Singapore University of Social Sciences

Warehousing and Material Handling (LOG207)


Warehousing plays an important role in the support of businesses and products on a global scale. It facilitates product accumulation, consolidation and customisation, improves logistics accuracy and minimises the effects of supply chain inefficiencies. Effective warehousing and material handling helps to ensure high levels of customer service and supply chain performance. This course provides the students with an understanding of the principles, processes and techniques for the effective planning, management and operation of warehouses. Through this exposure, students will gain insights into how warehousing adds value to the organisation’s supply chain and how warehousing decisions impact the performance of the organisation.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Introduction to Warehousing and Material Handling
  • Warehousing Fundamentals
  • Facility Planning
  • Material Handling Considerations
  • Warehouse Activity Profiling
  • Measuring and Benchmarking Warehouse Performance
  • Receiving and Putaway
  • Material Handling Systems
  • Order Picking Operations
  • Unitising and Shipping
  • Enabling Technologies in Warehousing
  • Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the importance of warehousing in a supply chain as well as the fundamentals of warehousing.
  • Examine the planning considerations in warehousing and material handling.
  • Analyse activity profiles in a warehouse.
  • Discuss the measurement and benchmarking of warehouse performance.
  • Apply efficient receiving and putaway strategies in a warehouse.
  • Describe the features of various material handling systems.
  • Implement efficient order picking, unitising and shipping strategies in a warehouse.
  • Review the systems and technologies to manage information flows in warehousing.
  • Recognise the importance of warehouse management systems (WMS) in warehousing.
  • Relate the strategies and techniques in warehousing and material handling to the work environment.
  • Develop the essential knowledge and interpersonal skills to work effectively in a team.
  • Demonstrate written proficiency.
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