The Supply Chain Operations Effectiveness Certificate is a 15 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

FORECASTING AND SCHEDULING (10182111)

1.00

Identify the basic principles of forecasting as well as applying common forecasting techniques. Learners will define sales and operations planning, capacity planning, and appropriate scheduling practices to ensure effective resource utilization concepts within the 21st Century Supply Chain.

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OPERATIONS CONTROL (10182112)

1.00

Examines the operations function, operations and the associated supply chain strategy. In Operations Control learners will demonstrate effective planning to manage the flow of materials, labor and services through the operations process. Upon completion of Operations Control learners will have determined the importance to the firm of decisions made in the operations function and its associated supply chain. The need for strategy to guide all decision making is emphasized.

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SUPPLY CHAIN PROCESS MANAGEMENT (10182113)

1.00

Identify the key elements in Supply Chain Management and distinguish the key concepts that define effective Supply Chain Management in the 21st Century. Learners will define effective Supply Chain strategies and demonstrate how to integrate these strategies to organizational objectives. Learners will also identify and utilize continuous improvement strategies to improve existing Supply Chains.

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TECHNOLOGY IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN (10182122)

1.00

Examines the technological advances which have improved efficiency, responsiveness and profitability in the Supply Chain. In today’s supply chain landscape, technology utilization is becoming a key component of an organization’s success, innovation and competitive edge. Learners will identify advances and innovation in Supply Chain technology, assess available technology, and demonstrate a plan to effectively utilize technology to enable and support effective Supply Chain operations.

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ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING SOFTWARE (10182123)

1.00

Examines how organizations utilize Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to improve processes and become more efficient, responsive and effective. Learners analyze how ERP systems use a single database to integrate business transactions and processes leading to benefits such as enhanced management reporting and improved decision-making. The course will examine the core business modules of common ERP systems (Supply Chain Management, Sales/Marketing, Finance, Human Resources). Learners will investigate and compare common ERP software solution platforms. In culmination learners will illustrate how ERP systems improve planning, execution, visibility and collaboration by integrating business functional areas through an enterprise-wide information system.

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BENEFITS & CHALLENGES OF AN ERP SYSTEM (10182124)

1.00

Examines how organizations utilize Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to improve processes and become more efficient, responsive and effective. Learners analyze how ERP systems use a single database to integrate business transactions and processes leading to benefits such as enhanced management reporting and improved decision-making. The course will examine the core business modules of common ERP systems (Supply Chain Management, Sales/Marketing, Finance, Human Resources). Learners will investigate and compare common ERP software solution platforms. In culmination learners will illustrate how ERP systems improve planning, execution, visibility and collaboration by integrating business functional areas through an enterprise-wide information system.

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FOUNDATIONS OF INVENTORY (10182125)

1.00

Learners will gain an operational knowledge of the principles of inventory management, which involves planning and controlling the flow of materials and information to effectively manage an organization's material resources, minimize costs, and provide high levels of customer service. The course provides practical exercises in effective inventory techniques and concepts culminating in creating an inventory control plan for an organization. The inventory control plan will include a flowchart of product and information through an organization from forecast to distribution and establish inventory policies to source, control and transfer materials.

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MANAGING INVENTORY LEVELS (10182126)

1.00

Inventory is expensive and difficult to manage, and yet is an essential requirement for providing great service to customers. Managing Inventory Levels provides the tools to retain enough inventory to assure high levels of customer service, while avoiding excessive inventory levels that can create losses. Managing Inventory Levels prepares learners in the fundamentals of inventory management within an organization’s overall supply chain. The course addresses the key elements of inventory control and management including: inventory cost components, types uses and motives of inventory, planning inventory levels, maintaining inventory accuracy, financial inventory accounting methods, inventory performance metrics and business intelligence inventory analysis.

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THE ROLE OF LOGISTICS (10182135)

1.00

Examines the Logistics Management function of supply chain management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers’ requirements. Learners will examine practical management perspective of the following areas of Logistics: order management, distribution, transportation, international logistics, inventory control, facility location, sustainable logistics practices, key performance indicators and supply chain finance.

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TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT (10182136)

1.00

Examines the principles, practices policies, trends, and current issues within air, maritime, or ground transportation and its role in the Supply Chain. Emphasis on the physical transportation systems involved in the United States as well as on global distribution systems. Topics include carrier responsibilities and services, freight classifications, carrier costs, rates, public policy and regulations.

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WAREHOUSING (10182137)

1.00

Examines warehouse operations fundamentals to gain an understanding of the physical, technological, process, and safety considerations of warehouse/distribution operations. Learners examine and demonstrate a design plan that incorporates: effective and efficient facility configuration, storage and handling techniques, operating activities, metrics, customer service considerations, human and capital asset requirements and the role of distribution operations in different industries.

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GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (10182138)

1.00

Examines the factors that impact the design and management of global supply chains. Learners will examine financial, logistical, cultural, political, and supply risk factors impacting the efficient and effective flow of commerce between countries and regions of the world. Factors that firms take into account when considering whether to procure domestically or globally, including outsourcing and in-sourcing decisions, are analyzed. Strategic decisions involving which production facilities to own and where to locate the facilities are also discussed.

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LEAN ORGANIZATIONS (10196114)

3.00

In Lean Organizations, learners apply the skills and tools necessary to enhance company performance and profitability by identifying and eliminating waste throughout all business processes. Lean is a work smarter, not harder, approach that allows an organization to produce more while utilizing fewer resources. Many traditional approaches to business processes require excessive inventory, repetitive tasks, wasted materials, scrap and rework and misappropriated human and other resources. Each learner will: identify and practice Lean Solutions by completing learning plans that cover Lean Operations, Value-stream Mapping, 8 Wastes, 5S Workplace Organization, Set-up Reduction, Cellular Flow Design, Lean Culture Development, Value Chain Management, Kanban Systems and Total Productive Maintenance.

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Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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