Roger D. H. Warburton
Overview of Syllabi

Spring 2009

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Final Syllabi will be available in class

Supply Chain Management  TM750

 Preliminary Syllabus

1.0     Introduction

1.1       Catalog Description:

     MET TM 750             Supply Chain Management

            Provides an overview of the supply chain management process relating to the major, and often competing, supply chain challenges concerning the simultaneous standardization and differentiation of consumer preferences for products and the continued minimization emphasis in supply chains. Topics evolve from historical supply chains that focused on efficiencies and execution to more competitive strategy oriented chains that involve getting the “right” products to the consumer/marketplace at the right quality/price and quantity. 4 cr.

1.2       Course Description

            This course provides an overview of the dynamic field of supply chain management: the entire flow of information, materials and services from raw materials through suppliers, operations, factories, warehouses, and distributors to the end customers. Competitive strategy involves getting the right products to the consumers (i.e., the marketplace) at the right quality, at the right price, and in the right quantities.


            While supply chains have existed from the beginning of time, the fierce competition in today’s global markets, along with shorter and shorter product life cycles have forced business enterprises to invest in and focus attention on their supply chains. Advances in technology are also driving improvements in supply chains, e.g., offshore supply, transportation alternatives such as overnight delivery, instantaneous communication of the status of shipments, and sophisticated information technology systems.

2.0       Basic Information

Schedule:      Wednesdays, 6 – 9:30 pm

First Class:       Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Contact:          Phone: (617) 358 - 3583


Office:             Room M13,  808 Commonwealth Ave

Hours: Wednesdays, 3pm – 5pm, and by appointment

Prerequisites:             None

 2.2       Text & Materials

A.        Text:   “Designing and Managing the Supply Chain”

                        3rd Edition, Simchi-Levi, Kaminski & Simchi-Levi, McGraw Hill

B.        Other Materials

                        Beer Game Simulation (included in text)

                        Facility with Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint 

2.3       Schedule of Classes and Assignments

Homework dates are assigned dates. They will be due the following week. This is preliminary, and will be  confirmed when calsses start.





3x5 Assignment

Week Topic




Fashion & Basics

The Phoenix Manufacturing Case




Supply Chain Failure

Introduction to SC
Definitons & Terminology



Strategic Supply Chain

The Teco Case




Inventory Issue

Forecasts, EOQ, (s,S)




Ordering Example

Supply Chain Dynamics




Beer Game Lessons

Beer Game Sim




Strategic Alliances




Friedman Issue

SC Integration
(Push / Pull)




No Class -- Spring Break

 Spring Break




Mid-Term Exam Mid-Term Exam







Bills of Materials








Design, Coordination
Customer Value




International, Supply Chains



Final Class, Presentations





3.0       Course Overview

            This course focuses on the Supply Chain from the strategic perspective. The Supply Chain is the system of suppliers, manufacturers, transportation, distributors, and vendors that exists to transform raw materials to final products and supply those products to customers. That is, the supply chain deals with managing all of the material and information outside of the factory walls.

            The course will enable the student to understand what a supply chain is, why supply chains are important, how all the parts interact, and the techniques and challenges of managing supply chains. The course will focus on understanding supply chains from the strategic perspective highlighting the importance and impact of the supply chain throughout the corporation.

             The course will cover:

a)         Definitions and overview of the supply chain

b)         The fundamental theoretical concepts, including inventory control

c)         Case studies that will reinforce the theoretical concepts

d)         International aspects and outsourcing

 3.1       Purpose & Importance

            The purpose is to define and analyze the major issues in supply chain management, including: definition of a supply chain; the role of inventory and orders; supply contracts; the value of information and the bullwhip effect; vendor-managed inventories and other distribution strategies; third-party logistics providers; managing product variety; information technology requirements; offshore production and international issues.

            The course will also cover the influence of the supply chain on major functional activities such as product design, information systems, manufacturing planning, inventory management, financial planning, forecasting, sales, and quality management. Finally, business-to-business and international issues in supply chains will be discussed, including global market forces, risks, regional differences and outsourcing.

