Business Courses

These courses provide ISM students with a technical understanding of the plan-source-make-deliver-return functions of supply management as well as methods of continuous improvement. 

Note: The WMU online catalog is the governing guide for course offerings and descriptions. If you have any questions about courses or your curriculum, please contact the ISM advisor.

MGMT 2800 Introduction to Supply Management: Introduces students to a framework for making longer-term decisions in supply chain management, and stresses the importance of developing and executing a supply chain management strategy that is consistent with the business strategy of the organization.  An emphasis will also be placed on supply chain management as a competitive weapon.  This course is designed to introduce sourcing, operations, and logistics topics.  The primary objective of this course is to extend the student’s knowledge of the basic elements, issues, and problems facing the firm’s supply chain.  Key topics include customer service, quality management, supply chain infrastructures, transactions, inventory and manufacturing strategies, and procurement management.  The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the design, implementation, and broad management of effective and efficient supply chain systems.

MGMT 3200 ERP System Management: Through a hands-on enterprise resource planning software configuration project, students learn how information technology can help a firm manage its business processes. Management issues associated with implementing and managing ERP systems, such as project management, configuration control, training, system testing and change management, will also be explored.

MGMT 3810 Improving Supply Systems: Supply management systems are best improved using collaboration involving joint problem solving and creativity. Students will have the opportunity to use various individual and group problem-solving techniques while systematically and creatively developing improvements for a real supply management process in a client company. Students will use project management tools in developing the process improvements, and will identify and analyze the cost drivers of the process. Students will also present their project results and recommendations to the client company.

MKTG 3720 Purchasing Management: The organization and operation of the purchasing function, responsibilities and policies; problems confronting the purchasing department; relationships with other departments and suppliers.

MKTG 4630 Business Logistics: An analysis of the movement, handling, and storage of products and materials, including work-in-process and finished goods.  Emphasis on customer requirements and customer satisfaction, total quality management, and optimization of total distribution costs.

MGMT 4640 Production Management and Control: Quantitative and computer-based methods of planning and controlling operations in manufacturing industries and service organizations. Areas covered in depth include scheduling, aggregate planning, and inventory control. This course is intended for students interested in quantitative applications in business as well as management majors concentrating in production and operations management.

LAW 4840 International Business Law: A study of national, regional and international laws which affect the conduct of international business. An examination of the legal regulations which promote or restrain trade or investment by international business firms.

LAW 4860 Marketing and Sales Law: The course examines the law as it applies to the sale of goods, warranties affecting such sales and the methods of financing those sales. Legal obligations imposed upon and risks assumed by the seller are emphasized.

GEOG 3010 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems: An introductory course that covers the use and application of geographic information systems (GIS). It combines an overview of general principles of GIS and practical experience in map creation and the use of spatial information, including fundamental aspects of measurement, representation and analysis. Intro GIS focuses on the basics of working with both vector and raster data, as well as the societal aspects of GIS (emerging uses, interaction with new technologies, data standards, public access to information).