The Department of Information Systems | Supply Chain Management

The Department of Information Systems | Supply Chain Management

The Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Department supports the core Business Administration curriculum and offers two degree programs at the Undergraduate and Graduate level (Information Systems and Supply Chain Management).

The undergraduate academic program leads to the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Computer Information Systems (CIS) or a major in Supply Chain Management (SCM). The CIS degree can also include a concentration in Information Assurance.

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) major integrates business, computing technologies and innovation. Information Systems focuses primarily on the role that information and technology play in creating business solutions. The analytical and creativity skills assist the graduate to design and create automated business solutions. Supply Chain Management is a discipline that teaches students about the identification, acquisition, access, positioning, management of resources and related capabilities a company needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives.

Mission Statement:

The Howard University School of Business Information Systems and Supply Chain Management program focuses on educating students to create and apply business solutions which integrate information systems technologies and analytical knowledge.  Students are prepared to produce solutions of the highest quality through focused study of people, processes and technology in addition to the complete supply chain life cycle. The faculty of the department seek to foster an applied learning environment which supports intellectual curiosity through research and debate, advanced study of business issues, and corporate partnering.

THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT IS LOCATED AT THE HUSB ROOM 438

Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Courses

Undergraduate Information Systems Courses

Course Number: INFO 010

Course Name: Business Problem Solving

Course Description: Business Problem Solving (BPS) is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of Problem Solving Methodologies. The objective is to improve students analytical thinking and reasoning skills, provide students with a systematic process for thinking through a problem when they do not know the proper steps, algorithm, standards, process, or methods(i.e. when confronted with an intractable problem), and teach students strategies that are applicable for solving problems in any business discipline. Students will utilize Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets and tools to view, manipulate, analyze and organize data, and produce solutions.

Credit Hours: 2

Course Prerequisites: SB

Course Number: INFO 204

Course Name: Management Information Systems

Course Description: Provide a broad foundation in the concept of modern information systems, information processing, and information technologies in the corporate and organizational environments. Topics include; strategic information systems; computer hardware and software; user interfaces -, data communications and data management. The emphasis is on problem-solving using information systems tools to develop solutions for small real-life cases of limited complexity.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 010 (D/T/P) 

Course Number: INFO 210

Course Name: Introduction to Software Design

Course Description: Introduction to software engineering, algorithm development, and structured problem solving, coding, testing, and debugging techniques. Small illustrative applications are developed using the C language. (Formerly INFO 320)

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 204 (D/T); EA and SB

Course Number: INFO 308

Course Name: Visual C++

Course Description: This is a natural extension of the structured programming introduced in 10 1-2 1 0. It moves into C++ quickly aid to Visual C++. A thorough backbone of the C++ language is presented. Programs are written in both DOS and Windows platforms. The course uses the Microsoft Integrated Developer's Environment as the development studio. Object-Oriented Programming is emphasized as the paradigm for resolving issues of program complexity, software reusability, and program portability. Team study and solution design are the foci of instruction.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Info 210 (d/t); ea and sb

Course Number: INFO 311

Course Name: Quantitative Business Analysis

Course Description: In this course, students develop the ability to model and analyze a variety of business-related decision situations. This course emphasizes the use of spreadsheets in the modeling process. Classical Management Science and operations research techniques are used to develop insight into optimization and decision.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Applied Calculus (MATH 026) or Calculus I (MATH 156), Statistics- Business & Economics (ECON 180), Management Information System (INFO 204), and Accounting Principles II (ACCT 202); all sections Junior Standing; SB only

Course Number: INFO 325

Course Name: Introduction to Data and Network Communications

Course Description: A comprehensive study of the communication hardware, software, and regulations required to deliver information from a source through a medium to a destination. Digital analog, security, network, and network management requirements for data communication are introduced and implemented using software simulations.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 210 (D/T); EA and SB

Course Number: INFO 330

Course Name: Database Management

Course Description: Overview of the database approach and database management systems (DBMS). Topics include physical, conceptual, and external views of data, logical and physical data structures, referential integrity, data definition, and data manipulation languages. Also covered are the enterprise data model, the hierarchical data model, security and concurrency control, and client-server computing.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 210 (D/T); EA and SB

