self-awareness and social skills development. Additionally, emphasis is placed on career readiness and preparation.

Level 2
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PRCH-1012Purchasing & SCM3
This course introduces students to the field of Supply Management. Emphasis will be placed on the impact that purchasing and supply chain management can have on the competitive success and profitability of organizations. This course will focus on identifying and applying specific tools and techniques that are often used in the procurement process. The following concepts and tools will be introduced: sourcing, supplier evaluation, ethics, lean supply (inventory) basics, cost management, government and retail buying, negotiation, contract law, quality needs, buying services, and performance evaluation.
ECON-1019Contemporary Issues in Economics3
This is a survey course which introduces students to the structure and function of our economic system. The course will give students a basic understanding of the principles of both micro and macroeconomic activity through modeling and analysis. Students will examine the role that households (consumers), industry (producers) and governments play in a modern economic system and how the decisions by these different levels affect all of our lives. The course is structured to provide insight through lectures, discussions and current events.
ACCT-1015Management Accounting3
This introductory course emphasizes management accounting topics such as financial statement analysis, budgets, nature of costs etc. This will allow the student to understand the role of accounting in business and how accounting data is used in the decision making process.
MGMT-3041Organizational Behaviour3
Organizational behaviour (OB) theories and concepts are applicable to various work settings-private, public, for-profit, and not-for-profit. This course investigates how individuals, groups, and structures influence and are, in turn, influenced by behaviours in organizations. Discussion will focus on topics that include: history of OB; evolution of organizational structure, design and culture; work place productivity, employee skills and technology demands; conflict resolution; interpersonal skills; legislation related to workplace discrimination and harassment; leadership; and management of change, power, and organizational politics.
COMP-3077Excel for Business Adv3
Modern spreadsheet programs perform far beyond simple number crunching. The functionality of Microsoft Excel continues to move the application into new venues such as visual interactive data presentations or sales proposals. Given the now commonplace nature of the program, it is crucial that all business minded professionals have a comprehensive knowledge of MS Excel. Upon successful completion of this curriculum, students will be trained in MS Excel 2016 for MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) expert level Excel certification. MOS testing is available at certified testing centers across Canada.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1
MGMT-3058Retail Management & e-Commerce3
Almost 60% of the Canadian economy involves consumer spending. That makes retail management an integral part of the Canadian economy. This course focuses on decision making tools for developing retail strategy, planning merchandise, and building customer loyalty. With an ever increasing number of retailers devoting resources to attracting customers online we will spend time exploring e-commerce.
MATH-1175Financial Math3
This course explains the time value of money calculations used in Mathematics of Finance. It covers topics such as simple interest, compound interest, annuities-simple and general, bonds and cost-benefit analysis.
MGMT-3068Transportation in SCM3
This course introduces students to the field of Transportation. The critical role that transportation plays in helping companies improve their supply chain effectiveness will be examined. Transportation has been growing in importance and has become a critical link in the organizations supply chain and in our Canadian economy. This course will focus on matters of tactical significance such as comparing all methods of transportation, transportation regulation, risk management, preparation of export documentation, performing calculations relating to various transportation decisions, security issues and initiatives, and challenges that the transportation professional may deal with.
COMM-3020Professional Communication3
This course develops students' literacy and professional communication skills. Students focus on current business issues and convey relevant meaning in oral and written format. The main themes of the course include writing reports and other relevant business documents (e.g. letters, short reports); communicating in groups and meetings; awareness of intercultural communication and diverse audiences; the job search (including resumes and cover letters); business; business rhetoric in speaking and writing; summarizing and evaluating current business-related readings; delivering presentations; researching and documenting reports using APA format; and self-editing skills.
MGMT-3069Operations Management3
Operations Management is an integral component of the Supply Chain as it impacts customers, suppliers and the organization as a whole. This course deals with the requirements to provide the goods and services to our customers examining such areas as inventory, forecasting, capacity, strategies, facilities and planning as well as their impact on the health of our organization. This course provides tactical and strategic examination to provide students with an understanding of the essential aspects of this link in the supply chain.

