OPMA 5368/4309 Global Supply Chain Management

Class Syllabus

 

Name: Dr. Edmund Prater

 

Office Number: COBA Room 529

 

Office Telephone Number: 817-272-3066

 

Email Address: eprater@uta.edu

 

Office Hours: 6-7PM MTW and by appointment, but the best way to contact me is via email.

 

Course Number, Section Number, and Course Title: OPMA 5368/4309 Global Supply Chain Management

 

Time and Place of Class Meetings: COBA 255    T 7-9:50

 

Description of Course Content: Introduction to concepts and problem-solving techniques important in operations management and production management. Topics include demand forecasting, capacity management, resource allocation, inventory management, supply chain management, quality control, and project management.

 

Student Learning Outcomes:  This course covers multiple subjects involving qualitative and quantitative methods.  Upon completion of this course, students should be familiar with the following material:

 Requirements:  You are expected to be able to create Excel spreadsheets that use formulas and graphs, to create attractive and grammatically correct Word documents, to access class material posted on the class website, to send and receive e-mail, and solve problems involving basic algebra and statistics.  You are also expected to be able to make presentations using PowerpointI will not teach these topics in class. 

 

Required Textbooks and Other Course Materials: Principles of Supply Chain Management: A Balanced Approach by Wisner, Leong and Tan.  Extra Readings and Cases will be provided.  In addition, a code to play the Supply Chain Game simulation will need to be purchased. It will be available online towards the end of the semester.

 

Descriptions of major assignments and examinations with due dates: See the web page with the appropriate dates.  If UTA is closed for any reason all assignments and due dates will be shifted to the next class period, unless otherwise stated on the class schedule website.

 

Grading Policy


 

Class Format

 

Cheating
Cheat or plagarize on anything and you, yes you, will win an all expense paid trip to the dean of student’s office.  There you will present your side of the story.  If found innocent, great.  Come on back and nothing else will be said.  If found guilty, I will attempt to have you flunk the COURSE (not the homework, project or test) and do my best to have you thrown out of school.  You’re not in high school anymore.  Your actions have consequences.   Please take the online plagarism course at the library if you are not clear on what plagarism is.  "I didn't know it was plagarism" is not an excuse.

Also, please note that I also consider referring to case work done by previous students in previous classes as cheating.  You CANNOT, repeat CANNOT use or refer to work done by previous students.   ALL work and reasoning should be your own.  DO NOT speak with any former students concerning any of the case studies.  This is a zero tolerance proposition.

It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University.

"Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." (Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Series 50101, Section 2.2)

 

Class Issues

 

Attendance Policy:  In terms of attendance, since each meeting represents a week's work, anyone missing more than one class session will be dropped 1 letter grade.   Students are required to read and be prepared to discuss the assigned textbook chapters on the scheduled class days, if you miss that class you are still expected to have covered the material on your own.   Note that no student will ever be dropped from the class rolls for never attending or for excessive absences.


Cases
Students will be randomly grouped into teams which will complete all case assignments.  In most situations, all team members will not be able to meet at a given time.  This is where the use of email to perform the project will be most useful.

The cases will be graded on content and on business writing style.  This means that the traditional academic style for students (I.e., small font, full pages of text) is NOT appropriate.  Rather a business style adhering to the guidelines presented in class will be expected.

The paper should be written from the perspective of an upper level manager (in the case of the management view) or an operations management consultant (in the consultant view), who is writing for an audience that is familiar with the principles, concepts, problem areas, systems, and techniques of operations management.  The analysis should make use of the concepts presented in the course with respect to the various topics.  In addition to analyzing the operations function as it exists in the organization, the paper should make recommendations for improvement where appropriate.

The paper must be typed and bound together with a single staple in the upper left-hand corner.  There is no minimum or maximum length specified, but typical papers should be 5 pages of text plus exhibits.  Do not add verbiage for the sake of increasing the length of your paper. Make frequent use of supporting diagrams, sketches, photos, spreadsheets models and other illustrations that will clarify your presentation.  Be sure to sequentially reference these "exhibits" in the text as "Exhibit 1", "Exhibit 2", etc.

The document will be graded on the following basis:

Analysis

  1. Does the paper contain analyses of the major issues?
  2. Does the analysis properly incorporate the relevant tools?
  3. Does the analysis show the relationships among important factors in the situation?
  4. Are assumptions made in the analysis stated explicitly?
  5. Does the analysis isolate the fundamental causes of problems in the case?


Recommended Actions

  1. Are the criteria for selecting recommendations stated?  Are they appropriate?
  2. Is the plan of action integrated in a logical way and linked to the analysis?
  3. Is the action plan specific and complete?
  4. Is the action plan practical (i.e., doe sit make good use of the available resources)?
  5. Is the action plan effective (i.e., does it resolve the problems and achieve the desired results)?
  6. Is the action plan efficient (i.e., doe sit make good use of the available resources)?


Exhibits

  1. Dare analyses in the exhibits done correctly?
  2. Do the key exhibits support and add to the text on key points?


Overall Criteria

  1. Is the paper logically consistent and effectively structured so it sells its recommendations?
  2. Is there a high likelihood that the recommendations will achieve their intended results?



CASE PRESENTATIONS
The case presentations will be assessed on the following criteria:

Analysis

  1. Was the analysis of the case complete?
  2. Does the analysis properly incorporate the relevant tools?
  3. Does the analysis how the relationships among important factors in the situations?


