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This Supply Chain Design course is part of the MITx MicroMasters Credential in Supply Chain Management, offered by #1 ranked SCM Master's program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

CTL.SC2x Supply Chain Design covers all aspects involved in the design of supply chains for companies and organizations anywhere in the world. The course is divided into four main topic areas: Physical flow design, Supply chain finance, Information flow design, and Organization/Process design. In the design of physical flows, we show how to formulate and solve Transportation, Transshipment, Facility Location, and Network Design Problems. For financial flows we show how to translate supply chain concepts and actions into the language of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a company. We cover Activity Based Costing, Working Capital, the Cash-to-Cash cycle and Discounted Cash Flow Analysis. The design of the information flow section describes h...

This Supply Chain Design course is part of the MITx MicroMasters Credential in Supply Chain Management, offered by #1 ranked SCM Master's program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

CTL.SC2x Supply Chain Design covers all aspects involved in the design of supply chains for companies and organizations anywhere in the world. The course is divided into four main topic areas: Physical flow design, Supply chain finance, Information flow design, and Organization/Process design. In the design of physical flows, we show how to formulate and solve Transportation, Transshipment, Facility Location, and Network Design Problems. For financial flows we show how to translate supply chain concepts and actions into the language of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a company. We cover Activity Based Costing, Working Capital, the Cash-to-Cash cycle and Discounted Cash Flow Analysis. The design of the information flow section describes how firms communicate with suppliers (procurement, risk contracts), internal resources (production planning, bills of materials, material requirements planning), and customers (Sales & Operations Planning and other collaboration based processes). In the last section, we introduce performance metric design and organizational design within the supply chain organization focusing mainly on the centralize/decentralize decision.

The main topic areas we will focus on in this course are:

  • Supply Chain Network Design
  • Supply Chain Finance
  • Supplier Management
  • Production and Demand Planning
  • Process and Organizational Design

This course is indispensable if you’re considering a supply chain management career and, specifically, the positions of Supply Chain Analyst, Operations Manager, or Logistics Coordinator.

MITx MicroMasters Credential in Supply Chain Management

The MITx MicroMasters Credential in Supply Chain Management is specifically designed and administered by MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) to teach the critical skills needed to be successful in this exciting and growing field. In addition to being a standalone certificate demonstrating expertise in the field, students who complete all of the required courses and the final proctored exam will be qualified to apply to gain credit at MIT for the blended graduate master's degree program. In order to qualify for the MITx MicroMasters Credential in Supply Chain Management you need to earn a Verified Certificate in all of the required courses. When you register for a Verified Certificate you will also be granted access to additional practice problems, supplemental readings, and opportunities for increased interaction with the faculty and teaching staff.

To learn more about the MITx MicroMasters Credential in Supply Chain Management, please visit http://scm.mit.edu/micromasters

