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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The Ross MSCM Program begins coursework in January of each year and comprises the Winter Term (January-April), a summer project during Spring/Summer (May-August), and Fall Term (September-December). A total of 30 credits is required to earn the degree. Students will fulfill at least three of the required 30 credits through electives. In addition, core coursework is complemented by the following degree requirements:

  • MSCM Boot Camp, a rigorous introduction to the basic business disciplines: economics, finance, strategy, accounting, marketing, communications, organizational behavior, and statistics. Boot Camp covers 78 hours of class time spread across 26 modules. It takes place throughout the first term and provides MSCM students with the fundamental grounding in all business disciplines.
  • Tauber LeadershipAdvantage℠, a series of leadership and teamwork modules offered by the Tauber Institute for Global Operations. Content covers value stream mapping, driving system change, personal interviewing skills, negotiation, diagnostic interviewing, and Six Sigma.
  • Tauber Summer Project, a 14-week, paid consulting project sponsored by a firm seeking to resolve an organizational challenge. Projects range from strategic analysis and supply chain audits to supply chain design issues and distribution challenges. 

Schedule for Class of 2015

The one-year curriculum provides MSCM students with highly specialized skills grounded in a holistic understanding of how supply chain affects – and is affected by – other functions of global business. Students take courses alongside candidates in the Ross School’s Full-time MBA Program, which presents the unique opportunity to examine issues across business disciplines. Electives are offered in such areas as negotiations, international trade, retail, distribution channels, international finance, law, and IT. Many electives are seven-week intensive courses geared to recent research, late-breaking business issues, or specialized faculty expertise.

WINTER A WINTER B SUMMER FALL A FALL B
Manufacturing and Supply Operations

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Global Supply Chain Management
Applied Business Analytics Integrated Supply Chain Simulation
Lean MFG & Services Logistics Strategic Sourcing IT for Logistics & SCM
Business Elective Project Management Business Elective Business Elective
BUSINESS BOOTCAMP    

Core Course Descriptions

Select a title below for a detailed course description of these required components of the MSCM curriculum.

Core Course Descriptions

Manufacturing and Supply Operations - TO 605
3.0 credits
This course covers the basic concepts and techniques of operations and inventory management. The foundation of the course is a system of manufacturing laws collectively known as factory physics. These laws relate in a consistent manner various measures of operational performance such as throughput, cycle time, work-in-process, customer service, variability, and quality, and provide a framework for evaluating and improving operations.

Applied Business Analytics - TO 618
3.0 credits
This course introduces students to decision support models that are most frequently used in logistics and supply chain applications. Specific topics include:

  • the role of decision support tools in dealing with a spectrum of logistical problems
  • effective communication of suggested solutions
  • specific models and techniques, including:
    • DC location and network design
    • optimizing inventory levels in distribution network
    • computation of transfer prices
    • revenue management
    • yield management
    • estimation of product and customer costs
    • aggregate planning and resource allocation decisions
    • product changes/economies of scale
    • integrating supply chain and demand management (benefits and costs of delayed differentiation, mass customizations)

Logistics - TO 621
2.25 credits
Logistics refers to the planning, implementation, and control of the efficient forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and information between the point of origin and point of consumption in order to meet consumer demand. Primary topics include the management of facilities, warehousing, transportation, and management and design of integrated logistics networks. Other topics with ancillary coverage include technology in logistics, third-party logistics, international logistics, and revenue management.

Instruction will be by a combination of lectures, case studies, and numerical assignments. Students also will run computer simulations of a logistics system. The aim is to train students to perform and manage logistical functions within an organization, as well as assess and design the overall logistics strategy of the organization.

Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Management - TO 624
2.25 credits
This course will focus on the important topic of strategic sourcing and purchasing management. Topics will include:

  • make or buy (outsourcing)
  • supplier selection
  • supplier relationships
  • supplier performance evaluation
  • strategic cost management
  • product design and sourcing strategy
  • e-sourcing (auctions vs. relationships)
  • negotiation
  • global sourcing
  • compliance issues

Project Management - TO 616
1.5 credits
This course focuses on strategies and tools useful in management of nonrepetitive business activities. Examples of such activities include construction, new product development and market introduction, consulting engagements, and organization restructurings. Tools to be introduced include work breakdown structure, network representation, PERT/CPM models and analysis, Gantt charts, time and cost models, PM software, and probabilistic analysis. Strategy considerations covered will include dealing with uncertainty, resource constraints, dealing with shared and requested versus dedicated and commanded resources, milestone management, and project portfolio and knowledge management.

Global Supply Chain Management - TO 620
3.0 credits
This is a comprehensive course covering a broad range of topics in the management of supply chains. Content emphasizes managerial issues and challenges as opposed to technical aspects. Topics include:

  • strategy and role of supply chain
  • inventory management in efficient supply chains
  • challenges in managing responsive supply chains
  • management of transportation and distribution
  • role of network design
  • supply chain performance measurement
  • supply chain coordination
  • incentive issues
  • role of technology
  • e-business models

Information Technology in Supply Chain and Logistics - TO 623
1.5 credits
Information technology plays an increasingly important role in business. This course will explore IT’s role in supply chain and logistics functions. Topics will include:

  • supply chain digitization and business innovation
  • supply chain strategy and IT choice
  • MRP and ERP (evolution and implementation issues)
  • supplier relationship management
  • customer relationship management
  • role of IT in transportation and warehousing/distribution decision support systems
  • emerging technologies and supply chain visibility

Topics in Global Operations - TO 701
3.0 credits
This course is part of the Tauber Institute. Designed as a series of modules that present various aspects of global operations, this class is taught by a Tauber co-director and 12 College of Engineering and Ross faculty members. Topics range from such traditional operations issues as lean manufacturing and design for manufacturability, to such less-mainstream topics as ethical, legal, and environmental considerations in operations. Emphasis has been placed on engaging all Tauber students, from all participating programs and levels of experience, and drawing on their diversity to fuel discussion.

Integrated Supply Chain Management Simulation - TO 735
1.5 credits
This course covers a wide range of topics of current interest in supply chain management. Each of six class units (two class meetings each) will focus on a particular industry, a particular issue in the industry, and a region that the industry/issue nexus highlights. Students explore supply chain challenges unique to an industry vertical, and focus on specific topical issues in that vertical, rooted in the context of a specific region of the world. Thus students learn how supply chain challenges are affected by industry vertical, topical issues, and geography. Class will be conducted as a seminar, with student groups preparing case studies, presenting to the class, and managing discussions in a portion of each class meeting. A required group project allows students to explore at greater depth an industry/issue/region of their own choosing.

Lean Manufacturing & Services - IOE 425
2.0 credits
In this course, students review the philosophies, systems, and practices utilized by world-class manufacturers to meet current manufacturing challenges, focusing on lean production in the automotive industry, including material flow, plant-floor quality assurance, job design, and management practices. Students tour plants to analyze the extent and potential of the philosophies.


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