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Undergraduate

SCM Major Track

SCM majors must complete five core courses, two SCM electives, and one internship or practicum in addition to the BBA degree requirements. Click the courses below to learn more.

Core Courses
  • MAN 336: Organizational Behavior
    The goal of this course is to assist the student in becoming an effective and successful manager and leader. To this end, the specific learning objectives are: To develop a well-grounded understanding of individual and interpersonal behavior so that they can effectively manage individuals for high performance. To effectively build and lead groups and to use interpersonal interactions to communicate purpose and vision, inspire commitment, and motivate others. To demonstrate communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. To think critically about OB problems and understand the decision making frameworks and concepts used to solve these problems. To effectively manage organizational change.

    Prerequisite: Credit or registration for 3 semester hours of coursework in psychology, sociology or anthropology.
  • OM 335: Introduction to Operations Management
    This introductory course focuses on the systematic planning, design, operation, control, and improvement of the processes which produce goods and deliver services. The main objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of the crucial importance of supply chain and operations management in today's business environment, to familiarize the student with the basic concepts, techniques, methods and applications of supply chain and operations management, as well as to enhance analytical skills and the ability to uncover problems and opportunities for improvement in production and service processes. Concepts include capacity management, inventory, effect of process variability on performance, how to manage variability and risk, process improvement and quality management.

    Prerequisite: Credit or registration for BA 324 (or credit for MIS 324)and credit or registration for STA 309. 
  • OM 337.3: Procurement and Supplier Management
    This course will addresses the process of procurement including terminology, metrics, and decision making. Additionally, we will investigate the best practices and processes for managing the relationships with suppliers and their performance. We will also explore the sourcing decision and the strategic ramifications of producing/providing goods and services internally or purchasing them from external organizations. The main objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of the importance of procurement and supplier management in today's business environment; to familiarize the student with the basic concepts, techniques, methods and applications of procurement and supplier management, including supplier selection, sourcing decisions, managing supplier performance, and negotiations as well as to enhance analytical skills and ability to uncover problems and opportunities for improvement in supply chain and overall organizational performance.

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
  • OM 338: Supply Chain Modeling and Optimization
    This course teaches students the basic principles and applications of mathematical optimization and computer-based models and tools that are most commonly used for designing, planning, and managing supply chains, both for product fulfillment and service operations. Specifically, the goals of the course are to: introduce students to the main modeling approaches -- optimization, queueing, and simulation -- that are widely used and relevant to supply chain management; illustrate the use of these models to address supply chain planning and decision problems; enable students to frame and structure managerial decision problems, decide which model to apply, and how to formulate and create an appropriate model; outline some basic principles underlying the methods to analyze and solve these models; and, provide practice in creating and solving models using spreadsheets and other software. Models (and their associated techniques and applications) covered in the course include: Linear optimization (also called Linear Programming); Network models; Integer programming; Non-linear optimization; Queueing models; and Simulation.

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
  • OM 367: Strategic Supply Chain Management
    This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to integrate the knowledge from their previous courses to develop a comprehensive supply chain strategy. The course will present several analytical techniques that aid in making decisions under uncertainty and how to manage risk. The course will also discuss various leading edge initiatives and technologies in supply chain management and how they can be used to develop successful supply chain strategies. At the end of this course, the student should have: * developed an appreciation for the major strategic issues and trade-offs in supply chain management; * acquired analytical capability to uncover problems and improvement opportunities in supply chain management and recommend improvements along the dimensions of customer service, efficiency, quality, speed, and flexibility.

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
  • OM 368: Logistics and Inventory Management
    This course includes the planning, implementing and controlling of the production and distribution of goods and services with a focus on production planning and scheduling, inventory management and the design and management of supply and distribution networks. This course covers the main concepts in forecasting, transportation, facility location, inventory management, and storage, and material handling. Methodologically, the course emphasizes cost modeling, logistics network optimization, and risk management. In addition, the course focuses on how effective inventory and logistics management can improve customer service and management.

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
Elective Courses
  • MAN 337.21: The Art and Science of Negotiation
    This course focuses on understanding the behavior of individuals, groups, and organizations in the context of competitive situations. The objectives of the course are to help students to develop negotiation skills experientially and to understand negotiation in useful analytical frameworks. Considerable emphasis is placed on realistic negotiation exercises and role-playing. The exercises serve as catalysts for the evaluation and discussion of different types of negotiation situations. In-class discussions and lectures supplement the exercises.

