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Study programme syllabus for
MPSCM - SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, MSC PROGR Academic year: 2015/2016
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2013-02-18 by Dean of Education
 
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Entry requirements:
 

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level

 

Specific entry requirements:

 

English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.

 

Undergraduate profile:

Major in Industrial Engineering and Management or an Engineering Discipline.

 

Prerequisities:

Mathematics (at least 30 cr.) (including Mathematical Statistics at least 7,5 cr.). Studies in one or several of the following subjects: Industrial management, Logistics, Operations management and/or Supply chain management (at least 15 cr.).
Preferable course experience: Linear algebra, Single variable analysis and Multivariable analysis.

 
General organization:
 

Aim:

The aim of the program is to develop skills in marketing, logistics, purchasing, transport and general management. It is to gain enhanced theoretical knowledge and comprehensive practical experience of SCM-related concepts allowing improving the way a company finds what it needs to produce a product or service and deliver it to its customers. With theory and practice well integrated, students learn to understand not only the current best practice and trends in the area, but also to continuously identify and analyse the complex change patterns that supply networks are subject to. All courses are held in close co-operation with industry. And theory is alternated with study visits, guest lectures and real life projects. Due to greater specialisation, the need to organise and manage the global exchange of goods, services and information between companies is growing. As the content of this exchange is becoming increasingly technical, this is a golden opportunity for engineers to take over managerial positions in marketing, logistics, purchasing, transportation and production.

 

Learning outcome:

The learning outcomes are based on CDIO. After having completed the program, the students should be able to:

  • apply skills in marketing, logistics, purchasing, transport and general management
  • employ an enhanced theoretical knowledge and comprehensive practical experience of SCM-related concepts allowing to improve the way a company finds what it needs to produce a product or service and deliver it to its customers
  • analyze the fit between purchasing process and organization design vis-à-vis other company functions and the specific supply chain/network type and situation
  • outline, adjust and use frameworks for managing key purchasing activities in supply chains/networks
  • outline the vital parts of a manufacturing and supply chain planning strategy
  • analyse and suggest how to design and relate manufacturing and supply chain planning and control strategies to specific planning environments
  • understand not only the current best practice and trends in the area, but also to continuously identify and analyse the complex change patterns that supply networks are subject to
  • get knowledge of how to organise and manage the exchange of goods, services and information between companies
  • apply knowledge of the functional components within logistics to the interrelationships in the integrated supply chain.
  • apply knowledge of forecasting and inventory management theories and methodologies.
  • use logistics technology tools and resources, in order to comply with the requirements of logistics/supply chain management.
  • be able to analyse the performance of different types of distribution networks in terms of efficiency and value creation potential
  • utilize information technology systems proficiently to support logistics management decisions.
  • describe the economic preconditions for transportation and explain the general requirements and cost structures of the different transport modes.
  • analyze and explain the main structures (in physical, financial, and informational aspects) and functions of distribution systems that support the distribution process as well as how distribution systems are controlled
  • participate effectively in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of projects.
  • communicate effectively, orally and in writing, as required in a business culture.
  • apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills as required in logistics/supply chain management.
  • apply knowledge of the relationship of customer service to logistics/supply chain management.

For students going deeper into Supply Chain Management beyond the mandatory courses, the student should demonstrate an ability to identify and solve a business, strategic or economic problem from a Supply Chain Management perspective as well as being able to transform a company¿s business strategy into a Supply Chain Management Strategy.

 

Extent: 120.0 c

 

Thesis:

The master's thesis work (30 credits) should deal with a clearly defined topic within a restricted areas of what has been previously studied at courses within the Master programme. It can be carried out at Chalmers, in industry, in research institute or at other universities. Although, the examiner has always to be a teacher from Chalmers. To start the thesis work the student must have passed 45 credits of courses from the programme. Students pursuing the five-year Master of Science in Engineering training must have passed at least 225 credits before beginning work on a thesis.

There is a possibility to carry out an extended master's thesis project (60 credits) with a clear research orientation. There will only be a limited number of such theses available (applied for in competition with your fellow students), and the requirements of the students are higher than for a normal thesis. A goal of a 60 credit thesis is to produce research results good enough to be presented at international conferences or journals. For further information please refer to the course syllabus or contact the master program coordinator.