Course Number: INFO 335

Course Name: Production and Operations Management

Course Description: Study of production and service operations from a systems perspective. This course emphasizes problem formulation, analysis of models necessary for system design and system operation, an understanding of the interaction between production and operation management activities and other activities of an organization. Global strategic and competitive issues are discussed. This course uses decision support systems software as appropriate.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 311 (D/T); only SB; Jrs and Srs

Course Number: INFO 340

Course Name: Intro to C++ Programming

Course Description: This course involves extensive work in the solution of business applications in the C++ language, including the methods of program design and development, using a structured approach.  Included in the course will be the following concepts:  proper documentation techniques, coding, debugging, subprograms, arrays, searching and sorting.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 210 (D/T); EA and SB

Course Number: INFO 341

Course Name: Introduction to Java Programming

Course Description: This course covers extensively the programming and object-oriented techniques of Java.  It teaches object-oriented programming concepts, including classes and objects, methods, encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism.  It details the fundamentals of the Java language and syntax, introduces students to the major class libraries in Java, and prepares them to begin the development of business applications in Java.  It is interspersed with step-by-step exercises illustrating the concepts as they are explained.  Java applications, using J2SE are introduced in this course to provide students with a more thorough understanding of the programming process.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 210 (D/T); EA and S

Course Number: INFO 360

Course Name: Information Structures

Course Description: Examines various data structures, data types, and search techniques required to develop or enhance a traditional or web-centric computer-based information system. Using structured languages, a repertoire of algorithms and procedures are developed to solve business applications that encompass man/machine interfaces, efficient information storage, retrieval and sorting, and system simulation. Topics include stacks, parsing, single and double link lists, static and dynamic queues, and web-centric information structures.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 340 (d/t) or INFO 341 (D/T); EA and SB

Course Number: INFO 361

Course Name: Operating and Network Systems

Course Description: The components and features of Operating Systems such as the nucleus, memory and second storage management, file management,  I/O devices, and user interfaces are discussed. LNIX system calls, shells, software development utilities, and the X Window System are emphasized. Operating systems concepts are simulated using the C Programming Language.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 340 (d/t) or INFO 341 (D/T); EA and SB

Course Number: INFO 365

Course Name: Simulations and Information System

Course Description: Features the identification of factors that influence business behaviors with the ultimate objective of building models to describe the behavior of a situation over a period of time using a computer simulation language. Probability distributions and problems relating to management are revisited to make the course more realistic and practical.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 311 (d/t) and INFO 340 (d/t) or INFO 341 (D/T); EA and SB

Course Number: INFO 370

Course Name: Systems Analysis and Design

Course Description: A systematic approach to analysis and design of contemporary business information systems. Topics include systems development life cycle phases and activities, systems analysis techniques, systems design techniques, detailed program design, and implementation.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 330 (D/T); EA and SB; Jrs and Srs

Course Number: INFO 375

Course Name: Seminar in Computer-Based Information Systems

Course Description: Investigating and reporting on special topics in information systems development by students.  For example Intro to Web Authoring Tools.  Seminar in Information Systems (E-Business and E-Commerce).

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Management Information Systems (INFO 204); Junior Standing

Course Number: INFO 380

Course Name: Decision Support and Expert

Course Description: An introduction to Decision Support Systems and Expert Systems with a brief overview of other Artificial Intelligence technologies. Integrates theoretical concepts with a review of practical application cases and the current literature in the field.  Students either individually or in small groups are required to build an Expert Systems prototype and produce a written project report.  Class presentations of projects may be required.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 330 (D/T) or INFO 370 (d/t)

Course Number: INFO 384

Course Name: Business Analytics

Course Description: This course introduces the field of statistics and business analytics. As part of this course, students will learn statistical concepts and their application in the business analytics context. Specific topics include data management, data visualization, probability, and statistical inference, analysis, data modeling, and machine learning concepts and techniques. Content analysis and the application of selected data mining techniques will be illustrated.  The delivery of this course is through lectures, project work, and case studies with presentations. As part of the business analytics course curriculum, students will be trained on R, an open-source statistical software.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Applied Calculus (MATH 026) or Calculus I (MATH 156), Statistics- Business & Economics (ECON 180), Management Information System (INFO 204), and Accounting Principles II (ACCT 202); Junior Standing

