Syllabus for OPM-420
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Supply Chain Management discusses the seamless flow of information and goods from the suppliers' suppliers to the customers' customers in the context of profits based on common goals, shared resources, and mutually beneficial relationships. This course stresses the ways that corporate and national boundaries become transparent to the movement of goods and services.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Identify the purpose and objectives of supply chain management.
- Evaluate the role of supply chain management in empowering customers, leading to a more competitive environment.
- Analyze the need for and application of process and systems thinking in supply chain management.
- Connect key issues in purchasing, production, and logistics decision making.
- Analyze critical issues involved in designing a global supply chain network.
- Examine the role of process mapping in supply chain design.
- Discuss strategic cost management and assess various types of price and cost analysis strategies.
- Evaluate the role of outsourcing and discuss elements of a successful outsourcing strategy.
- Assess features of successful relationship management.
- Assess decision making issues involved in transportation management.
- Articulate the importance of collaboration across the supply chain.
- Assess effective performance measurement.
- Analyze the roles of empowerment and collaborative innovation for business success.
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
- Supply Chain Management, From Vision to Implementation, by Stanley E. Fawcett, Lisa M. Ellram, and Jeffery A Ogden, (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice-Hall, 2007).
Minimum System Requirements
To participate fully in course activities, you need to have daily access to a personal computer and command of certain basic computer skills, including the ability to send and receive e-mail with attachments.
In addition, your computer system must meet the following minimum specifications:
- Windows 98 or higher or equivalent operating system.
- Personal Internet access.
- A full-featured Internet browser like Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or Firefox 1.X or higher.
You will also need the following software:
- Microsoft PowerPoint or some type of drawing software that allows you to create a flow chart.
Supply Chain Management is a three-credit online course consisting of six modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
- Module 1: Introducing Supply Chain Strategy
- Module 2: Process Thinking
- Module 3: Supply Chain Design
- Module 4: Cost Management, Outsourcing, Rationalization, and Role Shifting
- Module 5: Relationship Management and Information Sharing
- Module 6: Measuring Performance, Managing People, and Fostering Innovation
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and take two proctored examinations—a midterm and a final. See below for more details.
Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
In addition to an ungraded "Introductions" forum, Supply Chain Management requires you to participate in graded class discussions.
Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and subsequent comments on classmates' responses.
You will be evaluated both on the quality of your responses (i.e., your understanding of readings, and concepts as demonstrated by well-articulated, critical thinking) and quantity of your participation (i.e., the number of times you participate meaningfully in the assigned forums). Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.
Meaningful participation in online discussions is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement.
Deadlines for posting responses to the discussion questions are given in the Course Calendar.
Supply Chain Management has three types of written assignments in each module. A typical module will contain assignments of the following types:
- Opening Story Assignment: Most modules include an assignment based on the "Opening Story" that begins each chapter. You'll read the story and answer questions about it.
- Exercises: In these assignments you will demonstrate your comprehension of text material as well as apply and analyze what you have read.
- Cases: Most modules include a case study assignment in which you'll be asked to apply chapter concepts to a real-world setting. They will involve a deeper exploration and analysis of material than the Exercises.
For the assignment topics and questions, see the Modules areas of the course Web site. Due dates for each assignment are listed in the Course Calendar.
Your written assignments are built around associated lessons. Formulate responses in your own words (do not merely copy answers from your reading materials). Although your responses will be primarily drawn from information in the textbook, you may also use outside sources to strengthen your responses. Your textbook, outside sources, including Internet Web sites, should be cited where appropriate and in an appropriate manner.
You are required to take two proctored online examinations: a midterm exam and a final exam. Both exams require that you use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.
Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the Course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.
The midterm is a closed-book, proctored online exam. It is two hours long and covers material in Modules 1 through 3. It consists of essay questions focused on course and modular objectives.
The final is a closed-book, proctored online exam. It is two hours long and covers all reading and assignments from Modules 4 through 6 of the course. It consists of essay questions focused on course and modular objectives.
Statement about Cheating
You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:
- Looking up any answer or part of an answer in an unauthorized textbook or on the Internet, or using any other source to find an answer.
- Copying and pasting or, in any way copying responses or parts of responses from any other source into your exams. This includes but is not limited to copying and pasting from other documents or spreadsheets, whether written by yourself or anyone else.
- Plagiarizing answers.
- Asking anyone else to assist you by whatever means available while you take an exam.
- Copying any part of an exam to share with other students.
- Telling your mentor that you need another attempt at an exam because your connection to the Internet was interrupted when that is not true.
If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.
GRADING AND EVALUATION
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
- Online discussions (6)—10 percent
- Exercises (15)—20 percent
- Opening story and case assignments (12)—40 percent
- Midterm exam (proctored online, modules 1-3) —15 percent
- Final exam (proctored online, modules 4-6)—15 percent
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
- Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
- Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State University.
- Arrange to take your examinations by following the instructions in this Syllabus and the Online Student Handbook.
- Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
- If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.
Consider the following study tips for success:
- To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the Course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
- Check Announcements regularly for new course information.
Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.
Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.
All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at www.tesu.edu.
Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:
- Gaining or providing unauthorized access to examinations or using unauthorized materials during exam administration
- Submitting credentials that are false or altered in any way
- Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
- Forgery, fabricating information or citations, or falsifying documents
- Submitting the work of another person in whole or in part as your own (including work obtained through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Submitting your own previously used assignments without prior permission from the mentor
- Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others (including making tests, papers, and other course assignments available to other students, either directly or through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Tampering with the academic work of other students
Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.
If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)
Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.
Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.
Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.
For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.
If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.
Possible sanctions include:
- Lower or failing grade for an assignment
- Lower or failing grade for the course
- Rescinding credits
- Rescinding certificates or degrees
- Recording academic sanctions on the transcript
- Suspension from the University
- Dismissal from the University
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