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Operations and Supply Chain Management
(Administered by the Department of Logistics, Operations and Management Information Systems)
Richard F. Poist Jr., Chair of Department
For undergraduate curriculum in business, major in Operations and Supply Chain Management, see College of Business, Curricula.
Operations and Supply Chain Management is a program of study concerned with the efficient and timely flow of materials, products, and information within and among organizations. Operations management within the supply chain encompasses the planning, control and implementation of the processes used to transform inputs into finished goods and services. Supply chain management involves the integration of business processes across organizations, from material sources and suppliers through manufacturing and processing to the final customer. Operations management is, thus, taught in the context and framework of inter-organizational supply chain systems.
The study of Operations and Supply Chain Management prepares students for professional careers with manufacturers, distributers, logistics service providers and consulting firms. The curriculum provides the required theoretical/conceptual base and analytical methods for making sound operational and strategic business decisions.
The requirements for the Operations and Supply Chain Management major are met by completion of the following courses: OSCM 422, 424, 485, 486, 487, plus one elective from an approved list.
The department also offers a minor for non Operations and Supply Chain Management majors in the College of Business. The minor requires 15 credits from an approved list of courses, of which 9 credits must stand alone. Students with declared majors have priority over students with declared minors in courses with space constraints.
The Department of Logistics, Operations, and Management Information Systems participates in the full-time and part-time MBA programs. The MBA program is a 48-credit, nonthesis, noncreative component curricula. Twenty-four of the 48 credits are core courses and the remaining 24 are graduate electives. Students can obtain a Specialization in Supply Chain Management in the MBA program by taking 12 credit hours of graduate courses from a selected set of courses. Courses open for nonmajor graduate credit: OSCM 422, 424, 428, 485, 486, and 487.
Courses primarily for undergraduate students
OSCM 320. Production/Operations Management. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Stat 226. Introduction and analysis of the basic concepts in production/operations management. Topics include: applied forecasting, aggregate planning, scheduling, shop floor control, total quality management, inventory management, facility layout, and project management.
OSCM 422. Manufacturing Planning and Control. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: OSCM 320. Advanced treatment of manufacturing planning and control procedures. Master production scheduling, material requirements planning, enterprise resource planning, capacity planning, shop floor control, just-in-time, and competitive analyses of modern manufacturing systems. Nonmajor graduate credit.
OSCM 424. Process Management, Analysis, and Improvement. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: OSCM 320. The design, analysis, and management of production processes to improve performance. Performance measures and their relationships; process design and evaluation; and managerial levers for improving and controlling process performance. Nonmajor graduate credit.
OSCM 428. Special Topics in Operations Management. (3-0) Cr. 3 each time elected. Prereq: OSCM 320. In-depth analysis of current issues, problems, and systems in operations management with emphasis on new theoretical and methodological developments. Topics may include in different semesters, supply chain management, productivity and quality improvement, management of technology and innovation, information technology in operations management, quick response manufacturing, and service operations management. Nonmajor graduate credit.
OSCM 485. Demand Planning and Management. (Same as LSCM 485.) (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: LSCM 360, OSCM 320. Demand planning process which synchronizes demand with manufacturing and distribution. Addresses linking business plans and demand forecasts both horizontally and vertically within the organization and collaboratively among supply chain partners. Forecasting, customer relationship management, sales and operations planning, customer service, distribution channels, e- fulfillment, and information systems requirements. Nonmajor graduate credit.
OSCM 486. Principles of Purchasing and Supply Management. (Same as LSCM 486.) (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: LSCM 360, OSCM 320. Sourcing strategies, concepts, tools and dynamics in the context of the integrated supply chain.Make or buy decision, supplier evaluation and selection, global sourcing, the total cost of ownership, contracts and legal terms, negotiation, purchasing ethics, and information systems requirements. Nonmajor graduate credit.
OSCM 487. Strategic Supply Chain Management. (Same as LSCM 487.) (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: OSCM 485 and 486; OSCM 422 or LSCM 460. Capstone course in supply chain management. Integrating and applying the theories, concepts, and methods covered in the Prerequisite courses through the use of readings, case studies, projects, and industry speakers. Nonmajor graduate credit.
OSCM 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1 to 3 each time taken. Prereq: OSCM 320, senior classification, permission of instructor.