Course Number: INFO  385

Course Name: Introduction to E-Business

Course Description: Organizations are currently making use of social technologies, the mobile Internet, data analytics, and cloud computing (SMAC) as strategic organizational assets to create new business opportunities. With competition intensifying globally, the most successful companies are increasingly leveraging SMAC platforms to reach customers, improve customer service, drive sales, and create effective marketing programs.  In addition, companies must determine the correct business model or strategy to implement to make efficient use of these technologies and manage them successfully.  This course examines the digital business landscape, identifying the strategies, processes, and technologies that help leading companies not only remain relevant but thrive in competitive markets.  More specifically, this course explores how companies are using digital assets and technology to create a unique and superior customer experience.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Info 204; Junior Standing

Course Number: INFO 386

Course Name: Intro Human-Computer Interaction

Course Description: A distinctive feature of modern technologies is their strongly interactive character. Interactive technologies are increasingly becoming an integral part of our every day and working lives.   Alongside the ubiquitous PC, there is a diversity of handheld, mobile, and shared technologies now available.  Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a multidisciplinary area concerned with the design, evaluation, and application of usable, effective, and enjoyable technologies. Interaction design is a user-centered approach to HCI that takes the interactive character of technologies seriously. The aim of this course is to introduce you to the techniques, ideas, and models involved in designing and evaluating interactive technologies.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Management Information Systems (INFO 204); Junior Standing

Course Number: INFO 387

Course Name: Intro to Web Authoring Tools

Course Description: To expose the student to several web authoring tools commonly used to support information delivery for eBusiness and eCommerce entities.  The course focuses on the tools required for static as well as dynamic web page development by relying on standard HTML, JavaScript's, Perl Scripts, and C++ for CGI-BIN client/server applications.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 210 (D/T)

Course Number: INFO 390

Course Name: Systems Development

Course Description: This course focuses on the development of an application system. Student teams will develop projects that involve all phases of the systems development life-cycle. Issues such as project management, systems development methodologies, and systems testing are addressed. Each student team is required to produce a research or project report that focuses on new technologies and methodologies that relate to information systems development. 

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: N/A

Course Number: INFO 391

Course Name: Introduction to Information Security

Course Description: This seminar course will provide a comprehensive introduction and study into a broad selection of contemporary information systems security issues, concepts, and policies, including the survey of the state-of-the-art technology used to address security problems. Topics of study include core security mechanisms of access control and integrity, basic cryptography techniques (private and public-key cryptography), assurance, authentication, digital signatures, and database security mechanisms.  The course discusses security policy and privacy issues for information systems protection and detection, as well as an overview of recent trends in commercial products and applications and security research in basic network security, intrusion detection.  Case studies, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and guest speakers are used to supplement classroom discussions. 

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 210 (D/T)

Course Number: INFO 393

Course Name: Network/Internet Security Management

Course Description: A detailed perspective on protecting computer-based information in a modern networked environment is provided in this course. A wide range of technical issues and topics including a study of network and distributed systems security; web security; network threats, vulnerabilities, and risks; computer crime; encryption and virtual private networks, and current network security technologies such as firewalls and intrusion detection are covered.  Look at topics from a systems viewpoint.  Security services, confidentiality, authentication, integrity, access control, non-repudiation, and their integration in network protocols are covered.  Topics include security architectures, multilevel systems, and security management and monitoring.  A methodology for performing a risk tradeoff analysis is presented.  Case studies, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and simulations are used to enhance classroom discussions.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 210 (D/T)

Course Number: INFO 394

Course Name: Secure Electronic Commerce

Course Description: Basic concepts of secure electronic communication are discussed in this course. These include the following: Cryptography review and cryptographic protocols (Secret-key protocols such as DES and IDEA. Public-key cryptosystems such as RSA), key distribution, secure electronic transactions, public key certificates and infrastructures, authentication and authorization certificates, secure credential services and role-based authorization, mobile code security, security of agent-based systems, electronic payment systems, intellectual property protection, and secure time stamping and notarization. Recent trends and products contributing to internet security are discussed.   Topics as eCommerce, electronic voting, electronic auctions relative to security are included.  Issues related to an enterprise’s security strategies, challenges, and policies, as well as the social/business implications of this new technology would also be analyzed in this course. 

