Online Curriculum

Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Online Curriculum

Fall 2020/Spring 2021

Maryland Smith’s curriculum is interactive, data-focused and adjusts to reflect the trends of the modern business world. The courses you’ll take are taught by knowledgeable scholars and experts with years of experience leading others in their field.

Business Fundamentals for Supply Chain Managers
2 credits | Term A

This course is part of a series of two courses Business Fundamentals for SCM part I and, part II. The series is intended to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to quantify the impact of supply chain management decisions on the bottom line. Students will gain a solid understanding of accounting, finance and the link between supply chain and overall financial performance. Students will analyze financial statements and explain the implications of supply chain management decisions on standard financial ratios and all components of the balance sheet and income statement. Through interactive supply chain finance models, students will demonstrate the sensitivity of outcome to multiple independent variables. Last but not least, students will also learn how to apply the net present value technique to evaluate the feasibility of investment projects in supply chain.

Supply Chain Management for Executives
2 credits | Term A

Business Fundamentals for Supply Chain Managers II
2 credits | Term B

This is the second course of the series Business fundamentals for Supply Chain Managers. This course is intended to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to quantify the impact of supply chain management decisions on the bottom line. Students will gain a solid understanding of accounting, finance and the link between supply chain and overall financial performance. Students will analyze financial statements and explain the implications of supply chain management decisions on standard financial ratios and all components of the balance sheet and income statement. Through interactive supply chain finance models, students will demonstrate the sensitivity of outcome to multiple independent variables. Last but not least, students will also learn how to apply the net present value technique to evaluate the feasibility of investment projects in supply chain.

Global Supply Chain Resource Planning
2 credits | Term B

Offers a practical blueprint for understanding, building, implementing, and sustaining supply chains in today's rapidly changing global supply chain environment. It will provide the student with a survey of the fast-moving Supply Chain Management discipline and practice, including the evolution of supply chain strategies, business models and technologies; current best practices in demand and supply management; and methodologies for conducting supply chain-wide diagnostic assessments and formulating process improvement plans.

Negotiations in Supply Chain Management
2 credits

This high experiential course will improve students' negotiation skills and capacity to acquire and effectively use power. By using a variety of assessment tools, feedback sources, skill-building exercises, and exercise debriefings, the class will increase students' negotiating self-confidence and improve their capacity to achieve win-win solutions to individual, team, and organizational problems. The course is designed to enhance students negotiating self confidence and improve students analytical skills, interpersonal skills, creativity (e.g., identifying creative solutions to conflict), and persuasive abilities.

Data Driven Decision Making I
2 credits | Spring A

Analytical modeling of business decisions; uncertainty, risk, and expected utility; regression modeling to infer relationships among variables.

Technology Applications in Supply Chain Management
2 credits | Spring A

In this course, we introduce the knowledge and skills necessary to quantify the impact of supply chain management decisions on the bottom line. Students will gain an understanding of accounting, finance, production cost, scheduling, and the link between supply chain and overall financial performance.

Project Management in Dynamic Environments
2 credits | Spring B

Addresses project management skills that are required by successful managers in increasingly competitive and faster-moving environments. Examines fundamental concepts of successful project management, and the technical and managerial issues, methods, and techniques.

Assessing and Managing Supply Chain Risks
2 credits | Spring B

Supply chain managers are facing an increasingly volatile operating environment, with constant danger of trading community disruption from business, social and environmental risks. Students are provided with a working knowledge of both the core techniques of supply chain risk assessment and mitigation; as well as best practices in establishing formal corporate supply chain risk management programs. A semester-long X-Treme Supply Chain Simulation will enable students to gain hands-on experience in navigating a computer company through a complex and risky four quarters of global business operations.

Data Driven Decision Making II
2 credits | Summer B

Analytical modeling of business decisions; uncertainty, risk and expected utility; regression modeling to infer relationships among variables.

Global Trade and Logistics Use
2 credits | Summer B

Lean Six Sigma for the Supply Chain I
2 credits | Fall A

This course is part of a series of courses. This the second part of the Lean Six Sigma for SC Managers course series. We will be focusing on the Analyze, Improve and Control phases of the Lean Six Sigma methodology. Lean Six Sigma is a robust methodology for problem solving aiming to improve quality and reduce speed within a process. This course covers up to the Lean and Six Sigma Green Belt level body of knowledge. You will be expected to conduct a project on a case study of a business looking to improve their processes to meet customer requirements.

Global Transportation Management
2 credits | Fall A

The intent of this course is to introduce transportation as a field of managerial and governmental responsibility and to understand the features that make the transportation arena unique and, thus,worthy of advanced study. Each of the five modes of transportation, along with other forms of carriage, will be considered. In addition, the importance of freight transportation within supply chain management will be examined. Issues related to passenger transportation will also be addressed. Throughout the course, particular attention will be paid to the significant impact that transportation has on economic development and growth.

Lean Six Sigma for the Supply Chain II
2 credits | Fall B

This course is part of a series of courses. The first part will cover the Introduction, Define and Measure Phases of the Lean Six Sigma Methodology. Lean Six Sigma is a robust methodology for problem solving aiming to improve quality and reduce speed within a process. This course covers up to the Lean and Six Sigma Green Belt level body of knowledge. You will be expected to conduct a project on a case study of a business looking to improve their processes to meet customer requirements.

Supply Chain Strategy
2 credits | Fall B

The course examines supply chain management at the strategic level. Through class lectures, case discussions, and assignments, students first learn about the determinants of corporate strategy. Supply chain strategies are then discussed, along with the need to properly align supply chain strategy with corporate strategy. Finally, there is a discussion of how to implement supply chain strategy, given various environmental and market consideration.

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