Supply Chains and Operations Management Curriculum

This 30-credit program can be completed in one year. The curriculum consists of nine 3-credit courses and a 3-credit interactive project supervised by a faculty member. Key courses, such as Production and Inventory Planning and Logistics Management, are taught in a state-of-the art laboratory having access to SAP/R3 ERP software. The School of Management is a member of the SAP University Alliances Program.

The course sequence is as follows:

Fall

MGO 631LEC Production, Inventory Planning

This course focuses on production and inventory management problems in the entire supply chain, and the application of quantitative models and information systems and technologies for these problems. An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system platform is assumed and the course also covers the implementation aspects of ERP systems. The topics covered include supply chain strategy and coordination mechanisms, forecasting systems, aggregate planning, advanced planning systems (APS), master production scheduling, materials requirements planning (MRP) systems, inventory management for suppliers, manufacturers and distributors, cellular manufacturing, just-in-time (JIT) systems, lean manufacturing, optimized production technology (OPT), and flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) technologies. The completion of this course will enable students to take the certification examinations (CPIM/CFPIM) for American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGO 634LEC Project Management

This course deals with defining, organizing, and managing activities associated with complex, multidisciplinary projects. Such endeavors are critical to raise the level of performance of the organization and enable it to have a competitive edge. Many areas of MBA education when applied in ┬┐real world┬┐ require extraordinary and coordinated effort by various parts of the organization for implementation. In times of rapidly changing technologies and managerial processes, the need for cross-functional teams to achieve long and short term goals is increasingly imperative.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGO 636LEC Supply Chain: Design, Modeling

This course focuses on design, modeling and optimization of global supply chain networks. The course deals with modeling approaches and quantitative tools and techniques for design and optimization of global supply chain networks. The course also covers information systems and technologies for supply chain planning and coordination. The topics covered include: supply chain strategy formulation, performance metrics, new forecasting models applicable for supply chain contexts, newsvendor models for capacity and aggregate planning, models for location and design of supply and distribution entities, inter-organizational planning, advanced planning systems, multi-echelon inventory management techniques, distribution requirements planning (DRP) systems, joint transportation-inventory models, and pricing and revenue management techniques. The course will also be taught in a manner that will enable you to obtain APICS professional certification (CPIM / CFPIM) with minimum preparation after the course.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGA 604LEC Fin Analysis & Reporting

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts and issues of financial accounting with emphasis on the interpretation of financial statements. The course addresses the economic consequences of transactions and their presentation on corporate financial statements. A primary objective is to introduce corporate financial statements as a tool for company valuation and decision making. Emphasis is on the analysis of effects of decisions on financial performance and use of financial statements to evaluate organizations.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGI 601LEC Workforce Engagement

This course will examine Human Resources from a strategic perspective, emphasizing the contribution of HR decisions to the development of a high performance organization. HRM will be treated as a dynamic system that enables organizations to cope more quickly and effectively with a rapidly changing environment. The course will emphasize those topics, such as reward systems, performance management and the selection and retention of high performance employees that confront managers in a variety of organizational roles. Emphasis will be given to the identification, evaluation and solution of specific HR problems facing managers with these responsibilities.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


The final integrative project is typically an industry-based project. In the past, students have worked on supply chain projects at Moog, an Aerospace industry context; at IBM on a supply chain risk mitigation project; at Rich Products on a demand forecasting project, at Niagara Lubricant on production management and ERP projects, and at Kaleida Health System and Buffalo General Hospital on health care materials management and purchasing management projects.

The development of soft skills in communication and leadership is emphasized throughout the entire curriculum. Students are also encouraged to network with executives in various professional organizations and to acquire professional certifications offered by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).