Course Description

The Foundations of Packaging is a self-paced, online course that provides an essential introduction to the art, science and business of packaging. Packaging is a complex process that must be seen as part of a greater system, where each activity has an impact on the final package. Factors such as packaging material production, selection and procurement; package design, engineering and manufacturing; package branding, printing and labeling; packaging laws and regulations and packaging distribution all play a critical role in the efficiency of the global supply chain for consumer and industrial goods. These packaging functions impact company departments such as marketing, sales, procurement, legal, distribution, quality control, manufacturing and warehousing. After taking this course, students will possess the thought process required of a successful stakeholder in the packaging industry.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of the Foundations of Packaging course, students will be able to:

  1. Define packaging by recalling its functions, levels and types.

  2. Explain the role of packaging in the evolution of society by listing major packaging innovations throughout history.

  3. Describe the global packaging market by value, volume, category segmentation and geography segmentation.

  4. Identify the major stakeholders who influence the packaging development process.

  5. Illustrate the career potential in packaging by recalling specific jobs.

  6. Understand the key phases of the packaging development process.

  7. List product considerations that impact packaging.

  8. Recognize the standard manufacturing process for each fundamental packaging material.

  9. Appraise the sustainability of various packaging materials and processes.

  10. Identify the fundamental packaging materials and types.

  11. Describe finished packaging structures by innovative design.

  12. Establish the fundamental vocabulary required to communicate with stakeholders in the packaging development process.

Course Content


  • Welcome To Packaging Foundations
  • What is Packaging?
  • Evolution of Packaging
  • Market Overview
  • Stakeholders in Packaging
  • Careers in Packaging
  • Packaging Development Process
  • Sustainability
  • Packaging Applicantions
  • Know Your Product First


  • Introduction to Wood
  • Manufacturing Wood
  • Wood Packaging Types
  • Sustainable Wood Packaging
  • Wood Design
  • Wood Knowledge Check


  • Introduction To Paperboard
  • Paperboard Packaging Industry Overview
  • Manufacturing Paperboard
  • Paperboard Packaging Types
  • Sustainability in Paperboard
  • Paperboard Design
  • Paperboard Knowledge Check


  • Introduction to Corrugated
  • Corrugated Industry Overview
  • Manufacturing Corrugated
  • Corrugated Variants
  • Corrugated Sustainability
  • Customizing Corrugated for Your Application
  • Corrugated Design
  • Corrugated Knowledge Check


  • Glass Introduction
  • Glass Industry Overview
  • Manufacturing Glass
  • Glass Packaging Types
  • Glass Design
  • Sustainability of Glass
  • Glass Knowledge Check


  • Metal Introduction
  • Metal Packaging Industry
  • Manufacturing Metal
  • Metal Packaging Types
  • Sustainability of Metal
  • Metal Design
  • Metal Knowledge Check


  • Polymers Introduction
  • Plastic Packaging Industry Overview
  • Fundamental Properties of Plastic Polymers
  • Polymer Manufacturing- Reaction Mechanisms
  • Polymer Manufacturing- Machinery and Processes
  • Plastic Packaging Types
  • Plastics Design
  • Sustainability of Plastics for Packaging
  • Polymer Cheat Sheet
  • Polymer Knowledge Check


  • Printing Introduction
  • Package Printing Industry Overview
  • Printing Processes
  • Inks for Package Printing
  • Designing for Print
  • Sustainable Print Practices


  • Introduction to Laws and Regulations
  • Framework for Legal Requirements
  • Regulations Agencies
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • Major Packaging Laws
  • What’s Your Take?


  • Introduction to Distribution
  • Distribution by LAND
  • Distribution by AIR
  • Distribution by SEA
  • Distribution Containers
  • Dunnage and Cushioning
  • Testing and Protocols

Wrap Up

  • That’s a Wrap!
  • Final Exam
  • Provide Your Feedback







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