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10/10 starsTaking Now
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3 years, 6 months ago
I missed this one (SC2x), I'm enrolled to SC1x and SC3x. I am a fan of the supply Chain Management MITx XSeries. Will there be more openings for SC2x? I appreciate what you offered to the community... Kept up the good work. Sincerely, Kais M.
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1 year, 9 months ago
Is the first course of management of the supply chain that I do, to learn new knowledge about the supply chain and how to apply them at the industrial level
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10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 9 months ago
I am really please to join the program. In essence this is the first course I am taking in Supply Chain Management. Being graduate from accounting I believe my knowledge of budgeting and cost management will be of help to move through the challenging areas in the course. I do r$extend my regard to everyone participating in the course and much gratitude to course organizers.
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1 year, 10 months ago
I fully agree with some opinions previously given in this forum. This course and the entire micromaster in Supply Chain are very good. However the way to evaluate and qualify is terrible. It is not possible to concentrate the entire weight of the evaluation in the exams, especially when in exams the questions tend vertiginously to vary remarkably of the worked in exercises and graded assigments. That is the worst part of this course. ========================== Reference: Student (This was my third audited course in this series. If you are reading this, like me you are likely not interested in all the testimonials about how this course has changed someone’s life, or how much someone is looking forward to this. No, most likely you are wondering if this course is worth your time and effort. Let me put that to rest and give you a qualified yes. The material itself is interesting and challenging, and if you take this course you sh... I fully agree with some opinions previously given in this forum. This course and the entire micromaster in Supply Chain are very good. However the way to evaluate and qualify is terrible. It is not possible to concentrate the entire weight of the evaluation in the exams, especially when in exams the questions tend vertiginously to vary remarkably of the worked in exercises and graded assigments. That is the worst part of this course. ========================== Reference: Student (This was my third audited course in this series. If you are reading this, like me you are likely not interested in all the testimonials about how this course has changed someone’s life, or how much someone is looking forward to this. No, most likely you are wondering if this course is worth your time and effort. Let me put that to rest and give you a qualified yes. The material itself is interesting and challenging, and if you take this course you should plan on a minimum 10 hours per week if you get it and much more if you don’t. While the content is great, I have become increasingly disenchanted with the grading system being used. MIT makes a great show about the graded homework, midterm and final, which together constitute 100% of your grade (20%, 35%, and 45% respectively), as being 100% assessment, but I would disagree, as in my opinion the assessment materials are maybe 50 to 75% assessment and around 25% lets through a curve ball and see if you can figure it out within the limited time and number of chances allowed on an exam. Some may consider this assessment, but is it fair? This course is split up into two basic sections. The first section continues to work with complex location, shipment, and bidding models first introduced in analytics. The second section concerns financial calculations. The problems for me are that you are presented on a test with building a model or a spreadsheet calculation and given a twist that you probably have not seen before. So, you are presented with not only solving a problem with something you have not seen before, with no partial credit, limited tries (two) and limited time to figure it out, I believe this setup unfairly punishes anyone who is not cheating. It is hard to disparage something you are given for free but there should be no reason that someone who puts in the effort to learn the material, do the homework and who ends up with a basic understanding of the material should suffer because the people teaching the course what to go beyond what has been thought in the course. I have found having been out of college for many years that I am less and less tolerant of these games.
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1 year, 11 months ago
Starting November of last year I started the SCx series alongside a masters in software engineering, and so far I am very happy with the decision to add this program to my track. My degree is in economics and work in operations research, logistics & data science, and I have to say that the rigor and relevance of these courses is unparalleled. This particular course was a bit easier than the previous two, IFF you really learned the material from the previous two. The real benefit SC2x provided me was translating my analyses into balance sheet/income statement language. Looking forward to finishing the MM program and combining it with my other interests. A special note on the CTL team -- Chris Caplice does a very good job instructing as well as producing the program. The SCx professors and support/development teams all work tremendously hard to create the highest quality online program I've ever been a part of -- other providers ou... Starting November of last year I started the SCx series alongside a masters in software engineering, and so far I am very happy with the decision to add this program to my track. My degree is in economics and work in operations research, logistics & data science, and I have to say that the rigor and relevance of these courses is unparalleled. This particular course was a bit easier than the previous two, IFF you really learned the material from the previous two. The real benefit SC2x provided me was translating my analyses into balance sheet/income statement language. Looking forward to finishing the MM program and combining it with my other interests. A special note on the CTL team -- Chris Caplice does a very good job instructing as well as producing the program. The SCx professors and support/development teams all work tremendously hard to create the highest quality online program I've ever been a part of -- other providers ought to take notes.
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 11 months ago