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 204 (D/T)

Course Number: INFO 395

Course Name: Information Assurance: Security Strategies, Policies, Laws, and Ethics

Course Description: A comprehensive, in-depth study of the legal and ethical issues in computer security, as well as privacy laws and issues and strategies available to an enterprise, is provided in this course.  Federal, State, and local codes and regulations and how they influence an enterprise's security policy relating to information assurance program development and implementation are discussed. National security-related information assurance issues and the government’s role in protecting the global information infrastructures are also discussed.  Particular focus is given to the report and recommendations and implications for federal, DoD, and other national agencies and organizations and their policies.  Enterprise security policy development, planning and implementing possible incident responses and recovery; enterprise data security; information assurance; security risk analysis; business continuity are discussed.  Case studies, demonstrations, and guest speakers are used to supplement classroom discussions.  This course integrates the concepts and technology of current security products and protocols into scalable, practical working solutions for defending the enterprise.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 204 (D/T)

Course Number: INFO 396

Course Name: Project Management 

Course Description: What does organizing your homework, developing new high-tech products, and managing the installation of major IT projects have in common? They all require organization and project management skills. This course is geared towards creating skilled and desirable project managers, who are capable of planning, organizing, and managing large tasks involving groups of people, diverse technologies, and large organizations, students will learn how to; organize, schedule and manage technology-oriented projects, use planning software such as MS Project, employ project selection and evaluation techniques, identify project cycles and phases, control, and value project information, integrate decision and risk analysis and into large scale project decisions. 

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Applied Calculus (MATH 026) or Calculus I (MATH 156), Statistics- Business & Economics (ECON 180), Management Information System (INFO 204), and Accounting Principles II (ACCT 202)

Course Number: INFO 397

Course Name: Immersive Lab

Course Description: N/A

Credit Hours: N/A

Course Prerequisites: N/A

Course Number: INFO 398

Course Name: Information Systems Consulting

Course Description: This course investigates the tools used and skills necessary for information systems consultants.  The course will use a team-oriented project approach, followed by several executives lectures to share their experience in information systems and consulting.  Actual problems/ assignments from companies would be assigned to students and they would with them to complete projects that cover various phases of the consulting life cycle.  They will evaluate the business needs and developing information systems and technology solutions.  

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: INFO 370; info 330; senior standing

Course Number: INFO 399

Course Name: Senior Project

Course Description: Procedures:  (a) Submit a proposal – about the scope of the project, 1-2 pages.  The project could be about developing a new system, evaluating an existing system, a simulation model, and in other areas approved by the supervisors.  Also, an extension of work completed as part of coursework might be considered.  The deadline or proposal is the end of the 4th week, (b) Mid-Report -- The progress that has been made.  The deadline is the end of the 8th week.  (c)  Final Report -- The deadline is seven days before the last day of classes for the semester.  

Credit Hours: N/A

Course Prerequisites: In Approval 

Undergraduate Supply Chain Management Courses

Course Number: SCHM 211

Course Name: Introduction to Logistics

Course Description: This course examines logistics and supply chain management by taking a total system approach to the management of all activities involved in physically moving and storing raw materials, inventory, and finished goods inventory from point of origin to point of use or consumption.  The importance of logistics and supply chain management strategic choices to firm performance is emphasized and covered during the course.  The logistics course uses logistics textbook material, websites, white papers, relevant cases, and current news (e.g., Wall Street Journal) and innovations throughout course discussions.  Guest speakers make presentations that provide insights on current topics and general global logistics issues.  Introduction to Logistics is a required course for a Supply Chain Management major.  This course is generally taken by business school juniors in either the fall or spring semester.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Applied Calculus (MATH 026) or Calculus I (MATH 156), Statistics- Business & Economics (ECON 180), and Management Information Systems (INFO 204); Junior Standing

Course Number: SCHM 300

Course Name: Supply Chain Immersive Lab

Course Description: The Supply Chain Immersive Lab is a research and problem-solving class that provides three opportunities for investigating targeted emerging trends in supply chain innovation and sustainability.  Students will develop independent research, participate in team research and interview Chief Procurement Officers/VP Executives at Fortune 500 companies to develop problem-solving ideas.  The curriculum goal is to provide students the experience of independent thinking and the holistic integration of various supply chain topics and skills covered across the supply chain courses/curriculum.  The research will expand all media forms and will result in an independently written paper summarizing the research, interviews, and problem-solving ideas.  Additionally, the team project challenges students to integrate the research of fellow students on a specific subject covered in the independent research papers.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Procurement (SCHM 340), Introduction to Logistics (SCHM 211), Senior Standing

