Supply Chain Management II

Online Certification

Michigan State University

MSU Programs > Integrated Supply Chain Management > Supply Chain Management II

Course Overview

Instructor: David J. Closs, PhD

Course Objectives 

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the functions and activities in the supply chain functional areas of inventory management, transportation, warehousing and material handling, and packaging

  • Describe the trade-offs related to supply chain design

  • Apply supply chain knowledge to the evaluation of supply chain design challenges in case situations

  • Discuss the dimensions of supply chain risk management and what firms can do to mitigate it

  • Discuss how supply chain executives manage talent

  • Review future trends in supply chain management

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 two case study assignments

  • Completing eight exams

Course Requirements


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

  • Access to Canvas

  • Microphone

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

Course Structure

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


Course Outline/Schedule

Module 1: Inventory, Transportation, and Warehousing

  • Inventory

  • Transportation

  • Warehousing

Module 2: Supply Chain Design

  • Packaging and Vehicle Routing​

  • Network Design Framework

  • Supply Chain Integration

Module 3: Operational, Financial, and Performance Measurement​​

  • Introduction to Performance Measurement

  • Financial Considerations

Module 4: Case Study – Cooper Processing Company

  • Introduction to Cooper Processing Company

  • Cooper Processing Solution Case Debrief

Module 5: Case Study – Marks & Spencer

  • Introduction to Marks & Spencer

  • Marks & Spencer Solution Case Debrief

Module 6: Supply Chain Risk Management

  • Risk Management

  • Talent and Services

  • Resilience, Resistance, and Recovery

  • Sustainability

Module 7: Supply Chain Outsourcing and Spares

  • Logistics Outsourcing

  • Spares and Reparables

Module 8: Supply Chain Organization and Trends

  • Organization

  • Supply Chain Insomnia