Packaging Value Chain Certificates Curriculum

Cal Poly’s 100-percent online professional certificates in Packaging Value Chain survey a spectrum of courses centered upon industry growth opportunities. Each certificate program takes three to six months to complete.

If your application is approved, you are then able to enroll in any of the Packaging Value Chain Certificate Programs, or even individual courses offered through the packaging program (with Director approval). However, the entire program must be completed in order to receive a Certificate.

 

Packaging for Logistics & Supply Chain Certificate Courses
Packaging for Logistics & Supply Chain Certificate Courses
Required CoursesCourse TitleDates OfferedUnits ($622.22/unit)
GSP 530*Packaging Value ChainJun 24 – Jul 12, 20192
GSP 535Packaging Value in Logistics and Supply Chain ManagementJul 15 – Aug 9, 20193
GSP 537Distribution Packaging for Business ManagersAug 1 – Sep 5, 20194
Design for Packaging Value Chain Certificate Courses
Design for Packaging Value Chain Certificate Courses
Required CoursesCourse TitleDates OfferedUnits ($622.22/unit)
GSP 530*Packaging Value ChainJun 24 – Jul 12, 20192
GSP 532Packaging MaterialsSep 16 – Oct 18, 20194
GSP 536Packaging DesignNov 11 – Dec 13, 20194
Packaging for Marketability Certificate Courses
Packaging for Marketability Certificate Courses
Required CoursesCourse TitleDates OfferedUnits ($622.22/unit)
GSP 530*Packaging Value ChainJun 24 – Jul 12, 20192
GSP 539Marketing and Sales for Packaged ProductsFeb 3 – Mar 6, 20204
Elective Courses(choose one course)
GSP 538Quality Evaluation of Packaged ProductsFeb 24 – Mar 27, 20204
GSP 536Packaging DesignNov 11 – Dec 13, 20194
Packaging Value Chain Certificate Courses
Packaging Value Chain Certificate Courses
Required CoursesCourse TitleDates OfferedUnits ($622.22/unit)
GSP 530*Packaging Value ChainJun 24 – Jul 12, 2019 or Jan 6 – Jan 24, 20202
GSP 533Advanced Packaging Laws and RegulationsJan 6 – Jan 31, 20203
GSP 539Marketing and Sales for Packaged ProductsFeb 3 – Mar 6, 20204
Packaging Analytics Certificate Courses
Packaging Analytics Certificate Courses
Required CoursesCourse TitleDates OfferedUnits ($622.22/unit)
GSP 530*Packaging Value ChainJun 24 – Jul 12, 2019 or Jan 6 – Jan 24, 20202
GSB 520Data Management for Business AnalyticsOct 14 – Nov 15, 20194
GSP 540 Quantitative Analysis for PackagingMar 30 – May 1, 20204

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

GSP 530 – PACKAGING VALUE CHAIN*  (Pre/Corequisite for all other GSP courses)
Packaging value chain from raw material supplier to retailers in the context of meeting current needs within the packaging arena. Global exploration of value chain strategies to increase innovation, sustainability, cost savings, quality, organizational agility, and responsiveness.

GSP 532 – PACKAGING MATERIALS
Fundamental and physical properties of packaging materials. Processing of materials. Design and fabrication of packaging materials for efficient, economically viable and environmental sustainable product-package systems for global supply chain solutions.

GSP 533 – ADVANCED PACKAGING LAWS & REGULATIONS
Overview of packaging laws and regulations. Content ranges from FDA, USDA, FTC, and EPA concepts, to labeling and structural issues such as bio-terror, product security and environmental packaging to materials issues, litigation, international concepts and intellectual property issues.

GSP 535 – PACKAGING VALUE IN LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Integrated view of procurement, operations and logistics management. Management of the flow of products from raw material sourcing and acquisition through delivery to the final user. Capturing and understanding the value across these flows and how to increase it.

GSP 536 – PACKAGING DESIGN
Overview of structural and graphic design concepts for package design with focus on creating value throughout the entire packaging value chain. Topics include design thinking, innovation, design processes, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design elements, positioning, value creation, and distribution packaging considerations.

GSP 538 – QUALITY EVALUATION OF PACKAGED PRODUCTS
Overview of the role of quality of packaged product and techniques used for testing and evaluating quality of consumer products as related to material quality assessment, product-package interaction and human-package interaction.

GSP 539 – MARKETING & SALES FOR PACKAGED PRODUCT
Packaging as a means to increase sales of product. Package design, structure, materials and production costs. Exploration of color, imagery, sustainability, and recent trends.

GSP 540 – QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS FOR PACKAGING
Analytical and quantitative techniques. Summary measures, smoothing, interpolation curve fitting, root-finding, extrema. Numerical differentiation, integration. Boundary value problems. Numerical simulation.

GSP 537 – DISTRIBUTION PACKAGING FOR BUSINESS MANAGERS
Physical properties of distribution packaging and equipment used in prototyping and testing of product-packaging systems for global supply chains. Application of packaging knowledge to solve distribution packaging problems in modern business, with a view towards costs and environmental sustainability.

GSB 520 – DATA MANAGEMENT FOR BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Exploration of data management including relational databases, data warehouses, and NOSQL databases. Foundation for analyzing, designing, implementing and using information repositories in a business environment. Topics include the database development life cycle, data modeling, SQL programming, data quality and integration. Course may be offered in classroom-based or online format.