Course Number: SCHM 340

Course Name: Procurement

Course Description: This course discusses the opportunities and challenges surrounding acquiring the right product or service in the right quantity with the right quality from the right source at the right time for the right price. It provides an introduction and overview of the procurement process and its role in commercial enterprises. On-going changes in the procurement field are incorporated into the course and emerging controversies are highlighted to provide an up-to-date view of the profession.  The procurement course also incorporates “hands-on” assignments using online e-sourcing processes and tools.  Students participate in local chapters of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM NCAR) and APICS.  Guest speakers make presentations that provide insights on current topics and general global procurement issues.  Procurement is a required course for a Supply Chain Management major.  This course is generally taken by business school juniors in either the fall or spring semester.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Applied Calculus (MATH 026) or Calculus I (MATH 156), Statistics- Business & Economics (ECON 180), and Management Information Systems (INFO 204); Junior Standing

Course Number: SCHM 341

Course Name: Quality & Reliability Management

Course Description: This course is designed to examine Total Quality and Reliability Management, quality processes deployment, continuous improvement and various approaches to quality design of processes and products.  Additionally, concurrent product development and the integration of quality, quality analysis tools, statistical process controls, process capability studies, supplier quality assurance approaches, ISO 9000 series, and quality as a business strategy are also examined in this course.  Elements of Lean Management are also covered in context to the entire supply chain.  This includes identifying opportunities to implement lean operations and processes in a global supply chain.  Six Sigma processes are also covered in this course which prepares students to take the certification test upon completion of this course.  This course is taken by Supply Chain Management seniors during the spring semester.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Production & Operation Management (INFO 335), Junior standing

Course Number: SCHM 360

Course Name: Negotiation Fundamentals

Course Description: Negotiations are important in the context of acquiring goods and services and are used in many other aspects of professional and personal life. The ability to negotiate successfully is essential for business success, such as in negotiating with suppliers, customers, and employees over a wide range of issues.  This course focuses on improving the negotiation skills of each student.  It investigates the different psychological and dynamic approaches involved in maximizing negotiation results.  Students conduct one-on-one, multiple-party, team, and email negotiation exercises to apply the strategies and tactics acquired during this course.   Guest speakers provide insights on current negotiation topics and conduct negotiation exercises related to global negotiation issues. Negotiation Fundamentals is an elective course for a Supply Chain Management major.  This course is taken by juniors or seniors in either the fall or spring semester.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Junior Standing 

Course Number: SCHM 365

Course Name: Introduction to Government Acquisitions

Course Description: This course provides an introduction and overview of government contracting and its unique nature, demonstrating the differences between commercial and government contracting, with a concentration on the federal system. Based on Internet online resources, students will cover the topics, content, and organization of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Current reforms in the acquisition field are incorporated into the course and emerging controversies will be highlighted to provide students with an up-to-date view of the profession. Students may participate in local chapters of the National Contract Management Association.
Introduction to Government Acquisition is an elective course for a Supply Chain Management major.  This course is taken by Supply Chain Management juniors or seniors during the spring semester.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Procurement (SCHM 340); Junior Standing 

Course Number: SCHM 375

Course Name: Seminar- Information Technology in Business and Supply Chain Management

Course Description: This course provides an overview, insights, and importance of information technology applications/tools in support of supply chain management activities. It covers areas such as technology-driven supply chain evolution, customer and service management, manufacturing planning, supplier management relationships, logistics networks, and optimization, and SCM technology strategies.  Current innovations in information technology are incorporated into the course and emerging challenges/issues are highlighted to provide students with an understanding of the use and importance of information technology in supply chain management. The course uses IT and supplies chain websites, articles, white papers, relevant cases, and current news (e.g., Wall Street Journal) throughout course discussions. Guest speakers make presentations that provide insight on current topics and general global supply chain technology issues.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Management Information Systems (INFO 204); Junior Standing

Course Number: SCHM 390

Course Name: Supply Chain Integration (Capstone)

Course Description: The Supply Chain Management Integration (Capstone) course encompasses all supply chain components from suppliers through manufacturing and ultimately to the customer/end-user.  This course examines the key supply chain components ranging from Demand Management (SIOP), Materials Management / Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics Management, Conversion/ Manufacturing Management, Information, and Financial Management plus Risk Management and Sustainability to identify the important links and interdependencies between components.  Customer and Supplier relationships are also reviewed in this course to identify key interfaces with supply chain components.  Finally, this course reviews various supply chain integration pitfalls and opportunities. Students apply course skills through numerous real-world case analyses conducted during this course. Guest speakers make presentations to the class to provide insight on current topics and general corporate supply chain integration issues of the day.  A site visit to a local distribution center is potentially scheduled during the course based on Corporate availability.  Supply Chain Integration is a required course for a Supply Chain Management major.  This Supply Chain Integration course is the Supply Chain Management Capstone course taken by business school seniors in their final semester before graduating. 

