MBA in Supply Chain Management

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MBA in Supply Chain Management

Courses Description
MBA Core Courses:
1. Managerial Economics Objectives
At the end of the course, students should be able to apply economics theory together with decisions science methodology to business and administrative decision-making.

Synopsis
The course discusses economic concepts and decision science methodology, which are necessary to help make effective decision in business and administration organizations. The course focuses on the application of microeconomic analyses to business and administrative problems. Topics include demand analysis, production and costs, and price-output determination under various market structures and pricing techniques.

2. Organization and Business Management Objectives
At the end of the course, the students will be able to understand the concepts of decision making, planning, organizing, leading and control in an organization. The students will also be able to apply key management concepts in analyzing organizational situations, and develop effective strategies to solve these problems.

Synopsis
This course is an introduction to an overview of key concepts in management and organization theory. Its goal is to enable participants to understand the manager’s role, constraints, levers and opportunities within complex organizations. It stresses the use of behavioral science based on research and the formulation of systematic diagnoses, which in turn will lead to specific courses of action. The purpose of the course is to introduce the students to the different aspects of organizational business management. As a clear understanding of management approaches is critical to effectively manage an organization, this course takes the perspective of a manager who needs to plan, organize, lead and control.

3. Accounting for Business Decision Making Objectives
The objective of this course is to assist students in understanding the importance and use of Accounting Information in business decisions. At the end of the course, students should be able to apply the Accounting concepts and techniques that are fundamental to effective and efficient business decisions. The course has two main objectives:

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1. To introduce the basic framework of Management Accounting Information Systems in relation to business decisions; 2. To understand costing and pricing principles and their relationship to profit plans and business problem solving.

Synopsis
The course is designed for business students without previous in-depth exposure to managerial accounting. Internal or managerial accounting system provides a unique information environment to assist managers in handling the tasks of planning, control and decision-making. Today’s Management Accountants focus on the advisory and consulting services related to strategic planning, organizational control and broad business decisions. Their roles are not only tailored to costing, product pricing, asset and liability management, and investment analysis and performance evaluation but also extended to financial and business reengineering. The type and nature of information supplied by the internal system of Accounting is rather flexible and customized to the needs of managers. It is also a dynamic function that evolves consistently as organizational changes occur. Parallel to the current trend in business, issues of global significance are heavily discussed and explored in this course.

4. Marketing Management Objectives
At the end of the course, students should be able to: appreciate the importance of marketing in ensuring continued success of business organizations; understand the marketing process and its underlying concepts; develop and implement marketing plans and programs.

Synopsis
The course will cover the major aspects of marketing decision-making: role of marketing in business organizations; analyzing marketing opportunities; developing marketing strategies; and implementing and controlling marketing effort. The course is interactive in nature: involving discussions, case analysis and assignments.

5. Managerial Finance Objectives
• • • • Understand the key concepts in financial management; Evaluate the financial performance and position of a company; Evaluate the value of stocks, bonds and company; and Analyze and determine the viability of a project.

Synopsis
This course has been divided into three units. Each unit represents a major area in finance and it contains 4-5 chapters.

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6. Project Management Objectives
By the end of this course, you should be able to: • Understand the definition of Project Management, The Triple Constraint, Managing Projects using the Triple Constraint influences on a Project, Comprehend Project Management Process Groups and Professional Responsibilities; • Have comprehensive view of Project Initiation, Project Selection and Quantitative Tools; • Recognize the keys to Project Success, Building of WBS, Schedule Planning, Cost Planning and Resource Planning; • Understand Project Baselines, Project Performance, Earned Value, and Implementation of Project; • Comprehend proper Closeout, Scope Verification, Customer Acceptance, Administrative and Contract Closure.

Synopsis
The course provides students with opportunity to enhance their skills as project managers dealing with project planning and control, project implementation and management, and managing any risks associated with projects. Students will be able to use tools and methods efficiently and effectively, and introduce the most suitable technology to ensure success of their future projects.

7. Organizational Behavior Objectives
The course aims to (a) familiarize students with the basic concepts and principles of organizational behavior; (b) increase students’ understanding of the influence of human behavior on organizational functioning; (c) provide students with the opportunity to integrate and apply what has been learned; and (d) develop students’ managerial skills in the areas of communication, decision making, conflict resolution, negotiations, and teamwork

Synopsis
This course provides students with an understanding of the theory and practice of organizational behavior at three levels of analysis (individual, group and organizational and the relevance of this field to managerial success. Topics to be covered include individual differences, motivation, team dynamics, communication, organizational power and politics, workplace conflict, leadership, and organizational change.

