|Roger D. H. Warburton|
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Final Syllabi will be available in class
|Supply Chain Management TM750|
1.1 Catalog Description:
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
4.1 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.
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.
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
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%
Other As merited
Research Project 30%
Mid Term Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Metropolitan College Student Academic Conduct Code is at:
Students should read and be familiar with this policy.
AD642 & AD742
Online and Classroom
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.
course deals with planning, scheduling, organizing, and controlling
We will analyze projects from a wide variety of industries, including
information systems, non-profit organizations, the government, and the
With modern tools, no project is too small for the tools of this course
and be effective. Project management principles and methodology are
with special focus on planning, controlling, and managing projects to
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:
In pursuing these objectives, the course will:
Course Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
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.
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 In.com.” The site contains millions of papers from around the world. When a paper is submitted to TurnItIn.com, it is analyzed and compared to other work. TurnItIn.com reports if any parts of the paper are copied from other sources without proper attribution.