This is a great course for those who persuade the career in the field of supply chain. Specially for those who would like to update the knowledge like me. It is very important to allocate sufficient time and effort to get the maximum out of the course. If you are not familiar with MILP and other basic math that are used in this course, I highly recommend follow CTL.SC0x prior to taking this course. Thank you MIT staff and community TA's for the great job done during the course.
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8/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 11 months ago
This was my third audited course in this series. If you are reading this, like me you are likely not interested in all the testimonials about how this course has changed someone’s life, or how much someone is looking forward to this. No, most likely you are wondering if this course is worth your time and effort. Let me put that to rest and give you a qualified yes. The material itself is interesting and challenging, and if you take this course you should plan on a minimum 10 hours per week if you get it and much more if you don’t. While the content is great, I have become increasingly disenchanted with the grading system being used. MIT makes a great show about the graded homework, midterm and final, which together constitute 100% of your grade (20%, 35%, and 45% respectively), as being 100% assessment, but I would disagree, as in my opinion the assessment materials are maybe 50 to 75% assessment and around 25% lets through a curv... This was my third audited course in this series. If you are reading this, like me you are likely not interested in all the testimonials about how this course has changed someone’s life, or how much someone is looking forward to this. No, most likely you are wondering if this course is worth your time and effort. Let me put that to rest and give you a qualified yes. The material itself is interesting and challenging, and if you take this course you should plan on a minimum 10 hours per week if you get it and much more if you don’t. While the content is great, I have become increasingly disenchanted with the grading system being used. MIT makes a great show about the graded homework, midterm and final, which together constitute 100% of your grade (20%, 35%, and 45% respectively), as being 100% assessment, but I would disagree, as in my opinion the assessment materials are maybe 50 to 75% assessment and around 25% lets through a curve ball and see if you can figure it out within the limited time and number of chances allowed on an exam. Some may consider this assessment, but is it fair? This course is split up into two basic sections. The first section continues to work with complex location, shipment, and bidding models first introduced in analytics. The second section concerns financial calculations. The problems for me are that you are presented on a test with building a model or a spreadsheet calculation and given a twist that you probably have not seen before. So, you are presented with not only solving a problem with something you have not seen before, with no partial credit, limited tries (two) and limited time to figure it out, I believe this setup unfairly punishes anyone who is not cheating. It is hard to disparage something you are given for free but there should be no reason that someone who puts in the effort to learn the material, do the homework and who ends up with a basic understanding of the material should suffer because the people teaching the course what to go beyond what has been thought in the course. I have found having been out of college for many years that I am less and less tolerant of these games.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
I was very impressed at how rigorous and demanding this class was. I learned a lot. SC2x felt like a mini-MBA with classes touching on economics, finance, and operations. Instructors were outstanding and very engaging. It was a lot of work but I enjoyed the material tremendously.
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2 years, 10 months ago
Excellent all-around. Challenging but will impact my career positively immediately. Be prepared to spend the upper limit of time on the course per week.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
The course content was simply spectacular. I have been empowered with so much knowledge that I feel like I want to explode. It gives you hands on knowledge on how to apply the concepts to real life scenarios and the instructors teach in a strategic manner that ensures one learns constructively. You have to love MS excel to succeed in this course. SC3x here I come.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 10 months ago
I am student of indutrial engineer and work in logistics, I would like to do this course. When will open it? thanks
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
Excellent Class; A deeper dive into the material than I had in my MBA. Also a good basic refresher on financial and cost accounting from a managerial perspective. In this class you will get a lot of practice with using linear programming to solve network flow and other problems. Be forewarned if you don't like setting up LP and MILP models. For me, however, this was one of the best parts of the class. Years ago, in an operations research class, we spent the better part of five weeks grinding through tables by hand to learn the mechanics of the simplex method, integer programming, relaxation, etc. But didn't really touch on useful applications. Then in B-school we solved various abstract network exercises. But this class tied it together into real-world problems, such has facilities location, optimizing shipping costs, etc. One note with respect to software requirements: Most of the problems can be solved with either Li... Excellent Class; A deeper dive into the material than I had in my MBA. Also a good basic refresher on financial and cost accounting from a managerial perspective. In this class you will get a lot of practice with using linear programming to solve network flow and other problems. Be forewarned if you don't like setting up LP and MILP models. For me, however, this was one of the best parts of the class. Years ago, in an operations research class, we spent the better part of five weeks grinding through tables by hand to learn the mechanics of the simplex method, integer programming, relaxation, etc. But didn't really touch on useful applications. Then in B-school we solved various abstract network exercises. But this class tied it together into real-world problems, such has facilities location, optimizing shipping costs, etc. One note with respect to software requirements: Most of the problems can be solved with either Libre Office or Microsoft Excel. Some exercises are a little easier if you have access to Excel, as it can save certain parameters which Libre Office cannot. Plus, the Libre Office optimizer can only optimize contiguous blocks of decision variables, while Microsoft office is more flexible in this regard. (And if you don't know what I'm referring to, don't worry... You will learn it in the class. I used Libre Office for 95% of the work.)
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Thami Mfundisi

