DSCI 640

Supply Chain Management: Concepts and Techniques

4 Graduate credits
Effective August 19, 2018 – May 7, 2019

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course will cover the fundamental concepts in supply chain management, including the forward and backward flows of materials, information, and money. Different configurations of supply chains will be examined, along with the fit of different supply chains to different organizational environments. Techniques for analyzing supply chains and their effectiveness will be examined, including qualitative and quantitative models. Specific topics include concepts and methods in supply chain strategies, planning and operations, inventory and information management, warehousing and materials handling systems, logistics, distribution and transportation systems, distribution strategies, supply chain design, and information technology. Integration of functional areas such as purchasing, materials management, and distribution is addressed.

Special information

Note: This course is required as part of the new Global Supply Chain Management GCERT and MBA Concentration.

Learning outcomes


  • Understand the concepts and principles of supply chain management.
  • Critically analyze and assess the relationships between supply chain decisions and the supply chains context.
  • Apply supply chain management techniques appropriately to supply chain cases and problems,
  • Analyze supply chain issues in organizations, creating appropriate supply chain solutions for the organizations context.