Curriculum for Supply Chain Management Major

Our undergraduate program in SCM is designed to help students master a variety of the latest supply chain management strategies and technologies, which include but are not limited to, global sourcing project management, procurement and business risk analysis, logistics operations optimization, enterprise information systems, sales and operations planning, importation and exportation, demand fulfillment, business process and quality improvement, new product development, and customer and supplier relationship management. Upon graduation, this new generation of graduates shall have the ability to reengineer the business processes involving multiple firms and different functional departments towards achieving a higher level of business performance and profitability.

Differences Between Old and New Curriculum

 

Curriculum

The Supply Chain Management curriculum is divided into different areas, building on the Rutgers Business School core courses. Please note that some of the courses mentioned below are required and others are elective. This curriculum applies for students who enter Rutgers Business School beginning Fall 2016. 

 

Curriculum

School Core Courses

COURSE # TITLE CR
33:799:301 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 3

 

Required Courses
(15 credits)

COURSE # TITLE CR
33:799:330 Business Logistics and Transportation 3
33:799:310 Demand Planning and Fulfillment 3
33:799:305 Global Procurement and Sourcing Strategies 3
33:799:380 Introduction to Project Management 3
33:799:493 Internship in Supply Chain Management* 3
33:799:421 Co-op in Supply Chain Management* 3
33:799:420 SCM Industry Client Projects* 3

*Note: Students may select either Internship in Supply Chain Management, Co-op in Supply Chain Management, or SCM Industry Client Projects as a required course. If one or more of these courses are taken, 3 credits will be counted towards Required SCM courses, 3 credits will be counted towards Elective SCM courses, and any credits beyond these 6 credits will be counted as general elective credits. Under no circumstances can any combination of these three courses account for more than 3 Required SCM credits and 3 Elective SCM credits for the Major in Supply Chain Management. 

Electives
(9 credits)

Students have the option to choose any combination of following electives.

Global Sourcing and Supply Management

COURSE # TITLE CR

33:799:305

Global Procurement and Sourcing Strategies* 3
33:799:430 Supply Chain Risk and Disruption Management 3
33:799:440 Supply Chain Environmental Management / Green Purchasing 3

Demand Planning, Fulfillment, and Manufacturing

COURSE # TITLE CR
33:799:310 Demand Planning and Fulfillment* 3
33:799:460 Introduction to Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing 3

Logistics and Customer Service

COURSE # TITLE CR
33:799:330 Business Logistics and Transportation* 3
33:799:410 Service Management 3

Project Management and Industry Experience

COURSE # TITLE CR
33:799:380 Introduction to Project Management* 3
33:799:420 SCM Industry Client Projects* 3
33:799:421 Co-op in Supply Chain Management*  3
33:799:493 Internship in Supply Chain Management* 3
33:799:498 Independent Studies in Supply Chain Management  

Cross-Functional Enablers

COURSE # TITLE CR
33:799:380 Introduction to Project Management* 3
33:799:320 Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management with SAP 3
33:799:440 Supply Chain Enviromental Management / Green Purchasing 3
33:799:460 Introduction to Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing 3
33:799:470 Business Intelligence for Supply Chain and Marketing 3
33:799:480 Supply Chain Finance 3

 

Other Courses related to SCM

COURSE # TITLE CR
33:630:370 Business to Business Marketing 3
33:620:350 Negotiations 3
33:630:369 New Product Planning 3
33:630:368 Retail Marketing 3
33:630:385 Marketing Research 3
33:630:401 Sales Management 3

*Note: Required courses.

 

Course Descriptions

799:470 - (3 cr)
Business Intelligence for Supply Chains and Marketing

An overview of business intelligence in the field of supply chain management and marketing. Addresses how to leverage business intelligence systems to define KPIs, sharpen the accuracy of forecasting and planning, track business activities, and deliver dashboards, scorecards, strategic reporting, and operational/real-time reporting to enhance decision making for supply chain and marketing. SAP business intelligence solution is introduced to illustrate the concepts.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301)

799:330 - (3 cr)
Business Logistics and Transportation

An introduction to the fundamentals of logistics and transportation. Course coverage includes the design of channels of distribution, management of inventory, evaluation of transportation alternatives, information flows, facility location, outsourcing, and the rapidly expanding field of logistics information technology.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301)