6/10 starsDropped
3 years, 3 months ago
I too would like to see more of this series. According to me, SCM is a valuable inter disciplinary environment and no one should love without learning from such a direction.
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Erika Lisovszki

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 4 months ago
I hope it will be announced soon because I'd like to do the whole XSeries and I was able only to enroll to the other 2 courses. I'd prefer having it self-paced if it's possible... Anyway, thanks for the opportunity to be able to learn about this interesting field of business :)
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Zeeshan Irshad

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 5 months ago
I missed this one (SC2x), I'm enrolled to SC1x and SC3x. I am a fan of the supply Chain Management MITx XSeries. Will there be more openings for SC2x? I appreciate what you offered to the community... Kept up the good work.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 5 months ago
Excelent course, one of the best that I have been taken, clear concept, well structured, good practices excersices and an excellent professor. congratulations.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 5 months ago
I also miss this one (SC2x), I'm enrolled to SC1x Feb'16 and SC3x May'16, and I would appreciate a SC2 we can enrol&accomplish before the SC3x starts in May'16.
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3 years, 6 months ago
This is an excellent course to go through for supply chain professionals. It addresses each of the supply chain processes and the design considerations that go into those processes. The course wraps up with the prevalent organizational structures and the metrics for measuring the performance. Many of the practitioners would be working in a particular area of the supply chain and this course helps develop a comprehensive overview of the whole chain and the interdependencies of his function with the other interfacing functions. Similarly for software professionals and consultants working in a particular area, it provides a complete overview and also helps in developing a good understanding of the logic (S&OP, optimization, MRP, ATP) that goes into the functioning of the software. With respect to the course content, I suggest inclusion of the following either within the existing topics or as additional topics- 1. Little's law and the... This is an excellent course to go through for supply chain professionals. It addresses each of the supply chain processes and the design considerations that go into those processes. The course wraps up with the prevalent organizational structures and the metrics for measuring the performance. Many of the practitioners would be working in a particular area of the supply chain and this course helps develop a comprehensive overview of the whole chain and the interdependencies of his function with the other interfacing functions. Similarly for software professionals and consultants working in a particular area, it provides a complete overview and also helps in developing a good understanding of the logic (S&OP, optimization, MRP, ATP) that goes into the functioning of the software. With respect to the course content, I suggest inclusion of the following either within the existing topics or as additional topics- 1. Little's law and the concepts of lean manufacturing 2. Theory of Constraints 3. Cellular manufacturing As the course is further developed, MIT can consider making the problems broad based with respect to the industry content. For example, blending problems of the process industries, model mix problems in the auto industry etc.
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Diana Jackson

9/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
I missed this one , however I really wish it was offered at your owned paced. I study better this way considering heavy work schedule, and family responsibility. Please consider offering the class in the future at "self-paced". I appreciate what you offered to the community... Kept up the good work. Sincerely, Diana J.
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2/10 starsDropped
3 years, 6 months ago
I request this be made available offline/ self-paced/video recordings to watch & learn it later, as i missed it, though a topic of interest.
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3 years, 6 months ago
I'm enrolled to SC1x and SC3x. I'm missing this one and seems important to have before SC3x. Will there be more openings for SC2x?
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Alyona Appel

9/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
I enjoyed this course, which was taught on a graduate level. It was worth my time although I have yet to see direct career benefits of taking it. The instructors were engaging in their explanations and course TA support was well organized. Practice and verified problems were interesting to solve and discuss in the forum. I can warmly recomment the course.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 8 months ago
I am a fan of the supply Chain Management MITx XSeries. I took the first course of the series a year ago and now I am enrolled in the second course. I am in the process of finishing week 1 and so far so good. Dr Caplice is a phenomenal teacher and the team makes great presentations. On top of that, practice questions and tests are awesome, I really enjoy it. I work most of the time following oil and gas markets, so the time I take to learn in this course is equivalent to make mental push-ups.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 8 months ago
Finished and enjoyed part-1. The content is good and on the same level as most executive masters. Just finished week 1 of part2 and it is as expected. Would recommend this course to anyone who wants to be or become a supply chain professional. Thanks.
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3 years, 8 months ago
Hello, I am recurring student (gee...feels mint fresh to say as a myself student). I took the first part and instantly knew I had to take up the second one. So here I am...Look forward to network with you brilliant people.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 8 months ago
I hope that this course will be incredible and very interesting. I hope to use my knowledge in this course. I'm a mechanical engineer in Spain
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8/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 8 months ago
Hello, this is my first online course and hence would like to know about the class as how and when it'd take place and if I happen to miss anything, how would i be able to get that?
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 8 months ago
@Abhishek:Hi Abhishek, you'd have to wait till Summer 2016 to take the Part-1 of the series. I had enrolled for it but had to back out at the last minute! Was real disapppointed. There's no other way of accessing it. Cheers.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 9 months ago
I'm really looking forward to starting the course. Seems that it will provide us with insights both in an academic perspective and also examples on how to implement theory in real life.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 9 months ago
I missed it's 1st part, however I will still go for this one and keep looking to catch up with the Part 1 version whenever it is available again. Please share if any one has any advise on how to access the Part 1.
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