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Unisa Short Learning Programmes
Course in Introduction to Storage and Inventory Management (76711)


The purpose of this course is to provide to students, employed (or interested in being employed) in the inventory and storage functions of a business, with knowledge of and insight into (i) the management and the various functional areas in business organisations, more specifically, (ii) the inventory and storage area. The aim is to empower them in their working environment to make a better contribution towards the creation of value and service improvement in the contemporary business organisation. 

Target group

The typical student will be any person involved in storage and inventory management in large and small organizations in all business sectors in countries in Africa. 

Admission requirements

National Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification 


6 months 

Language medium


Tuition method

This short learning programme will be presented in line with the Unisa open distance learning framework. Tuition will be offered through distance learning, by means of study guides and tutorial letters. Students will have access to discussion forums on myUnisa where study material will also be provided. Each of the three modules will have two assignments that will contribute to the student’s year mark. Feedback on assignments will ensure interaction with students. 

Kind of assessment

Formative assessment will take the form of 2 assignments per module with detailed feedback on performance. Summative assessment will take the form of a two-hour written examination for each module. Students will need a final mark of 50% to pass and 75% to pass with distinction. The year mark will contribute 20% to the student’s final mark per module 

The Tasks of Management (CISIM01)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • The business world and business management 
  • The establishment of a business 
  • The business environment 
  • Introduction to general management 
  • The basic elements of planning 
  • Organising the business venture 
  • Leading: leading people in the organisation 
  • Controlling the management process 
  • Corporate social responsibility 

The Functional Areas of Business Management (CISIM02)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • The operations management function 
  • The human resource function 
  • The marketing function 
  • Financial management 
  • Purchasing and supply management 

Storage and Inventory Management (CISIM03)
Syllabus/Content Topics


Study unit 1:Matching supply with demand  

Study unit 2:A focus on demand 

Study unit 3:Some tools of inventory management 



Study unit 4:Storage management 

Study unit 5:Storage facilities and equipment 

Study unit 6:Innovative stores operations 

Study unit 7:Codification and identification of stock within the storage facility 

Study unit 8:Stocktaking 


Course leader

Prof H Badenhorst-Weiss 


Discipline expertise: Business Management and Purchasing  

Office: 3-77, A J H van der Walt Building, Unisa 

Tel: 012 352 4375/42 



Programme administrator(s)

Prof H Badenhorst-Weiss 


Discipline expertise: Business Management and Purchasing  

Office: 3-77, AJH vd Walt Building, Unisa 

Tel: 012352 4375/42 


CBM Help Desk: 

Tel: (012) 352 4288 / 4170 / 4317 / 4383 

Fax: 012 429 4150