Great class! Excellent material and presentation. This class has been a tremendous benefit to me. I can apply the lessons learned in this class to my current and future work environment. I look forward to more classes covering this topic. Thank you very much for providing excellent material and the presentation."
It was definitely a good course and I would recommend it to others interested in the topic."
I want to thank to the professor and for his interest in all the practical exercises and examples given. They will be a great support in my career."
I thought that the course was well prepared and thought out. There was a lot of ground to cover in the material presentation."
The course was enlightening and opened my eyes to the causes of many of the problems that are negatively affecting our current service level."
The course was great. The information I received was beneficial and strengthened my knowledge within the field of manufacturing. I enjoyed the class."
This course gave me a solid foundation in SCM and will enhance my ability to support my company's supply chain organization."
This course really got me to see how complicated this process is. I learned a lot from taking this course and looking forward to the next one."
This was an excellent refresher course for me. I think that the instructor and course material was very good and timely. I enjoyed it and learned a great deal after 20+ years in the field myself."
I am in Kuwait taking this course so my online interaction was nil, mostly due to the time difference & the long hors that I work! I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this course though & I hope my next course will be just as good! The instructor was great as well!"
Course Code: scf
In this lesson, we'll discuss professional certification and get acquainted with APICS, the professional society for supply change management (SCM) practitioners. You'll find out about the concept of an operating system and the use of a supply chain. You'll also learn about Material Resources Planning (MRPII) and the role that it plays in an organization. Then, learn how to successfully use Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), identify key focus areas, and appreciate the benefits of following the S&OP cycle.
In this lesson, we'll examine forecasting—defined as a prediction based on scientific observation. Then, examine the components of demand: averages, linear trend, seasonality, and cyclical, irregular, and random factors. You'll also learn about quantitative forecasting by working on problems involving time series (simple and weighted moving average and exponential smoothing) and associative methods (linear regression and multiple regression analysis).
You'll discover how to develop forecasts for new products, and learn how to use techniques to effectively control your forecasts before they get too far off track. Then, you'll learn all about manufacturing strategy.
Learn how critical it is to measure and control your MPS and methods to keep it moving in the right direction. Then, discover how MRP can help your company. You'll learn about the basics—dependent demand, bills of materials, and inventory records—and study the various reports and schedules. You'll also find out how to lot-size MRP orders and what it takes to implement MRP.
In this lesson, you'll learn about the goals and requirements to effectively manage capacity. You'll also discover how to use strategic capacity management, rough-cut capacity planning (RCCP), and capacity requirements planning (CRP) to define, plan, measure, and control output. Then, look at the PAC cycle and its requirements and benefits.
Learn how to develop and use a Gantt chart, understand basic scheduling principles, and know how to overcome production schedule challenges. You'll also learn how to use priority rules to sequence work orders, use shop loading, and manage work orders. And finally, you'll learn all about lead-time. We'll identify its components and discuss how you can successfully control it.
Tony Swaim has helped many clients, colleagues, and students reach their professional and personal goals. He has been an online instructor since 1998 and has taught at colleges and universities across the United States since 1981. His focus areas are project management, Six Sigma, and supply chain management. Tony manages a successful consulting firm, and his industry experience includes 20 years of supply chain management. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and holds professional certifications in six disciplines, including the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)® from the American Society for Quality (ASQ)®.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.