Supply Chain Management

Course Number: BUSADMIN 6100
Course Name: Supply Chain Management (Online)
Course Description:    This course focuses on the principles and concepts of Supply Chain Management, as well as a review of the role of Supply Chain Management functions within an organization. Analytical and evaluative skills are developed through critical examination of theories, models, tools and techniques employed. Topics covered include Strategic Sourcing, Forecasting and Collaborative Planning, Inventory Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Service Response Logistics. 
Prerequisites:    ECON 2410, MATH 1830, MATH 4030 or consent of instructor.
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

Master of Science in Project Management
Master of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management
Master of Science in Engineering

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Assess the strategic importance of good supply chain design, planning and operation.
  • Explain how good supply chain management can create a competitive advantage.
  • Evaluate the key drivers of supply chain performance; how they may be used on a conceptual and practical level.
  • Develop analytical methodologies for supply chain analysis.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely in both written and virtual platforms.

Unit Descriptions
Course Organization and Assignment Descriptions

Unit 1
The first three lessons will provide a strategic framework that can be used to analyze design, planning, and operational decisions in a supply chain. The development of the framework is followed by a discussion on the strategic goals and structure of 7-Eleven Japan to show how it is consistent with the established framework.

Unit 2

The second unit will discuss issues to be considered when designing a supply chain network. After a basic foundation, we will build on a strategic framework for facility decisions and discuss methodologies for network design. We will finalize the unit by looking at both global and transportation design.

Unit 3

This unit will stress the importance of planning in a supply chain and provide basic tools that can be used when planning demand and supply. We will highlight the key role that demand planning, as well as aggregate planning, play in the success of any supply chain. We will look at those activities that involve multiple functions within a firm and should also involve multiple stages within a supply chain to be really effective. In particular, the link between marketing and sales, operations, and distribution will be stressed.

Unit 4

This unit will provide an understanding of why inventory builds up in a supply chain and an identification of managerial levers that improve supply chain performance and profitability while lowering inventories.
The technical models and details presented in this unit have been designed with the goal of allowing you to be able to build models using Excel to analyze various inventory related questions in a supply chain. The models help illustrate how buyers or sellers react to various inventory situations leading to the buildup of cycle and safety inventory. Once a solid understanding of why inventory builds up has been obtained, the focus then shifts to what managerial levers are available to reduce inventories.

Grading Criteria for Activities

Assignment Possible Points
Lesson Individual Activities (15 @ 10 pts. each) 150 points
Lesson Discussions (15 @ 10 pts. each) 150 points
Unit Group Collaboration (3 @ 20 pts. each) 60 points
Peer Questions (4 @ 5 pts. each) 20 points
Exams (4 @ 60 pts. each) 240 points
Total: 620 points

Grading Scale
A 90% - 100%
B 80% - 89%
C 70% - 79%
D 60% - 69%
F 0% - 59%


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