Curriculum

The curriculum is specifically designed to prepare students for advancement in supply chain related careers in supply management, manufacturing and service operation management, logistics consulting, procurement, service-supplier business development and operations, and SCM software support.

SCM 870: Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management

3 credits
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.

SCM 871: Applied Data Analysis

3 credits
Quantitative and statistical methods for decision making. Hypothesis testing, regression and correlation analysis, forecasting, linear programming, decision analysis and project management.

SCM 872: Distribution Fulfillment

2 credits
Management of the firm’s value creation process from product development through order receipt and delivery to consumer. Alternative approaches to developing customer value and the role of the demand and supply chain in providing it.

SCM 875: Manufacturing Planning & Control

2 credits
Planning and control functions required to match supply and demand in a manufacturing firm. Tools and methods for planning production; the role of information systems in planning and control.

SCM 886: Strategic Sourcing

2 credits
Fundamentals of strategic sourcing and supply chain management. Integration and coordination of product innovation, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution and logistics for global competitiveness.

SCM 877: Supply Chain Management Information Technology

2 credits
All tracks
Role of information technology in logistics and supply chain management, planning and operations. Requirements, capabilities, and considerations for using IT applications in logistics.

SCM 874: Total Quality Management and Lean Enterprise

3 credits
Total quality management principles, practices and techniques. Implementation of quality improvement programs. Relationship to manufacturing and competitive strategies.

SCM 879: Supply Chain Management – Strategy and Applications

3 credits
Analysis and solution of SCM cases and simulations. Teamwork, communication and job skills. Situations involving purchasing, manufacturing, logistics and transportation as an integrated supply chain.

SCM 881: Global Supply Chain Management

3 credits
Requirements for global operations and strategy development. Similarities and differences of international and domestic operations.

SCM 882: Field Study/Research Project

5 credits
Practical application of course material to a problem or situation in the student’s organization.

COM 874: Communication in Supply Chain Management

2 credits
Development of effective interpersonal communication skills. Oral communication in business settings. Use of appropriate technology for management presentations.

MGT 875: Change Management

2 credits
Role and process of organizational change management, types of change, identifying need for change, and the change management process.

SCM 884: Marketing Management

2 credits
Strategic and decision-making aspects of marketing functions. Analysis, coordination, execution of marketing programs. Development of strategies and tactics. Segmentation, marketing mix, market response modeling and ethics in a global context.

Logistics Track

SCM 876: Logistics Operations Methods and Systems

2 credits
Microanalysis of logistics and transportation services: customer service and order fulfillment, distribution operations, purchasing or operation of transportation services, 3PL providers and network design.

SCM 878: Logistics Systems Analysis

2 credits
Process of solving logistics problems. Applications of analysis tools and techniques.

Operations Management Track

SCM 883: Supply Chain Integration and Strategic Agility

2 credits
This course will expose students to ideas pertaining to supply chain integration, strategic sourcing, relational norms in buyer-supplier relationships and strategic agility in supply chains. It will also look at integrative supply management practices and their role in achieving strategic agility and innovation. The course will draw on lecture presentations, cases and discussions of student firm’s experiences in the light of the concepts presented.

SCM 893: Manufacturing and Sourcing Strategy

2 credits
Manufacturing strategy as a competitive weapon. Alignment of manufacturing strategy and corporate strategy, structural and infrastructural decisions. Development and deployment of global manufacturing strategy. Adaptation of strategy to position the competitive capabilities of the firm appropriately.

Supply Management Track

SCM 848: Analysis of Supply Markets and Supplies

2 credits
Methods for supply market analysis to support sourcing strategy development, contract negotiations and cost management initiatives. Analysis of supply market conditions.

MGT 863: Negotiations

2 credits
Strategic negotiations, negotiation preparation, buyer-supplier relationship assessment, international negotiations, and negotiation simulation.

Rail Management Track

SCM 866: Railway Business Management

3 credits
Procedures for railway productivity and methods for consumer satisfaction. Measuring financial performance, pricing strategies and forces in railway economics. Current and future environmental impact of railway management.

SCM 867: Railway Operations Management

3 credits
Discussion of railway infrastructure. Railway management techniques in train control, locomotive management, scheduling, dispatching and signaling. Operational strategies for labor, regulation, safety, security and technology.