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MGMT 444 : Principles of Supply Chain Management

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Principles of Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Management is one of the hottest topics in business today. The focus of this course is on understanding the history, principles, and major elements of supply chain management. Specific topics include sourcing and purchasing management; managing supplier relationships; demand forecasting; inventory management; quality management; domestic and international transportation; customer relationship management; enterprise resource planning systems; facility location decision-making; performance management; and future challenges facing supply chain managers.

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the scope and importance of supply chain management in today’s interdependent and highly networked economy. As suggested by the course description, one of the major goals of this course is to understand how the principles of supply chain management can be used to provide both public agencies and private enterprise a unique and sustainable source of competitive advantage.

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Define supply chain management and describe the history, evolution, and role of supply chain management in today’s national and global economy.

2. Understand the role and components of demand forecasting and be able to apply both qualitative and quantitative forecasting techniques.

3. Describe the concept of Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment (CPFR) and the supply chain.

4. Apply the total cost of ownership approach to evaluate potential products, services, or suppliers for different supply chain alternatives and use financial metrics to measure, analyze and manage the performance of the supply chain.

5. Describe the purposes, advantages and disadvantages of Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR), Material Requirements Plan (MRP) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

6. Apply the concept of ABC inventory control and use the basic Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) model to determine the most cost effective quantity to order.

7. Explain the elements of Just-in-Time (JIT) supply chain management and apply the tools of Total Quality Management (TQM) to analyze and manage quality in the supply chain.

8. Describe the strategic role of transportation and its relationship to warehousing, material handling, and other elements of the supply chain.

9. Describe the role and importance of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and how information from the supply chain can be used to improve customer satisfaction and the profitability of the enterprise.

10. Explain why facility location decision-making is so important to the design and management of supply chain networks and list common factors typically associated with the site selection process applying common facility location models.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

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

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
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