8. Business Research Methods Objectives
At the end of the course, students should be able to understand better on how to do research in the field of business studies. Students will also be able to understand better their understanding of the key elements and components in business research, processes of scientific research, research tools and techniques, and prepare research proposals and write research reports in the field of business studies

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Synopsis
This course focuses on the research elements, components, and processes in scientific research, its purpose and importance. Various types of research, characteristics of scientific research, methods of reasoning, and hypothetic-deductive method are discussed. Formulating research problem, research objectives, theoretical framework, hypothesis, research design, data collection methods, scale and measurements, reliability and validity, data analysis methods, report writing and presentation are discussed

9. Information Technology for Managers Objectives
This subject will provide students with an understanding of managerial functions, Information Technology Infrastructure and how Management Information System can help managers in executing their tasks. Besides that, students will be exposed to the usage of Information System in a digital firm.

Synopsis
This course will discuss on organization and management, elements and infrastructure of Information Technology, Information System, types of computer based Information System and Organizational Information System used in organizational management. The concepts of knowledge management for building an effective Information System for digital firm also will be highlighted.

10. Strategic Management Objectives
The focus of the course is the strategic management process. An understanding of the strategic management process will help in understanding competitive forces and in developing competitive advantages. The main objectives of the course are:a) To expose the students to the concept of strategic competitiveness b) To provide students with a framework to analyze an organization’s external environment c) To provide students with a framework to analyze an organization’s internal environment d) To equip students with tools and concepts to help develop appropriate strategies e) To expose students to issues relevant to the process of strategy implementation

Synopsis
The course will start by discussing the concept of strategic competitiveness. It then will provide students with a framework to analyze an organization’s external and internal environment. Students will then be exposed to tools and concepts to help develop appropriate strategies and expose students to issues relevant to the process of strategy implementation. A significant aspect of the course is case studies analysis where students, working in groups, will present their analysis of real problems faced by real companies in the area of strategic management.

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Supply Chain Management Track Courses:
1. Purchasing & Procurement Management Objectives
Procurement has changed, from a narrow purchasing role, into a multifaceted role including: Integrating relationships; Design; Buying; Planning; Inbound Logistics; Commercial Administration; Supplier Performance Management; and last but not least, managing the process. This course, promoting best procurement practice, will show you how to provide a low cost means of providing a highly effective procurement process to really add value to support your business.

Synopsis
This subject covers the major issues in procurement including the evolution of purchasing, strategic purchasing and supply chain process models, SCM & logistics, lean organizations, cross functional purchasing, e-procurement models, models of supplier relationships, innovation and kaizen, TQM, ‘push’ & ‘pull’ inventories, JIT, MRP ERP , ,VMI, outsourcing, and tendering.

2. International Logistics and Transport Objectives
1. Understand the basic principles and concepts of logistics and supply chain management and the role of international transportation in relation to both concepts 2. Review the logistics concept and the evolution of and range of services provided by logistics service providers and companies 3. Identify key areas, players and activities of the supply chain including the impact of integrated services and typical services offered by logistics service providers 4. Understand the current industry trends and how these developments impact logistics outsourcing in the industry and the overall competitive marketplace.

Synopsis
This course equips you to deal with the challenges of international supply chain management and regulations relevant to global logistics and transport. This course prepares students for many career opportunities such as administration officer in export/import, procurement, distribution, freight forwarding and customs, warehousing, inventory control.

3. Supply Chain Strategy Objectives
1. Explain the effect of a supply chain on business operations 2. Express familiarity with different forecasting tools and understand their uses 3. Model and solve “messy” supply chain problems

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4. Choose and apply an appropriate inventory model to improve supply chain performance 5. Understand the importance of transportation and logistics in the supply chain and be familiar 6. with ways in which transportation problems are modeled and solved 7. Understand how and why companies use coordination schemes to improve supply chain performance

Synopsis
The course will start by discussing the effect of supply chain on business operations.. It then will provide students with a model and solve supply chain problems. Students will then be exposed to tools and concepts to help develop appropriate strategies and expose students to issues relevant to the process of supply chain strategy implementation. A significant aspect of the course is case studies analysis where students, working in groups, will present their analysis of real problems faced by real companies in the area of supply chain strategic management

4. Risks Management Objectives
This course will provide a general understanding of the risks and opportunity normally encountered in managing projects. Students will be introduced to tools and methods to identify, quantify, mitigate and control or reduce the impact of risks in a project. Discussions on projects that have been completed and known worldwide.

Synopsis
The course would be designed with more illustrated of the technique together with practical examples. The students are expected to participate in the discussions. The course will highlight the role of owners in overcoming risks. The approach to identify, analyze and reduce risk will be discussed. Techniques to reduce the impact will be highlighted.

Supply Chain Management Final Project: Part A & B

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