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First Year Courses

The following courses represent the typical course sequence and schedule for your first year.

SCM 800: Supply Chain Management (4 credits)

An enhanced understanding of key concepts in supply chain management. Systems analysis and a process orientation are emphasized at both the individual-firm level and from the perspective of interfirm collaborative relationships throughout the extended enterprise. 

BA 597D: Business Ethics (1 credit)

The course is intended for all current and aspiring business professionals who must understand and foster an ethical culture in organizations. Content provides students with an introduction to ethical decision-making, the formal and informal ethical culture systems that support ethical behavior, as well as the ethics-related challenges for individuals and organizations conducting business in a global environment. 

SCM 597E: Supply Chain Finance (1 credit)

This course covers supply chain-related financial measures and analysis.  A clear understanding of the links between supply chain decisions/initiatives and the firm’s primary financial measures is an increasingly important competency for all supply chain managers.  This course is intended to help students develop and apply this competency.

SCM 820: Strategic Procurement (4 credits)

Analysis of the procurement process and supplier management, with strong emphasis on integrated management of the supplier base and manufacturing operations. Elements examined include risk assessment, supply market analysis, spend analysis/supplier segmentation, supplier evaluation/selection and supplier management.

SCM 597F: Transportation and Distribution (2 credits)

The use of inventory analysis, distribution, and transport operations to align product supply with demand in an uncertain environment. 

SCM 530: Supply Chain Analysis (3 credits)

Students manage competing firms in an action-learning simulation where pricing, marketing, production, distribution, and procurement decisions must be made.  Students develop analytic models in support of their decisions. Students learn advanced techniques for demand forecasting and inventory planning and build decision support tools to help make these decisions.
Note: SCM 530 is accomplished in three consecutive phases: (1) an on-line introduction followed by (2) an intensively developed four-day residency at the University Park, PA campus and concluded with (3) an on-line series on industry simulation decision cycles.