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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

BUSN 6051: Supply Chain Management

NOTE: For registration please contact Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics General Program Inquiries (Email: or Tel: 1-877-663-4087).

Students acquire the knowledge and basic skills to effectively design a supply chain for an organization. Topics include an introduction to supply chain, the importance of information technology, supply chain slacks, demand management, supply management, inventory management, production management, transportation management, location analysis, sourcing decisions, supply chain strategy, and an overview of special types of supply chains such as green and humanitarian aid supply chains.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain supply chain management, contrast it from operations management and propose the main performance drivers of supply chain performance.
  • Assess the strategic role and impact of IT technologies on supply chain integration.
  • Express the major slacks in supply chains and formulate the approaches to manage them.
  • Construct a model to generate forecasts for a company's products.
  • Conceptualize the phenomenon of bull-whip effect in supply chains and propose the methods to mitigate its effect in supply chains.
  • Analyze the inventory management methodologies and apply the existing models to propose the optimal order sizes.
  • Develop an aggregate production plan for a company.
  • Evaluate modes of transportation; assess the selection criteria and select transportation options.
  • Analyze the various factors to select an appropriate location for a facility.
  • Evaluate the sourcing decisions and prepare the supplier selection and ranking model.
  • Interpret the strategic framework and synthesis for supply chain operational (SCOR) model.
  • Support the applications of supply chain concept for environment sustainability and humanitarian aid during disaster events.

Course topics

  • Module 1: Operations and Supply Chain for Competitiveness
  • Module 2: Process Planning & Transformation Systems
  • Module 3: Capacity Management in Supply Chains
  • Module 4: Demand Management & Supply Chain Analytics
  • Module 5: Supply Chain Strategy, Performance Measurement, Sourcing and Inventory
  • Module 6: Monitoring and controlling the process
  • Module 7: Process Improvement
  • Module 8: Special types of supply chains & Transportation Systems

Required text and materials

Online students are responsible for sourcing and ordering their own textbooks. Please see the list of required textbooks here:

Please note that publishers may offer several package options that include additional resource material not required in your course. You may purchase a package of your choice as long as it includes the correct author, title and edition listed for your course.

If you have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact They will be happy to assist you.

Additional requirements

A computer with Internet access is required.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the course overall, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.

Case Study 1 10%
Case Study 2 10%
Case Study 3 10%
Case Study 4 10%
Quizzes 10%
Online Discussions 10%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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