Operations & Supply Chain Management

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA): 180.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The major in operations and supply chain management is designed to prepare students for eventual participation as managers or specialists in the operations activity of industrial and service systems.

Operations and supply chain management stresses a thorough knowledge of the rapidly accumulating analytical techniques in systems analysis, in addition to a full appreciation of all other phases of business.

With the proper choice of electives, this program also prepares students for graduate studies in industrial management, industrial engineering, management science, or operations research.

Additional Information

For additional information about the program, students should contact the Department of Decision Sciences.

Degree Requirements 

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Degree Requirements
General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV B101 [WI] The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV B201Career Management1.0
English literature elective ENGL 200 through ENGL 3993.0
Fine Arts elective3.0
History (HIST) elective3.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Applied Chemistry
Applied Physics
General Education Electives
Students select seven (21.0 credits) general education electives, with a minimum of one course in each of the following three categories. Students take the remaining 12.0 credits from any of the topics listed under Additional General Education Electives.
Society and Culture
Communication, English, Fine Arts, International Area Studies, Language or Philosophy3.0
Social Science
Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology3.0
Science
Computer Science, Information Systems, Science3.0
Additional General Education Electives
Twelve (12) credits must be earned by taking 4 courses from the following topics: Communication, English, Fine Arts, International Area Studies, Language, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Computer Science, Information Systems, Math, Science12.0
Business Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I (Online students take BUSN 111)4.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II (Online students take BUSN 112)4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MKTG 301Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Business Consulting
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Management Simulation
Business Statistics II
Major Requirements
Eight required courses (See Major Requirements list below)32.0
Free Electives20.0
Total Credits180.0

 

Operations and Supply Chain Management Major Requirements
OPM 315Service Operations Management4.0
OPR 320Linear Models for Decision Making4.0
OPM 321Planning and Control of Operations4.0
OPM 325Advanced Planning and Control of Operations4.0
OPM 341Supply Chain Management4.0
Select three of the following:12.0
Advanced Decision Making and Simulation
Six-Sigma Quality Implementation
Introduction to Data Mining for Business
Introduction to Experimental Design
Total Credits32.0


Sample Plan of Study

 

Term 1Credits
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV B101 [WI] The Drexel Experience1.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
Social science course*3.0
Society and culture course*3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
History elective3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
 
Applied Chemistry 
Applied Physics 
 Term Credits14.0
Term 5
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
 
Applied Chemistry 
Applied Physics 
 Term Credits14.0
Term 6
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MKTG 301Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ENGL 200 Through ENGL 399 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
Science or Computer Science elective*3.0
Free elective 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
OPM 321Planning and Control of Operations4.0
OPR 320Linear Models for Decision Making4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Free elective 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
OPM 315Service Operations Management4.0
OPM 325Advanced Planning and Control of Operations4.0
General Education Elective*3.0
Free Elective 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
UNIV B201Career Management1.0
Operations & Supply Chain Mgmt major course4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Business Consulting 
Introduction to Entrepreneurship 
Management Simulation 
Business Statistics II 
General education electives*3.0
General education electives3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
Operations & Supply Chain Mgmt major course4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
General education elective*3.0
Free elective 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
Operations & Supply Chain Mgmt major course4.0
OPM 341Supply Chain Management4.0
Fine arts elective 3.0
Free electives 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 180.0

 

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 See degree requirements.


Co-op/Career Opportunities

Many production and operation management students go on to work in a variety of fields, including manufacturing, product planning and research and development.

When students complete their co-op jobs, they are asked to write an overview of their experiences. These brief quotes are taken from some recent student reports:

Manufacturing engineering co-op, corporate setting: "Developed manufacturing projects, procedures, and documentation in assisting (with International Standards Organization) certification. The best feature of the job was the chance to work within a manufacturing plant and witness the accomplishments and setbacks that can and will occur in all manufacturing jobs. "

Meter operation co-op, major utility company
: "Coordinated customer demand survey. Gathered and analyzed statistics pertaining to the water usage of residential, industrial, and commercial customers. . . .Management in department was excellent; very supportive."

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Minor in Operations Management

Requirements

  • No more than 2 courses or 8.0 credits required by a student’s major may be counted towards this minor.
  • A grade of “C” (2.0) or better must be earned for each course in this minor for it to be counted.
  • No more than two transfer courses may be used to complete this minor. Transfer credits must be taken before matriculated at Drexel.
  • Students should check the pre-requisites of all classes when selecting electives. It is the responsibility of the student to know pre-requisites.
  • Business administration and business & engineering students may complete any of the business minors, including:  accounting, business, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international economics, legal studies, management information systems, marketing, and operations & supply chain management.
  • Cannot do a major and a minor in the same field of study. 

All prospective students should meet with an advisor from the College as soon as possible. Call 215.895.2110 to set up an appointment.



Required Courses
BUSN 111Foundations for Business4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
OPR 320Linear Models for Decision Making4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Select two of the following:8.0
Service Operations Management
Planning and Control of Operations
Advanced Planning and Control of Operations
Applied Statistical Models for Business
Six-Sigma Quality Implementation
Total Credits24.0

Additional Information

For additional information about the program, students should contact the Department of Decision Sciences.

