Distance Learning Supply Chain Management Certificate Program

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Supply Chain Management Certificate Program


Purpose

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management is to provide the students with graduate level education in the fundamentals of Supply Chain Management (SCM), with particular emphasis on Department of Defense (DoD) and Air Force specific applications. In addition, lean operations related to Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century (AFSO21) will be covered. Finally, statistical data analysis and basic quantitative modeling, to include linear programming, simulation analysis, and heuristics, are included.

The objectives of this program are to educate Air Force Logistics Readiness Officers (LROs), civilians, and other DoD personnel in the above topics and to enable them to apply state of the art analytical and problem solving techniques to Air Force and DoD specific supply chain management problems, as well as enabling them to utilize the concepts of lean in similar situations

Program Outcomes (POs)

Our Program Outcomes (student knowledge/skills/abilities) produce graduate certificate conferees who exhibit:

The acquisition of a broad understanding of the principles and concepts of supply chain management and statistical concepts.
The ability to apply analytical techniques to SCM problems in the DoD environment.
Improved problem solving ability, critical thinking skills, and the ability to communicate
Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Certificate program mirror those for the 18 month, GLM Program, with the exception of the requirement for GRE/GMAT scores. The general requirements for admission to the Supply Chain Management Certificate program are:

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
Mathematics through college algebra.
Waivers to the above requirements may be granted on an individual basis by the Department of Operational Sciences, through the Program Manager.
The Supply Chain Management Certificate Program (SCM) is an organizationally funded program that targets individuals within the acquisition or logistics career fields working at depots, labs, acquisition centers or program offices, or headquarters.

Qualified applicants admitted into the program will normally be funded for their tuition by a federal agency ("unit funded"). Academic qualification requirements aside, applicants who are not unit funded will be admitted by exception, on a case-by-case basis only. In short, entry into the SCM program requires both academic acceptance into the program and agreement on the organizational funding mechanism. The program starts each Winter quarter in agreement with the AFIT Academic Calendar.

Certificate Completion Requirements

Successful completion of the Certificate Program requires a cumulative GPA on all course work of a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale). Time to completion would be 5 quarters. There are no exit examinations required, and no final project. However, there are numerous projects and assignments required in the various courses that give an opportunity for the student to apply their knowledge to broad problems.

Description of the Curriculum

The curriculum consists of five graduate level courses for a total of 20 graduate credits, with no electives or research hours required. In addition, there is a non-credit Algebra Review (MATH 001) course, which is self-paced and web-based. The courses will be offered once a year and students will take one course per quarter, beginning in the winter quarter. The courses will be offered via distance learning in conjunction with the current academic calendar, as well as being offered in residence.

 

Supply Chain Management (SCM) Certificate Program Course List

COURSE SEQUENCE: This program has a WINTER QUARTER Start Date. Course sequence may vary. MATH 001 must be taken prior to STAT 583.

 
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
 
MATH 001 Algebra Review 0
 
LOGM 568 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 3
 
STAT 583 Intro to Probability and Statistics 4
 
LOGM 567 Lean Operations Management 4
 
LOGM 565 Strategic Sourcing 3
 
OPER 501 Quantitative Decision Making 3
  17 total hours
 

LOGM 565 - Strategic Sourcing (3 credit hours)
This course provides an introduction to and an overview of the strategic sourcing process including topics such as supplier selection, supplier evaluation, negotiation, contract management, supplier development, e-procurement, buyer-supplier relationships, strategic cost management, and purchasing law and ethics.

LOGM 567 - Lean Operations Management (4 credit hours)
Creating, sustaining, and employing military capability is the purpose of military leadership and management. Operations management theory outlines how organizations perform the systematic direction and control of the processes that transform inputs into finished goods and services. In the past decades, the concept on leanness has emerged as a management philosophy that can facilitate increased productivity while simultaneously reducing costs and improving service to the customer/warfighter. This course presents basic operations management concepts as well as the lean principles with a focus on how lean changes traditional operations management.

LOGM 568 - Introduction to Supply Chain Management (3 credit hours)
This class provides and introduction to and overview of supply chain management concepts and practices with an emphasis on the areas related to logistics (a sub-area of supply chain management). Supply chain management and its supporting activities of strategic planning, purchasing, operations management, and logistics represent one of the cornerstones of competitive strategy for most organizations, including the Department of Defense. This course introduces the concepts and tools that will enhance the student's understanding of supply chain management and their ability to effectively manage various supply chain operations.

OPER 501 - Quantitative Decision Making (3 credit hours)
This is an introductory course in management science applications for the logistics, systems, acquisition, and transportation manager. Emphasis is on understanding and applying the techniques to managerial problem solving and decision making. Major topics include linear programming, decision theory, networks, and queuing theory. STAT 583 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4 credit hours) Basic concepts of probability and statistics with applications are covered. Topics include permutations and combination, random variables, probability distributions, estimation and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing.

STAT 583 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4 credit hours)
Basic concepts of probability and statistics with applications are covered. Topics include permutations and combination, random variables, probability distributions, estimation and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing.
 

Contact Information

To obtain more information about the SCM program contact Ms. Jennifer Vanzant, ctr at (937) 255-3636 ext.4692 (DSN 785)
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For further information on the Supply Chain Management Certificate program curriculum or the acquisition of graduates, please contact:

Major Joshua Stakos, Supply Chain Certificate Program Director

Department of Operational Sciences
Air Force Institute of Technology

AFIT/ENS, Bldg 641
2950 Hobson Way
Wright Patterson AFB OH 45433-7765
Voice: (937) 255-3636 x4358, DSN 785-3636 x4358

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