Introduction to Bar Code Technology and Applications
I. Course Prefix/Number: MFG 162
Course Name: Introduction to Bar Code Technology and Applications
Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
2. Distinguish the roles played by database systems, middleware systems and electronic identification data collection devices.
3. Understand the terminology, hardware and software of a Bar Code system.
4. Gain experience in Bar Code techniques used in inventory warehouse management.
5. Gain experience in automation applications of bar code reading and data transfer
6. Using bar codes for quality control to meet FDA requirements in a food application
7. Gain experience in warehouse sorting and palletizing systems based on bar code labeling
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
a. Bar Code structure
b. Bar Code types
c. Determining the best bar code type for each application
B. Practical applications for Bar Codes
a. Business reasons for Bar Code adoption
b. Supply chain, asset management and access control use cases
c. Printing Bad Code Tags
d. Using bar code tags to meet FDA regulations for quality control
e. Using bar code tags for tracking Mfg dates and line locations for pharmaceutical apps
f. Use of bar codes for warehouse package sorting and paletizing
g. The role of Bar Code tags for inventory tracking and warehouse management
h. EPCglobal basics
i. GDSN and GTIN’s - tie in with EPCglobal
C. The role of Bar Code middleware in implementations
a. Physical and logical reader abstraction
b. Filtering and collection concepts
c. Enterprise integration
D. Supply chain concepts & fundamentals:
a. Supply chain logistics
A. Manufacturing, distribution and 3rd Party Logistic (3PL) firm
b. Current Automatic Identification Data Collection (AIDC) methods
c. Software systems - WMS, ERP, SCM, MPS, MRP, DRP, SAP and logistics applications
E. Internet communication between trading partners
F. EDI and extranets
G. Lab activities
a. Terminology basics
b. EPCglobal understanding
c. Supply chain concepts
d. Middleware understanding
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
Course handouts, various web and library references, recommended/required text and RFID tags.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
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Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.