SELECTED TOPICS: INTRODUCTION TO SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
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Course Number: MGMT 4800
Course Title: Selected Topics: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Status
Professor: Dr. George H. Messer, Jr.
Course Location: BHS-10
Meeting Times: M/W: 8:00 – 10:05 am
Office Hours: M/W: 10:15 am – 12:00 am, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, and by appointment
Phone: 770-961-3762 (Office)
770-961-3410 (Department Office)
Home Page: http://business.clayton.edu/messer/
Required Text: Simchi-Levi, David, and Kaminsky, Philip, Designing and Managing the
Supply Chain, Irwin McGraw –Hill (2000)
Additional Resources: (1) Access to a notebook computer, which must be brought to class when
specified by the instructor
(2) A calculator, which should always be brought to class
Required: This course requires basic knowledge of computers. E-mail and on-line
research will be utilized.
ITP Choice Policy: Each CCSU student is required to have ready access throughout the
semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware
and software requirements for the student's academic program. See
http://itpchoice.clayton.edu for full details of this policy.
Statement: Students must abide by policies in the University Catalog, Student
Handbook, and, if applicable program handbook.
Policy: Each student is expected to attend class on all scheduled days, and must
be on time. Cell phones must be turned off during class.
Important Dates: May 14, 2002 – Classes begin
May 25-27, 2002 – Memorial Day Holiday – No classes
June 17, 2002 – Last day to withdraw from course without academic
June 17, 2002 – Midterm
July 22, 2002 – Classes end
July 24, 2002 – Final Exam
Course Description: Logistics and Supply Chain Management is unique and, to some degree,
represents a paradox because it is concerned with one of the oldest and
also the most newly discovered activities of business. (From Chopra and
Meindl) Supply chain system activities – communication, inventory
management, warehousing, transportation, and facility location – have
been performed since the start of commercial activity. It is difficult to
visualize any product that could reach a customer without logistical
support. Yet it is only over the last few years that firms have started
focusing on logistics and supply chain management as a source of
competitive advantage. There is a realization that no company can do
better than its logistics system. This becomes even more important given
that product life cycles are shrinking and competition is intense.
Logistics and Supply Chain Management today represents a great
challenge as well as a tremendous opportunity for most firms. In this
course we will view the supply chain from the point of view of a front-
line supervisor. Logistics and Supply Chain Management is all about
managing hand-offs in a supply chain – hand-offs of either information
or product. From our perspective we will use the phrases logistics
management, supply chain management and demand chain management
interchangeably. Our goal is to understand how logistical decisions
impact the performance of the firm as well as the entire supply chain.
Course Objectives: The objectives for this course support the mission statement for the
School of Business and expected learning outcomes for the B.B.A. in the
specific area of logistics and supply chain management. These
1. To introduce and study logistics/supply chain operations.
2. To give students the opportunity, both orally and in writing, to
critically describe, analyze, and recommend improvements in
logistics and supply chain operations.
3. For students to analytically solve problems related to inventory
management, facility location, and supply chain optimization.
4. To utilize computer resources to research and analyze supply chain
5. To understand the global environment and strategic alliances in
modern business and their impact on supply chain management.
Course Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, the student should:
1. Understand basic terminology and supply chain operations in the
context of today’s business environment.
2. Be able to observe and study business operations and then describe
the logistics/supply chain systems in oral and written presentations.
3. Be able to critically analyze and report on the effectiveness of
logistics and supply chain operations.
4. Be able to recommend areas for improvement in logistics and supply
5. Be able to utilize appropriate software packages in the description
and analysis of logistics and supply chain operations.
6. Understand physical and economic issues related to the
establishment, sizing and location of warehouses and distribution
7. Be able to solve problems by developing simplified models of
transportation networks to determine most effective strategies for
warehousing and distribution to meet customer demand.
8. Understand effective inventory management policy, demand
variability, forecasting and lead time on inventory level and cost.
9. Understand the effect of demand variability and vendor managed
inventory on optimizing the supply chain.
10. Understand the importance of strategic supply chain alliances and the
impact of centralized versus decentralized networks.
11. Understand basic international issues in supply chain management.
To Be Followed: 1. Course objectives and outcomes will be accomplished through
reading, lectures, discussion, guest speakers, assigned projects, case
analyses and examinations.
2. Student presentations will include appropriate visual aids such as
power point slides; one copy will be given to the instructor on the
assigned presentation date.
3. Case Analysis write-ups are to be typed and submitted at or before
the beginning of the class period on the due date. If a submission
date is missed, see the professor personally with a written reason. If
approved by the instructor, late submissions will be accepted one
class period after the due date, but an automatic reduction of 20%
will be taken.
4. Examinations will cover material presented in class and in the
textbook. If a scheduled exam is missed, see the professor
personally with a written reason for the absence. Make-up exams
will be given only in the case of serious illness; the professor
reserves the right to exercise personal judgement in other cases. An
excused absence for medical reasons requires a written excuse from
a doctor’s office. If you cannot see a physician for financial reasons,
CCSU offers a free clinic that is located in room D-207. All make-
up exams are usually comprehensive in nature. Failure to take a
scheduled exam, without prior permission for an excused absence,
will result in a “0” grade for that exam.
Course Changes: The course syllabus provides a general plan for the course. The
professor reserves the right to make periodic changes to the syllabus,
including: assignments, projects, case studies, examinations, etc., in
order to accommodate the needs of the class as a whole and fulfill the
goals of the course.
Assessment Tools: First Project/Presentation 10%
Second Project/Presentation 15%
First Case Analysis/Write-up 10%
Second Case Analysis/Write-up 15%
Grading: Grades will be assigned using the following scale:
A: Average of 90 – 100%
B: Average of 80 – 89%
C: Average of 70 – 79%
D: Average of 60 – 69%
F: Average of 0 – 59%
W: Withdrawal from the course on or before March 1, 2002
WF: Withdrawal from the course after March 1, 2002
Course Outline: DATE TOPIC
May 15 Class orientation, introductions, syllabus overview, and
discussion of course goals and objectives
May 20 Chapter 1 – Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Computerized Beer Distribution Game
May 22 Chapter 2 – Logistics Network Configuration
May 27 Holiday
May 29 Chapter 3 – Inventory Management and Risk Pooling
June 3 Project 1 Presentations Due: Describing Supply Chain
June 5 Chapter 3 Continued
June 10 Guest Speaker
June 12 Written Case Analysis 1 Due/Review for Exam
June 17 Mid-Term Exam
June 19 Chapter 4 – The Value of Information
June 24 Chapter 5 – Distribution Strategies
June 26 Guest Speaker/Chapter 6 – Strategic Alliances
July 1 Chapter 7 – International Issues in Supply Chain Mgmt
July 3 Chapter 8 – Coordinate Product & Supply Chain Design
July 8 Project 2 Presentations Due: Analysis of a Supply Chain
July 10 Tour
July 15 Chapter 9 – Customer value & Supply Chain Mgmt
July 17 Chapter 10 – IT for Supply Chain Management
July 22 Written Case Analysis 2 Due/Chap 11/Review
July 24 Final Examination