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Basics of
Supply Chain Management

For whom is this course?

Undergraduate students majoring in Supply Chain Management 


Undergraduate and graduate  students majoring in Business

or Engineering / Production Management

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Basics of Supply Chain Management  is suitable for courses introducing learning topics such as:


-cost of purchasing,

-inventory management,

-production management,

-bill of material,

-customer demand,

-delivery costs,

-delivery accuracy, and

-customer satisfaction.

Learning Outcomes

In a team of 3-4 members, learners becomes employees of a virtual company.  

  • Understanding the key functions of SCM,

  • Knowledge of supply chain strategies,

  • Understanding supply chain coordination,

  • Ensuring supply chain profitability,

  • Practising supply chain management to run inventory, raw materials purchases and delivery costs,

  • Inventory management skills,

  • Delivery terms,

  • Impact of delivery promises on customer relations and profitability,

  • Knowledge of supply chain performance metrics,

  • Knowledge of supply chain risks and mitigation strategies.

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Team work

In teams of 3-4 participants,

students manage their simulation companies. 

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Aim is to purchase raw materials economically, maintain adequate inventory levelsorganise production optimally, and operate profitably in the common market.

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The real-time processed RealGame simulation allows students to immediately see the effects of each action on the entire supply chain.

Gaming time: 3 or 4 sessions. 

The simulation can be 2-4 ECTS

Recommended simulation model: RealGame Standard.

Four Reasons Why You Should Choose RealGame Business Simulation For Your Course
1) Other educators recommend RealGame

Students have been more engaged in learning than with other online classes. Student feedback has been really positive: RealGame is a great way of learning instead of just having lectures or team assignments on Zoom.

University lecturer in Supply Chain Management

My experiences of learning with RealGame are highly positive. Students really like RealGame – the gaming experience glued a large group of students together, which is was appreciated especially having had online teaching for so long.

University lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

2) RealGame effectiveness is supported by academic research

After RealGame...

62,2 %

of students were able to name more concepts

+50 %

increase in accuracy of concepts

65,5 %

of students described more cause-effect-connections between processes.

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Organizing for collaboration in simulation-based environments: An affordance perspective

Technological, Organisational and Socio-Interactional Affordances in Simulation-Based Collaborative Learning

Decision-Making in a Real-Time Business Simulation Game: Cultural and Demographic Aspects in Small Group Dynamics

Read more about academic studies with RealGame on our research page

3) RealGame boosts positive feedback from students

Thanks to RealGame I realized that team spirit is one of the most important values in business life because it is thanks to it we have succeeded in this game.

Student, LaRochelle University, 2022

During RealGame simulation I have learned the importance of good marketing, product quality, and high enough margins. Also how to manage SCM and that every decision will affect the whole business.

Student, Vaasa UAS, 2022

The game itself offers a lot of different data that players can use to their advantage. This is very helpful.

Student, XAMK, 2022

Definitely the best course during my studies. Playing was really fun and educational at the same time.

Student, Tampere University, 2022

4) Evident Benefits For Both Teachers and Students

Benefits for teachers

Easy to use for both teachers and students


RealGame simulations are suitable for both online and classroom teaching

No installation or maintenance needed 

The transaction-specific and real-time operated environment allows illustrating all theoretical aspects in practice  

Comprehensive teaching materials and support  

RealGame simulations are based on research and the latest pedagogy

Suitable also for very large student groups 

Benefits for students

Engaging, efficient, and fun!

Collaborative learning in an authentic environment 

Illustrates dynamic business processes on a transactional and multi-disciplinary level 

Intuitive navigation and versatile learning content 

Accessible from anywhere

Boosts communication and collaboration skills through teamwork

Develops concrete work-life skills such as project management, EPR systems, management accounting, data analytics, teamwork, etc. 

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During the free demo you can 
- see how the simulation works
- test it yourself
- learn how to apply RealGame on your course, and more.
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