Syllabus: Global Sourcing in Supply Chain Management: Spring 2010
Course Number & Title: SCML 4105: Global Sourcing in Supply Chain Management
Class Time & Loc. TR - 8:45pm - 10:00pm - T112
Instructor: Craig A. Hill, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management
Office: School of Business Bldg. T-243
Office Hours: TR - 9:45am - 11:00am, 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Phone: 678-466-4549 (Office)
678-466-4500 (Department Office)
E-mail: CraigHill@Clayton.edu E-mail is the best way to reach me
Required Text: Purchasing & Supply Chain Management, 4th ed., Monczka, Handfield,
Giunipero, Patterson, Southwestern/Cengage Learning (2009), ISBN: 0324381344
Catalog Description: The roles and activities of strategic sourcing and operational purchasing,
including importation requirements and practices, will be covered. Students will complete a
project in global sourcing. Prerequisites: MKTG 3105, MGMT 3106
Course materials: Course materials will be posted on GaView. Lecture notes and other
materials will be posted in advance of the class.
Additional Resources: (1) Access to a notebook computer, which must be brought to class
when specified by the instructor. Instructor will supply handouts covering customs forms and
importation requirements and documentation.
Required Computer Competencies: This course requires basic knowledge of computers. E-
mail, MS Office, GaView. On-line research will be utilized.
ITP Choice Policy: Each CSU 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.
Academic Integrity: Academic integrity is of paramount importance at Clayton State
University. Students are expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the
University’s official Student Handbook.
Student Policies: Students are expected to abide by all policies in the University Catalog,
Student Handbook, and the list of Basic Student Responsibilities posted on the Registrar’s Web
Special Accommodations: Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations
or obtain this document in an alternative format, please contact the Disability Services
Coordinator, Student Center 214, 678-466-5445, email@example.com.
Disruption of the Learning Environment: Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning
process during class activities will not tolerated. While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive
in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or
threatening behavior. A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding
classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed
from class. A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such
rights as soon as possible following dismissal. If found in violation, a student may be
administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.
Class Environment: Students in this class will be expected to follow basic rules of respectful
behavior that will permit the classroom to be a positive learning experience for all who have
chosen to attend. Additionally, please silence cell phones (no texting please) and refrain from
holding side conversations. Laptops should be used only for taking notes and class related
activities (no surfing please). No MP3 players are to used during class.
E-mail Process: Student campus email addresses only contain the school assigned student
number, so it is very difficult to identify that student that sent the email. In this class it is required
that all emails contain the student’s name and the class the student is attending. Please put
SCML 4105 in the email's subject line. You can also contact the HUB to find out how you can
get your name as part of your school email address. NO EMAIL WILL BE RESPONDED TO BY
THE PROFESSOR IF IT DOES NOT COME FROM THE SCHOOL EMAIL SYSTEM OR DOES
NOT IDENTIFY WHO IS SENDING THE EMAIL.
CSU policy concerning Children in classes and on-campus:
Children are not permitted in classrooms.
Faculty will not allow children to be present in their classrooms. If a student brings
children to class, the student and children must be told to leave the classroom.
Unattended children will not be permitted on-campus (in hallways, the gym, the
library, outside of buildings, etc.).
Public Safety (678-466-4050) will be notified if unattended children are observed on
campus. If faculty or staff observe unattended children on-campus, they are
responsible for informing Public Safety. The campus police will take any
unattended children to the classroom of the parent, and will get the parent out of
class. The parent will not be permitted to bring such children into the classroom.
Parents are referred to Campus Life (UC Room 258) for information concerning
childcare facilities off-campus.
School of Business:
The Mission of the School of Business is to:
- Prepare a diverse student body for business and professional careers by providing a
- Provide a student-centered learning environment, using technology to enhance student
- Support faculty in applied and instructional research and service to the profession.
- Serve primarily the metropolitan Atlanta area.
