Management Science (MGSC) 418

Supply Chain Management (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: MGSC 368 or MGSC 369

Sample Course Pages

Centre: Faculty of Business

MGSC 418 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


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 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:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 15%
Assignment 3 25%
Online Participation 10%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

In response to COVID-19 containment directives, temporary online exam(s) are available for this course.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Wisner, J. D., Tan, K. C., & Leong, G. K. (2019). Principles of supply chain management: A balanced approach (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-1-337-40649-9

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase 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.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the MGSC 418 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination.

Paper Exam

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 5, June 7, 2019.

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