Inspiring quality and efficiency in today’s business world.

Ensuring a streamlined workflow, where projects are completed and deadlines are met in a timely manner without sacrificing quality, is crucial for the success of any business. And to make sure that happens, companies and organizations need smart, savvy operations professionals and managers. Marian’s operations and supply chain management program will empower you to develop the necessary skills to advance your career through a comprehensive understanding of distribution, wholesaling, purchasing, inventory control and basic principles of management systems.

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The Program

Designed to meet the academic and professional needs of working adults looking to advance their careers, the operations and supply chain management program focuses on industry’s ability to create services and goods, and delivers a solid theoretical base and powerful connections with other business professionals. The curriculum will introduce and strengthen your knowledge in supply chain management, statistical applications, process and quality and other areas that operations professionals encounter on the job every day. You’ll engage in case studies, small-group discussions and work-related research projects, developing knowledge that can be applied at your current job the very next day.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

Liberal Arts Core, 30 credits as follows:

3 credits:

A course designed to enhance students’ composition and critical-thinking skills, by providing experiences with a range of writing strategies, with emphasis on expository and argumentative prose. Students develop their awareness of the resources of language and of the stages in the writing process. The course aims to make students competent in standard edited English and to prepare them for the writing they will do in college and in their careers. The course also introduces students to the principles of college research, with emphasis on analytical reading of research material, focused use of sources, and the methodology of citation and documentation. It acquaints students with techniques of interviewing and conducting surveys, as well as with search strategies involving resources in print. The course provides guidance for students as they apply research principles to subjects within their disciplines or areas of interest.

12 credits:

A survey of important developments in political, social, economic, and cultural history from 1900 to the present day with special emphasis on the increasing interconnectedness of societies throughout the world and the rise of a more global economy and culture.

IS 2xx History elective
MAT xxx Math elective

An introduction to Christian theology understood as the critical and reflective study of God’s revelation through the person, life, and teaching of Jesus Christ and of the implications of this revelation. Proceeding from the Catholic intellectual tradition and incorporating perspectives of other Christian traditions, this study aims to present theology as a striving for the harmony of faith and reason. Through critical study and reflection, students are introduced to specific concepts, terminology, and methodologies needed to participate well in on-going theological dialogue. Students have the opportunity to apply and reflect on their knowledge in written work, presentations, service-learning, community service, and/or retreat experiences.

6 credits from the following (must be from at least two areas):

ART xxx Art Elective
ENG xxx Literature Elective
MUS xxx Music Elective

3 credits:

This introductory philosophy course builds on the critical reading and thinking outcomes students will have achieved in the First Year Seminar, and prepares students for their future studies and for life by leading them to develop their abilities in three outcome areas: Interpretive Reasoning, Critical Reasoning, and Global Citizenship. Through engagement with historical, multicultural, and contemporary texts students will learn how to interpret texts, move from evidence to conclusions, and use their interpretations and conclusions to live a more examined life.

3 credits from the following:

BIO xxx Biological, Ecological or Environmental Science elective
PHS xxx Physical Science, Chemistry, Meteorology , or Physics elective

3 credits from the following:

PSY xxx Psychology elective
SOC xxx Sociology elective

Business Administration Core, 37 credits:

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to generally accepted accounting principles, basic accounting systems, accounting theory; and financial statements.

Prerequisites:

This course introduces the student to the economic, political, social and cultural issues of operating a business in a global economy. An understanding of exchange rate mechanisms, international trade agreements and international strategies will be developed.

A study of business law. Topics included in the course include the American legal system, contracts, property, negotiable instruments, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, labor and employment relations, government regulations, and torts.

Prerequisites:

A capstone business course that integrates the functional areas of a business with the strategic decision-making process. In a team environment, students are expected to employ the skills and knowledge learned from their academic career in a computer-simulated industry. An analysis of case studies and/or current business articles will also be used to link academic concepts and theories to real-world situations. (Senior Standing, all Business core courses must be completed before taking this course.)

(AGS students only, Senior Standing, all Business core courses must be completed before taking this course)  The purpose of this capstone course is reflect on your learning processes through integration of the liberal arts core with the curriculum of the Bachelor of Business Administration program. Its primary focus is to examine the critical thinking skills developed throughout the entire academic program resulting in the completion of degree requirements.

A course applying traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study, write, deliver and evaluate public speeches. Emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to speak from an outline in a variety of situations including informative speaking, persuasive speaking and demonstration speaking. All presentations are made in class and videotaped to aid in evaluation.

