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Supply Chain Management - LCA.FL

CDI College’s Supply Chain Management – LCA.FL program aims to train qualified professionals who, upon completion of the program, will be able to perform all tasks related to the supply chain. It offers graduates a wide range of employment opportunities in a variety of businesses.


Students will develop the skills they need to integrate the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of Quebec’s economy in the small, medium and large production or service companies and in government agencies. They will learn to perform job-specific tasks in industrial or service-based businesses of different sizes. As such, they will be able to determine supply needs, explore sources of supply, plan acquisitions, monitor the national and international market, determine a procurement strategy, assess risks, determine the necessary guarantees, call for bids and opinions of interests, negotiate with suppliers, etc.


Conditions for admission to an Attestation of College Studies (ACS)

A person who has received instruction considered sufficient by the college and meets any of the following conditions may be admitted to a program of studies leading to an Attestation of College Studies:


  • the person has interrupted his or her full-time studies or pursued full-time postsecondary studies for at least 2 consecutive terms or 1 school year;
  • the person is covered by an agreement entered into between the college and an employer or by a government program of studies;
  • the person has interrupted his or her full-time studies for one term and pursued full-time postsecondary studies for one term; or
  • the person holds a Secondary School Vocational Diploma.


This program leads to an ACS (Attestation of College Studies) recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education (Permit 749747).

Program Courses

410-FDT-ID - Supply Chain Management Profession

Historical overview of the supply function. Positioning and role of the corporate procurement function. Work functions of the supplier (role, responsibilities, operations, qualities, skills). Role of related professions. Introduction to the definition of a supply need and translation into a functional need. Research and identification of sources of supply. Introduction to the negotiation strategy with suppliers. Legal aspects related to the drafting and execution of contracts (Act Respecting Contracting by Public Bodies (LCOP), others). Introduction to flow management. Introduction to the concept of international trade (International agreements, cultural issues in international trade). Ethics. Code of ethics applicable in companies. Fundamentals of financial accounting (Legal corporate forms, concepts of debit and credit, financial statements, use of auxiliary journals).

410-1TC-ID - Introduction to Information Technology

Windows ™ desktop and file system. Working methods and management tools. Basics of word processing software (creation of documents, use of basic layout elements: margins, fonts, file manipulation, editing commands, special effects, format, header and footer page, table of contents, spelling correction, creation of contact lists, revision mode). Visualization and annotation tool (Saving in pdf format, merging of pdf documents, division of pdf documents). Basics of presentation software (creation of documents, use of images from the illustration bank, insertion of sound effects, basic notions of layout, hypertext links). Introduction to electronic mail software (configuration of an electronic mail account using a public supplier, reading, organization and sending of messages, calendar management, creation of contacts, configuration of alerts). Introduction to project management software (GANTT chart creation, process diagramming). Introduction to browsers and the Internet.

410-MAP-ID - Applied Mathematics

Interpretation of data from problems applied to supply management (stock levels, order point, economic quantity to order, breakeven point, etc.). Selection of relevant information. Choosing the right math tools. Calculations (sales tax calculations, calculations of amounts after tax return, calculations of percentage and yearly increases, calculation of total cost of ownership (TCO), calculation of a discount, calculation of savings carried out). Interpretation of the achieved results. Recommendation formulation.

410-CTE-ID - Communication and Teamwork

Principles of effective communication. Communication skills (public speaking, communicating ideas and being understood, transmitting information and knowledge, managing speaking time, listening). Qualities of a good communicator. Elements of an effective communication process. Verbal and non-verbal communication (what I communicate, what I would like to communicate). Communication barriers. Audience (characteristics, communication adaptation, power of persuasion). Effective communication techniques (suppliers, work team). Definition of leadership. Animation of work meetings. Problem solving / interpersonal conflicts. Animation techniques and styles. Creation of communication tools.

410-1CA-ID - Introduction to Management Accounting

Determining the cost price of a production by order. Determining the cost price of uniform and continuous production. Periodic inventories (Accounting of purchases, accounting of sales, evaluation method (own cost, weighted average cost, PEPS, DEPS). Permanent inventories (Accounting of purchases, accounting of sales, evaluation method (PEPS, DEPS, moving average). Total cost of ownership (TCO). Budgets. Types of costs (fixed, variable, standard, direct costs, indirect costs, controllable costs, uncontrollable costs). Profitability threshold, safety margin, cost-volume-profit relationship Calculation and interpretation of differences. Differences in raw materials (difference in price, difference in quantity). Difference in labor (difference in use, difference in rate). Differences in general manufacturing costs (difference in volume, difference budget on price). Management control and financial analysis. Accountability.

410-AP1-ID - Procurement 1

Purchasing strategy. Purchasing policy. Procurement of goods or services. Contract types (supply, services, construction). Transforming an expressed need into a functional need. Distinction between substitute and complementary products. Identifying the sources of supply. Supplier certification. Determining the desired level of quality. Value for money and time. Relationship between supplies and logistics. Online commerce. Reverse auctions. The principle of public tenders, invitations and price requests. Promoting sustainable development and quality assurance.

410-ALA-ID - Ethics and Legal Aspects of Procurement

Foundations of contractual obligations laws. Introduction to international law. Introduction to the laws that apply to competitive bidding. Implications of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Main trade agreements. Commercial mediation. Possible recourse in the event of commercial disputes. Bodies with which appeals must be made in the event of disputes. Consequences of a violation of the regulations in the exercise of its work. Definition of work ethics. Ethics vs law. Simulations. Consequences of a lack of ethics on a business environment. Conflict of interest. Appearance of conflict of interest. Related ethics regulations. Professional conduct in accordance with the ethics of the profession.

