Supply Chain Management

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Supply Chain Management

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Operations Management
    Strategic Management

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This course aims to introduce to the students to the advance concepts of Operations Management related to Supply Chain Managements. To achieve this goal students must acquire a range of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
    For knowledge, at the end of the course the student will be able to:
    - To know and understand the concepts related to production and logistics systems.
    - To know and indentify the problems associated to the production and logistics systems.
    - To know, understand and solve qualitative and quantitative problems.
    - To understand and correctly apply the technologies of information and communication technology (TIC).

    In terms of general abilities or skills, the course will work:
    - The ability of making decisions.
    - The ability of working individually, prioritizing the precision and accuracy of results.
    - The ability of working together.
    - The ability of working with tools and new information and communication technologies (TIC).
    - The ability of interacting with others.
    - The ability of adapting to new situations.

    After completing the course, the student should have the following attitudes:
    - Initiative and entrepreneurial spirit.
    - An enthusiastic attitude to solve problems and justify their actions.
    - A collaborative approach that will allow others to obtain information to make decisions.


    The aim of the course is to provide a more advance knowledge of operations management and to familiarize students with the new competitive environment, current trends in operations management and technical availabilities, providing an overview of the chain supply management.
    Students will learn the basics concepts of supply chain management, production planning, inventory management, environmental management and the associated changes introducing when firms applies the philosophy Just in time (Lean Manufacturing), concluding with the presentation of advances and new trends in this field.

    1. Introduction to supply chain management (SCM).
    2. Procurement management: Relationship with suppliers.
    3. Inventory management.
    4. Production planning: aggregate planning and master.
    5. Planning material requirements.
    6. Planning enterprise resources.
    7. Programming and control of production.
    8. Just in time.
    9. Current issues and new trends.


    The teaching method is based on lectures, team group activities and individual work. During the lectures the student will learn the necessary basic concepts. The team working will allow the student to apply the knowledge obtained during the classes to a particular issue.


    The evaluation system is organized as follows:
    1. A final exam counts 55% of the final grade.
    2. The activities and exercises count 45% of the final grade.
    It is required to obtain 4 or more points in the final exam.
    % end-of-term-examination: 55
    % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals?): 45


    - HEIZER, J.; RENDER, B Operations Management, Prentice Hall, 2006
    - JACOBS, J.R.; CHASE, R.B. Operations and Supply Chain Management , Mcgraw-Hill, 2010
    - JACOBS, J.R.; CHASE, R.B.; Aquilano, N.J. Operations and Supply Chain Management , Mcgraw-Hill, Global Edition, 2010


    - Stevenson, William J. Production-operations management , McGraw Hill, 2005
    - Reid, Robert D. Operations management : an integrated approach , John Wiley & sons, 2005
    - Meredith, Jack R. Operations management , John Wiley and Sons, 2010

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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