Program Overview

Supply chain management and operations management are becoming increasingly important in organizations today. More emphasis is being placed on relationships between organizations and their upstream suppliers and downstream distribution channels. Supply chain management and operations management are concerned with the flow of materials, information, and money between suppliers, producers and servicing organizations, and customers. The procurement of goods and services, management of inventories, transportation to and from production and service facilities, distribution of goods and services, and information systems support are all key issues in supply chain and operations management. Also, organizations are increasingly seeking improvements in operations through many different initiatives, such as quality management, lean systems, and information systems implementation. Possible career paths include positions in purchasing, transportation management, inventory management, forecasting, production planning and management, service management, distribution, and retail management.

This minor will provide students with the supply chain and operations management core concepts and skills that will add depth and breadth to students majoring in other disciplines. Supply chain and operations management adds an additional skill set and knowledge base for those students with majors in the College of Management. For those with prior experience in the areas of supply chain and operations management, there exists a pathway to the minor based on certifications from professional organizations such as APICS (www.apics.org), ISM (www.ism.ws), and CSCMP (www.cscmp.org). This is especially relevant for those choosing Individualized Majors.

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Prerequisites

Requirements ( 16-24 total credits)

Business Majors Requirement

Students pursuing one of the business majors in the College of Management are required to take the following courses listed below in their business programs.

Students with CPIM, CSCP, SCPro or similar professional certifications and/or extensive professional experience in the field may contact the curriculum coordinator to discuss a waiver for DSci 434 Introduction to Operations Management and required prerequisites for the Supply Chain and Operations Management MINOR only.

  • MIS 100 Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations
    4 credits

    This course is the first information technology foundation course in the College of Management. It focuses on the technology literacy, managerial and business problem solving dimensions of computer based information systems. It provides students with an introduction to the fundamental terminology of the hardware, software and the people involved with computer based information systems. The course includes hands on computer lab time to introduce students to word processing, database, spread sheet, and Internet microcomputer applications. This course is designed specifically to prepare students for information technology competence as needed in College of Management courses.

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  • MATH 115 College Algebra
    4 credits

    This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.

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  • STAT 201 Statistics I
    4 credits

    This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.

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  • MGMT 310 Management Principles and Practices
    4 credits

    This course examines the historical and philosophical roots of management as well as current management theory and practices. The critical success factors leading to effective performance in the roles of planner, decision maker, organizer, leader, motivator, controller and manager of a diverse workforce in a changing environment are identified and evaluated.

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  • DSCI 434 Introduction to Operations Management
    4 credits

    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and techniques of production and operations management for both service and manufacturing organizations. It will address the role of operations in relation to other functions and the methods to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Topics covered include: product and service design, capacity planning, design of work systems, location planning and analysis, material requirements planning, supply-chain management, enterprise resource planning, inventory management, total quality management, Six Sigma, lean enterprise and kaizen approaches, aggregate planning, just-in-time systems, scheduling, and project planning. Also included are tools and processes used in operations decisions such as forecasting, breakeven analysis, and critical path method using available software.

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Supply Chain and Operations Management Required Courses (12 credits)

  • MKTG 455 Logistics in Supply Chain
    4 credits

    This course examines those activities involved in planning, implementing and controlling the flows of raw materials, in-process inventories, and finished goods from the points of origin to the points of consumption at the lowest total cost. Topics covered include enterprise resource planning; forecasting; inventory management; transportation modes, services and rates; warehousing; information systems; performance measurement; quality; materials handling; customer services; and the overall management of logistical functions. The computerized information programs intending to support the management functions are also treated. Special emphasis is placed on building business analysis skills to assess the feasibility and cost benefit of its functions to support logistics operations.

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  • DSCI 440 Supply Chain Planning and Control
    4 credits

    This course addresses tools, techniques, and strategies used in service and manufacturing organizations for management and controlling internal and enterprise supply chains. Topics include demand management, forecasting, sales and operations planning, production scheduling, material requirements planning, capacity planning, just-in-time, distribution requirements planning, order-point inventory control methods, and strategic design of planning and control systems.

