Second Year Courses

Course descriptions for Year Two in the Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain.

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

SCM 530: Supply Chain Analysis (3 credits)

Students in SCM 530 will manage competing firms in an action-learning simulation. In this simulation, students must make pricing, marketing, production, distribution, and procurement decisions for their firm. Students will develop analytic models to help support their decisions. Students will learn techniques for demand forecasting and inventory planning and build decision support tools to help make these decisions.  This course includes a 4 day residency in University Park, PA.

SCM 824: Strategic Procurement** (4 credits)

Examines the alignment of an organization with its suppliers.  Topics covered include an intensive analysis of outsourcing and offshoring decisions, evaluation and selection of appropriate transportation alternatives, determination of resiliency in the design of the supplier network, measurement of supplier performance and methods, and future issues and developments.

SCM 844: Global Manufacturing and Service Operations** (4 credits)

This course builds upon topics introduced in SCM 842 (Manufacturing and Service Operations Planning), as well as exposure to theory and higher-level topics in the manufacturing and services sectors. Key production functions of the supply chain along with the tools and techniques used for optimal manufacturing and operations management are reviewed within the framework of current and emerging supply chain theories and optimization processes.  Specific topics include Project Management, Quality Management, Theory of Constraints, Planning and Execution, and Environmental Health and Safety issues along with Sustainability Management. 

SCM 846: Topics in Supply Chain Management** (4 credits)

For the professional paper, students develop a research proposal, conduct an inquiry and write a report to include findings, conclusions and recommendations.  Students are encouraged to develop a research topic in consultation with senior managers in their place of employment. A faculty member will advise each student through the research and writing process and evaluate the quality of interim and final products for rigor, completeness and clarity.

SCM 850: Supply Chain Design and Strategy (4 credits)

Focuses on the strategic design of supply chain networks. The course provides an examination of (1) the role of supply chain network design within the context of the firm's competitive strategy, (2) alternative supply chain designs and the factors that influence network design decisions, (3) a framework for the network design process, and (4) the principal models and techniques used for the design of supply chain networks.

SCM 860: Supply Chain Transformation and Innovation (4 credits)

Focuses on strategic supply chain transformation, innovation, and organizational change. The course examines current issues and best practices with respect to supply chain strategy; value creation through design and redesign of supply chain capabilities; transformational outsourcing; supply chain role in new product design, development, and market introduction; technology adoption; and change management.

SCM 594: Research Topics

(One credit each semester in Fall, Spring, and Summer)

This three-semester sequence is designed to explore emerging supply chain management issues for which established literature is still being researched and written.  The instructor introduces each topic with a reading or two and several key discussion questions.  Selected teams of students then find and develop additional reading materials as well as draft responses to the discussion questions.  These items are presented to the rest of the class who then contribute to the discussion questions in an online forum format.  Students are encouraged, although not required, to discuss the emerging issues and key questions in the context of their own organization.     

**Electives: Choose one (course numbers/titles may be modified), not all electives are available every year.