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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



216-370 Introduction to Supply Chain Management - Spring 2019


Course Description:

This course addresses basic concepts and strategies adopted in the SCM (supply chain

management). The primary focus is to develop a good understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues of SCM and become familiar with the integration of various SCM entities. Note: Excel spreadsheet will be used in this course.



1.  To develop an overview of concepts and strategies for supply chain management.

2.  To understand the coordination and integration of different flows in supply chains.

3.  To build skills in problem solving and analysis through selected supply chain models.



Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning and Operations by Sunil Chopra and Peter Meindl, 7th or old Edition, Prentice Hall. The textbook serves as the foundation of the material to be covered in this course and will be supplemented by outside readings when appropriate.


Computer Access:

This course was developed using D2L. It is to be delivered entirely online. Students will use their UWM username and password to login to the course. If you encounter any technical difficulties within the course site, you may contact the Technology Help Desk by calling 414-229-4040 or get more information at The Help Desk technicians are trained to field questions on everything from email issues to D2L issues, and their assistance is free.




The D2L has built-in communication tools such as messages, announcements, and email archive which will be used for interaction and communication. Some external communication tools such as regular email may also be used during the semester. Note: You are responsible for reading all posted announcements, messages, and emails and should check these regularly.   






The grade you receive in this course is intended to certify your demonstrated proficiency in the course material. The course grade will be a weighted evaluation of the following:


Exam 1:                                                        20%

Exam 2:                                                                  20%

Exam 3:                                                                               20%

            Homeworks:                                                                       40%


            Total:                                                                                  100%

Note: homeworks (including the due date) have be posted on D2L.


Final Letter Grades will be determined by the following grading-scale table.   


Final Course Letter Grade

Final Course Grade




>=90% but <93.33%


>=86.67% but <90%


>=83.33% but <86.67%


>=80% but <83.33%


>=76.67% but <80%


>=73.33% but <76.67%


>=70% but <73.32%


>=60% but <70%




Homeworks and exams:


There will be seven homeworks and three exams in this course. Below is the detailed schedule. All homework questions have been on D2L.


Homework        Homework due date     

HW1                 Feb. 14 (11:59pm)                    

HW2                 Feb. 21 (11:59pm)                    

HW3                 Mar. 14 (11:59pm)                    

HW4                 Mar. 28 (11:59pm)                   

HW5                 April 4 (11:59pm)                    

HW6                 April 25 (11:59pm)                  

HW7                 May 2 (11:59pm)                       


The solution to each homework will be posted on D2L within two days after the due date.





Exam (online) dates

Exam 1: any time on 2/27, 2/28, 3/1, and 3/2

Exam 2: any time on 4/10, 4/11, 4/12, and 4/13

Exam 3: any time on 5/15, 5/16, 5/17, and 5/18           


All three exams will use D2L and each exam will be available to be taken at any time on the four-day exam window (0:00am – 11:59pm). The exam will use multiple-choice questions and cover both quantitative and conceptual problems. I assume that all the students be able to use the D2L quiz. If not, please study how to use it immediately. If you have any question about it, please contact the UWM Help Desk at 414-229-4040 or go to For online help using D2L, check out the new version preview for STUDENTS [transcript] and student guidelines for taking online quizzes.


There will be no make-up exam except for the following four reasons supported by medical or other appropriate documentation.  You must inform me at least two days before the exam, and provide supporting document(s).


a.    Participation in an authorized University activity.

b.    Confinement due to illness, under a doctor’s care.

c.    Death in the immediate family.

d.    Participation in legal proceedings that requires your presence. 


This policy will be strictly enforced - no exceptions.  Anyone who does not have a valid reason will receive zero on the exam. 


UWM e-mail account

I use email to you at your UWM email account (e.g., Please set a "Forward Mail" option in PantherMail if you usually use other email address(es).



Tentative Course Content


Chap 1:   Introduction to supply chain management

Chap 2:   Supply chain performance

Chap 3:   Supply chain drivers

Demand Forecasting in a supply chain

Decision Theory

Optimization (linear programming)

Chap 11:  Cycle inventory  

Chap 12:  Safety inventory  

Chap 13:  Product availability with uncertain demand


Exam 1 (1-hour) would cover Chapters 1, 2, 3, Forecasting.

Exam 2 (2-hour) would cover Decision Theory, Optimization, and Chapter 11.

Exam 3 (1-hour) would cover Chapters 12 and 13.




