SCM 6A01

Supply Chain Management Concepts

Course Purpose

This course provides a comprehensive overview of concepts, issues, and techniques used to plan, analyze, and control global Supply Chain Processes. The course addresses strategic and operational issues at both the enterprise and supply chain levels considering both manufacturing and service organizations.

This course is the foundation course for the MS-SCM Program, the first course students take upon admission to our exemplary program, preparing students for more in-depth study within the Masters of Science in Supply Chain Management Curriculum.

Expected Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students will be expected to:

  • Develop an understanding of operations and supply chain systems: inputs, conversion processes, and outputs for both manufacturing and service environments.
  • Develop an understanding of the relationships among operations and supply chain, marketing, accounting, finance, and engineering functions.
  • Develop a student’s ability to formulate and analyze operations and supply chain problems.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the nature of operations and supply chain managers’ jobs.
  • Selection of topics covered:
    • Operations and Supply Chain Strategy
    • Manufacturing and Service Systems
    • Project Management Overview
    • Risk Management
    • Demand and Supply Integration
    • Business Forecasting
    • Inventory Management and Safety Stock Management

Course Pedagogy and Immersive/Experiential Activities

Students experience the concepts of this course through textbook and article readings and case study activities. In class activities are designed to enhance the textbook and reading materials.

Students are provided with course notes, textbook resources, lectures. Homework and suggested problems are provided to students for mathematical concepts covered in the course.

Grades are typically determined by performance in a series of Quizzes and Homework assignments that progressively cover the course material, two Exams, and active in-class participation.