COURSE OBJECTIVES, OUTCOMES AND PROCEDURES
Course Description: The global distribution aspect of logistics/supply chain management today
represents a great challenge as well as a tremendous opportunity for most firms. The
importance of establishing supply relationships with foreign sources requires companies to
develop competencies in strategic sourcing, purchasing and importation of goods. This course
will emphasize the strategic and operational elements of establishing and maintaining global
supply chains. Emphasis will be given to the fundamentals of importation of goods from
overseas foreign sources.
Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes: 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. As an outcome of this course,
students will be able to:
1. Explain the importance of global sourcing in supply chain management
2. Describe the global sourcing process.
3. Conduct a research project and demonstrate competent knowledge of the global
4. Distinguish between ethical and non-ethical sourcing practices
5. Design an effective importation process compliant with applicable laws
1. Course objectives and outcomes: will be accomplished through reading, lectures,
discussions, case analyses and exams where applicable.
2. Research project and homework : There is homework and a research project in this
course. A description of both will be given during class. The homework will be during the first
half of the semester and the project in the second half. They are due at the beginning of class
on the dates given on the course calendar. Late submissions will be accepted up to 2 days
after the due date, but an automatic reduction of 15% per day will be taken.
3. Exams: There are four term exams and a final, the best term exam scores counts 20% and
the rest count 10% and the final exam counts 10% of your final grade. If the final exam score is
the best exam score - then the final exam will count 20% and all 4 term exams will count 10%
each. The exams will be held during the class session as indicated on the course schedule and
the term exams are not comprehensive. The exams are closed book and notes. The use of
Laptop computers, PDAs, and cell phones is not allowed when taking the exam. Examinations
will cover material presented in class and in the textbook.
Policies on Make-up Exams: You are expected to be present for exams. However, if illness
or some other legitimate problem beyond your control prevents attendance for an exam, contact
me as early as possible to schedule a make-up exam (to be taken before the next class
meeting). Except in extreme cases, I must be informed before the exam to count as an
excused absence. If you cannot reach me, leave a message on my answering machine. An
excused absence for medical reasons requires a written excuse from a doctor’s office. If you
cannot see a physician for financial reasons, CSU offers a free clinic that is located in room D-
207. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of zero for that exam. Your excuse must be
submitted to me before the makeup exam and must contain a telephone number so that your
absence can be verified. Failure to take a scheduled exam, without prior permission for an
excused absence, will result in a “0” grade for that exam. Failure to follow the guidelines will
mean that you forfeit the excused absence option. Note: A make-up exam may be
significantly different in format and in the scope and depth of material.
Legitimate reasons due to illness note from doctor
due to business note from supervisor
death in family note from family member
other on a case by case basis
Reading assignments for each class and topic is given on the Course Schedule: deviations to
this schedule may be necessary and will be indicated during class. As a preparation for class,
please review the material before the meeting time. On GaView there are links that allows the
downloading of .ppt files containing the class notes for each lecture. You will need to bring a
hard copy of these materials to class if you wish to use them to take notes.
Class Format and Structure and the Class Participation Grade:
Students in this course are expected to spend a minimum eight to ten hours per week devoted
to this course. This time is to be used initially to read assigned material, prepare for class
meetings, and review work assignment projects. These will help reinforce the material studied
in the class. Class participation is expected in this course. Time is allotted during each class
period for the discussion of the readings and other related material. Your class participation
grade will be based on your participation in class activities. The class activities will vary and will
include both individual, and group activities. You may receive one point for each of the class
periods you participate, with the most possible points earned being 26. Your final participation
grade will be the number of your earned points divided by 26. If you are not in class you cannot
receive participation points.
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, tours,
projects, case studies, examinations, etc., in order to accommodate the needs of the class as a
whole and fulfill the goals of the course.
Exams (total 70 %):
4 exams (1 best @ 20%, 3 @ 10%) 50 % or 4 exams (4 @ 10%) 40 %
Final 10 % Final 20 %
Homework Assignment(s) 5%
Research Project 25 %
Class Attendance and Participation 5%
Note: Lack of Attendance will have an effect on your grade – See Attendance Policy.
