Management Science (MGSC) 418
Supply Chain Management (Revision 4)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)
Centre: Faculty of Business
MGSC 418 has a Challenge for Credit option.
MGSC 418: Supply Chain Management is a three-credit course that examines supply chain management (SCM), and discusses its importance and benefits to the overall strategy and competitiveness of firms of all sizes. Companies are evolving in an increasingly demanding and competitive global market. The course explores all of the key elements that comprise SCM.
- Supply management—long-term relationships with suppliers, finding alliance partners, supplier management, strategic sourcing; also known as purchasing.
- Operations—forecasting and inventory responsiveness using techniques such as demand management; collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment (CPFR); material requirements planning (MRP); enterprise resource planning (ERP); just-in-time production(JIT); and total quality management (TQM).
- Logistics—the logistics behind transportation, customer relationships, network (re)design, and service management; also known as distribution.
- Integration—linking and sharing critical information systems: coordinating/integrating responsive systems; global integration; measuring key performance indicators (quality, accuracy, timeliness, and cost).
Credits earned in this course can be applied towards the requirement for maintaining certification with the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) as a Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP)
MGSC 418 consists of 14 lessons, as outlined below:
- Lesson 1: Introduction to Supply Chain Management
- Lesson 2: Purchasing and Supply Management
- Lesson 3: Creating and Managing Supplier Relationships
- Lesson 4: Strategic Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing
- Lesson 5: Demand Forecasting
- Lesson 6: Resource Planning Systems
- Lesson 7: Inventory Management
- Lesson 8: Process Management—Lean and Six Sigma Quality in Supply Chain Management
- Lesson 9: Domestic and International Logistics
- Lesson 10: Customer Relationship Management
- Lesson 11: Global Location Decisions
- Lesson 12: Service Response Logistics
- Lesson 13: Supply Chain Process Integration
- Lesson 14: Performance Measurement Along the Supply Chain
To receive credit in MGSC 418, you must achieve a mark of at least D (50 percent) on the final examination, and a composite course mark of at least a D (50 percent). The composite mark is weighted as follows:
The examination(s) for this course will be written in the traditional pen and paper format.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Wisner, J. D., Tan, K. C., & Leong, G. K. (2016). Principles of supply chain management: A balanced approach (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-1-285-42831-4
A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 4, June 12, 2015.
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Updated January 11 2019 by Student & Academic Services