Supply Chain Management Certificate

Today's complex business environment requires a new breed of manager - one that understands both the familiarity of domestic suppliers and the sophistication of sourcing products and services internationally. Within the last 10 years Supply Chain Management (SCM) has evolved to its own discipline touting executive level positions in many corporations. Companies such as Darden, Office Depot, Arizona Public Service Co., Cargill, Walgreen's, and many others all have VP level SCM positions, solidifying the SCM role in the corporate board room. Graduates will be able to "hit the ground running", capable of making immediate contributions to an organizations supply chain activities and directly contribute to success.

Class Formats:
  • The Supply Chain Management courses are offered evenings at our main campus and online once a year in sequence, one course per term starting in the winter.

Full-time professionals are available to discuss the supply chain management certificate curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25168 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.

Required Courses

Total credits: 15
SCM 5830 Supply Chain Fundamentals  
LOG 5010 International Transport and Logistics  
SCM 5850 Managing Customer and Supplier Relations  
SCM 5840 Supply Chain Infrastructure and Information Technology  
SCM 5870 Supply Chain Capstone  

Course Descriptions

SCM 5830     Supply Chain Fundamentals  (3 cr.)

Supply Chain Fundamentals encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and logistics management activities. Importantly, it also includes coordination and collaboration with channel partners, with can be suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, and customers. In essence, Supply Chain Management integrates supply and demand management functions within and across companies. This course covers the concepts, strategies, processes, tools, and technologies applied to managing the end-to-end forward and backward flow of materials, information, and value in a supply chain.

LOG 5010     International Transport and Logistics  (3 cr.)

Today's business world operates in a global environment; and to be successful, companies must develop new strategies that go beyond traditional geographical boundaries. It is common to see a product designed in the United States, manufactured in China, and sold in France. Differentials in wage-rates, expanding markets, improved transportation and communications have all worked to break down the barriers of space and time. This course examines in depth, logistics and transport management for international trade, including airfreight, ocean freight, international road transportation multi-modal transportation, and the packaging and document preparation required for each mode of transportation. Prerequisite: SCM 5830

SCM 5850     Managing Customer and Supplier Relations  (3 cr.)

Managing Customer and Supplier Relations examines the creation of alliances and partnerships and working in non-traditional ways with suppliers and customers. Identifying the challenges faced in implementing relationships with customers and/or suppliers is critical to successful SCM. Customer and supplier relationship management includes an understanding of the philosophy, methodology, and tools for improved demand management, customer service and alignment of resources. Lastly, a thorough understanding of the benefits and challenges of implementing and managing integrated supply chain interactions. Prerequisite: SCM 5840

SCM 5840     Supply Chain Infrastructure and Information Technology  (3 cr.)

Supply Chain Infrastructure examines the areas of demand planning, product and service design considerations, risk management and operations planning and control to respond to changes in the global marketplace. Successful supply chain management is driven by an understanding of anticipated demand and application of forecasting methods. Product and service design considerations enable effective and efficient supply chain operations. Risk identification, assessment, and mitigation related to supply chain integrity will be examined. Effective planning and control of priorities, capacity and inventory is critical to successful supply chain management. Supply Chain Information Technology addresses how information systems enable collaborative supply chain processes to enhance supply chain performance. Examined are the roles and uses of Information Technology (IT) including IT infrastructure, Enterprise Resource Planning systems (ERP), advanced optimization tools such as warehouse and transportation management systems, tools for data capture such as RFID and bar coding, and a fundamental understanding of electronic and internet-enabled supply chains. Prerequisite: LOG 5010

SCM 5870     Supply Chain Capstone  (3 cr.)

This capstone course will integrate the learning from the other supply chain and logistics courses. It will focus on the design of a supply chain, governance issues, the development of appropriate strategies for outsourcing (local and foreign) and off-shoring. Prerequisite: SCM 5840.

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