Supply Chain Management

Michael F. Smith, MSCM Department Chair
Office: Alter Hall 512
215-204-1682    
msmith@temple.edu
http://www.fox.temple.edu/departments/marketing-supply-chain-management/

Supply Chain Management (SCM) is both an art and a science; SCM is a discipline focused on planning and forecasting, purchasing, product assembly, moving, storage, distribution, sales, and customer service – in short, all of the activities that take place to get the right product into the right hands, in the right quantity, at the right time.

Supply chain management professionals are involved in every facet of the business process and strive to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage by building and delivering products better, faster and at a better value. To achieve success, SCM professionals must work across disciplines, interacting with nearly every department in an organization.

The SCM program provides students with basic knowledge of supply chain management, such as distribution strategies, planning, and procurement, while also working on their communication, negotiation, and leadership skills.

The academic program is complemented by seminars and career fairs to share industry best practices from the leaders in the market; these experiences introduce and acquaint students with the variety of jobs and responsibilities in SCM and help students identify areas of interest for their careers.

The SCM program provides opportunities for students to learn about supply chain management in an integrated business framework from distinguished faculty and regional industry experts in the area of supply chain management. The program prepares students to operate and lead major aspects of the supply system in established and start-up firms.

The curriculum focuses on providing knowledge on topics of practical skills and competencies: Supply Chain Principles, Transportation and Logistics Management, Procurement, Warehousing, and Inventory Management. Courses balance theory and practice in supply chain management to bridge the gap between academic and business practices and devise innovative research and teaching methods.

A key feature of this major is that it provides students with individualized career and academic advising. The SCM Faculty work with CSPD (Center for Student Professional Development) to help students stay connected with the regional industry associations, leaders, alumni, and corporate partners to prepare them for their future challenges upon entering the work force.

The SCM major requires a high level of quantitative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; students with an overall GPA of 2.75 or more are recommended to enroll in the major. Prospective students are invited to discuss options with the Director of the Program, Dr. Neha Mittal (nmittal@temple.edu).

Student Professional Organization (SPO) in Supply Chain Management

A Supply Chain Management SPO was established on-campus, TU-SCA (Temple University Supply Chain Association) which connects students with industry professionals and standards. For more information, please contact Dr. Misty Blessley (misty.blessley@temple.edu).

Online BBA Program

The Supply Chain Management major is available as an online BBA degree completion program designed for new and continuing students. Please visit the Online BBA web site for program and admission information.

MINOR

The Supply Chain Management Minor is ideal for students innovative enough to think creatively, yet meticulous enough to forecast the bigger picture. Students completing the SCM Minor pursue careers which direct the efficient flow of goods and services within and among organizations – from suppliers and manufacturers to retailers and consumers.

The SCM Minor course sequence is a strong complement with majors such as Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Healthcare Management.

The SCM Minor provides students with basic knowledge of supply chain management, such as distribution strategies, planning, and procurement, while also working on their communication, negotiation, and leadership abilities. Courses balance theory and practice in supply chain management to bridge the gap between academic and business practices and devise innovative research and teaching methods. The minor prepares students to operate and lead major aspects of the supply system in established and start-up firms.

The requirements must be completed prior to graduation. Courses cannot be used to meet minor requirements if already used to meet the requirements for a major or a different minor.

University Requirements

All new students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

Note that students not continuously enrolled who have not been approved for a Leave of Absence or study elsewhere must follow University requirements current at the time of re-enrollment.

College Requirements

Students must meet College Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Business Administration, including the requirements of the major listed below. Supply Chain Management students must attain an overall GPA of 2.0 and a 2.0 GPA in the major to graduate. To calculate the GPA in the major, use the major GPA calculator.

Major Requirements

Students must follow the Major Requirements and College Requirements current at the time of declaration. Students not continuously enrolled who have not been approved for a Leave of Absence or study elsewhere must follow University, College, and Major requirements current at the time of re-enrollment.

Requirements of the Supply Chain Management Major

SCM 3515Principles of Supply Chain Management3
SCM 3516Transportation and Logistics Management3
SCM 3517Inventory and Warehouse Management (fall only)3
SCM 3518Sourcing and Procurement (spring only) 13
IB 3596Global Entrepreneurship3
Select one of the following: 23
Value Delivery Networks in Marketing
Internet Enabled Supply Chains
Total Credit Hours18
1

This is the major capstone, and all prerequisites must be met.

2

MKTG 3506 is usually offered in Fall Semesters while MIS 3537 is usually offered in Spring Semesters.

