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Supply Chain & Operations Management Minor

Supply Chain & Operations
Curtis L. Carlson School of Management
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Required credits in this minor: 15
Supply chain and operations management focuses on process excellence from both intra-organizational and inter-organizational points of view.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
This minor is only available to students pursuing the BSB degree in the Carlson School of Management.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introduction to Operations Management
SCO 3001 - Supply Chain and Operations (3.0 cr)
Minor Requirements
A minimum of 3 credits in the minor must be completed at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.
Minor Requirements
SCO 3056 - Supply Chain Planning and Control (4.0 cr)
SCO 3059 - Quality Management and Lean Six Sigma (4.0 cr)
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· SCO 3041 - Project Management (2.0 cr)
· SCO 3045 - Sourcing and Supply Management (2.0 cr)
· SCO 3048 - Transportation and Logistics Management (2.0 cr)
· SCO 3051 - Service Management (2.0 cr)
· SCO 3072 - Managing Technologies in the Supply Chain (2.0 cr)
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SCO 3001 - Supply Chain and Operations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Managing the operations function within manufacturing and service organizations, and across the supply chains of these organizations. The supply chain is the set of organizations and the work that they complete to collectively create customer-valued goods and services. Course emphasizes decision making in work processes, including decision related to managing processes, quality, capacity, inventory, and supply chain activities. Quantitative and qualitative methods are used for improving management of operations.
SCO 3056 - Supply Chain Planning and Control
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course teaches the essential tools and tasks to design an efficient supply chain planning and control system, including ERP, integrated business planning, forecasting, inventory management, capacity/production/material planning, and scheduling. Prereq: 3001 or instr consent
SCO 3059 - Quality Management and Lean Six Sigma
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts and principles of Quality Management and Lean Six Sigma. Process improvement is an important part of every manager?s job. Both the managerial and the technical aspects of quality improvement are considered. Three tiers of the quality field are presented including; quality frameworks, quality methodologies, and quality tools. The foundation starts with learning the overarching quality frameworks such as the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence framework, Six Sigma process improvement, and ISO 9001. Next the course examines quality methodologies such as the six sigma DMAIC methodology, Rummler-Brache process improvement methodology, Lean Thinking, Plan-Do-Check-Act, and the Theory of Constraints. Applications of process improvement are conducted using the many tools of process improvement; SIPOC diagram, Critical-to-Quality Tree, cross-functional process maps, project charter, affinity diagram, quality function deployment, cycle of service, moments of truth, service recovery plan, control plan, statistical process control, control charts, process capability, balanced scorecard, performance metrics matrix, design of experiments. Lean tools such as; Kaizen, Kanban, Five Why, Andon, 5S, Gemba, 8 wastes, Takt time, standardized work, bottleneck analysis, poka-yoke, root causal analysis, and visual control. prereq: 3001 or equiv or instr consent
SCO 3041 - Project Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles and methods useful for planning and controlling a project, including development of project plan, resource planning and scheduling, and project monitoring and control. Selected computerized packages are studied, including PERT and CPM, and examples of different types of projects from manufacturing and service industries are used. prereq: 3000 or instr consent
SCO 3045 - Sourcing and Supply Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Strategic/operational role of purchasing/supply. Supply management. Supplier-selection criteria such as quantity, quality, cost/price considerations. Buyer-supplier relationships. prereq: 3001
SCO 3048 - Transportation and Logistics Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Linkages between logistics/transportation and marketing, operations, and finance. How different industries integrate logistics, warehousing, transportation, and information systems. prereq: 3001
SCO 3051 - Service Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Issues unique to managing service processes. Identifying service needs, designing services, and managing services. prereq: 3001
SCO 3072 - Managing Technologies in the Supply Chain
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Technologies and technological change within/between firms as opportunities for professional leadership. Selecting technologies, nurturing their adoption, and ensuring their exploitation. prereq: 3001