DSCI 450

Supply Chain and Operations Management Strategy

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 23, 2014 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

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.

Learning outcomes


  • Describe complex supply chain and operations structures internal and external to an organization.
  • Evaluate overall effectiveness of these structures and how they coordinate with other business functions.
  • Analyze cases covering various issues such time delays, risk, inventory, optimization, flexibility, performance evaluation, demand planning, and revenue management within supply chains and operations structures.
  • Write reports regarding complex supply chain and operations structures.
  • Demonstrate communication skills by presenting a prepared, purposeful presentation related to the fundamentals of the course.