410-GDS-ID - Inventory Control

Inventory management strategies (Just-in-time, etc.). Inventory management policy. Economical quantity to order. Determination of the appropriate safety stock level. Determination of periodic replenishment thresholds (quotas). Warehouse optimization. Storage of goods optimization. Picking optimization. Expiration dates management. Receipt of goods. Returns of goods. Introduction to inventory management software.

410-AP2-ID - Procurement 2

Planning of supply needs. Selecting methods of adjudication. Selecting substitute products. Cost of ownership. Purchase with successive call for tenders (Invitation to tender). Electronic procurement (data exchange, electronic catalogs, online marketplaces, electronic auctions, advantages and disadvantages, implementation, reverse auctions).

410-CAF-ID - Business Communication

Written communication: codes in business. Production of standard documents related to supply management (contract, call for competition, proposal, return of goods). Structure and elements of a report. Writing tools. Spellchecking. Preparation and writing of reports. Individual oral presentation. Oral presentation in team. Production of support documents. Job search strategy. Preparation for job interviews. Interview simulation.

410-DAP-ID - Computerized Applications Development

Default settings for an electronic spreadsheet. Edit orders. Application of special effects. Format of cells. Impression. Applications of the basic concepts of an electronic spreadsheet related to supply management (scheduled functions, statistical functions, financial functions, analysis functions, logical functions, data functions (sorting)). Development of a simple spreadsheet for daily operations in supply management. Pivot tables. Basic principles for working on shared files. Tools for regular reporting of a company's activity (reporting). Development of an application for regular reporting of a company's activity (reporting). Relevance of dashboard indicators (ease of reading dashboards, rapid updating of dashboards). Monitoring of performance indicators. Create schedules ("schedules" and "retro-schedules").

410-NGT-ID - Negotiation

Characteristics of a good negotiator. Primary negotiation skills (confidence, persuasion, sources of power, visual, auditory and kinesthetic communication, ethics). Negotiation vs bargaining. Negotiation styles: different approaches. Negotiation strategy. Negotiation phases (preparation and planning, feasible concessions, room for negotiation, priorities, identification of decision-makers, etc.), opening, evaluation and creation of an impression, progress, conclusion, review). Management of unsuccessful negotiations / uncooperative partners (win-win principle). Litigation management. Simulations - Negotiate a contract or an agreement.

410-AC1-ID - International Business

Geopolitics and intercultural relations. Approach to oriental culture vs western culture. Cultural influences. Identification of economic and cultural particularities relating to certain countries. International agreements. Overcoming challenges in international negotiations. International law. International supply strategy (definition, international location of sources of supply, doing or having it done (relocation)). Identification of the tools necessary to complete a transaction. International sales contract. Introduction to the stock market and the exchange market. Mobilizing knowledge of international markets. Analyzing international risks. Appropriating measures to limit transactional risks (country risk, geopolitical risks, etc.). Collaboration in the preparation of marketing strategies. Security and payment methods. Clearance of goods.

410-AA1-ID - Business French 1

French terminology related to supply management. Technical vocabulary relating to the economic sectors linked to the profession. Key phrases to introduce yourself. Politeness. Basic grammatical notions (verb tenses, demonstratives, adverbs of time and place). Identification of false friends. Email template. Formal letter template. Proposal template. Template of contract. Help tools for writing in French. Documents related to the profession (customs formalities, etc.) (Reading, preparation). Simulation of order placement. Simulation of negotiation.

410-TEA-ID - Procurement Technology Tools

Basics of the database manager (utility, administration and management of a database, interpretation of information). Design of a database and its tables. (identification of information needs, development of tools, selection and design of screen formats). Data entry, modification, deletion and backup. Creation and modification of a query using a condition (extraction of relevant information (indicators / decision support tools), cross-referencing of relevant information). Creation, modification and printing of reports. Application to the field of supply management (contracts database, fixed assets database, supplier management database). Use of a supply software package. Exploration of an integrated management software package ("Enterprise Resource Planning" (ERP)). Introduction to procurement software.

410-CCQ-ID - Quality Concepts

Quality assurance concepts. Quality management (definition, impacts of quality management on organizations). Quality management process. Development of strategies to help improve quality. Identification of international quality standards for goods (EX: ISO). Assessment of the quality level of a product. Determination of the acceptable level of quality. Prevention and detection controls. Quality improvement tools. Impact of non-quality and accountability of the supplier.

410-GLG-ID - Logistics Management

Costs associated with storage. Taking inventory. Physical inventory vs System inventory. Picking. Optimization of the storage of goods. Receipt of goods. Hazards and corrective measures. Delivery and transfer of ownership. Incoterms. Inventory and transport management under controlled temperature. Loading dock. Pallet instructions. Handling tools. Safety standards. Freight. Multimodal transport. Freight and passenger transport. B2B business to B. Definition of a simple logistics strategy. Optimization.

410-AA2-ID - Business French 2

Advanced French terminology related to supply management. Enrichment of the vocabulary related to the function to facilitate communication. Intermediate grammatical concepts. Written messages commonly used in the supply industry. Drafting of documents commonly used in the field of procurement. Writing tools in French. Oral messages frequently transmitted in the field of procurement. Preparing and using call simulations. Oral presentations. Participation in a conversation. Information search.

410-PRF-ID - End of Studies Project

Putting into practice and integrating the personal and professional skills necessary for the exercise of the profession. Application of knowledge and strategies learned in the classroom in a business context. Integration into the professional environment. Adaptation to the reality of the different business sectors. Collaboration with the work team. Participation in meetings. Project management. Procurement decision making. Familiarization with operating tools. Adaptation to a corporate culture. Implementation of professional conduct in accordance with the ethics of the profession.

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