Class Attendance Policy:
Each student is expected to attend class on all scheduled days, and must to be on time.
Absents will affect your participation grade, in addition the follow rules apply for unexcused
absences. An unexcused absence is one where prior approval of the absences in not given by
the instructor or proper documentation is not given. The same rules apply as apply for
absences for exams.
• Five absences may cause a grade reduction of one letter grade.
• Eight absences may cause a grade reduction of two letter grades.
Tardiness: Every student is expected to be in class at the scheduled starting time. Being late is
indicated by a student entering the classroom after the instructor begins class.
Grading: The anticipated grading scale for this class is as follow:
Grade A B C D F
90.0 – 80.0 – 70.0 – 60.0 – Below
100 % 89.9 % 79.9 % 69.9 % 60.0%
W: Withdrawal from the course on or before the date stated in the Academic Calendar
WF: Withdrawal from the course after date stated in the Academic Calendar
Note: Should you feel it necessary to drop this course, please discuss this feeling with the
professor before you make your final decision. It is important to make sure there are no
misperceptions of the course or yourself when you make the decision to drop the course.
Course Schedule and Outline*: Spring 2010
Date Topics and Activities Readings
Tu: 01/12/10 Course Overview: Introductions
Purch. Ops & Structure
Th: 01/14/10 Introduction to Purchasing and SC Mgt. Chapter 1
Tu: 01/19/10 The Purchasing Process - Homework overview Chapter 2
Th: 01/21/10 Purchasing Policy and Procedures Chapter 3
Tu: 01/26/10 Supply Mgt. Integration Chapter 4
Th: 01/28/10 Purchasing and SC Organization Chapter 5
Tu: 02/02/10 Catch-up and Review
Th: 02/04/10 Exam 1: Purchasing Operations and Structure, Chapters 1-5
Tu: 02/09/10 Supply Mgt and Commodity Strategy Development Chapter 6
Th: 02/11/10 Supplier Evaluation and Selection Chapter 7
Tu: 02/16/10 Supplier Quality Management Chapter 8
Th: 02/18/10 SM & Development: Creating a World Class Supply Base Chapter 9
Tu: 02/23/10 Worldwide Sourcing Chapter 10
Th: 02/25/10 Catch-up and Review
Tu: 03/02/10 Exam 2: Strategic Sourcing, Chapters 6-10
Th: 03/04/10 Strategic Cost Mgt: Homework is due, Project overview Chapter 11
Strategic Sourcing Process
Tu: 03/16/10 Purchasing and SC Analysis: Tools and Techniques Chapter 12
Th: 03/18/10 Negotiation Chapter 13
Tu: 03/23/10 Contract Management Chapter 14
Th: 03/25/10 Purchasing Law and Ethics Chapter 15
Tu: 03/30/10 Catch-up and Review
Th: 04/01/10 Exam 3: Strategic Sourcing Process, Chapters 11-15
Tu: 04/06/10 Lean Supply Chain Management Chapter 16
Th: 04/08/10 Purchasing Services Chapter 17
Tu: 04/13/10 SC Information Systems and Electronic Sourcing Chapter 18
Th: 04/15/10 Performance Measurement and Evaluation Chapter 19
Tu: 04/20/10 Future Directions Chapter 20
Th: 04/22/10 Catch-up and Review
Tu: 04/29/10 Exam 4: Critical Supply Chain Elements, Chapter 16-20
Th: 04/29/10 Turn in Research Projects - Review for Final Exam
05/04/10 Comprehensive Final Exam 12:45pm class --> 12:30pm (5/4 - T)
05/06/10 5:00pm class --> 5:00pm (5/6 - R)
*This Schedule is an outline of the material and activities to be completed in this class.
It is very possible that changes will occur during the semester. All changes will be
announced through email, GaView and in class.