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Supply Chain Management Concentration Courses (12 credits)

BITM 7739 Introduction to Supply Chain Management (3)

Firms in many industries are scrambling to develop innovative ways to move products from raw materials through manufacturing to customers more quickly and efficiently. This course examines many of the recent innovations in this area. Through this course students will (a) recognize salient strategic challenges and opportunities for managing supply chains; (b) learn to use several basic analytical tools to assess performance tradeoffs and support decision making; (c) become familiar with the core supply chain concepts and strategies that have been adopted by leading companies and (d) review emerging supply chain strategies facilitated by Internet technology.

BQUA 7845 Logistics and Operations in Supply Chain (3)

This course is about logistics: the design, planning and quality control of supply chains in business. Supply chains extend from raw material suppliers through production to the consumer. They bring food from the countryside to shops and supermarkets, convey raw materials to construction sites, and deliver manufactured goods to retail outlets where people can buy them. Without this movement, the economy would collapse. In fact, the amount of goods movement is itself a barometer of prosperity, rising during times of economic growth and falling during times of depression. Managing logistics is a demanding task, which requires a mixture of skills. The problems can be mathematically very challenging. This course is largely concerned with the principles that can be applied to analyze situations and seek out optimal solutions in the realm of logistics in supply chain management. However, we shall also review the way logistical systems operate in practice, so that the methods can be understood in context.

BITM 7732 Supply Chain Management with SAP (3)

This course provides a foundation for understanding the process integration of business-wide functions supported by Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, examines the benefits of implementing ERP, investigates the guidelines for ERP system implementation and application and introduces SAP to illustrate the basic concepts, capabilities, and advantages of ERP.

BITM 7744 Business Intelligence (3)

An important determinant of success today is the ability of a business to extract intelligence from data generated as a byproduct of normal operations. Typical business intelligence applications include: Recommender systems: used for example by Amazon.com to suggest additional products and by Netflix.com to suggest movies; Market-based analysis: used to identify which products are frequently purchased together. This can in turn be used for store shelf layout and for promotions to shoppers and classifier systems: used to identify customers who should receive promotional mailers or subscription offers. Also used to identify spam email. This course covers the analytic techniques currently used by businesses. Rather than stress the mechanics of the underlying mathematical and statistical concepts, the course will build a strong intuitive understanding of the techniques and leave the mechanics to statistical packages.

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