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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in International Supply Chain Management

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in International Supply Chain Management

SAQA ID: 110628

The pace of change has never been faster, enhanced by technology, e-commerce and globalisation . Supply chain management is increasingly becoming a pivotal organisational competence and a key competitive advantage for all businesses. This trend manifests in a worldwide shortage of supply chain management (SCM) skills and, in particular, a critical skills shortage in Sub-Saharan Africa. Where marketing determines what offerings are desired by customers , SCM ensures that the necessary activities are in place to produce these offerings. And, more importantly, that these products or services are delivered to the right place, at the right time and in the right condition.

Qualification: NQF level 7.
Duration: Min. 3 years. Max. 8 years.

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Programme description and purpose

The Bachelor of Commerce in International Supply Chain Management comprises a number of modules all of which have been curated by seasoned professionals to provide students with a world-class SCM and business qualification.

Consisting of two independent streams (Transport and Logistics and Procurement), the degree has been designed to provide students with a content-rich and application-oriented learning experience with the emphasis on employability and tangible value-add to companies. The best-in-class content has been benchmarked and validated by subject matter experts across various sectors and disciplines for use in this programme.

This three-year degree covers a variety of both business and supply chain related subjects. The content is structured to introduce foundational theory and to focus on practical implementation through a variety of projects using topical local and international case studies. Completion of the qualification will position graduates for management roles within the areas of inventory and materials management, procurement, logistics, demand planning, warehousing, and distribution.


IMM Graduate School’s BCom in International Supply Chain Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the global body of international professionals for everyone who works within supply chain, logistics and transport.

Programme Exit Level Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of a broad scope of management knowledge and how it practically applies to the disciplines of marketing, sales management, supply chain and project management.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of economics, financial management, and research, as applied to marketing, sales, supply chain and project management activities in the organisation and the economic environment in general.
  • Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate relevant economic, financial, marketing and project related information to make sound decisions in the organisation.
  • To demonstrate the ability to identify, analyse, evaluate, and critically reflect on complex problems related to operations and supply chain in the organisation with the aim of finding evidence-based solutions.
  • Evaluate, apply, and integrate supply chain knowledge and skills and general business principles to real life situations taking into account societal, ethical, and cultural considerations.
  • Access, and integrate information, demonstrating the ability to develop appropriate solutions for a given context by independently validating the sources of information.
  • Use appropriate academic/ professional/occupational discourse to produce and communicate information in a business environment, demonstrating an understanding of business and supply chain related matters while  respecting conventions around intellectual property, copyright and plagiarism.
  • Critically analyse contemporary business information and evaluate the potential future outcomes of sales, marketing, supply chain and project management decisions.
  • Show understanding of the scope of responsibilities required of a management position in the organisation.


The BCom in International Supply Chain Management is offered at level 7 of the NQF (HEQSF aligned) and consists of 360 credits. The BCom in International Supply Chain Management comprises 19 compulsory modules and is structured as follows:

Modules Year 1

  • Academic Skills Development (non-credit bearing)
  • Business Management 1 (20 credits)
  • Economic Principles (20 credits)
  • Financial Management 1 (20 credits)
  • Project Management 1 (20 credits)
  • Supply Chain Management 1 (20 credits)
  • Elective:
    • Procurement 1 (20 credits) or
    • Transport & Logistics 1 (20 credits)

Modules Year 2

  • Business Management 2 (20 credits)
  • Financial Management 2 (20 credits)
  • Research Theory (20 credits)
  • Sales and Key Account Management (20 credits)
  • Supply Chain Management 2 (20 credits)
  • Elective: (continue stream)
    • Procurement 2 (20 credits) or
    • Transport & Logistics 2 (20 credits)

Modules Year 3

  • Supply Chain Management 3 (20 credits)
  • International Economics (20 credits)
  • International Supply Chain Project (20 credits)
  • Business Management 3 (20 credits)
  • Trade Finance and Payments (20 credits)
  • Electives: (continue stream)
    • Procurement 3 (20 credits) or
    • Transport & Logistics 3 (20 credits)

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