799:421 - (3 cr)
Co-op in Supply Chain Management

The main purpose of the course is to give students a solid working experience at a company within the supply chain management function. Students will work on a full time basis, for up to 6 continuous months, in compliance with the RBS Co-Op Policies and Guidelines. The work will be in the area of Supply Chain with predefined objectives agreed to by both the Client Company and the faculty advisor. Students will gain practical “hands on” experience that will supplement their academic learning in the area of Supply Chain.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301)

799:310 - (3 cr)
Demand Planning and Fulfillment

This course focuses on important planning strategies and tools that are commonly used in business practices. The major topics include demand forecasting, sales and operations planning (S&OP), inventory management, material requirement planning (MRP), and revenue management and pricing strategies.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301)

799:320 - (3 cr)
Fundamentals of Supply Chain Solutions with SAP

Provide a foundation for understanding the process integration of business-wide functions supported by ERP systems; examine the benefits of implementing ERP; investigate the guidelines for ERP system implementation and application; introduce SAP ECC 6.0 to illustrate the basic concepts, capabilities and advantages of ERP.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301)

33:799:305 - (3 cr)
Global Procurement and Sourcing Strategies

All companies into today’s competitive global marketplace face unprecedented pressures to create both shareholder and customer value.  A superior procurement and strategic sourcing process can increase shareholder returns by up to 15% while improving the level of service to the customer.  The course material will focus on the fundamental tools, techniques, sourcing strategies, and processes used by world-class firms.  Case studies are introduced to connect the course materials to the practices. Students who take this course will be thoroughly prepared for procurement and sourcing positions at global firms.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301)

799:493 - (3 cr)
Internship in Supply Chain Management

The main purpose of the course is to give students a solid working experience at a company within the supply chain management function. Students will work on a part-time basis, for up to 4 continuous months, in compliance with the RBS Internship Policies and Guidelines. The work will be in the area of Supply Chain with predefined objectives agreed to by both the Client Company and the faculty advisor. Students will gain practical “hands on” experience that will supplement their academic learning in the area of Supply Chain.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301)

799:380 - (3 cr)
Introduction to Project Management

Introduction to the classical foundations of project management;  Explore modern real-life project problems;  Learn key concepts of initiating, planning, organizing, controlling, and running a project.  Particular emphasis on projects in the area of supply chain management.  Extensive use of case studies. This course follows accepted project management guidelines and applies these concepts to actual projects in the classroom.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301)

799:460 - (3 cr)
Introduction to Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing

This course provides fundamentals of six sigma, lean manufacturing, and other important tools and strategies to improve the performance of business processes.  Through case studies, team exercises and simulations, students will practice solving business problems and improving processes using these powerful tools.  Topics covered will include: six sigma improvement methodology and tools, lean thinking tools and approaches, process mapping, dashboards and other business improvement techniques.   Students will also gain an understanding of: the strategic importance of business improvement, the need for fact based management and how to deploy these tools in different parts of the value chain.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301)

33:799:301 - (3 cr)
Introduction to Supply Chain Management

This is an introductory course to supply chain management (SCM). This course provides an overview of Supply Chain Management  and defines its role in the overall business strategy of a firm. It provides students with a comprehensive overview of the business processes and activities of a supply chain including sourcing, procurement, sales and operations planning, distribution and demand management. The emphasis of this course is on identifying the SCM-related business processes, problems encountered in practice and the new challenges facing SCM practitioners. It combines SCM business knowledge with analytical thinking and problem solving. It serves as a roadmap to subsequent in-depth courses on SCM related topics.

