Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM)

Course descriptions

Core seminars (6 credits)

Offered by: Management
Program: MSc

The course focuses on systematic treatments of linear statistical models for regression, analysis of variance and experimental design with special emphasis on applications in business and economics. Topics include regression analysis: inference, model building, diagnostics, remedial measures and validation; single-factor and two-factor ANOVA models, and analysis of covariance. Other statistical tools for specialized applications discussed may include logistic regression, path analysis and time series regression. Case studies are employed to illustrate tools for fitting, checking, validating and interpreting linear models.

Offered by: Management
Program: MSc

The objective of this seminar is to provide a basic understanding of the research process and a knowledge of the methods used in the design and execution of scientific research relevant to social sciences, and specifically the business context. The seminar helps students to develop skills needed to assess the feasibility and potential contribution of proposed studies, and to critically evaluate research reported by others. The application of relevant research methods are reviewed through discussions of exemplary articles published in leading journals. Cornerstone topics in this seminar include: theory construction, measurement, overview of data collection methods, reliability, as well as internal and external validity issues.

Prerequisites & notes

Students who have taken MSCA 612, MSCA 613 or MSCA 614 may not take this seminar for credit.


Supply Chain Management seminars (15 credits)

Offered by: Supply Chain and Business Technology Management
Program: MSCM

This seminar emphasizes the theoretical and practical aspects of advanced optimization modelling techniques in supply chain planning. Among the topics covered are network optimization, non-linear programming, stochastic programming, Markov processes and application of duality in developing decomposition-based solution approaches for large linear and integer models. Use of commercial modelling platform and optimization software are an integral part of this seminar.

Offered by: Supply Chain and Business Technology Management
Program: MSCM

This seminar covers the practices, techniques and regulations associated with sourcing and movement of materials in the global supply chains. Among the topics covered on sourcing are impact of globalization on sourcing, supplier evaluation and selection, supplier performance management, purchasing, electronic procurement, negotiations, contract law, supplier relationship management. Issues in global logistics are discussed in the second half of the seminar. Among the topics covered are distribution channels, warehousing, transportation management, reverse logistics, green logistics and sustainability, and cross-border issues in logistics. The coverage is supplemented by case studies and research articles.

Offered by: Supply Chain and Business Technology Management
Program: MSCM

Prerequisite: MSCM 681 or equivalent. This seminar focuses on managerial and modelling issues in supply chain design and coordination along the supply chain. Models in facility location, distribution networks and global supply chain networks are studied. The strategic aspects of supply chain design are discussed in terms of competitive drivers. The second part of the seminar deals with coordination issues. Among the concepts and models covered in this respect are supply chain contracts, collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment, bullwhip effect, postponement, and vendor managed inventory. Articles, case studies, optimization software and simulation game are used as part of seminar delivery.

Offered by: Supply Chain and Business Technology Management
Program: MSCM

The seminar presents advanced forecasting tools that assist market analysis, revenue management tools that optimize operational performance and approaches in building flexibilities to enhance manufacturing and organizational capabilities. Among the topics covered are advanced forecasting models, judgemental forecasting and adjustment, customer relationship management, consumer choice models, dynamic pricing, capacity control, network revenue management, manufacturing and organizational flexibilities. The seminar content is delivered via a combination of lectures, case analyses and research articles.

Offered by: Supply Chain and Business Technology Management
Program: MSCM

Prerequisite: MSCM 681 or equivalent. Strategies for managing the various risks along the supply chain are studied. Quantitative and qualitative approaches used in analyzing such risks and scenarios are covered. The seminar discusses risk identification and management, trade-offs in risk management, strategies for robustness, scenario planning, financial risks and disruption planning. The approaches used for modelling and analyzing the supply chain risks are presented through lectures, case analyses and research articles.


Elective seminars (3 credits)

The selection of specialized seminars that are offered on a rotating basis, subject to the academic advisor’s approval and may vary from session to session.