Prerequisites:

This course is an introduction to microeconomics: the study of how households and firms interact and make decisions to allocate limited resources in the markets for goods and services.

Prerequisites:

An introduction to financial management. Topics include the role of financial managers and financial markets, valuation of corporate securities, risk and return, financial statement analysis and capital budgeting.

(AGS students only)   A study of topics that include descriptive statistics and data analysis; elementary probability; binomial, hypergeometric and normal probability models; the central limit theorem; confidence intervals; elementary hypothesis testing; linear regression; and correlation. A major goal of this course is the application of these topics to problems arising from the natural sciences, the social sciences, the health industry and the business environment.

Prerequisites:

A systematic analysis of the management process involving an integration of classical, behavioral, and modern contemporary philosophies. The importance of relating the theoretical principles of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to practical experience is featured.

Prerequisites:

ENG 105 Expository Writing, ENG 230 Professional Comp. & Research Writing, or appropriate English placement test score

A general overview of the scope and significance of marketing both domestically and internationally. The course emphasizes the marketing of consumer and industrial goods and analysis of the marketing mix variables of product, price, promotion and place. It introduces marketing policies and practices of business firms.

Prerequisites:

An examination of the private, corporate and social dimensions of business life in the context of a total ethical life. Economic theories and actual business practices and cases are considered and evaluated from the perspective of established normative ethical principles.

This course introduces information technology systems that support organizational decision-making and problem solving. The course surveys the technical and organizational issues involved in the use and design of information systems and how the application of IT can enable an organization to improve quality, timeliness, and competitive advantage.

Operations and Supply Chain Management Courses, 18 credits:

Prerequisites:

An emphasis in applying concepts from statistics specific to statistical process or quality control from a Deming perspective. The study focuses on statistics in analytical studies with time devoted to control charts, Pareto analysis, and short-run Statistical Process Control (SPC) techniques. Design of Experiment is discussed as a process improvement method. (AGS students only)

Prerequisites:

This course aims squarely at the customer-serving objectives of effective operations in creating a world-class service or manufacturing concern. Effective domestic and international operations management (OM) requires continually improving the operating process and resources of the organization, especially people. OM requires harnessing the talents of front-line employees, technicians, experts, and upper-level managers while blending the interests of customers, employees and other stakeholders in the face of work force diversity, changing technologies and a global economy. The course also highlights the interdependencies between operations and other functional areas as marketing, finance/accounting, product/service design, human resources, and information systems.

A study of the efficient flow of inventories within manufacturing and services operations. Topics include purchasing, receiving and stores, inventory management and valuation, inventory control systems, materials handling and physical distribution. The course addresses the legal ramifications specific to goods and services.

Prerequisites:

The course provides the overview of an organization’s process and quality management programs. This course addresses principles and practices in process and continuous improvement of quality in the business and non-business enterprise. Covers commonly accepted techniques for achieving quality – e.g., benchmarking, Baldrige criteria, ISO 9000/14000. Particular attention is given to philosophies and methods of process managing for quality, and to tools for quality improvement. The instructional approach is highly experiential and interactive, and features contact with quality systems professionals. Includes an overview of the Total Quality Management (TQM) movement and how the application of TQM techniques achieves customer satisfaction, continuous improvement, and employee involvement. This course introduces the quality philosophy in business. Topics include the linkages between the voice of the customer, the role of information systems, and the human resource management function and how they all tie together to forge the quality direction of an organization.

Prerequisites:

The course breaks down the distinctions between purchasing, procurement and supply management. In providing a comprehensive grounding the differences between strategic and tactical aspects of purchasing, it covers the procurement process and the role of the procurement function within the organization. This course provides the tools to determine “make or buy decision” and to conduct effective price and cost analysis. Critical issues in supplier selection and evaluation are addressed as are emerging and established technologies in e-procurement. The characteristics of services procurement that differentiate it from product procurement are also introduced.

Prerequisites:

Introduction to the field of logistics includes development of logistics systems, careers in logistics, distribution planning, supply chain security, and customer service. Also includes roles and functions of: purchasing, inventory control, physical distribution, warehousing, transportation methods, packaging, customs. in-plant movement and storage, facility location, transportation, networks, and logistics information systems. (AGS students only)

35 credits:

University electives

Business programs at Marian University are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) whose mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs.

Accreditation Standards

Marian adheres to the following principles of business education promoted by IACBE:

Principle 1: Outcomes Assessment. The academic business unit has developed and fully implemented an outcomes assessment process consistent with their mission and broad-based goals.