799:420 - (3 cr)
SCM Industry Client Projects

The main purpose of the course is to give students a thorough understanding, first-hand knowledge, and solid working experience of a real life industry supply chain management projects. Working closely with Rutgers' industry client contacts, projects are assigned to teams and the team works directly with industry client to deliver required objectives. In addition to the projects, the course is supplemented with guest lectures by distinguished executives and faculty on recent best practices and new challenges in the Supply Chain Management field.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301), Introduction to Project Management (799:380)

799:410 - (3 cr)
Service Management

Introduction to both the operational and marketing perspectives of service management;  Explore the nature of services in the real business world;  Learn key concepts of designing, managing and supporting a service enterprise.  Case studies and field trips are involved.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301), Introduction to Marketing (630:301)

799:490,491,492 - (3 cr)
Special Topics: Supply Chain Management

The topics in this course sequence vary semester by semester. Sample topics include supply chain, marketing and finance interfaces, and supply chain management strategies in health care and pharmaceutical industries.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301)

799:440 - (3 cr)
Supply Chain Environmental Management/Green Purchasing

There is global experience and examples that show how comprehensive organizational environmental sustainability  and archaeological criteria integrated into the supply chain management/procurement process and decision-making of public and private agencies, organizations and corporate entities can improve financial and environmental performance, while addressing ethics, social regeneration, resource/waste impacts and economic development concerns. This course will allow students to participate in applied research projects that include designing supply chain management and procurement systems and products, which address environmental, social and ethical considerations in organizational and corporate policy, program and reporting.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301)

799:430 - (3 cr)
Supply Chain Risk and Disruption Management

Properly addressing risks and facing possible disruptions are of primary importance to supply chains. With the wake of high consequence disruptive events, risk identification and disruption response activities have become ever more critical. The objective of the course is to provide an overview of key supply chain risk areas, particularly with the proliferation of outsourcing, use of information technology and global logistics. Equally important is how companies are managing the preparation, mitigation and response strategies to major disruptive events. Topics covered include vulnerability and threat assessments, resources and capabilities identification/integration, basic crisis management, contingency planning, disaster recovery and business continuity in supply chain settings. Scenario based experiments (table-top exercises) will provide mock situations where students will make decisions on how to handle supply chain disruptions. 

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301)

799:480 - (3 cr)
Supply Chain Finance

Senior executives of leading companies understand the value of the supply chain as a critical driver of shareholder value. In many firms the supply chain includes most of the assets of the firm such as the majority of the inventory, 60 to 70% of the cost, and is the foundation for generating revenue by providing outstanding product availability. As Supply Chain organizations evolve from back office tactical operations into strategic functions driving bottom line profitability and enterprise value, it is becoming increasingly more important for supply chain professionals to engage as business partners and “speak the language” of the CFO. It is no longer sufficient for the supply chain organization to only assure continuous supply and drive down costs. Inside world-class organizations the supply chain function is viewed by senior leadership as a critical success factor to achieving optimal “financial health” reflected on the P&L, balance sheet and funds flow statements. This necessitates that supply chain professional understand the financial impacts of their decisions and actions and are adept at “pulling the right levers” to improve the firm’s financial scorecard. 

Prerequisite: Introduction to Supply Chain Management (799:301)

 

Policies

6 credits toward the SCM major are the maximum allowed under any circumstances should a student work both an SCM co-op and an SCM internship while at RBS.

 

Double Major Policy: For students who claim 799 as their secondary major, they have options to double count 3 elective credits from their primary major as follows:

  • If the primary major is finance, then double count 390:430 Working Capital Mgmt;
  • If the primary major is accounting, then double count 010:451 Cost Accounting;
  • If the primary major is marketing, then double count 630:385 Marketing Research;
  • If the primary major is management, then double count 620:350 Negotiations.

Non-business students may take SCMMS 799 courses under the following conditions:

  • If a student has GPA>=3.2, then she/he may take any 799 courses (except the SC client project course);
  • If a student has GPA>=3.2 and has successfully completed 301 plus at least one SCMS elective, then she/he may take the SC client project course;
  • If a student has GPA<3.2, then she/he has to take 301 as a prerequisite for a higher level SCMS electives;
  • If a student has GPA<2.8, then she/he is declined for taking any SCMS course.

This curriculum becomes effective, starting from Fall 2013. Students who have claimed the SCMS major before this date have an option to follow the old curriculum.

 

Contact Us

Curriculum Questions: Professor Xiaowei Xu.

 

Corporate sponsors for 799:420 SCMS Industry Client Projects include: AstraZeneca, Bayer HealthCare, Becton Dickinson, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Colgate-Palmolive, Deloitte, Hoffmann-LaRoche, Exelon Corporation, ISM, ITOCHU International, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, MetLife, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Panasonic, PSEG, Sandoz, Schering-Plough, and Sciele Pharma