  • All the homeworks/exams have to be submitted into the D2l dropbox. No email submissions will be accepted
  • All homeworks to be worth 10 points
  • All the homeworks/exams have to be submitted into the D2l dropbox by the due date. Late submissions 20% off- will be graded out of 8 points
  • Late submissions dropbox will be active for 1 day after the deadline
  • Write-up assignments are based on keywords, structure, presentation
  • Calculation assignments are based on data representation, analysis, calculation steps , final answer & presentation
  • No change in grades or submissions to be accepted after the solution has been posted

·         All exams will be on D2L as multiple-choice, true/false questions quizzes

·         Online class needs students to be more “independent and self-studied”. So, in case any student is not used to it, he or she is advised to drop as early as possible.



Other Information:


Statement of Academic Misconduct

Chapter UWS 14, entitled “Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures,” of the Wisconsin Administrative Code contains rules enacted by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents that apply to all University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students. Section 14.01 states, “The Board of Regents administrators, faculty, academic staff and students of the University of Wisconsin System believe that academic honesty and integrity are fundamental to the mission of higher education and of the University of Wisconsin System.  The University has a responsibility to promote academic honesty and integrity and to develop procedures to deal effectively with instances of academic dishonesty. … Student who violate these standards must be confronted and must accept the consequences of their actions.”

Statement of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is reprehensible and will not be tolerated by the University. It subverts the mission of the University and threatens the careers, educational experience, and well being of students, faculty, and staff. The University will not tolerate behavior between or among members of the University community which creates an unacceptable working environment.

Discriminatory Conduct

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee remains steadfastly committed to the principles of academic freedom. This commitment requires an equally strong obligation to foster respect for the dignity and worth of each individual. Without this respect, the principles of academic freedom become meaningless. Moreover, relationships such as student-faculty and employee-supervisor have inherent power differences that compromise some persons’ ability to protect their own rights. Therefore, this University must provide an environment that respects the value of each individual and which does not tolerate discriminatory conduct of any kind.

University Policies Regarding Change of Registration/Adding and Dropping or Withdrawal from Classes

After initial registration, students have the opportunity to modify their class schedule by adding, dropping or withdrawing from classes during specific periods prior to the start of the semester. Such changes can be made without financial penalty until shortly before the start of the term (or before the start of a particular summer session). However, significant financial penalties can apply for changes made beyond the appropriate deadline, and some departments have unique deadlines and approval requirements governing how and when students may add and drop particular courses. Some academic programs also require their students to obtain specific approval for adding or dropping courses. Consult the most recent Schedule of Classes for dates, deadlines and procedures or contact the Business School Undergraduate Student Services office.

University Policies Regarding Repeating Courses

Unless a restriction is stated in the Schedule of Classes, undergraduates may repeat any course only once. Under exceptional circumstances, one more repeat may be allowed following approval of a written appeal to the advising office of the student's school or college. Except in the case of courses with variable content (which may be repeated for credit as often as permitted for that particular course, as specified in UWM Bulletins), both grades earned for repeated courses will appear on the student's academic record, but only the higher grade will be calculated into the grade point average. Students illegally repeating courses will be dropped, and "WR" will be assigned to the course on the student's academic record.

Students who took a course as a repeat prior to Fall 1988 are entitled to one additional enrollment. Transfer students who did not previously take a course at UWM are entitled to one repeat at UWM of a course taken at a previous institution.

In courses of limited enrollment, qualified students who have not taken the course previously have priority. It is generally advisable for any student to consult an advisor before registering to repeat a course.

University Policy Regarding Incompletes

You may be given an incomplete if you have carried a subject successfully until near the end of the semester but, because of illness or other unusual and substantiated cause beyond your control, have been unable to take or complete the final examination or to complete some limited amount of course work. An incomplete is not given unless you prove to the instructor that you were prevented from completing the course for just cause as indicated above.

Since Fall 1988, undergraduates have been required to complete a course marked incomplete during the first eight weeks of the next semester of enrollment (excluding summer sessions). An extension to the end of the semester is possible if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing the required course work during the first eight weeks.

Extensions must be recommended by the instructor and approved by the dean of your school or college. If you do not remove the incomplete during the first eight weeks of the next semester of enrollment, the report of I will lapse to F. Audits will lapse to U. Credit/No Credit will lapse to No Credit. If you do not enroll for the next semester, the report of I will lapse to W (withdrawal) after one year.

University Change of Grade Policy and Procedures

The following is from UWM Faculty Document No. 1927, May 12, 1994, entitled “Policies on Grading and Grade Records”. Grade or Record Changes. Instructors may not change a semester grade after the grade sheet has been submitted to the Registrar except for an inadvertent error in determining or recording the grade. Any change in a student’s grade or record, including retroactive change to drop, withdrawal, or incomplete, must receive the approval of the Dean of the School or College in which the student was enrolled at the time the course was taken.