SCM Graduate Program

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

The Master of Supply Chain Management program (M-SCM) at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) is designed to fill the urgent need for highly qualified supply chain management professionals in the Kingdom and the region. To accommodate the busy schedule of its participants, the program has been structured as a two-year (four semesters) program. During each semester, the participants meet every two weeks on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Classes are held at facilities designed for executive training both in and out of campus. M-SCM participants benefit from a pool of outstanding faculty members who are dedicated scholars. Effective teaching, research, and consulting are the hallmarks of our faculty profiles. The faculty guide and coach the participants in real-life business problems that require real-life solutions.

At the completion of this program, students who have mastered the curriculum will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the principles of world class supply chain management.
  • Evaluate supply chains from strategic, tactical and operational viewpoints
  • Recognize the importance of supply chain integration in ensuring customer satisfaction with a product or service
  • Access, develop, and use information to analyze supply chain problems and propose feasible solutions to support effective decision making
  • Understand the implications of globalization for the practice of supply chain management
  • Function effectively when in teams both as a leader and as a member.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written business communication skills.

Course Description

SCM 500 Supply Chain Management (4 – 0 – 4) : This course introduces fundamental supply Chain Management (SCM) concepts and issues. The major content of the course is divided into three modules: supply chain integration, supply chain decisions, and supply chain management and control. A variety of instructional tools including lectures, case discussions, and group projects and presentations are employed.

SCM 510 Quantitative Methods for Decision Making (3 – 0 – 3) : Introduction to the theory, algorithms, and applications of optimization. Optimization methodologies include linear programming, network optimization, integer programming, decision trees, and waiting lines. Applications in logistics, manufacturing, transportation are emphasized including problem formulation and interpretation of results using spreadsheets and optimization software.

SCM 520 Materials and Production Management (3 – 0 – 3): This course is designed to give students the ability to use the basic techniques of materials and production management for modeling, analyzing, and solving production/inventory problems within a supply chain management framework. These techniques include: forecasting in production systems, aggregate production/capacity planning, deterministic and stochastic inventory systems, materials requirements planning (MRP), in addition to production scheduling and line balancing.

SCM 530 Quality Management (2 – 0 – 2): Quality Management and lean enterprise principles, practices, and techniques. Implementation of quality and lean enterprise improvement programs including total quality management philosophy, statistical and other quality improvement tools, six sigma and lean six sigma. The focus is on the practical application of the underlying principles of quality – how to define it, how to measure it and how to continuously improve.

SCM 532 Supply Chain Cost Management (2 – 0 – 2) : This course provides an overview of strategic cost management in the supply chain and introduces students to many of the tactical tools required to understand and manage internal and supply chain costs, strategic design and development of supply chains. It also focuses on cost-management tools applied to supply chain design and supplier management.

Pre-requisite : SCM 500.

SCM 540 IT and Supply Chain Management (3 – 0 – 3) : This course introduces information technology (IT) concepts and applications for supply chain management (SCM). Particular attention is paid to using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) as an integrated information management system for improving the effectiveness of SCM. Topics include integrated enterprise resource management and IT-enabled operations management functions. Additional ERP selection and implementation issues include determining ERP system requirements, ERP system selection, and ERP implementation. Case studies and ERP applications in different types of industry are presented.

Pre-requisite : SCM 500.

SCM 550 Logistics and Distribution Management (3 – 0 – 3) : This course will offer an overview of the structure and management of logistics and physical distribution system including supply chain network design, distribution strategies, warehousing, order processing, packaging, inventory management across echelons and organizations, classifications and material handling, transportation modes and costing and international logistics.

Pre-requisite : SCM 500.

SCM 552 Reverse Logistics (2 – 0 – 2) : The course will discuss the strategic points in the design of reverse supply chain network, the acquisition/collection of returned or used products, the testing/grading operations, the reprocessing, redistribution and reverse logistics information system. The course will also include various cases studies for selected topics.

co-requisite : SCM 550.

SCM 560 Strategic Procurement and Outsourcing (3 – 0 – 3): Fundamentals of strategic procurement and supply chain management. The course addresses the Integration and coordination of product innovation, sourcing, E-Procurement and Procurement Strategies to achieve global competitiveness.

Pre-requisite : SCM 540.

SCM 570 Supplier Relationship Management (3 – 0 – 3) : The Course is designed to provide an understanding of the criteria for supplier selection, evaluation and re-evaluation process, and supplier relationship management. Using cases and exercises the course will address the following topics: strategic role of purchasing, supplier selection, supply contracts, supplier relationship management, international sourcing, price determination, purchasing services, and auctions and negotiation skills. Integration with customer relationship management is emphasized.

SCM 572 Customer Relationship Management (3 – 0 – 3) : This course introduces participants to concepts, issues, and challenges in the development and utilization of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems and processes to build long-term mutually-beneficial partnerships with customers. The course adopts a relationship marketing perspective, in contrast to the Information Technology (IT) perspective that is commonly associated with the term CRM. The course content is divided into four modules addressing the following: CRM concepts and issues, CRM technologies and tools, marketing and sales applications of CRM, organizational factors in CRM implementation. Integration with supplier relationship management is emphasized. The course content will be delivered through a combination of lectures, case analysis and discussion, and participant independent project work

SCM 580 Organization Change Management (2 – 0 – 2): This course introduces fundamental organization change and development (OCD) concepts and issues. The major content of the course is divided into three modules: organization change and development foundations, organization development interventions and key considerations in organization change and development in the Saudi companies. A variety of instructional tools including lectures, case discussions, and group/individual projects and presentations are employed.

SCM 582 Global supply Chain Management (3 – 0 – 3) : This course introduces the theory and applications of global supply chain management and international logistics. Topics include global operations management, global sourcing and trade, import/export operations, and logistics management. Global freight transportation management is also discussed, including land, maritime, air, and intermodal transportation. Real-world case studies are presented to illustrate the experiences of several countries and organizations in moving materials around the world.

Pre-requisite : SCM 500.

SCM 590 Independent Reading/Research (0 – 0 – 3) : This course requires conducting extensive research about emerging issues in SCM and also identifying a project relevant to sponsoring companies and getting approval for the topic from the company. A final presentation, proposal for the project and paper for the emerging issue are required to fulfill the requirement of this course. The student is supervised by a faculty member in the area of the project.

Pre-requisite : SCM 500.

SCM 600 Integrative project (0 – 0 – 3) : This project requires students to apply knowledge gained in coursework to a real world problem preferably at a sponsoring organization. The sponsored project is the vehicle for applied learning and it provides the link between theoretical and applied learning. A faculty member, together with the SCM program Coordinator, facilitates these students in fulfilling the requirement of the Integrative Project course. This course requires a final team project presentation and paper to demonstrate the integration of all aspects of the program.

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