Facilities

In fall 2013, LeBow College opened its 12-story, Gerri C. LeBow Hall, with a finance trading lab, behavioral studies lab and integrated teaching technology in all classrooms. The new building features two lecture halls, 15 classrooms of varying sizes and seating configurations, including case study rooms and cluster classrooms designed to facilitate group work. Other amenities consist of extensive areas of student spaces, including 12 collaboration rooms, two quiet study areas, and 3,500 square feet of student lounges. Gerri C. LeBow Hall brings together faculty, students and staff, in a state of the art building on the University City campus.

Courses

OPM 200 Operations Management 4.0 Credits

Provides students with an understanding of the transformation process, which converts inputs into outputs. This is the primary function of every manufacturing/service organization, and how it adds value to the outputs. Discusses the decision-making process and techniques for planning and controlling the operations function.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

OPM 315 Service Operations Management 4.0 Credits

Analyze service systems from the viewpoint of the operations manager to understand where and in what ways the body of knowledge developed in operations management, strategy, and marketing can be applied and where other approaches are necessary. Focus on understanding what customers want, designing systems and procedures delivering services, and controlling quality.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

OPM 321 Planning and Control of Operations 4.0 Credits

The course objective is to provide students with an understanding of managerial concepts and quantitative tools required in the design and operation of manufacturing/service systems. This course examines strategic planning decision problems, such as capacity planning, facility planning, locations decision, work/job design, and project management from the perspective of a production/operations manager of a business organization.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: STAT 205 [Min Grade: D] or STAT 201 [Min Grade: D]

OPM 325 Advanced Planning and Control of Operations 4.0 Credits

This course focuses on the medium to short-term managerial decision processes and models within the realm of the operations function of manufacturing and service organizations. Topics covered include time series forecasting, aggregate planning, materials management, operations and staff scheduling, and statistical quality control.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: OPM 321 [Min Grade: D] and OPR 320 [Min Grade: D]

OPM 341 Supply Chain Management 4.0 Credits

Presents and explains the concepts, insights, practical tools and decision support systems that are important for the effective managements of supply chains. Long-term strategic design issues, shorter-term tactical and operational issues are closely examined. State-of-the-art concepts of globally optimal decision making, often across traditional organizational boundaries are emphasized.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: OPM 325 [Min Grade: D]

OPM 481 Special Topics in Operations Management 0.5-12.0 Credits

This course covers topics of particular interest to students in operations management. May be repeated three times for credit.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 12 credits

OPM 499 Independent Study in Operations Management 0.5-12.0 Credits

Independent Study.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 12 credits

Decision Sciences Faculty

Edward Arnheiter, PhD (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Department of Decision Sciences. Clinical Professor. Quality implementation and management, supply chain, statistical quality control, six sigma.
Avijit Banerjee, PhD (The Ohio State University) Department of Decision Sciences. Professor. Supply chain management; operations planning and scheduling; inventory control.
Hande Yurttan Benson, PhD (Princeton University) Department of Decision Sciences. Associate Professor. Nonlinear optimization, interior-point methods.
Oben Ceryan, PhD (University of Michigan Ann Arbor) Department of Decision Sciences. Assistant Professor. Pricing revenue management; inventory control; production planning and control supply chain management.
Neil Desnoyers, MS (Drexel University) Department of Decision Sciences. Assistant Clinical Professor. Decision sciences.
Seung-Lae Kim, PhD (Penn State University) Department of Decision Sciences. Professor. Production planning and control; inventory control; Just-In-Time (JIT) and Supply Chain Management (SCM).
Benjamin Lev, PhD (Case Western Reserve University) Department Head, Department of Decision Sciences. Professor. Operations research/management science, statistics, applications, engineering management.
Merrill W. Liechty, PhD (Duke University) Department of Decision Sciences. Associate Clinical Professor. Bayesian statistics, portfolio selection, higher moment estimation.
Arunkumar Madapusi, PhD (University of North Texas Denton) Department of Decision Sciences. Assistant Clinical Professor. Manufacturing technology development; quality management; supply chain management; interface with information systems.
Hazem Diab Maragah, PhD (Louisiana University) Department of Decision Sciences. Associate Professor. Statistical quality control, total equity management, applied statistics.
Bruce D. McCullough, PhD (University of Texas) Department of Decision Sciences. Professor. Applied econometrics; reliability of statistical and econometric software; business data mining.
Thomas P. McWilliams, PhD (Stanford University) Department of Decision Sciences. Professor. Statistical quality control; sequential analysis.
Fariborz Y. Partovi, Ph.D. (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) Department of Decision Sciences. Professor. The use of analytical hierarchy process and quality function deployment for strategic decisions in manufacturing and service organizations.
Wenjing Shen, PhD (University of Michigan) Department of Decision Sciences. Assistant Professor. The interface of operations management and marketing; inventory management; supply chain management.
Min Wang, PhD (Columbia University) Department of Decision Sciences. Assistant Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

Robert E. Laessig, PhD (Cornell University) Department of Decision Sciences. Professor Emeritus. Management systems integration.
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