Introduction to Packaging Foundations

Course Description

This course will serve as an introduction to the packaging industry and provide the fundamental knowledge necessary to get you up to speed. We’ll overview the packaging development process and how it is typically managed within an organization. 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. Departments such as marketing, sales, procurement, legal, distribution, quality control, manufacturing and warehousing all have unique demands on the package design. After taking this course, you will have the thought process required of a successful stakeholder in the packaging development process.

Student Testimonial

“This course is full of valuable information. Although there was a lot of information, the great variety of videos, slideshows, and text kept me engaged. The course has a clear layout which made it easy to locate the information. Sections were very short and easy to navigate which made it easy to stop and start while performing other duties at work. I would recommend this course!”

Latisha Redcross

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • Navigation Tutorial

    • Packaging Foundations Workbook

    • Welcome to Packaging Foundations

    • What is Packaging?

    • Evolution of Packaging

    • Global Packaging Industry Overview

    • Stakeholders in Packaging

    • Careers in Packaging

    • Packaging Development Process

    • Sustainability

    • Packaging Applications

    • Know Your Product First

  • 2


  • 3


    • Introduction to Paperboard

    • Paperboard Packaging Industry Overview

    • Manufacturing Paperboard

    • Paperboard Packaging Types

    • Sustainability in Paperboard

    • Paperboard Design

    • Paperboard Knowledge Check

  • 4


    • Introduction to Corrugated

    • Corrugated Industry Overview

    • Manufacturing Corrugated

    • Corrugated Variants

    • Corrugated Sustainability

    • Customizing Corrugated for Your Application

    • Corrugated Design

    • Corrugated Knowledge Check

  • 5


    • Glass Introduction

    • Glass Industry Overview

    • Manufacturing Glass

    • Glass Packaging Types

    • Glass Design

    • Sustainability of Glass

    • Glass Knowledge Check

  • 6


    • Metal Introduction

    • Metal Packaging Industry

    • Manufacturing Metal

    • Metal Packaging Types

    • Sustainability of Metal

    • Metal Design

    • Metal Knowledge Check

  • 7


    • Polymers Introduction

    • Plastic Packaging Industry Leaders

    • Polymer Fundamentals

    • Polymer Manufacturing | Reaction Mechanisms

    • Polymer Manufacturing | Machinery and Processes

    • Plastic Packaging Types

    • Plastics Design

    • Sustainability of Plastics for Packaging

    • Polymer Cheat Sheet

    • Polymers Knowledge Check

  • 8


    • Printing Introduction

    • Package Printing Industry Overview

    • Printing Processes

    • Inks for Package Printing

    • Designing for Print

    • Sustainable Print Practices

    • Printing Knowledge Check

  • 9


  • 10


  • 11

    Wrap Up

    • That's a Wrap!

    • Exam Instructions

    • Final Exam

    • Provide Your Feedback

About the Instructor

Dr. Andrew Hurley

Founder and Associate Professor

Packaging and entrepreneurship came together at an early age for Dr. Andrew Hurley. As a young boy, he molded and sold pewter figurines, but inadequate shipping materials led to breakage. Frustrated, he set to researching better packaging alternatives … and he hasn’t ever stopped. Dr. Hurley is an Associate Professor at Clemson University in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences. He leads the packaging design emphasis area, where he researches how to leverage packaging to solve even the toughest supply chain challenges.

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    Greenville, SC 29601