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Darshana Palkar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance Professor Darshana Palkar

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Supply Chain Management Certificate

Today's complex business environment requires a new breed of manager - one that understands both the familiarity of domestic suppliers and the sophistication of sourcing products and services internationally. Within the last 10 years Supply Chain Management (SCM) has evolved to its own discipline touting executive level positions in many corporations. Companies such as Darden, Office Depot, Arizona Public Service Co., Cargill, Walgreen's, and many others all have VP level SCM positions, solidifying the SCM role in the corporate board room. Graduates will be able to "hit the ground running", capable of making immediate contributions to an organizations supply chain activities and directly contribute to success.

NOTE: In addition to the standard admission requirements, a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution is required for consideration to a post graduate certificate.

Class Formats:

Full-time professionals are available to discuss the supply chain management certificate curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25168 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.

Total credits: 15

Required Courses
SCM 5410 Supply Chain Management  
SCM 5415 Managing International Transportation and Logistics  
PIM 5455 Project Management  
SCM 5420 Managing Customer and Supplier Relationships  
SCM 5425 Supply Chain Strategies  

SCM 5410     Supply Chain Management  (3 cr.)

Supply Chain Management encompasses the planning and management of the flow of goods, money, and information from the raw material supplier to the end customer, including activities such as sourcing and procurement, manufacturing, and logistics. It also includes coordination and collaboration with exchange partners, domestically and globally. In essence, Supply Chain Management integrates supply and demand management functions within and across companies. In this course, students will gain a working knowledge of the decisions faced by supply chain managers, as well as the concepts, strategies, processes, tools, and technologies applied to these processes and decisions.

SCM 5415     Managing International Transportation and Logistics  (3 cr.)

Managers in today's organizations must develop strategies that go beyond traditional geographical boundaries. Differentials in wage-rates and expanding markets have opened up opportunities for production and distribution around the globe, while improved transportation and communications have worked to break down the barriers of space and time. In this course, students will examine the operational and strategic decisions that managers face with regard to logistics and transportation for international trade, including airfreight, ocean freight, international road transportation, multi-modal transportation, and the packaging and document preparation required for each mode of transportation.

PIM 5455     Project Management  (3 cr.)

This course develops the manager's project management knowledge and skills for today's workplace. Topics covered guide the student on how to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control and finally close out projects. Other management areas discussed include scope, time and cost, as well as interacting with stakeholders and the organization, eliciting customer requirements, team facilitation, communications, procurement, quality and risk management. The student development level for each topic is consistent with the PMI's CAPM and PMP certification requirements.

SCM 5420     Managing Customer and Supplier Relationships  (3 cr.)

Effective supply chain management requires organizations to build integrated relationships with customers and suppliers. These relationships go beyond the traditional arm's length buyer-supplier relationship, and may include information sharing, joint planning, and integrated information systems. Through case studies and simulations, students will gain an understanding of the opportunities and challenges involved in building relationships with customers, suppliers, and other organizations in the extended supply chain, as well as the philosophy, methodology, and tools for improved demand management, customer service, and alignment of supply chain resources. Prerequisite: SCM 5410 or SCM 5830.

SCM 5425     Supply Chain Strategies  (3 cr.)

Despite well-planned strategies and operations, real world challenges often interrupt the efficient flow of goods and information in supply chains, particularly in today's global context. The capstone course will focus on the opportunities and challenges that managers face in the implementation of supply chain principles. The course will integrate the learning from the other supply chain courses, and will build on them in the areas of outsourcing, risk, governance, negotiation, information technology, and supply chain metrics. The course covers these topics through case studies, simulations, and a real world project in which students apply supply chain principles to an opportunity or challenge faced by a local organization. Prerequisite: SCM 5410 or SCM 5830, SCM 5415 or LOG 5010, and SCM 5420 or SCM 5850.

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