Supply Chain Management

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Certificate in Supply Chain Management

The Certificate in Supply Chain Management consists of seven courses, comprising 84 hours.  The courses are generally presented in the evening from 6:30-9:30 p.m., one day a week over two semesters on campus.  The curriculum can be presented in an accelerated format of full or half day sessions at corporate sites.  The curriculum can also be tailored to the corporation’s needs and time constraints.

Course Descriptions and Schedule

(Courses not offered this semester will be offered the following semester.)

Course CodeCourse TitleCEUs
SCM-100The Strategic Power in Supply Chain Management1.2
SCM-101Sourcing, Suppliers, and Supply Chain Strategy1.2
SCM-102Answering Demand in Supply Chain Strategy1.2
SCM-103Lean Production and Six Sigma Tactics in Supply Chain1.2
SCM-104Using Information Technology Strategically1.2
SCM-105Measuring Supply Chain Performance1.2
SCM-106Creating Supply Chains for Competitive Advantage1.2

To register, go to and click on "Continuing Education (Non-Credit)." Have your credit card, social security number, and 5 digit Course Code number ready.

Learning Objectives

The purpose of the Certificate Program in Supply Chain Management is to prepare the student with the latest concepts and technology practiced in successful Supply Chains today. The program immerses the supply chain practitioner in the combination of art and science that is the foundation of improving the way your company operates from strategically obtaining the raw components required to create a product or service to delivering it to its customers.  You will analyze both the successes of Supply Chain best practices and the pitfalls of supply chain breakdowns.

General Program Description

The relatively straightforward purchasing function has become a responsibility to support the firm’s critical operations from securing vital raw materials to providing a network to deliver products and services, sometimes globally. This requires the technical savvy to design and maintain supply chain activities with the goal to provide the organization with net value.

Learn how to synchronize supply with demand, conceptualize and build infrastructure to service the corporation’s needs, and measure supply chain performance.  Learn of the global impact on supply chain technology which is requiring organizations to rethink global strategies. Add these skills to your work experience and move closer to total understanding of the fast-growing supply chain field.


You do not need to enroll in the certificate program to benefit from these courses.  Upon completion of these seven courses, you are awarded the Certificate in Supply Chain Management by the college. See "Certificates and Transcripts."

Required Text

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The Strategic Power in Supply Chain Management

Learn why your company should be a part of a network and alignment of firms committed to bringing products and services to market. This supply chain provides the core of a successful, systemic, strategic coordination of common business functions. Also learn the origins of the supply chain and how savvy firms have harnessed and refined it to become powers in their industries. Before you can create and improve your supply chain, you must understand the five underlying principles and drivers of the supply chain and examine the characteristics of the successful ones. This course is a prerequisite for the program. SCM-100.

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Sourcing, Suppliers, and Supply Chain Strategy

Prerequisite: The Strategic Power in Supply Chain Management. Begin to appreciate the necessary operations of a firm that serve as the source and foundation of a supply chain. Obtain an executive understanding of the necessary sourcing operations for planning a supply chain. Prepare for assessing these operations in your own company. Become familiar with the four supply chain operations of any firm producing a product or a service. Examine the five most common supply chain challenges and how to resolve them. Learn the sixth, unknown operation most successful firms employ. Review the many concepts in successful forecasting, pricing, inventory management and procurement. SCM-101.

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Answering Demand in Supply Chain Strategy

Prerequisite: The Strategic Power in Supply Chain Management. Answering demand requires operations to develop and build the products and services the customer requires. You will examine all activities from forecasting and receipt of orders to delivery of product or service. You will understand an operation sometimes overlooked - return processing. All of the operations in this segment of the chain are critical links in supply technology. Nowhere is the effect on cost and profit greater. In many situations these pressures require consideration of outsourcing. This class provides a comprehensive review of some of the most critical aspects of the supply chain and you will raise your awareness of the tools and techniques to be used for optimizing the firm's response to the demand of your products and services. SCM-102.

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Lean Production and Six Sigma Tactics in Supply Chain

Prerequisite: The Strategic Power in Supply Chain Management. You will examine the major elements of Lean Production and Six Sigma quality goals and how they came about. Learn why Lean and Six Sigma are integral components of the supply chain. We'll examine the Toyota Production System and its relation to Lean. You will review the linkage between lean production and environmental protection. Become familiar with the tools of Lean Organizational Performance, Six Sigma and the elements of statistical process control. This class is one of the vital steps in raising your awareness and understanding of state of the art supply chain technology. SCM-103.

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Using Information Technology Strategically

Prerequisite: The Strategic Power in Supply Chain Management. One of the essential components in supply chain management is information. It is a key element in facilitating the supply chain. This course reviews the sources of that information, the tools used for gathering information, protecting it and evaluating it. To understand the supply chain, one needs to understand what information is available and how to use it to further the strategic goals of the supply chain. The rapid pace of technology advances places a priority on understanding and using available technologies. It is imperative to learn to use high speed networks and databases for sharing data and to also utilize the information to manage, correct and innovate operations. SCM-104.

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Measuring Supply Chain Performance

Prerequisite: The Strategic Power in Supply Chain Management. Supply chain performance is the current measure of success. This course focuses on the chain's ability to meet customer needs. All organizational units contribute to or impede the smooth function of the supply chain. The challenge is to find the metrics with which to measure the successes of the supply chain. Performance measures must reflect how well you are servicing your customers and will reveal how well your business functions. Learn about performance measures for global supply chains and understand the importance of aligning metrics with your business' strategy. Learn about strategic measures compared to industry and market norms, tactical measures compared to competitive operations and operational level measures of day to day, schedule and quality performance. SCM-105.

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Creating Supply Chains for Competitive Advantage

Prerequisite: The Strategic Power in Supply Chain Management. Organizations that excel at what they do realize the potential of their supply chain's critical elements. They are notable in their intense focus, aggressive, systematic execution of strategic global sourcing and logistics. They attack waste and attempt to eliminate all unnecessary costs. There is a sustained drive to integrate critical supply chain capabilities with core business competencies to create customer value and promote profit. This course examines the science of logistics, customer relation management (CRM), global location and service response logistics with respect to raising supply chain management efforts to the level of competitive advantage. Learn how the efficiency and effectiveness of these processes are becoming industry-competitive differentiators. SCM-106.