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Procurement (SCHM 340) and Introduction to Logistics (SCHM 211); Senior Standing

Course Number: SCHM 396

Course Name: Project Management

Course Description: N/A

Credit Hours: N/A

Course Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing

Graduate Supply Chain Management Courses

Course Number: GIST 501

Course Name: Statistics and Business Analytics

Course Description: This course introduces the field of statistics and business analytics. As part of this course, students will learn statistical concepts and their application in the business analytics context. Specific topics include data management, data visualization, probability, and statistical inference, analysis, data modeling, and machine learning concepts and techniques. Content analysis and the application of selected data mining techniques will be illustrated.  The delivery of this course is through lectures, project work, and case studies with presentations. As part of the business analytics course curriculum, students will be trained on R, an open-source statistical software.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: N/A

Course Number: GIST 520

Course Name: Immersive Consulting Lab

Course Description: This course incorporates the hands-on experiential learning consulting Student Lab.  Students work on consulting projects in teams with Corporate Clients to address current IS, Supply Chain, and Management issues and/or opportunities.  These projects encompass information systems, supply chain operations, and general management activities that generate recommendations to address current issues and explore potential opportunities.

Student teams interact routinely with consulting coaches, Corporate Executives, and other Corporate subject matter experts throughout the consulting project.  This enhances student technical skills, soft skills, and management skills. 

Students prepare formal reports and management presentations that are provided to Corporate Clients at the completion of a consulting project.  Students also give formal presentations to Corporate Client Executives at the completion of a project.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: N/A

Course Number: GSCM 501

Course Name: Procurement Management

Course Description: This course discusses the opportunities and challenges surrounding the management of procuring the right product or service in the right quantity with the right quality/reliability from the right source at the right time for the right price. It provides an introduction and overview of procurement and its role in commercial enterprises and governmental entities. The procurement course also incorporates “hands-on” assignments using online e-sourcing processes and tools.  Current innovations in the procurement field are incorporated into the course and emerging challenges/issues are highlighted to provide students with an up-to-date view of the profession. The course uses procurement textbook material, websites, articles, white papers, relevant cases, and current news (e.g., Wall Street Journal) throughout course discussions.  Students participate in local chapters of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM NCAR) and APICS.  Guest speakers make presentations that provide insights on current topics and general global supply chain procurement issues.  

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: N/A

Course Number: GSCM 502

Course Name: Information Technology in Supply Chain Management

Course Description: This course provides an overview, insights, and importance of information technology applications in support of supply chain management activities. It covers areas such as technology-driven supply chain evolution, customer and service management, manufacturing planning, supplier management relationships, logistics networks, and optimization, and SCM technology strategies.  Current innovations in information technology are incorporated into the course and emerging challenges/issues are highlighted to provide students with an understanding of the use and importance of information technology in supply chain management. The course uses IT and supplies chain websites, articles, white papers, relevant cases, and current news (e.g., Wall Street Journal) throughout course discussions. Guest speakers make presentations that provide insight on current topics and general global supply chain technology issues.
This course also incorporates the opportunities and challenges involved in e-commerce including the evolution of e-commerce, supply chain e-commerce management, and electronic commerce tools used in supply chain management.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: N/A

Course Number: GSCM 504

Course Name: Government Acquisition

Course Description: This course provides an introduction and overview of government (e.g., Federal, State and Local) contracting and its unique nature, demonstrating the differences between commercial and government contracting, with a concentration on the federal system. Based on Internet on-line resources, students cover the organization of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and how to search for relevant subject coverage. The course also incorporates policies and procedures required by government entities.