Principle 2: Strategic Planning. The academic business unit has developed and implemented a strategic planning process that enables continuous improvement and guides it into the future consistent with its mission.

Principle 3: Curriculum. Programs offered are consistent with current, acceptable business practices and the expectations of professionals in the academic and business communities.

Principle 4: Faculty. Appropriate program coverage is provided by highly-qualified faculty with adequate time to devote to teaching, service, and scholarly activity.

Principle 5: Scholarly and Professional Activities. Faculty members are involved in scholarly and professional activities that enhance the depth and scope of their knowledge.

Principle 6: Resources. Financial resources available are sufficient to support a high-quality learning environment.

Principle 7: Internal and External Relationships. The academic business unit has effective working relationships with other functional units within the institution, meaningful linkages to business practitioners and organizations, effective relationships with external organizations, and is accountable to the public.

Principle 8: International Business Education. The academic business unit ensures that students possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and deal effectively with critical issues in a dynamic global business environment

Principle 9: Educational Innovation. The academic business unit maintains environment that encourages and recognizes innovation and creativity in the education of business students.

Professional Conduct (Standard for Students)

Faculty and Staff in the School of Business expect the highest standards of honest, ethical professional conduct from each of our students. Primary components of professional behavior expected include:

  • respect for others
  • full engagement
  • responsibility and integrity, and
  • commitment to quality

Mission

The goal of the Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) program is to develop skilled operations and supply chain professionals. Exposure is provided to production, logistics, purchasing, distribution and quality throughout the supply chain.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will possess effective written communications skills.
  • Students will possess effective oral communications skills.
  • Students will be able to effectively apply critical thinking skills to business problems.
  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of business functions & systems.
  • Students will be able to solve business problems related to production, operations and the supply chain.
  • Students will understand and practice methods of continuous improvement for organizations.

Assessment

Outcome: Knowledge Acquisition – Business
Measure: Peregrine CPC Comp Exam

Results:
Marian Baseline Target = 50%-ile (51.9% correct)
Comparison (IACBE schools) = 50%-ile (51.9% correct)
Marian Stretch Goal = 80%-ile (62.5% correct)
Marian Average achieved = 78%-ile (59.9% correct)
Marian Highest Achieved = 98%-ile (79% correct)

Conclusions:

  • On average, Marian students performed higher than the IACBE comparison average.
  • Almost half of Marian students performed in the top 20 percent nationally (45%).
  • In general, students have good knowledge of business concepts as measured by the CPC-Comp.

Outcome: Integrated Knowledge of Business
Measure: CAPSIM Business Simulation

Results:
Standard: Balanced Scorecard – Standard = at/aboveNational average (50th %-ile)
Stretch Goal: Balanced Scorecard – Standard = at/above80th %-ile
Marian Achieved = All teams above average except 1. (Range: 16th to 96th %-ile)
Marian Stretch Goal Achieved: 44% of teams at or above 80%

Conclusions:

  • 94% of Marian teams achieved results at or above the national average compared with others teams.
  • 44% of Marian teams achieved the stretch goal performing at or above the 80th percentile.
  • In general, students do well in the simulation, demonstrating integrated knowledge of business.

Job Placement

  • 100% of graduates have found new jobs or changed jobs within 6 months of graduation

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

Marian University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Health Care Administration, Management, Marketing, Sport & Recreation Management.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) with major in Information Technology.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with majors in General Management, Health Care Administration, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management.
  • Master of Science (MS) with concentration in Organizational Leadership.

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
11374 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66215, USA
(913) 631-3009
www.iacbe.org

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The operations and supply chain management program will deliver to you the kind of powerful preparation and convenience that is hard to match. We offer our program both on ground an in a 100% online format, allowing you to earn your degree in a way that meets your needs as a working professional. Both on ground and online, you can start your program in the fall, spring or summer, and you’ll be able to proceed through the program at your own pace by taking one or more courses per 7-week term.

An AGS student who meets Marian University admission standards and who declares a business major must comply with the following standards:

  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00
  • A grade of “D+” or lower in any business course will result in the course being retaken until a grade of “C-” or better is achieved

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Thomas DePaoli, Ph.D
Director, Operations and Supply Chain Management Program
920-923-8531
tmdepaoli76@marianuniversity.edu

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For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission
920-923-7650
admission@marianuniversity.edu

Thomas DePaoli, Ph.D.
Operations and Supply Chain Management Program Director
920-923-8531
tmdepaoli76@marianuniversity.edu