Offered by: Finance
Program: MSc

Theoretical and empirical issues on the valuation and the financial use of options and futures are studied in this seminar. The seminar begins with an introduction of the options and futures markets and proceeds with the developments of pricing models for evaluating these securities. Several different types of options and futures contracts (such as stock index options, options on debt instruments and currencies, interest rate and stock index futures) are introduced and strategies for using them for arbitrage, hedging, and speculative purposes are discussed.

Offered by: Finance
Program: MSc

Changes in topic will be indicated by the letter following this seminar number e.g., MSCA 632A, MSCA 632B, etc.

Offered by: Management
Program: MSc

This course is a research-oriented seminar, in which we will explore a number of different theoretical perspectives on organizations and organizational environments. The primary aim of the seminar is to introduce students to an understanding of how organizational scholars have conceptualized and studied organizations as social systems and how these social systems interact with and are embedded in the context of an external environment. Particular attention is given to how organizations can be understood, both internally and in relation to the environment, as social structures composed of relationships, interdependencies, and social-cultural institutions. At the end of the seminar, students would have acquired a sophisticated understanding of the social and social cognitive context through which behaviour by people in organizations is both facilitated and constrained.

Offered by: Management
Program: MSc

This seminar explores the interaction of globalization and the organization. It explores three levels of analysis: (1) the broad institutional environment, (2) the organization itself, and (3) human. The emphasis is on developing analytical assessments of drivers and outcomes of globalization. The course objective is to develop a critical appraisal of the causes and effects of globalization, recognizing the complex interaction between different levels of analysis. Develop skills in forming logical, clear and rigorous analysis and research that will further understanding of globalization.

Offered by: Marketing
Program: MSc

This seminar acquaints students with well-known approaches to managerial decision-making and research in the area of Product Innovation and New Product Marketing. Analytical approaches presented in recent publications, combined with some important "classics", will be stressed. The course focuses primarily on new product development/marketing and covers a variety of topics, strategies, phases and analytical approaches relevant to this subject area. Specific topic areas include: innovation and new product development (NPD) strategies, the stages of the NPD process, new service development, and organization for NPD.

Offered by: Marketing
Program: MSc

Changes in topic will be indicated by the letter following this seminar number e.g., MSCA 672A, MSCA 672B, etc.

Offered by: Supply Chain and Business Technology Management
Program: MSc

This seminar is designed to introduce students to several multivariate analysis techniques with emphasis on the practical use of these tools in business research. Techniques that will be covered in this course include MANOVA, discriminant analysis, principal components and factor analysis, canonical correlation analysis and multidimensional scaling. The objective of the seminar is to provide a fundamental understanding of the nature, power, and the limitations of multivariate statistical techniques.

Offered by: Supply Chain and Business Technology Management
Program: MSc

This course covers the strategic management of information technology and investigates the potential of information technology to improve organizational competitive advantage. Students will be exposed to topics such as strategic alignment of information technology, information technology governance, impact of information technology on organizational transformation, strategic management of global information technology. Managerial responsibilities, strategies, and research issues are presented through readings, critiques, discussions, and presentations. With the knowledge acquired during this course, students will be able to meet the challenges of promoting the use of information technology as an authentic strategic asset.


Thesis (21 credits)

Offered by:
Program: MSc

The MSc thesis requirement is intended to provide candidates with an opportunity to carry out an investigation in depth in a particular area of interest and to make a contribution to knowledge in the area. It is expected that the thesis will include a comprehensive and critical synthesis of the relevant literature and will also embody either a theoretical contribution to knowledge, a rigorous empirical investigation or both. A Thesis Committee consists of a faculty member as Supervisor and two other faculty members. An Examining Committee consists of the Thesis Committee and a Thesis Examination Chair appointed by the School’s MSc Director in accordance with the thesis regulations specified in the graduate calendar.

*Please note that all course listing on this page is subject to change. Current students should consult the graduate calendar or refer to their program team for the most updated information. 

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