What will I study?
The Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Management is made up of four compulsory subjects. There are no prerequisites and you can take the subjects in any order:
- Supply Chain Challenges & Opportunities
- Supply Chain Frameworks
- Designing Supply Chains
- Supply Chain Analytics
Each subject is a total of 6.25 credit points and you’ll need to complete 25 points to complete the Professional Certificate.
Supply Chain Challenges & Opportunities (MGMT90257)
This subject is focused on the foundational elements of supply chain elements, including the fundamental value creation potential of supply chain coordination and integration, and how it manifests in various industries. It will also cover the topics of ‘push’ versus ‘pull’ supply chain designs, efficient versus responsive supply, and supply chain strategic fit with organisational objectives. Additional topics will be of the value of information in supply chain designs and operations, and the topics in international supply chains of culture, relationships and working conditions, including modern slavery in global supply circumstances. Supply chain transparency will be examined as a core property of effectiveness.
Supply Chain Frameworks (MGMT90256)
Topics will include the core elements of supply chain analysis, beginning with models for analysing purchasing, procurement and supplier evaluation. Inventory management will be treated as a core element of supply chain management, lending itself to useful models. Modelling of logistics and transport networks will be covered, with the aim normally being to achieve lowest cost solutions while at specified service levels. Additional topics to be covered are models of sustainability in supply chains and risk management within supply contexts. Case studies will be used to apply all these topics in practical settings.
Designing Supply Chains (MGMT90255)
This subject is focused on the core elements of supply chain designs, including capacity, technology, facility location, coordination and the achievement of quality, flexibility and cost management. It will include treatment of the trade-offs and synergies between performance outcomes of cost, quality, delivery performance, flexibility and innovativeness, and the sustainability of supply chain design choices. It will cover the advanced technology choices associated with supply chain network design, and the international location and sourcing decisions, of offshoring and reshoring. Current opportunities of undertaking innovations in supply chain choices will be examined and evaluated.
Supply Chain Analytics (MGMT90258)
This subject is focused on data-driven supply chain management decisions, including data requirements for effective sourcing and procurement. Key topics will include economic order quantity and other inventory management approaches, news-vendor models, bullwhip supply models, and the use of demand forecasting approaches. Supply and demand matching will be treated using pricing, overbooking and omnichannel supply strategies. Applications will include humanitarian supply chains and health care supply.