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Course Descriptions

Fall 2019

SCMG 267—Supply Chain Operations Mgmt: 3 credits

This course provides insight into the role of Supply Chain Management (SCM) in linking the functions and business entities responsible for the exchange of goods, services and information to complete the business transaction from supplier's supplier to customer's customer. The course focuses on managing the flow of materials, goods, services, information and cash via the processes, technologies, and facilities that link primary supplier through to ultimate customers. Attention is given to such managerial concepts as forecasting, production planning, materials planning, purchasing, production, transportation, inventory management, warehousing, packaging, materials handling and customer service. Recognition is also given to important interrelationships between supply chain management, marketing, and financial management. Interdisciplinary managerial concepts are presented to show how integration of the supply chain processes offers great potential for improving corporate profitability and return on investment.


SCMG 375—Supply Chain Process Improvement: 3 credits

An introduction to managing the flow of material, products, services, information, and cash via the processes, technologies, and facilities that link primary suppliers through to ultimate customers. Attention is given to responsibilities and integration of such supply chain functions as forecasting, production planning, supply management, production, transportation, inventory, warehousing, packaging, materials handling and customer service. Recognition is also given to important interrelationships between supply chain management, marketing, and financial management.


SCMG 375—SCM Information Systems & Tech: 3 credits

This course will review the major SCM strategic, tactical, and operational information systems and technologies utilized by industry leaders to integrate SCM operations and enhance collaboration within and across enterprises. Starting with a review of the role information systems has played in the development and enablement of SCM with a focus on the basic concepts and strategies of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). The operational and decision support systems that enable the five facets of SCM; Plan, Source, Make, Deliver, and Returns, such as Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS), network optimization, Warehouse Management System (WMS), Transportation Management Systems (TMS), etc., will be reviewed. The course will provide students the opportunity to study, analyze, and observe the information systems and technology tools.


SCMG 469W—Strategic Supply Chain Mgmt: 3 credits

Strategic Supply Chain Management is the capstone course in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) concentration. This course will focus on applying knowledge from previous courses to understanding the impact of effective SCM on the organization's productivity and competitiveness. Students will explore the links between overall business strategy and supply chain strategy, and will develop an in depth understanding of the principles of supply chain excellence. Field research, combined with Duquesne supply chain management software, will provide students with experience in SCM strategic development and integration.


SCMG 472—Global Transportation Logistics: 3 credits

Transportation and logistics are the elements of supply chain management by which materials are stored and moved from points of origin to production and products are stored and moved from points of production to consumption. This course will examine distribution techniques, the major modes of transportation, their respective capabilities and limitations, business models, and management practices. The course will also examine the role of government in the transportation industry.


SCMG 474—Supply Management Purchasing: 3 credits

An introductory course on the principles of purchasing and materials management. Topics covered include the profit-generating potential of purchasing, the role of purchasing in total quality management, the price versus cost distinction, supplier selection and evaluation, inventory management, value analysis, and just-in-time purchasing.


SCMG 480—Forecasting, Prod & Investment Mgmt: 3 credits

Forecasting, inventory control, and production planning and control are central to the success of any firm. The main focus of the course will be on understanding how tools and techniques in these areas apply in a supply chain and how they can aid a manager in supply chain decision making to achieve a competitive advantage. Students will apply time-series and regression methods to produce forecasts, and they will learn how to make inventory decisions in single- and multiple-period decision environments. Specific attention will be given to the precedence and dependence relations between hierarchical decisions in the manufacturing planning and control process.