Shipping manager courses are available through bachelor's and master's degree programs in supply chain management, international transport and logistics management. These programs include general business courses common in other undergraduate and graduate business curricula. A supply chain management internship or integrated capstone project is often completed in addition to the coursework.
Course topics focus on supply chain, operations and transportation management. Other possible major courses include those in global supply chain management, quality management, supply chain strategy and material acquisition management. Bachelor's programs tend to have more general business courses than master's programs in the field do. Some of these might include project management, managerial statistics, international business, marketing management and information technology.
Here are some major concepts commonly encountered when taking shipping management courses:
- Economics basics
- Supply chain management and strategy
- Operations management
- Law and transportation
- Transportation operations and management
Overview of Shipping Manager Courses
Supply Chain Management Course
In this class, students learn about the distribution of products and the ways distribution affects the economy. They learn the processes for ordering and shipping a product to make sure it arrives in a timely manner and before shortages occur. They study techniques for keeping records of inventory. Usually, professors teach students ways to evaluate previous years' demands in order to have a steady supply of incoming and outgoing material for times of high and low-production.
Operations Management Course
Through this course, students build on the skills acquired in supply chain management courses and learn to plan and produce goods. Future shipping managers develop the decision-making skills needed to determine whether to increase or reduce production. Students learn to manage incoming and outgoing supplies to track a company's finances.
Transportation Law Course
Students in this course learn about transportation and business law in this advanced course. They learn about shipping practices as well as common rules and regulations. Students practice filling out various forms of paperwork that must be completed for domestic and international air parcel. They also learn what the requirements are for other forms of shipping and transportation, such as sea and rail shipping.
Transportation Management Course
This master's degree-level course introduces students to advanced techniques in planning product transportation. Coursework includes designing transportation plans that include multiple forms of transportation. Students estimate the cost of using different forms and try to stay within their budget. This type of course might include field trips to observe different modes of transportation and become familiar with their effectiveness.
Transportation Operations Course
Students taking this advanced course plan the best modes of transportation, such as plane, truck or train, for different deliveries. They compare costs, speed of delivery and the condition in which products arrive at their destination. This course includes the development a detailed routing plan, wherein students determine the best way to ship or decide if parcels should be sent in multiple ways.