Fundamentals of Materials and Operations Management
The Fundamentals program teaches basic concepts, techniques, and terminology required to excel in the materials and operations management field. 

The Fundamentals of Materials and Operations Management program offers an exciting classroom-based, instructor-led educational opportunity for people new to materials and operations management-or people working in positions that interact with this field.

Participants gain practical, essential skills that help them become more effective and productive in their jobs. The four-module format of the course teaches basic concepts, techniques, and terminology.

For professionals aspiring to APICS certification, Fundamentals establishes a solid entry-level base of knowledge upon which to build. The information below will enable you to view each of the four modules of Fundamentals based on your area of interest.

Fundamentals of Inventory Control
Participants are introduced to essential vocabulary and skills in identifying and applying the basic principles of inventory management. Basic methods of planning and controlling inventory in manufacturing, institutional, distribution, and retail environments are covered. The questions of what to stock are addressed through an examination of current and evolving technologies of inventory management.

This course will impart a fundamental knowledge and understanding of inventory management principles and techniques, providing participants with a greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities in the control of inventory and the impact that inventory can have on a business.


  • Fundamentals of Inventory Management
  • Inventory Functions
  • Order Quantities
  • Perpetual Inventory Systems
  • Periodic Inventory Systems
  • Forecasting
  • Midterm Examination and Case Study Presentation
  • Warehousing Management and Distribution Requirements Planning
  • Inventory Record Accuracy, Supply Chain Management, Aggregate Inventory and Purchasing
  • Just-in-Time (JIT) and Total Quality Management (TQM)-Trends in Inventory Management
  • Case Study and Final Examination Review
  • Final Examination

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Fundamentals of Planning
This course introduces participants to the principles of effective planning. The course presents the concepts of planning at each level, from strategic to tactical. Participants work together to solve problems, develop plans, build teams, and present solutions. Through this course, they learn the essential ingredients of effective planning and have an opportunity to practice and enhance their own planning skills

This course will impart a fundamental knowledge and understanding of basic planning principles and techniques that are used at each level of the planning process, providing practical examples and exercises that give participants an opportunity to improve their planning, teamwork, and presentation skills.

  • Planning Foundations (I)
  • Planning Foundations (II)
  • Long-Range Planning
  • Forecasting
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Controlling the Sales and Operations Plan
  • Midterm Examination and Making Effective Presentations
  • Master Scheduling (I)
  • Master Scheduling (II)
  • Master Scheduling (III)
  • Future Planning Topics
  • Final Examination

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Fundamentals of Manufacturing Control
This course deals with priority and capacity management through the use of material requirements planning (MRP), capacity management, capacity requirements planning (CRP), production activity control (PAC), and Just-in-Time (JIT). This course explores the execution of the production plan and master production schedule, reactions to capacity constraints, and maintenance of individual order control.

This course will impart a fundamental knowledge and understanding of priority and capacity management.

  • Introduction to Material Requirements Planning (MRP) and Production Activity Control (PAC)
  • Bills of Material
  • MRP Basics
  • Managing with MRP and Closing the Loop
  • Advanced MRP Techniques
  • Introduction to Capacity Management
  • Midterm Examination and Capacity Management
  • Production Activity Control (PAC) I
  • Production Activity Control (PAC) II
  • Just-in-Time (JIT) Manufacturing
  • Case Study and Course Review
  • Final Examination

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Fundamentals of Operations Management
This course is concerned with the design of systems to produce goods and services and the operation of those systems. It discusses relationships within the company environment, particularly with marketing and product design. Topics covered include facilities planning, total quality management (TQM), cost analysis, project planning, and operations resource management.

This course will impart knowledge and understanding of operations resource management and the factors involved in designing and operating a production process.

  • Introduction to Operations Management
  • Product Planning
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Process Design
  • Facility Layout and Materials Handling
  • Case Study, Facility Location and Process Improvement
  • Midterm Examination and Process Improvement
  • Performance Measurement
  • Quality Management I
  • Quality Management II
  • Case Study and Project Management
  • Final Examination

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