Current innovations in the government procurement area are also incorporated into the course and emerging controversies are highlighted to provide students with an up-to-date view of the government procurement profession. The course uses government websites, articles, white papers, relevant cases and current news (e.g., Wall Street Journal) throughout course discussions. Guest speakers make presentations that provide insight on current government procurement topics and general issues.  Students participate in the local chapters of the National Contract Management Association.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: N/A

Course Number: GSCM 506

Course Name: Negotiations

Course Description: Negotiation is particularly important in the context of acquiring goods and services, and is used in many other aspects of professional and personal life. The ability to negotiate successfully is essential for managerial success, such as in negotiating with employees over a wide range of issues; performance objectives, merit increases, etc.  The negotiation course also encompasses the key strategies, targets, and execution plans to achieve success in commercial industries dealing with suppliers and customers. 

This course focuses on improving the negotiation skills of each student through the use of hands-on exercises throughout the course.  It also investigates the different psychological and dynamic approaches and tactics involved in maximizing negotiation results.  Guest speakers make presentations that provide insight on current topics and conduct mini-negotiation cases related to global negotiation issues.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: N/A

Course Number: GSCM 509

Course Name: Project Management

Course Description: 

This course incorporates concepts of project management and techniques for planning and controlling resources to accomplish specific project goals.  Various computer tools are used during this course in assignments and projects.  This course is geared towards creating skilled and desirable project managers, who are capable of planning, organizing, and managing large tasks involving groups of people, diverse technologies, and large organizations.  In the Project Management course students learn how to: 

  • Organize, schedule, and manage technology-oriented and other major projects 
  • Use planning software such as MS Project
  • Employ project selection and evaluation techniques
  • Identify project cycles and phases
  • Control and value project information
  • Integrate decision and risk analysis and into large scale project decisions

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: N/A

Course Number: GSCM 511

Course Name: Global Supply Management (Capstone)

Course Description: The Global Supply Chain Management course incorporates a “hands-on” approach through a combination of focused lectures, real-world cases, and working on a team project with actual global or local Corporations to investigate, analyze and identify recommendations to address current real-world Supply Chain Management problems/issues. (Experiential Learning)  

This course encompasses all supply chain components from suppliers through manufacturing and ultimately to the customer/end-user from a global business perspective.  The key supply chain components Demand Management (SIOP), Materials Management/Procurement, Fulfillment/ Logistics Management, Conversion/ Manufacturing Management, Information Systems, and Financial Management plus Risk Management and Sustainability are examined to identify the important links and interdependencies between components when implementing and managing global supply chains.  Government, Business, Customer, and Supplier relationships and regulations are also reviewed in this course to identify key interfaces between and impacts on global supply chain components and the management of those components.  

This course also reviews various global supply chain integration pitfalls, risks, and opportunities.  The course uses global supply chain websites, articles, white papers, relevant cases, and current news (e.g., Wall Street Journal) throughout course discussions. Various guest speakers make presentations providing insights on current topics and general corporate global supply chain management issues.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: N/A

Course Number: GSCM 590

Course Name: Logistics

Course Description: This course examines logistics and supplies chain management by taking a total system approach to the management of all activities involved in physically moving and storing raw materials, components, semi-finished inventory, and finished goods inventory from point of origin to point of use or consumption.  The importance of logistics and supply chain management strategic choices to firm performance will be emphasized. 

This course includes an analysis of logistics and global operations, aspects of marketing/channeling, ERP software and applications/tools, decision support systems, risk analysis and management, and quality function deployment across the supply chain. The course uses textbook material logistics websites, articles, white papers, relevant cases, and current news (e.g., Wall Street Journal) throughout course discussions.  Guest speakers make presentations that provide insight on current topics and general global logistics issues.

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: N/A

The Department of Information Systems| Supply Chain Management

Kamal Agarwal, Ph.D.

(Acting) Department Chair & Associate Professor

Information Systems & Supply Chain Management

Carlos Buskey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Information Systems & Supply Chain Management

Curtis Cain, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Information Systems & Supply Chain Management

Rajni Goel, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Professor

Office of the Dean, School of Business

James Haddow, MBA

Director of the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management

Information Systems & Supply Chain Management

Angela Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Information Systems & Supply Chain Management

Anupam Kumar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Information Systems & Supply Chain Management

Daniel Owunwanne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Information Systems & Supply Chain Management

Narendra Rustagi, Ph.D.

Professor

Information Systems & Supply Chain Management

Darian Unger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Information Systems & Supply Chain Management

Anthony Wilbon, Ph.D., PMP

Dean, Howard University School of Business

Office of the Dean, School of Business

Karthik Balasubramanian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Information Systems & Supply Chain Management

Mohammad Quasem, Ph.D.

Professor

Information Systems & Supply Chain Management