Supply Chain Technology and Systems

Course 6 of 6: MicroMasters® in Supply Chain Management 13 weeks total 8 – 12 hours each week
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About this course

There are underlying fundamental principles and concepts that apply to all supply chains, which can be expressed in relatively straightforward models. However, to actually implement them across a real supply chain requires the use of technology across multiple systems. Supply chains have a long history of using technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness. The shear scale and scope of most supply chains require many distinct systems to interact with each other.

Unfortunately, technology is a moving target. It is constantly evolving and improving so that today’s technology is outdated within a few years or months. Rather than focusing on a specific software system, this business and management course will focus on three aspects: fundamental concepts, core systems, and data analysis.

We will start with the introduction of fundamental concepts that are used in all software tools. We will cover IT fundamentals, including project management and software processes, data modeling, UML, relational databases and SQL. We will also introduce Internet technologies, such as XML, web services, and service-oriented architectures. No prior programming experience required.

We will then provide an overview of the main types of supply chain software including ERP, WMS, and TMS systems. We will describe their main functionality, how they work, how they are used, their architecture, data flows, and how they are organized into modules. We will also cover the software selection process and how software upgrade and implementation projects should be organized and managed.

Finally, we will dive into data analysis that is core to all large supply chains. We will introduce visualization and big data analysis techniques that are used in practice today.

 

What you’ll learn

  • Fundamental IT concepts
  • Supply Chain Management systems
  • Analysis of data from supply chain systems

Prerequisites

Successful completion of, or understanding of concepts from: Supply Chain Analytics, Supply Chain Fundamentals, Supply Chain Design, and Supply Chain Dynamics

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MITx MicroMasters® Credential in Supply Chain Management

The MITx MicroMasters® Credential in Supply Chain Management is specifically designed and administered by MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) to teach the critical skills needed to be successful in this exciting and growing field. In addition to being a standalone certificate demonstrating expertise in the field, students who complete all of the required courses and the final proctored exam will be qualified to apply to gain credit at MIT for the blended graduate master’s degree program. In order to qualify for the MITx MicroMasters® Credential in Supply Chain Management you need to earn a Verified Certificate in all of the required courses. When you register for a Verified Certificate you will also be granted access to additional practice problems, supplemental readings, and opportunities for increased interaction with the faculty and teaching staff.

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

Meet Your Instructors

Chris Caplice

Director, MITx MicroMasters® Program in Supply Chain Management at MIT
Dr. Caplice has been teaching logistics and supply chain management at MIT for over a decade. He is also responsible for the planning and management of the research, education, and corporate outreach programs for the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics as well as MIT’s Global SCALE Network. He is also the Chief Scientist for Chainalytics, a leading analytical supply chain consulting firm. He received a Ph.D. from MIT in 1996 in Transportation and Logistics Systems, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI).

Alexis Bateman

Course Lead, MITx MicroMasters® Program in Supply Chain Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Christopher Cassa

Lecturer, Supply Chain Management Program at MIT Christopher Cassa, PhD, is a Lecturer in Supply Chain Management at MIT, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a Geneticist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Cassa has served as a lecturer of data analytics and software engineering subjects at MIT for 10 years. His research laboratory conducts predictive analytics research in the assessment of genomic variants. This application draws on “big data” approaches to enable unprecedented extraction of information from existing information sources.

Eva Ponce

Executive Director, MITx MicroMasters® Program in Supply Chain Management at MIT Eva Ponce, PhD, is a Research Associate at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. Her current research focus is the design of urban distribution models (freight deliveries) with special focus on omni-channel distribution strategies. She also leads research initiatives on Reverse Logistics and Closed-Loop Supply Chains. Dr. Ponce has over fifteen years of experience in teaching and research in supply chain management and quantitative models for industrial engineering. In 2008, she received her tenure as an Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management and Logistics at the School of Industrial Engineering of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).
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Experience Level

Advanced

Learning Partner

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Program Type

MicroMasters®

Subject

Business & Management
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