Group 2
Students will be enrolled in one of the following courses:
MGMT-3011 or INNV-1001
MGMT-3011Project Management3
Project management is about meeting unique challenges. Project management involves understanding and managing the relationships between people and events, and the scarce resources of time and money. This course will provide practical theories for the successful development, implementation and evaluation of projects and events to meet the strategic and operational goals/objectives of a business. Students will be introduced to a variety of principles, practices, tools and resources to manage workplace projects personal projects and events.
INNV-1001Innovation Applications3
Organizations and individuals need to be innovative to succeed in the complex and rapidly-changing global marketplace. In this course you will learn the fundamentals of innovation and how innovation applies to your discipline or field.Using this foundational knowledge, you will apply the novel and adaptive thinking processes and tools presented in the course to complete an innovative learning project in collaboration with other students.The project will be based on a real-world scenario with a defined scope as chosen by your professor. The project may involve external live clients and a multi-disciplinary approach.Throughout the course, novel and adaptive thinking skills as well as collaboration skills will be evaluated through self assessment.This course is designed to give students in certificate and diploma programs a foundation in innovative thinking.

Level 4
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PRCH-3019Logistics Management3
This course introduces students to the field of supply chain management (SCM), which spans the entire process from obtaining raw materials to their transformation into products and services, as well as delivery to customers. SCM impacts all areas and processes of the firm and its supply chain partners. This course will stress how you can improve the success and competitive advantage of organizations by employing various practices. The key aspects of procurement, operations and transportation will be emphasized, as well as how each of these functions interrelate and contribute to effective SCM. This course will introduce tactical concepts and applications of topics such as MRP, DRP, ERP, CRM, forecasting, inventory management, transportation, warehousing, and facility location.
MGMT-3070Negotiation Principles3
This course is designed to introduce supply chain management students to the skills required in distributive and integrative negotiations. This course will involve critical thinking skills and will introduce concepts and practice, so that students can increase their confidence and ability through both study of negotiation theory and active engagement through participation in progressively challenging role-plays. Students will be able to recognize different conflict and negotiation situations, know how to plan, implement, and analyze their negotiations. Topics covered include strategies, cognitive biases, ethics, cultural differences, communication styles and third party options for disputes.
LAWS-3016Purchasing Contract Law3
An examination of the principles of Canadian business law with a focus on commercial purchasing issues including contract, personal and commercial liability and fiduciary obligations.
MGMT-3090Business & Resource Planning Systems3
In this course students will use the latest ERP software to examine how various business tasks or activities are managed, with particular attention paid to how these activities span across functional areas of the business. Students will develop an understanding of the many chains of interrelated events that must occur for any business to successfully serve its internal and external customers. Using an ERP system, students will execute tasks for a fictitious business, carrying out activities related to sales order processing, credit and receivable risk management, pricing, forecasting, procurement, material requirements planning and production planning. Upon completion of this course, students will have developed a high-level view of the chain of information "hand offs" that occur among and between functional areas of the business, and the use of an ERP system can contribute to organizational efficiency.
PRCH-3020Public Sector SCM3
This course is an introduction to the field of Public Supply Management, the art and science of ensuring that goods and services are created and delivered successfully to customers. This course will cover the basic and essential aspects of this field of study at the tactical level.
PRCH-3018Strategic Business Planning-SCM3
Supply Chain Management is a critical function to any organization, and every department has a critical role to play in delivering an organization's strategy. This course provides an overview of: understanding the supply chain; achieving strategic fit in a supply chain; identifying major drivers of supply chain performance; how to plan and coordinate demand, supplies, inventories and transportation in a supply chain; and how to manage sourcing decisions in a supply chain. Students will participate in a value chain simulation where they experience the power of true alignment and a well-articulated supply chain strategy, supported by tactical supply chain skills and knowledge.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 3 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Level 2

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 18 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Business � Supply Chain and Operations are prepared to enter the supply chain field in all sectors (e.g., manufacturing, health care, education, transportation, construction, government). Graduates are suited to a variety of entry-level positions, including buyer, purchasing assistant, purchasing officer, purchasing agent, procurement coordinator, procurement specialist, logistics coordinator, logistics dispatcher, inventory specialist, shipper/receiver, transportation planner, transportation scheduler, warehouse supervisor and operations coordinator.