3.2       Objectives

            Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

·        define all the parts of a supply chain and their strategic objectives

·        apply supply chain management concepts and technology to different industries, and new situations

·        apply innovative techniques and theories to optimize the supply chain

·        evaluate and discuss material flows across multiple organizations in the supply chain including global supply chains.

             Supply Chains is a complex subject covering a wide variety of topics, and students cannot be expected to know everything about supply chains. Therefore, a major objective of the course is for students to understand the fundamental supply chain concepts and to learn how to apply them in new situations. Students will learn to make recommendations concerning decisions that affect the entire company.

 In pursuing these objectives, the course will:

1.         Use in class materials, text and cases

2.         Combine innovative theory and practice

3.         Combine the strategic with the tactical

4.         Use relevant concepts to analyze and assess complex supply chains situations

5.         Immerse the student in a simulation of a supply chain


4.0       Homework

  • Each week there will be written homework assignments, which are due the day of class the following week. i.e., on Wednesday night.
  • Each week a research discussion topic will be assigned. Students will research the topic and be prepared to present some brief comments in class..
  • Each week there will be reading assignments. These will prepare the students for the homework assignments, provide additional material to supplement the lectures, and also to prepare the student for the upcoming week.

4.1       Research Project Presentation

            One of the objectives of the course is for the student to be able to apply several of the core analytical techniques to a specific supply chain. In this context you are going to analyze a supply chain of your own choice. An important aspect of the project is that there needs to be a significant contribution from a data analysis. You will need to obtain some data. Therefore, it is wise to select an organization you know quite a bit about, or that you have access to.

 Two of the major evaluation criteria for the paper are:

1)         How well do you apply the analytical supply chain concepts and techniques of the course to the supply chain you choose.

2)         The quality and originality of the analysis of the supply chain, and the recommendations (and how well they tie to your analysis) about the supply chain.

             The paper should follow APA Format. The maximum length of the paper is 10 double spaced pages. You may attach as many pages as appendixes of data, tables, etc. as you need. Charts and graphs are mandatory, and should be included in the 10 page paper to support your analysis.

            A proposal for your project is due in week #8. Preliminary data are due in week #11.  The Final Project is due to be presented in the final class, week #15.

5.0       Course requirements, policies, and grading standards

 5.1       Grading Standards

            Grade inflation is not in the best interests of BU students or the reputation of the institution. I have a responsibility to differentiate the performance of my students, and to reward only those who do exceptionally well with high grades. A Grade of A or A minus will be limited only to those students truly distinguishing themselves in the course. The Academic Policy Committee of Metropolitan College recommends the following guidelines for distinguishing grades.

A/A-                15% to 20%

B+/B/B-           80%

Other               As merited

 There is no curve grading in this course. Good quality research will get an A.

 The course will consist of homework, which includes in class presentations, a project and two exams (a midterm and a final) weighted as follows:

Homework:                        30%

      Assignments           20%

      3x5                        10%

Research Project               30%

Mid Term Exam                20%

Final Exam                        20%

 5.2       Attendance and participation

            Attendance at all classes is mandatory. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class. Students not in attendance when the role is taken will be marked absent.

             Student participation is defined very clearly as contributing to both the class discussions and the online discussions. Each student will be called upon to report in class and is also expected to contribute to the online discussions. Students are expected to contribute to the online discussions throughout the week. Posting on Tuesday night will get no credit.

 Minimal preparation is reading the material, and being able to summarize what it is about, and what the issues are.

 Superior preparation involves being able to: recommend a solution to the discussed problem; support your recommendations with relevant details and analyses; and propose innovative solutions, or why obvious solutions might be discounted.

 5.3       Student Responsibilities

1.                  Attend all classes punctually. Attendance will be taken.

2.                  Exam questions will be taken from the materials covered in class, class discussions, online assignments, the textbook, readings, and assigned homework. In most cases we will go beyond the text, which is to be considered a the starting point.

