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2010/2011  KAN-SCM_SE52  Planning in Supply Chain Management

English Title
Planning in Supply Chain Management

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course Coordinator
Chiara Gobbi
Main Category of the Course
  • Management
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
To follow the course with proficiency it is necessary to have basic knowledge of linear programming and statistics. It is strongly suggested to get acquainted with linear programming modeling and basic statistic distributions (in particular the normal distribution and its inverse) before to start attending classes. The course will require additional effort to those students that lack in basic mathematical knowledge.
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Exam Period December/January
Individual 4-hours written PC exam (no written or technical aids are allowed). The regular examination will take place in the end of November or in December, the exact deadlines are determined by the line secretary. The exam is internal and graded by the examiner(s) alone, cf. the General Degree Regulations § 25, 1
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

Aim of the course
The aim of the course is to develop students’ competences in supply chain planning and control related to the areas of network design, transportation and inventory management.

Upon completion of the course students must be able to:
provide an overview of the scope of supply chain planning and control
structure supply chain planning and control into its major building blocks
demonstrate the knowledge of the concepts used in supply chain planning
master tools and methodologies for solving real life problems in supply chain planning problems
analyze and evaluate resulting decisions and evaluate possible enhancements

Today’s supply chains are characterized by the presence of many different actors and processes which have to be coordinated in order to avoid excessive inventories, inefficient capacity utilization and poor customer service. The following areas of supply chain planning and control are crucial: network design; demand planning and supply planning; inventory management; distribution and transportation planning.

Teaching Methods
Lectures in combination with exercises and cases. In the classroom setting the relevant supply chain planning and control tools are introduced and discussed. With the help of cases and exercises students get insight to apply the tools. The teaching method should assure students involvement and participation. This is achieved by the use of cases, exercises and in class assignments. Students are trained to understand the complexity of supply chain planning and control and propose solutions to real life problems. They are also offered the possibility to train their competences of working in study groups and provide oral presentations.

Chopra, S., Maindl, P. (2007). Supply chain management: strategy, planning and operation. 3rd edition, Upper Saddle River, N.J., Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-173042-8

Supplementary literature (journal articles) will be provided for each class.