Suggested Free Elective credits to complement the major:
Data Analytics
Customer Data Analytics
Marketing Internship/Co-Operative Experience
Data Analysis and Statistical Computing

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Please note that this plan is suggested only, ensuring prerequisites are met.

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
STAT 1001Quantitative Methods for Business I3
ECON 1101Macroeconomic Principles3
HRM 1101Leadership and Organizational Management3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
STAT 1102Quantitative Methods for Business II4
ECON 1102Microeconomic Principles3
LGLS 1101Legal Environment of Business3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
STAT 2103Statistical Business Analytics (waives GenEd Quantitative Literacy requirement)4
ACCT 2101Financial Accounting3
MIS 2101Information Systems in Organizations3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ACCT 2102Managerial Accounting3
MKTG 2101Marketing Management3
BA 2101Professional Development Strategies1
BA 2196Business Communications [WI]3
RMI 2101Introduction to Risk Management3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
FIN 3101Financial Management3
MSOM 3101Operations Management3
BA 3102Business Society and Ethics3
IB 3101Fundamentals of International Business3
Select one of the following:13
Value Delivery Networks in Marketing 
Internet Enabled Supply Chains 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
SCM 3515Principles of Supply Chain Management3
SCM 3516Transportation and Logistics Management3
IB 3596Global Entrepreneurship [WI]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
BA 3103Integrative Business Applications3
SCM 3517Inventory and Warehouse Management23
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective33
Free Elective33
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
BA 4101Global Business Policies3
SCM 3518Sourcing and Procurement23
Free Elective33
Free Elective33
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 124
1

MKTG 3506 is usually offered in Fall semesters while MIS 3537 is usually offered in Spring semesters.

2

SCM 3517 is offered in Fall semesters while SCM 3518 is offered in Spring semesters; online versions of the courses may be offered in a different cycle.

3

See Requirements section for list of suggested free electives to complement the major.

Courses

SCM 3515. Principles of Supply Chain Management. 3 Credit Hours.

Operations and Supply Chain Management is the art and science of integrating the flow of products, information and money through the pipeline from the sources to the end customers. The goal of the course is to provide an understanding of the fundamental principles and activities occurring in the supply chain and to prepare students with a basic knowledge of activities within the supply chain.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites:
(MKTG 2101|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently
OR MKTG 2901|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently
OR MK01 Y|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (MSOM 3101|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently
OR MSOM 3901|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently)

SCM 3516. Transportation and Logistics Management. 3 Credit Hours.

Transportation, distribution, logistics, or supply chain management all refer to the process by which companies move material, parts, and products to their customers. Proper planning and scheduling are crucial to efficient operations and customer satisfaction. Transportation management encompasses planning goods movements across its different modes – truck, rail, water, air and pipeline. This course provides students with a basic familiarity to the important issues, concepts and models for analyzing different transportation functions. The focus will be on presenting information about, and providing access to, available tools and techniques that ensure a smooth flow and distribution of goods in the industry today. The course uses both quantitative and spatial techniques for proper decision making – specifying how, when and where to transport goods; selection of appropriate location of warehouses and distribution points; selection of route and carriers; and understanding of logistics and distribution costs.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites:
(MKTG 2101|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently
OR MKTG 2901|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently
OR MK01 Y|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (MSOM 3101|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently
OR MSOM 3901|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently)

SCM 3517. Inventory and Warehouse Management. 3 Credit Hours.

A key decision in manufacturing, retail and some service industry businesses is how much inventory to keep on hand satisfying the customer needs. Inventory is often a business's largest asset and not having enough inventories means losing sales, while holding too much inventory is expensive; therefore an efficient inventory control system is very important in any business. This course develops students' skills for quantitative and analytical thinking in the general areas of Operations, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Managing Global and Service Operations by developing analytical skills and an ability to make "data-driven" decisions. This course is a required course for the SCM Major and SCM Minor.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites:
(MKTG 2101|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently
OR MKTG 2901|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently
OR MK01 Y|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (MSOM 3101|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently
OR MSOM 3901|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently)

SCM 3518. Sourcing and Procurement. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts, tools and techniques in purchasing that will make them aware of the demands placed on supply chain managers, understand the strategic nature of purchasing, understand the impact of purchasing on the competitive success and profitability of modern organizations and finally, secure better job prospects and superior on-the-job performance. This course develops students' skills for quantitative and analytical thinking and ability to make "data-driven" decisions. This course is the capstone course for the SCM Major and is required as part of the SCM Minor.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Fields of study: Supply Chain Management.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites:
(SCM 3515|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (SCM 3516|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently)