Supply Chain Management

Course Number: BUSADMIN 2100
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:    None
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

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

This course will provide an introduction of the basic concepts of supply chain management. It will identify current trends and best practices of the supply chain. Upon completion of the course you will be able to do the following:

  • Understand the relationship between organizations and their suppliers.
  • Understand the purchasing process and the role of strategic sourcing.
  • Describe various aspects of production planning, construct a materials requirements plan, determine a master production schedule, and forecast future demand given historical data.
  • Understand distribution issues in supply chain management, including logistics and customer relationship management.
  • Understand the importance of inventory management and managing production across the supply chain.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1
In Unit 1 we will look at the importance of the relationships between a company and its suppliers. Using a supply chain approach, companies no longer "just buy" products, they strive to develop strong supplier bonds, creating a virtual vertically integrated organization. These relationships can work back through the intermediate component manufacturers, through to the raw material suppliers. There are a number of different activities that can be done to foster these relationships.

Initially we will look at the purchasing process itself. Both manual and electronic purchasing will be covered. Once an understanding of the basic process has been explored, we will turn the focus to managing the supplier base, evaluation and certification programs, and how to develop a strategic program both nationally and internationally.

Unit 2
This unit will focus on the functions of supply chain management that take place "within the walls" of the organization. Some of the information stems from traditional operations management principles. We will look at those first, and then add to them a supply chain twist.

Unit 3
In this unit we will explore the concepts involved in distribution in the supply chain. We will look at logistics both from a domestic and international viewpoint. Included in logistics will be movement of material, location of facilities, and logistics from a service perspective. In this unit we will also learn about customer relationship management. From a supply chain perspective firms seek to position themselves as value-enhancing suppliers to their customers.

Unit 4
In the last unit, we will look at how the various parts fit together to form a fully integrated model. Many companies adopt or adapt sections of supply chain concepts, but the full benefit comes when an organization achieves both internal and external process integration.

Grading Information

Grades will be determined based on the total number of points earned for assigned activities. This is how the activities in this course will be graded:

Individual Activities (14 @ 10 pts. each) 140 points
Lesson Discussions (14 @ 10 pts. each) 140 points
Term Definitions (4 @ 10 pts. each) 40 points
Collaborative Assignments (4 @ 20 pts. each) 80 points
Exams (4 @ 60 pts. each) 240 points
Total: 640 points

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


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