    Prerequisite: MAN 336 or 336H
  • OM 337: Product Development
    The focus of this course is the integration of supply chain management into the product design and development process. It is estimated that upwards of 85% of total product life cycle cost is determined during product development. Unfortunately, most companies do not effectively assess supply chain considerations in this process. This course will focus on the skills and knowledge every supply chain manager should know about new product development (NPD) and how they can incorporate supply chain considerations into the NPD process. The primary focus will be on designing and developing products that optimize the supply chain while maintaining the coherence of the product's initial vision from concept to customer. The main objectives of this course are to provide the student with an understanding of the new product development process from the identification of customer needs, through design and sourcing, to the manufacturing and delivery of the product, identify where in the development process that supply chain considerations have the most impact and to learn how to manage new product introduction and its effects on supply chain management over the product's life cycle. Working in groups, the students will develop a product including capturing the voice of the customer, creating a prototype and developing a procurement, production, distribution and inventory strategy for their product.
  • OM 337: Supply Chain Analytics
    The use of analytics has become increasingly important in supply chain management. This course focuses on developing the theoretical foundation to build forecasting models that incorporate both the power of predictive analytics and the trends and autocorrelation patterns identified from historical data. These models will be used on point-of-sale information to build demand forecasts as an aggregation of models across the enterprise. In addition, we will discuss the use of predictive dynamic models for aggregate supply chain planning and for local distribution decision making as well as to influence and shape demand. At the end of this course students should: a) Understand the process and information required for preparing the different types of demand forecasts required for operations and supply chain management. b) Be able to isolate business and economic variable with predictive value for the preparation of demand forecasts. c) Be able to use statistical techniques to incorporate historical data with other business and environmental variables to prepare dynamic forecasts. d) Be able prepare top-down, bottom-up and middle out demand forecasts. e) Understand the costs and benefits of shaping demand and be able to combine advertising, pricing and other interventions in the optimization production and distribution in supply chains.
  • OM 337.1: Total Quality Management
    This course focuses on the principles, and practices of total quality management (TQM). Topics that are covered include: process focus; continuous improvement; service quality; customer satisfaction; process control and capability; Six-Sigma methodology and tools; economics of quality; quality function deployment (QFD); and organizational learning.

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
  • OM 337.4: IT for Supply Chains
    This course introduces students to the role of Information Technology in managing Supply Chains. Students will learn about the Information Architecture needed by firms to co- ordinate their operations and collaborate with business partners. The course will illustrate the role of related building-block technologies like ERP, XML, SOA and web services. One component of this course is the use of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform to manage supply chain processes within an organization. There are three primary objectives to the use of the ERP simulation: (1) to understand how to use the transactional data in ERP systems to enable decision making for various supply chain processes; (2) to develop a hands-on understanding of the concepts underlying enterprise systems; and (3) to understand the information coordination within and across organizations to manage the supply chain Students will be required to execute processes such as procurement, fulfillment, and production using an actual ERP system (SAP R/3) as part of individual exercises. Teams of five students will operate a firm and must interact with supplier and customer teams by sending and receiving orders, delivering products, plan materials and completing the whole cash-to-cash cycle as part of a group project. The intent of the course is not to make you SAP R/3 experts -- we merely use the R/3 system to illustrate how technology can be used to coordinate supply chain processes.

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
  • OM 337.5: Project Management
    This course focuses on a holistic approach to project management. The content deals with planning, scheduling, organizing, and controlling projects--for example, product development, construction, information systems, new businesses, and special events. The course includes major topics of Strategy, Priorities, Organization, Project Tools, and Leadership. Primary class emphasis is on the project management process and tools. The methodologies and philosophies of the Project Management Institute (PMI) are discussed and following this course, students are encouraged to work towards the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
Practical Courses
  • OM 353: SCM Internship
    This course provides the students with hands-on experiential learning supervised by an industry professional. The student must work a minimum of 160 hours over the course of at least 6 calendar weeks on an approved project with the company of their choice. All students must take OM (BA) 353 or OM 366P. Prerequisite: Completion of 45 semester hours of college coursework and consent of the departmental internship coordinator.
  • OM 366P: Operations Management Practicum

SCM Minor Track

Any 12 hours of SCM courses will equal an SCM minor. Consider these suggested minors to complement your career interests. Click the courses below to learn more.

General Emphasis

Focuses on the fundamentals

  • OM 335: Introduction to Operations Management
    This introductory course focuses on the systematic planning, design, operation, control, and improvement of the processes which produce goods and deliver services. The main objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of the crucial importance of supply chain and operations management in today's business environment, to familiarize the student with the basic concepts, techniques, methods and applications of supply chain and operations management, as well as to enhance analytical skills and the ability to uncover problems and opportunities for improvement in production and service processes. Concepts include capacity management, inventory, effect of process variability on performance, how to manage variability and risk, process improvement and quality management. 

    Prerequisite: Credit or registration for BA 324 (or credit for MIS 324)and credit or registration for STA 309. 
  • OM 337.3: Procurement and Supplier Management
    This course will addresses the process of procurement including terminology, metrics, and decision making. Additionally, we will investigate the best practices and processes for managing the relationships with suppliers and their performance. We will also explore the sourcing decision and the strategic ramifications of producing/providing goods and services internally or purchasing them from external organizations. The main objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of the importance of procurement and supplier management in today's business environment; to familiarize the student with the basic concepts, techniques, methods and applications of procurement and supplier management, including supplier selection, sourcing decisions, managing supplier performance, and negotiations as well as to enhance analytical skills and ability to uncover problems and opportunities for improvement in supply chain and overall organizational performance. 