3.                  Come to class prepared and willing to participate in class discussions. Your grades will depend on your preparation and reading of the materials in advance of the class.

 5.4       Paper Requirements

            You are to complete any research papers using the APA writing style and guideline for references format. Some sample guidance is provided in the Vista Documents/APA Format folder.

             You can down load the student style guide from the American Psychological Association web site or you can purchase the APA style guide from the book store. As most referencing information is available either on the APA web site or on the Department Style Guide the purchase of the guide is not essential. The guide will inform you as how to reference your paper correctly. This is essential.

             Papers are to be RESEARCH PAPERS. Remember that work that you use from other authors MUST be referenced. It is expected that your papers are based on multiple sources of information. These must be attributed to the author using the correct American Psychological Association format. These are your papers and not the cut and paste of someone else's work.

 5.5       Research

            The internet has led to a false sense of what research is all about. Those new to research tend to think that it means spending an afternoon surfing the internet and then an afternoon cutting from material available. Keep in mind the internet is:

1.         Not quality oriented. It has both good stuff and bad stuff but there are no guides as to which is which.

2.         NOT a sole source location. Use the library!

 5.5       Lateness Policies

 Timely Presentation of Materials Due

            All assignments (papers, homework, etc.) have due dates. These are the LAST DATES that stated material is due. I maintain the right to refuse, or downgrade, any materials presented after due dates. This is not a subject for discussion.


            Organize your time and work to turn in work before the due date. To be absolutely clear this means that the paper will be accepted anytime up to that date but not after. Set a time schedule that has the work build around your personal needs and schedule but with a “hand in time” well before the final date. This way, should some unforeseen problem arise, the timely presentation of your work and its usefulness to the project is not in jeopardy.


            While I will accept online and emailed assignments, there is no guarantee that your email will make it through the BU system. I have no control over this. Allow time to for resending and re-delivery of materials.

 5.6       Requests For Make Up Examinations

In general, make up exams are not given. There is no guarantee that a make up would be permitted and any request needs to be in writing and a written verification of the incident will be expected. I recognize that infrequently unfortunate situations do occur that make fulfilling requirements impossible and, as such, I review requests for make-up exams on a case-by-case basis.

I hope that you will appreciate that I do not do this to penalize any individual student but to attempt to assure that there is a level playing field and the total class feels confident that no one has a unique advantage.

 6.0       Academic Honesty

            The University considers plagiarism (any attempt by a student to represent sent the work of another as his or her own) and other forms of cheating serious offenses and enforces serious penalties when they occur.

             Any Plagiarism will be reported to the Dean.

            The Metropolitan College Student Academic Conduct Code is at:     

Students should read and be familiar with this policy.

Project Management
AD642 & AD742
Online and Classroom

Preliminary Syllabus

1. Course Description

Project management is becoming more important in today's world. This course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development programs and short-term projects. We talk about both large and small projects. We talk about government infrastructure projects, private company projects, and even projects in small, non-profit institutions. 

The course deals with planning, scheduling, organizing, and controlling projects. We will analyze projects from a wide variety of industries, including construction, information systems, non-profit organizations, the government, and the military. With modern tools, no project is too small for the tools of this course to help and be effective. Project management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and managing projects to successful completion.

There are two key topics: the socio-cultural aspects of project management and the technical tools required to analyze the status and progress of a project. Sociocultural issues include management and leadership, cultural differences, organizational structures, and conflict resolution. The technical issues include: company strategy and project selection; developing the project plan, network diagrams, and the schedule; and the earned value method for estimating true project status. 

Microsoft Project will be used in this course to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Mastery of key tools and concepts introduced in this course will give you a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace. 

2.  Course Overview 

Course Goals and Objectives 

This course provides an introduction to project management. You will learn all of the fundamental aspects of modern project management, both managerial and technical. You will also become familiar with project management tools, such as MS Project. Finally, in homework and discussions you will learn how to apply the skills required of a project manager.

