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Business meets Engineering

The interdisciplinary Supply Chain Management (SCM) minor is offered in coordination between Saunders College of Business and Kate Gleason College of Engineering. In this minor, you can expect to gain the knowledge to assist in developing - and implementing - efficient supplier systems that maximize customer value.

Supply chain management focuses on the coordination of the associated processes required both within a business, as well as across businesses and suppliers, to deliver products and services. Essentially managing the supply chain from raw materials to customer delivery.

The objective of this minor is to provide students with a background in areas commonly needed to support SCM roles; including business strategy, information systems, lean/quality management, inventory management, logistics, and project management. Completion of this minor provides students with Lean Six-Sigma Yellow Belt body of knowledge.


Supply Chain Management at a glance

The SCM minor consists of 3 required courses and 2 elective courses. The required courses provide fundamental knowledge required for the management of supply chains. Two electives allow for some breadth across the various key subject areas in support of supply chain management (e.g., business law, supplier relations, international business, management information systems, negotiations, and logistics).


Choose one of the following:
   DECS-310    Operations Management
   ISEE-420    Production Planning and Scheduling
Required Courses
Supply Chain Management 
This course introduces the basic concepts in supply chain management fundamentals as well as strategies and practice, and examines important managerial issues. Topics covered include forecasting, inventory management, third-party logistics, partnering, contracts, event management and conflict resolution, e-business, and strategy.
Lean Six-Sigma Fundamentals
This course presents the philosophy and methods that enable participants to develop quality strategies and drive process improvements. The fundamental elements of Lean Six Sigma are covered along with many problem solving and statistical tools that are valuable in driving process improvements in a broad range of business environments and industries. Successful completion of this course is accompanied by yellow belt certification (for As and Bs only), and provides a solid foundation for those who also wish to pursue a green belt. (Green belt certification requires completion of an approved project and exam, both of which are beyond the scope of this course).
Enterprise Systems
This course explores the role of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in organizations. Students analyze cross-functional business processes and ERP systems commonly used to support these processes. Students engage in a hands-on project using a current ERP system, such as SAP R/3, to demonstrate, analyze and design system structures, key data elements and process configurations that support cross-functional business processes, including accounting, sales, material management, production and distribution.
Choose two of the following:
   Business Law II
   Managing Supplier Relations
   Cross-Cultural Management
   Regional Business Studies
   Global Entry and Competition Strategies
   Engineering Management
   Contemporary Production Systems
   Supply Chain Management
   Logistics Management
   Production Systems Management
   Database Management Systems
   Systems Analysis and Design