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
  • OM 367: Strategic Supply Chain Management
    This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to integrate the knowledge from their previous courses to develop a comprehensive supply chain strategy. The course will present several analytical techniques that aid in making decisions under uncertainty and how to manage risk. The course will also discuss various leading edge initiatives and technologies in supply chain management and how they can be used to develop successful supply chain strategies. At the end of this course, the student should have: * developed an appreciation for the major strategic issues and trade-offs in supply chain management; * acquired analytical capability to uncover problems and improvement opportunities in supply chain management and recommend improvements along the dimensions of customer service, efficiency, quality, speed, and flexibility. 

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
  • OM 368: Logistics and Inventory Management
    This course includes the planning, implementing and controlling of the production and distribution of goods and services with a focus on production planning and scheduling, inventory management and the design and management of supply and distribution networks. This course covers the main concepts in forecasting, transportation, facility location, inventory management, and storage, and material handling. Methodologically, the course emphasizes cost modeling, logistics network optimization, and risk management. In addition, the course focuses on how effective inventory and logistics management can improve customer service and management. 

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
Logistics Emphasis

Focuses on planning and implementation of resources to achieve business objectives

  • OM 335: Introduction to Operations Management
  • OM 338: Supply Chain Modeling and Optimization
    This course teaches students the basic principles and applications of mathematical optimization and computer-based models and tools that are most commonly used for designing, planning, and managing supply chains, both for product fulfillment and service operations. Specifically, the goals of the course are to: introduce students to the main modeling approaches -- optimization, queueing, and simulation -- that are widely used and relevant to supply chain management; illustrate the use of these models to address supply chain planning and decision problems; enable students to frame and structure managerial decision problems, decide which model to apply, and how to formulate and create an appropriate model; outline some basic principles underlying the methods to analyze and solve these models; and, provide practice in creating and solving models using spreadsheets and other software. Models (and their associated techniques and applications) covered in the course include: Linear optimization (also called Linear Programming); Network models; Integer programming; Non-linear optimization; Queueing models; and Simulation. 

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
  • OM 367: Strategic Supply Chain Management
    This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to integrate the knowledge from their previous courses to develop a comprehensive supply chain strategy. The course will present several analytical techniques that aid in making decisions under uncertainty and how to manage risk. The course will also discuss various leading edge initiatives and technologies in supply chain management and how they can be used to develop successful supply chain strategies. At the end of this course, the student should have: * developed an appreciation for the major strategic issues and trade-offs in supply chain management; * acquired analytical capability to uncover problems and improvement opportunities in supply chain management and recommend improvements along the dimensions of customer service, efficiency, quality, speed, and flexibility. 

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
  • OM 368: Logistics and Inventory Management
Procurement Emphasis

Focuses on evaluation and negotiation skills to ensure effective business agreements

  • OM 335: Introduction to Operations Management
    This introductory course focuses on the systematic planning, design, operation, control, and improvement of the processes which produce goods and deliver services. The main objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of the crucial importance of supply chain and operations management in today's business environment, to familiarize the student with the basic concepts, techniques, methods and applications of supply chain and operations management, as well as to enhance analytical skills and the ability to uncover problems and opportunities for improvement in production and service processes. Concepts include capacity management, inventory, effect of process variability on performance, how to manage variability and risk, process improvement and quality management. 

    Prerequisite: Credit or registration for BA 324 (or credit for MIS 324)and credit or registration for STA 309. 
  • OM 337.1: Total Quality Management
    This course focuses on the principles, and practices of total quality management (TQM). Topics that are covered include: process focus; continuous improvement; service quality; customer satisfaction; process control and capability; Six-Sigma methodology and tools; economics of quality; quality function deployment (QFD); and organizational learning. 

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
  • OM 337.3: Procurement and Supplier Management
    This course will addresses the process of procurement including terminology, metrics, and decision making. Additionally, we will investigate the best practices and processes for managing the relationships with suppliers and their performance. We will also explore the sourcing decision and the strategic ramifications of producing/providing goods and services internally or purchasing them from external organizations. The main objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of the importance of procurement and supplier management in today's business environment; to familiarize the student with the basic concepts, techniques, methods and applications of procurement and supplier management, including supplier selection, sourcing decisions, managing supplier performance, and negotiations as well as to enhance analytical skills and ability to uncover problems and opportunities for improvement in supply chain and overall organizational performance. 

    Prerequisite: OM 335 or 335H.
  • OM 367: Strategic Supply Chain Management
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BBA Core

BBA Core

All Texas McCombs BBA students must complete the following core courses. Click the course below to learn more.

Courses Required for all McCombs BBA graduates