Courses

Course titles and descriptions for the Penn State Smeal Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management.

The following courses represent the typical course sequence for the one-year graduate certificate program.

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. 

SCM 801: Supply Chain Performance Metrics and Financial Analysis (1 credit)

Professional-level coverage of essential supply chain performance and financial metrics applied both within the firm and across the extended enterprise. The course helps students develop the ability to choose and utilize the correct set of performance and financial metrics for varying supply chain decision-making situations.

SCM 822: Supply Management (2 credits)

Focuses on the establishment of an effective supply base and relationships with suppliers. Specific topics include supply market analysis, spend analysis and supplier segmentation, supplier selection and evaluation, and buyer-supplier negotiation.

SCM 842: Manufacturing and Service Operations Planning (2 credits)

Provides foundation concepts necessary for understanding the production function in supply chains. It introduces the student to the strategic position of the operations function of a firm and gives an understanding of best principles and practices. The course covers the mission and strategy of a company and how that strategy feeds into the operations strategy ensuring that manufacturing and service delivery contribute to the success of the firm.

BA 803: Business Ethics (1 credit)

Focuses on developing the ability to understand ethical conduct in business organizations. Understanding how to think about and manage personal ethical conduct is a key learning objective along with a review of how an organization fosters a culture that supports ethical behavior. Students will also learn how cultural differences impact business decisions in a global environment.

SCM 812: Demand Fulfillment (2 credits)

Covers the supply chain activities related to demand planning and inventory management involved in the fulfillment of demand for finished goods. This will include an introduction to the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) framework and the role of demand planning in this framework. The students will develop a basic understanding of forecasting and inventory models including how to evaluate the performance of these models and manage demand and lead time variability. The course will also help students understand the implications of setting service level targets on inventory as well as manage cost and service tradeoffs in the demand fulfillment process.