More Information - 2021/2022

A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Program Code: BLS3
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September/January/February/May Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


Lawrence Kinlin School of Business: 519-452-4290

Program Description

Business - Supply Chain and Operations is a two-year Ontario College Diploma program. The curriculum covers theory and application of supply chain management in private and public sector environments. Specifically, courses address material sourcing, transportation methods, inventory, retail management, negotiation skills and analytical techniques. Students also enhance their computer skills and their business communication skills. The program aligns to the curriculum of various professional associations in supply chain management. Graduates, equipped with the skills required to improve an organization's profitability and operations, are in high demand in both the private and public sector.

Other Information

  • The Business - Supply Chain and Operations program shares a common first level with all business diploma programs in the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business, which allows for program transfer, with no loss of credit, after Level 1.
  • Students entering Level 1 of the program in January are expected to proceed into Level 2 of the program in the summer term.  Students entering Level 1 of the program in February or May will proceed to Level 2 of the program in September.
  • Graduates may be eligible for admission to the following Graduate Certificate programs in the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business: Agri-Business Management, Human Resources Management, International Business Management, Marketing Management, Operations Management, Professional Financial Services, or Project Management. Graduate Certificate programs deliver a specialized professional curriculum in two four-month levels.
  • This program is eligible for consideration of college to college transfer of credits under the Ontario Provincial ONCAT agreement.
  • Students who graduate from this program with a GPA of 3.0 or greater are eligible to receive Advanced Standing towards their Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) designation (4 modules and 2 workshops). 
  • Articulation agreements exist with the Supply Chain Canada which provides advanced standing in the Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) designation program.
  • Students may become members of the Fanshawe College APICS student chapter.

Co-operative Education

Applicants seeking a Co-op Endorsed Diploma should apply to the Business - Supply Chain and Operations (Co-op) program, Program Code BLS4.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Examine the connections between strategic objectives, stakeholder expectations, and the functions, processes and roles within a supply chain, to support decision-making, problem solving and completion of tasks;
  2. Support supply chain business operations using accounting and financial analysis;
  3. Identify compliance issues within a supply chain to inform business operations;
  4. Identify risk mitigation tools and strategies to support business operations within a supply chain;
  5. Contribute to the acquisition and sale of goods, services and materials in accordance with best practices and stakeholder expectations across a variety of industries;
  6. Contribute to the planning and scheduling of material requirements and resource allocation, and the management of inventories, for efficient production and fulfillment of customer orders and returns;
  7. Coordinate the efficient handling and movement of goods, services, materials and related information within a supply chain;
  8. Contribute to the identification and management of continuous improvements to functions and processes within a supply chain;
  9. Use available technologies to enhance work performance and support supply chain functions, processes, transactions and communications;
  10. Monitor relevant trends, emerging technologies, and local and global economic, political and environmental issues to enhance work performance and support management decisions;
  11. Perform tasks in accordance with policies and procedures for workplace health and safety and industry standards and best practices for professional, ethical and accountable conduct and communications.
  12. Collaborate with a diversity of stakeholders to facilitate business operations within a supply chain;
  13. Participate in facilitated learning opportunities for personal, career and professional development.

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Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2021 May
2021 September
2022 January
2022 March
2022 May

International Students

Start Dates
2021 May
2021 September
2022 January
2022 March
2022 May
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Supply Chain Management Program Coordinator:

Angela Reid-Regier, B.Eng., B.Ed., MBA, PMP

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Ontario College Diploma