Spring 2014 Electives

The MSPM program will offer two 3 credit electives in the spring 2014 semester – DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting and DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management.  We will also offer one 1.5 credit elective – DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains. These electives may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the program.  An executive summary of each elective is provided below.

DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting (3 credit hours) taught by Peter Easley, JD

The purchase of services and materials by organizations is the subject of this course.  The course reflects current changes whereby the federal buying process is emulating many of the best practices found in private sector purchasing.  The study encompasses policy and public interest factors that complicate government buying and places those factors in perspective with private sector buying which often captures significant efficiencies and economic advantages associated with well managed corporate acquisition programs.  The study spans requirements determination, procurement planning, solicitation, pricing, contract design, award procedures and administrative issues that affect procurement.

Prerequisites

None

Course Objectives

  • To prepare students to perform and lead the work necessary to ensure proper examination of requirements planning of the most appropriate acquisition process, and formation of the needed contract relationship.
  • To develop analytical skills necessary to finding and qualifying sources ensuring adequate costing and pricing of purchases, and assessing the impact of proposed acquisition decisions.
  • To develop an appreciation of the policy factors and environment considerations that influence the acquisition process.
  • To practice decision making skills critical to good contract awards using case analysis, oral presentations and simulated negotiations.
  • To refine student research skills pertinent to contractual matters.
  • To enhance student skills in resolving selected case situations pertinent to public procurement
Assignments
Assignments will include written case analyses, a research paper, and an exam.
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DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher
This course focuses the leadership and management practices that facilitate successful project implementation. The course examines project management in various organizational settings and addresses 1) communication 2) change management, and 3) performance management. The course readings focus on best practices in these areas. Case studies are used to provide a context for analyzing the role these practices play in successful project implementation.
Prerequisites NoneCourse Objectives

1.     Identify how different management and leadership strategies facilitate effective project implementation

2.     Understand and examine the role of communication in project success

3.     Understand and evaluate how change management processes influence project success

4.     Understand and explore different strategies for measuring, reporting and communicating project performance

5.     Identify ways to improve your practice/use of communication, change management and performance measurement

6.     Further develop academic skills necessary to conduct literature reviews, apply best practices to new situations and draft academic papers

Assignments

Assignments will include an individual development plan, a completed communication management plan, and a proposal for managing change and measuring/reporting performance for a proposal you select.  There are no exams.

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DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5 credit hours, 1st half of semester) taught by Dr. Marie Matta

This course will introduce the concepts and techniques related to analyzing strategic issues in supply chain management. Diverse topics, such as supply chain design, network planning, supply contracts, risk pooling, supply chain coordination and integration, and strategic alliances, comprise this course. Using cases, students will explore supply chain decision making at the strategic level in diverse industries such as apparel, electronics, automobile, grocery, and retail. Issues and trends related to supply chain system activities such as communication, inventory management, warehousing, transportation, and facility location decisions will be discussed at a strategic level. By the end of the course, students will understand that when a company’s supply chain is integrated with a firm’s overall business strategy it serves as a powerful competitive weapon.
SPECIAL NOTE: Attendance of Blackboard Collaborate sessions are mandatory for distance students. Collaborate sessions are scheduled for Tuesday evenings, 9:30-10:30pm Eastern. On-campus lecture is on Thursdays, 10:30am-1pm.

Prerequisites

None

Course Objectives

  • A well-trained manager must be familiar and conversant with the many issues and concepts that arise within the functional area of supply chain management. This course has several objectives for the student. By the end of the term, the student will:
  • Understand the terminology associated with supply chain management.
  • Explore different ways in which supply chains may choose to compete in the marketplace
  • Articulate the tradeoffs that occur in supply chain decision-making
  • Analyze the long-term decisions necessary for a network of firms to handle the supply components of planning, sourcing, making, delivering, and returning products
  • Recognize the interrelated processes both within a firm and also across a channel of firms in strategically designing a supply chain
  • Evaluate supply chain problems across a broad range of companies
  • Identify and understand the principles, challenges, and issues associated with recent supply chain management approaches
  • Develop the ability to evaluate supply chain performance and to formulate supply chain strategy.

Assignments

Assignments may include individual and group assignments, plus an exam.