Supply Chain Fundamentals: Demand Planning (Online)

Course Description

This course prepares students in the basics of demand planning and the role of demand planning within an organization’s overall supply chain. The course includes presentations of the key elements of demand planning including the interaction between demand and order management, demand planning principles, demand planning tools and techniques, communicating and managing demand and contemporary approaches to demand planning and metrics and roles associated with demand planning.

Important Course Information

This is a self-paced online course.  You may register anytime before the published registration deadline and will have access to the course through the published "Access Ends" date.

Access to the content for this course requires you to set up a password for your Georgia Tech (GT) account different from your account and password on this website.  

After you complete your registration follow the "How to Access Your Course Content" instructions which display on the section details (summary) page for this course.

Available Online Sections

Access Begins Access Ends Registration Deadline Format Cost CRN
Section Details Dec 4, 2017 Dec 4, 2018 Jun 4, 2018 Online $350 18498
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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15829 Sep 8, 2015 Sep 2, 2016 Online $350
16496 Mar 3, 2016 Mar 3, 2017 Online $350
16780 Sep 4, 2016 Sep 4, 2017 Online $350
17594 Mar 8, 2017 Mar 4, 2018 Online $350
17831 Sep 5, 2017 Sep 5, 2018 Online $350

Who Should Attend

  • Sourcing Analysts, Supervisors, Managers, Clerks, Representatives, Agents, Leads, and Specialists
  • Procurement Analysts, Supervisors, Managers, Agents, Clerks, Leads, Representatives, and Specialists
  • Contract Development Specialists, Agents, Clerks, Leads, Representatives, and Supervisors
  • Buyers, Senior Buyers
  • Buyer/Planners
  • Purchasing Analysts, Representatives, Supervisors, Managers, Agents, Clerks, Leads, and Specialists
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Managers, Analysts, Consultants, Supervisors, Technologists, Planners and Engineers
  • Business and Systems Analysts
  • Supply Chain Education and Human Resource Management personnel
  • Inventory Planners
  • Order Management Supervisors, Managers, Analysts
  • Demand Planners, Supply Planners, Forecast Analysts, Forecasting Managers
  • Inventory Managers, Inventory Clerks, Inventory Analysts
  • Transportation Planners, Transportation Clerks, Transportation Analysts, Transportation Managers

How You Will Benefit

  • Outline at a high level what demand planning is and why it is important to company success
  • Identify the key roles and skills required in demand planning
  • Discuss the key responsibilities and metrics used in planning demand
  • Explain the key links between demand management and order management
  • Discuss the role of Ecommerce technologies in enabling effective demand management
  • Discuss the definitions of forecasting and inventory control
  • Recognize the difference between independent and dependent demand
  • Define the various types of uncertainty related to demand planning in terms of demand, supply, and lead times
  • Explain the causes and impacts of variability or uncertainty
  • Discuss the basic types of forecasting techniques, such as reorder points, Economic Order Quantity, lead times, and technology uses
  • List the key aspects of demand sensing and communication
  • Discuss the key aspects of gaining demand consensus within and organization
  • Identify the key metrics used in demand management
  • Explain the key aspects of managing and prioritizing demand
  • Describe Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment (CPFR), how it works, and its benefits
  • Discuss pull systems versus push systems
  • Explain the concept of demand shaping


  • Learning Block 1 – Introduction to Demand Planning
  • Learning Block 2 – Interaction between Demand Management & Order Management
  • Learning Block 3 – Demand Planning Principles
  • Learning Block 4 – Demand Planning Tools and Techniques
  • Learning Block 5 - Communicating and Managing Demand
  • Learning Block 6 – Contemporary Approaches to Demand Planning and Management



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  • Access to online course content and optional reading materials until the course end date

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