Recommended Actions

  1. Is the action plan specific and complete?
  2. Is the action plan practical (i.e., something that can be done reasonably?)
  3. Does the action plan recognize the important of timing (short-term and long-term)?
  4. Is the plan of action integrated in a logical way and linked to the analysis?


Case Presentation

  1. Did the case discussion stimulate interest among class participants?
  2. Do the key exhibits support and add to the text on key points
  3. How good was the timing of the case presentation?


Overall Criteria

  1. How well organized was the presentation?
  2. What was the level of clarity and cogency of presented arguments?



DO's and DON'T's
May I offer the following list to aid in your case analysis and presentation:

  1. Be complete.
  2. Avoid rehashing case facts.
  3. Make reasonable assumptions
  4. Don't confuse symptoms with problems
  5. Don't confuse opportunities with taking action.
  6. Deal with objectives realistically
  7. Recognize alternatives.
  8. Don't be inflexible.
  9. Discuss the pros and cons of each alternative.
  10. Use financial and other quantitative information.
  11. Reach a clear decision.
  12. Make good use of evidence developed in your analysis.



 

NOTE
1.The course syllabus provides a general plan for the course; deviations may (and probably will) be necessary.  Always check the web site for changes in schedule and due dates.

2 .Students are responsible for the information contained in the Academic Honesty policy found in the UTA



 

 

UNIVERSITY and COLLEGE POLICIES

 

 

E-Culture Policy: The University of Texas at Arlington has adopted the University email address as an official means of communication with students.  Through the use of email, UT-Arlington is able to provide students with relevant and timely information, designed to facilitate student success.  In particular, important information concerning registration, financial aid, payment of bills, and graduation may be sent to students through email.

 

All students are assigned an email account and information about activating and using it is available at www.uta.edu/email.  New students (first semester at UTA) are able to activate their email account 24 hours after registering for courses.  There is no additional charge to students for using this account, and it remains active as long as a student is enrolled at UT-Arlington.  Students are responsible for checking their email regularly. By official UTA policy, a professor is only responsible for emails sent via UTA email accounts.  There is no guarantee that other personal email accounts will be recognized. 

 

Student Support Services Available:  The University of Texas at Arlington supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success. These programs include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.

 

TUITION:

Students who have not paid by the census date and are dropped for non-payment cannot receive a grade for the course in any circumstances. Therefore, a student dropped for non-payment who continues to attend the course will not receive a grade for the course. Emergency loans are available to help students pay tuition and fees. Students can apply for emergency loans by going to the Emergency Tuition Loan Distribution Center at E.H. Hereford University Center (near the southwest entrance).

 

ATTENDANCE AND DROP POLICY:

Students are required to read and be prepared to discuss the assigned textbook chapters and workbook exercises on the scheduled class days. Class attendance and lateness policies will be discussed during the first week of class. Those policies include by reference all provision for grade adjustment or drop policies included in the applicable Graduate or Undergraduate Catalog in effect at the start of the semester. NO STUDENT WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE CLASS ROLLS FOR NEVER ATTENDING OR EXCESSIVE ABSENCES.

 

A student dropping a course after the Census Date but on or before the appropriate final drop date will receive a grade of "W" only if at the time of dropping, the student is passing the course (has a grade of A, B, C, or D); otherwise an F will be received.

 

GRADE GRIEVANCES:

The procedure in the 1997 catalog is the following: "The student has one calendar year from the date the grade is assigned to initiate the grievance. The normal academic channels are the department chair or program director, academic dean, and the Provost...."

 

 ABSENCES BASED ON RELIGIOUS BELIEFS:

A student who misses an examination, work assignment, or other project due to the observance of a religious holy day will be given the opportunity to complete the work missed within 15 days following the due date of the assignment, test, or other project missed. To be eligible for such a make-up, the student must notify me in writing of classes scheduled on dates he or she will be absent to observe a religious holy day. Notification must be made within the first 15 (fifteen) class days through either a written correspondence, personal delivered, acknowledged and dated by me or written correspondence sent certified mail, return receipt requested to me. Failure to follow the rules provided above within the time frames listed will result in the absence being considered unexcused.

 

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA):  If you are a student who requires accommodations in compliance with the ADA, please consult with me at the beginning of the semester. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide “reasonable accommodation” to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability.   Your responsibility is to inform me of the disability at the beginning of the semester and provide me with documentation authorizing the specific accommodation.  Student services at UTA include the Office for Students with Disabilities (located in the lower level of the University Center) which is responsible for verifying and implementing accommodations to ensure equal opportunity in all programs and activities.

 

Student Support Services:  The University supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success.  They include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs.  Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.

 

Academic Honesty:  Academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form at The University of Texas at Arlington. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University.

“Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts.” (Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2., Subdivision 3.22).

Bomb Threats:  If anyone is tempted to call in a bomb threat, be aware that UTA will attempt to trace the phone call and prosecute all responsible parties.  Every effort will be made to avoid cancellation of presentations/tests caused by bomb threats.  Unannounced alternate sites will be available for these classes.   Your instructor will make you aware of alternate class sites in the event that your classroom is not available.

 

THE INSTRUCTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE SYLLABUS AS NECESSARY; IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO BE AWARE OF THESE CHANGES.