Manufacturing Planning and Control

Online Certification

Michigan State University

MSU Programs > Integrated Supply Chain Management > Manufacturing Planning and Control

Course Overview

Instructor: Srinivas Talluri, PhD

Course Description

How do you, as a production manager, meet the demands of scheduling, products, and production to
quench your customers' demands? In this course, we trace planning and execution frameworks to ins
improve processes. Our topics surveyed include: forecasting, production planning, production
scheduling, and material requirements planning. We steer you through tools and strategies you can
employ to fill requirements in a low-cost manner.

Course Objectives 

Key topics covered in this comprehensive eight-week program include:

  • Introduction to MPC and Forecasting

  • Causal, Static, and Adaptive Forecasting

  • Forecasting and Aggregate Planning Production

  • Forecasting and Aggregate Planning Production

  • Cycle and Safety Inventory

  • Safety Inventory and Network Design in Supply Chains

  • Network Design and Material Requirement Planning and ERP Systems

  • Material Requirement Planning and ERP Systems

Students will meet the course objectives through the following actions:

  • Attending live lectures 

  • Completing learning content pages, which includes

    • Watching videos

    • Reading text and studying charts and tables

    • Listening to audio

  • Posting to the discussion board

  • Completing eight exams

Course Requirements


  • Internet connection (DSL, LAN, or cable connection desirable)

  • Access to Canvas

  • Read content, watch videos, listen to audio, and complete assignments

  • Microsoft Excel

Course Structure

The content will be delivered in Canvas with a variety of media components. Students will need to play
video, audio, and download files if indicated. They will also need to access video conference links for live

Course Outline/Schedule

Module 1: Introduction to MPC and Forecasting

  • Course Introduction

  • Introduction to Forecasting

  • Characteristics of Forecasts

  • Forecasting Methods

  • Forecasting Error Measures

  • Casual Forecasting – Westwood

  • Westwood Regression Model

  • Casual Forecasting – Zarthan

  • Zarthan Multiple Regression Model

Module 2: Critical, Static, and Adaptive Forecasting

  • Keys to Casual Forecasting

  • Static and Adaptive Forecasting

  • Moving Average

  • Moving Average Calculations Model

  • Characteristics of Moving Average

  • Exponential Smoothing

  • Exponential Smoothing Calculations Model

  • Characteristics of Exponential Smoothing

  • Comparison of Moving Average and Exponential Smoothing

  • Modules 1 and 2 Exam

Module 3: Forecasting and Aggregate Planning Production

  • Holt’s Model

  • Keys to Static and Adaptive Forecasting

  • Static Forecasting Model – Trend Analysis

  • Introduction to Aggregate Planning

  • Manufacturing Strategies

  • Trade-offs in Aggregate Planning

  • Aggregate Planning – Red Tomato Tools

  • Red Tomato Tools Case Study

Module 4: Aggregate Planning and Cycle Inventory

  • Formulating Aggregate Planning Tools

  • Red Tomato Tools Solutions Model

  • Variations in Model Formulation

  • Solving Aggregate Production Model

  • Aggregate Planning and Pricing/Promotion Decisions

  • Promotion Decisions Red Tomato Case Study

  • Scenario Analysis and Keys to Aggregate Planning

  • Introduction to Cycle Inventory

  • Roles of Cycle Inventories in Supply Chains

  • Economic Order Quantity Model

  • EOQ Model Development Solution

  • Modules 3 and 4 Exam

Module 5: Cycle and Safety Inventory

  • Lot Sizing with Multiple Products

  • Lot Sizing with Multiple Products Solution and Analysis

  • Lessons from Aggregation and Keys to Cycle Inventory

  • Introduction to Safety Inventory

  • Roles of Safety Inventory in Supply Chains

  • Continuous Review Policy

  • CRP – Cycle Service Level and Safety Stock Evaluations

Module 6: Safety Inventory and Network Design in Supply Chains

  • Periodic Review Policy

  • PRP – Safety Stock Evaluations

  • Supply Uncertainty

  • Supply Uncertainty Model

  • Inventory Pooling

  • Grainger Safety Inventory Model

  • Safety Inventory Management

  • Grainger Safety Inventory Management Case Study

  • Network Design in a Supply Chain

  • Transportation Model

  • EMC Model

  • Modules 5 and 6 Exam

Module 7: Network Design and Material Requirement Planning and ERP Systems

  • Transportation Model Development/Variations

  • TRM Solution Procedure

  • Transshipment Model

  • Transshipment Model Development

  • Thomas Transshipment Model

  • Supply Chain Network Design

  • Supply Chain Network Design Model

  • Keys to Network Design in Supply Chains

  • Introduction to MRP Systems

Module 8: Material Requirement Planning and ERP Systems

  • Independent and Dependent Demand Systems

  • Master Production Scheduling

  • MRP Inputs-Outputs-Reports

  • MRP Tables and Definitions

  • MRP Computations

  • Closed Loop MRP and MRP II

  • ERP and APS Systems

  • JIT and Lean Systems

  • Modules 7 and 8 Exam