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  • DSCI 450 Supply Chain and Operations Management Strategy
    4 credits

    This course integrates planning, design and analysis to develop a holistic view of supply chain and operations through problems, cases, research papers, readings, projects, and presentations. It requires students to describe, analyze, review and critique important design and planning features of supply chain and operations management. Student will work individually or in groups to develop a project/research paper to analyze an existing complex supply chain and operations function. Students will also explore supply chain and operations through readings, papers, guest lectures, and videos. The focus of the course is on experiential learning and critical analysis. Students will learn critical tools like optimization, models, decision trees, and network analysis.

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Supply Chain and Operations Management Elective Courses (4 credits)

  • ACCT 320 Strategic Management Accounting
    4 credits

    This course provides an introduction to the role of financial and nonfinancial information for planning and control decisions, emphasizing the strategic role of the management accountant in the organization. It emphasizes strategy and the application of concepts and practices of management accounting on economic and noneconomic decisions. Topics include: cost behavior and estimation; cost analysis for planning and control decisions including value chain analysis, target costing, quality costs, customer value measurement systems, and benchmarking; cross-functional teams; activity-based management; and capital budgeting.

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  • DSCI 415 Special Topics in Supply Chain and Operations
    0 credits

    This course will address special topics, current issues and research trends in supply chain and operations management field. The supply chain and operations management field is undergoing some rapid change due to driving factors such as globalization, technology change, and environmental concerns. The course will revolve around five themes or topics: (1) managing risks; (2) theory of constraint, (3) lean management; (4) green, environment and carbon issues; and (5) globalization. Other specialized topics may be added as the field undergoes changes. Prerequisites: DSCI 434 Intro. to Operations Management

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  • DSCI 420 Project Management
    4 credits

    This course focuses on developing the skills needed to become a successful project manager and project team member. Topics covered include all aspects of project management from project initiation issues and project planning to scheduling, organization, implementation, monitoring progress and controlling to achieve desired project results. Also included are project management techniques such as PERT, CPM and project evaluation methods using Microsoft Project software.

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  • IBUS 311 International Business Environment and Operations
    4 credits

    This course addresses the major features of the global business environment (economic, cultural, legal and political) and the international business theory and practice needed to operate and compete successfully in the global economy. Case studies focus on key decision areas in international management, marketing, purchasing, finance and production.

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  • MGMT 340 Managing Quality
    4 credits

    This course examines several frameworks to the management of organizational excellence, including Deming Juran the Baldrige Award, ISO and Six Sigma. Topics include customer focus, leadership, management by fact, strategic planning, human resources, continuous improvement of processes and business results.

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  • MIS 456 Supply Chain Information Systems
    4 credits

    This course examines the role of information systems applications involved in supporting supply chain operations. Topics covered include electronic purchasing, RFQ, reverse auctions, B2B exchanges, warehouse management systems, bar coding / RFID, mobile solutions for distribution and field force automation, ERP, reverse logistics, equipment maintenance tracking systems, transportation/shipping management and GPS. The underlying technologies of EDI and XML are also examined. Special emphasis is placed on building analysis skills for the detailed assessment of vendor software solutions in the supply chain arena.

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  • MKTG 449 Fundamentals of Purchasing Management
    2 credits

    This course acquaints students wishing to explore career opportunities in professional purchasing. It explains the functions of the professional purchasing manager, the contributions of purchasing to organizational goals, purchasing systems and controls, supplier selection procedures, and performance evaluation of purchasing personnel.

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  • DSCI 350I Decision Sciences Individual Internship
    0 credits

    Under the direction of the Internship Office and the DSci faculty, students can use actual on-the-job experience with their past or current projects in operations, manufacturing, project management, and or decision making to earn four credits. A comprehensive project report is required.

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