 This course will:

  • Provide experience in using the concepts, techniques, and tools available to project managers for organizing, planning, and controlling projects.
  • Help you develop an appreciation for the managerial, cultural, and social aspects of project management.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of the organization’s strategy during project selection.
  • Provide an understanding of the critical role of work breakdown structures and networks in planning, scheduling, and estimating the status of projects.
  • Create an awareness of potential conflicts and scheduling problems that occur on projects.
  • Demonstrate how to reliably estimate the status of projects using earned value.
  • Expose you to MS Project, and demonstrate it usefulness for planning and scheduling

In pursuing these objectives, the course will:

  • Use the textbook and cases
  • Combine theory and practice
  • Combine the strategic with the tactical
  • Use relevant concepts to analyze and assess complex project management situations

Course Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of projects in implementing organization strategy.
  • Explain what a project is and how projects are initiated.
  • Understand that managing projects is an act of balancing the technical and sociocultural aspects of a project.
  • Develop network diagrams and estimate project costs and schedules.
  • Determine the true status of ongoing projects using earned value.

3. Topics & Schedule:

The schedule of classes, homework, and discussion topics is outlined below. This is a generic schedule that does not apply to any particular semester. However, the template is the foundation for all my PM courses. The detailed schedule changes depending on issues such as Thanksgiving in the Fall and Spring Break in the Spring.




Definition of a “Project”
Projects and Programs
The Project Life Cycle
The Role of the Project Manager
The Project Management Institute


Company Strategy
Mission, Goals, Objectives.
Project Portfolios & Project Selection
           Financial Models, Selection Matrices


Organizing Projects in Companies
Project Structures
         Functional, Matrix, Projectized, Network
Organizational Cultures


Scope and the Specification
     What makes a good spec?


Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)


Work Packages


Cost Estimation
Schedule Estimation
    Macro & Micro models


Spring Break


Mid Term Exam


Project Networks
    Forward & Backward Passes
    Critical Path


Networks in MS Project
Scheduling Staff Resources


Earned Value
Project Progress


Managing Teams


International Projects
Virtual Teams




Final Exam

4. Requirements, Policies and Standards

This section provides an overview of the syllabus. The complete syllabus will be available shortly before classes begin.

        Attendance at all classes is mandatory. Attendance will be taken. 

Homework will be in the form of Essay Questions and Exercises. For this course, there is a set of weekly written assignments. Each week students will be assigned a research topic, which will be the focus of either an in class discussion or an online discussion. Every student will be expected to contribute every week. 

There is a major research project due at the end of the course. Students will be expected to conduct research as part of their final project. The project will also require the use of Microsoft Project. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of the key features of project management, as well as the practical application of MS Project. 

The final exam will be scheduled by MET College.

You can expect to be challenged in this course, and excellent, research quality work will be rewarded with an ‘A’. If everyone submits research quality work, then everyone will get an ‘A’. An ‘A’ grade requires research quality excellence in all aspects of the course: class work, homework, discussions, final project, and exams.

While there are strict policies for grades at MET, I do NOT impose a grading curve. 

All papers are considered to be research papers. You are to complete all research papers using the APA writing style and guideline for citations and references. You can download the student style guide from the American Psychological Association web site or you can purchase the APA style guide from the book store. Several examples will be available at CourseInfo.

If for any reason, you are unable to meet any assignment deadline, contact me immediately, and preferably in advance. All assignments must be completed. Extensions may be granted under mitigating circumstances.

5. Academic Conduct Policy

For the full text of the academic conduct code, please go to: 

Any Plagiarism will be reported to the Dean.

Boston University makes available to all faculty the plagiarism tool “Turn It” The site contains millions of papers from around the world. When a paper is submitted to, it is analyzed and compared to other work. reports if any parts of the paper are copied from other sources without proper attribution.