More information about rules for master's thesis work is given here:
Rules for Master Thesis at dept of Logistics & transportation

 

Courses valid the academic year 2015/2016:

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Degree:
 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the system of qualifications
 

Title of degree:

Master of Science. The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Industrial Engineering and Management are stated in the degree diploma. Any specializations and tracks are not stated.

 

Major subject:

Industrial Engineering and Management

 
Other information:
 

Program plan:
The program focuses on the design, management and improvement of SCM strategies. The SCM field and the program build on a combination of different scientific disciplines, e.g. systems theory, organisational theory, marketing, purchasing, logistics, operations research and information systems & technology. Owing to the constant change that supply chains and networks are subject to, there are many challenges facing people who are in charge of organising and co-ordinating them. Therefore, in-depth knowledge and understanding of current `best practise' and trends in the area is not sufficient as a platform. In addition, knowledge of and training in application of generic analytical models are required for the students to be able to continuously identify and analyse the complex change patterns that supply networks are subject to. To achieve this, a strong link between theory and practise is required.

Therefore, all courses include co-operation with industry. Study visits, guest lectures and `real life' projects are combined with theoretical studies in order to give the students an understanding of supply chain problems and experience in the application of various models and tools to solve them. The courses and master's thesis work also include different pedagogical ideas and teaching methods, in order to fulfil the aim and learning objectives. An important influence is problem based learning.

For example, the problems and topics covered in the first compulsory courses are derived from company visits conducted during the first weeks of the course. An important part of the learning is based on reading, analysing and discussing case studies and research articles, conducting projects wherein problem-solving in teams is essential, and writing essays. Various assignments conducted in groups or individually, are discussed during seminars. Communication and discussion of the assignments are done in different ways in order to prepare students for various professional roles and situations, for example, as consultancy reports and presentations and as academic reports with opposition and defence. Lectures, guest lectures, company site visits, computer-based laboratories, problem solving with quantitative models, etc. are also important parts of the teaching.

The first semester consist of 5 courses each on 6 credits. In the course Term papers and seminars the students will be assigned a host company. The students will visit the host company a number of times during the first the program and the topic of each visit will be connected to the courses that the students read at that time.

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Further information:
A number of joint program activities are undertaken. These aim at strengthening the identity of program students and to facilitate collaboration between students with different cultural and educational backgrounds. One important part of the joint program activities deals with cross-cultural communication and management. This is a recurring theme throughout the whole program. Each student also will be assigned a Host company. The students will visit The Host Company in connection to all mandatory courses. Cases are used in many of the courses and the SCM-program also arranges a case competition. The winning team in this competition are invited to an International Case competition in the US. Furthermore, a number of social activities are organised.

To be able to make improvements during specific courses and for coming courses, course development activities are essential. It is expected that frequent and close interaction between students and faculty enhances the teaching and learning environment. The goals of the joint program development efforts are to enable quick response as well as systematic program improvement in a long term perspective. The program development efforts are used as a means to develop the courses regarding their contents and teaching methods, the lecturers' pedagogic, the students' learning as well as the program as a whole.

The key mechanism used is the SCM Program Development Group that is formed during the first week of the program. The group includes about five students together with program coordinators and teachers. Meetings are held every second or third week at which the courses are discussed thoroughly. This way of working is characterized by cooperation and an atmosphere of joint responsibility for course and program development. The systematic interaction between the students' and the teachers' perspectives also permits problem solving in a similar fashion as for how problems are solved in cooperation between different parties in supply chains. In accordance with this logic the Program Development Group also forms a platform for cooperation between students and teachers respectively.

In addition to the Program Development Group activities, course evaluation surveys are used. At the end of each course a questionnaire are filled out by the students. The respondents rate each course on a five-point scale with questions in a variety of categories. In addition, students are encouraged to make open-ended comments. The responses are analysed and discussed within the Program Development Group and actions are decided upon.

From a geographical point of view, roughly 50% of the students admitted to the program usually come from Sweden. The remaining part comes from several different countries, mainly in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

As easily understood, this cultural diversity holds a great potential for learning about international management. However, it also requires that students and teachers respect each others' right to think differently and are open to discuss contrasting viewpoints in a constructive manner. The emphasis on cross-cultural learning will be noticed in terms of group formation procedures. At least in the initial courses, cultural diversity will be a key design parameter in group formation.


Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016.