Curriculum & Course Descriptions
Comprehensive curriculum designed for your success.
- Introduction to Supply Chain Management (SCM)
- Introduction to SCM Information Systems
- Business Analytics for Decision Making
- Supply Chain Process Improvement
- Forecasting and Demand Management
- Managing Inventory in the Supply Chain
- Supply Management
- Global Fulfillment—Transportation & Distribution
- Sustainable Supply Chains
- Strategic SCM—Experiential Project
Introduction to Supply Chain Management (SCM)
This survey course provides an overview of business processes that comprise SCM. The course will introduce the scope, role and strategies of forecasting, aggregate planning, materials planning, supply management, operations, transportation, distribution, and customer service for services and goods as appropriate.
Introduction to SCM Information Systems
Information systems and technology enable SCM processes and operations to improve productivity and link to the internal and external business partners. This course will address the strategy behind SCM systems development and integration and will be supported by the systems and tools available in the SCM Center of Excellence.
Business Analytics for Decision Making
Supply chains generate large amounts of data; however, knowing how to extract critical information for effective decision-making is critical to SCM success. This course will introduce strategies and methods for developing meaningful business intelligence and address proper database management.
Supply Chain Process Improvement
Having in place effective and efficient process improvement techniques can be a source of competitive advantage for firms. This course covers different techniques and tools that firms can use to become better problem-solvers and to continuously improve their operations and supply chains by applying the concepts of Lean and Six Sigma. Students will earn Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate of Course Completion through Moresteam, a Lean Six Sigma Training Provider.
Forecasting and Demand Management
Gaining visibility into a business's future is critical to SCM success and to gaining commercial competitive advantage. This course will provide insight into the value of accurate forecasting and planning, and provide methods for effective forecast development and analysis. Planning techniques, including Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), will be examined. The course will also cover advanced forecasting and demand management techniques such as Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment (CPFR). Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) exam from the Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning.
Managing Inventory in the Supply Chain
Properly managing inventory is critical to both goods and service industries. This course will introduce the inventory strategies for a wide range of supply chains and present a variety of inventory planning methods for materials and finished goods based on market demand, risk, and variability. Upon completion of the Introduction to Supply Chain Management course and this course, students will be prepared to take the first APICS Certified in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM) exam.
Over the past four decades the process of purchasing and procurement have evolved from administrative support functions to strategic competitive differentiators for many organizations. This course will provide a strong foundation in supply management best practices in concert with the Institute for Supply Management's Mastery Model. Students will gain knowledge in negotiation preparation and execution and utilize the state of art negotiation facilities of the SCM Center of Excellence. Upon completion of the course, students with qualifying experience will be prepared to take the ISM Foundations of Supply Management exam toward becoming a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM).
Global Fulfillment - Transportation & Distribution
For those businesses purchasing and producing products, the global physical distribution process is critical to competitive success. This course will provide insight into the operations and strategic integration of transportation modes and distribution center operations as well as distribution network design. The course will introduce innovative fulfillment strategies such as collaborative distribution and omnichannel fulfillment. Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the exam to earn the APICS Certificate in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CTLD).
Sustainable Supply Chains
As consumers and the industries that serve them have grown in social and environmental awareness, the focus on establishing sustainable supply chains has gained momentum. In addition to being financially successful, corporations must be environmentally and socially responsible. The strategic and operational decisions made to develop efficient and effective supply chains with operations and trading partners around the world shifts the primary responsibility for a sustainable business to SCM. This course will address risk management, best practices for sustainable supply chains and the trending SCM responsibilities.
Strategic SCM-Experiential Project
Supply chains must be developed in support of organizational strategies and goals. This capstone course will focus on aligning SCM strategies with corporate goals through application of the knowledge gained from previous SCM courses and experience. The APICS Supply Chain Operations (SCOR) Model will be introduced along with other planning methods for developing SCM strategic business cases. An SCM experiential learning project will be developed throughout the semester with a final thesis required. Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to complete the APICS SCOR Professional Seminar and exam.