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Code IE 454
Term 201801
Title Supply Chain Analysis
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Subject Industrial Engineering(IE)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Murat Kaya,
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
IE401 MS401
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Case Study

Case studies featuring mathematical modeling and managerial discussion of supply chains. Application of production and operations management tools in analyzing real-world supply chain problems. Product development, capacity, distribution, inventory deployment, risk management, quality, service, coordination (information sharing and contracting), and information technology in supply chain management.


This course is based on case studies, mathematical models and discussions on supply chain management. Students are expected to use production and operations management tools in addressing real-world supply chain problems. Topics include inventory management, contracting, coordination, information sharing, product development, distribution, outsourcing and information technology in supply chains.

Learning Outcome

Identify sources of inefficiency and conflict in supply chains and describe ways to overcome such inefficiencies
Discuss inventory management, network planning, distribution, procurement, contracting and product development issues in supply chains
Describe key supply chain concepts including risk pooling, bullwhip effect, coordination, push-pull boundary, and outsourcing
Relate industrial engineering and operations research methods obtained in previous courses to real-life supply chain problems
Use contemporary supply chain terminology
Demonstrate business case analysis skills
Engage in constructive classroom discussions

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 3
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 4
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 3
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Eng. & Natural Sci.
1 Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 4
2 Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 4
3 Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 4
4 Ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 4
5 Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 2
6 Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 4
7 Knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 4
Industrial Engineering Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Formulate and analyze problems in complex manufacturing and service systems by comprehending and applying the basic tools of industrial engineering such as modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics. 4
2 Design and develop appropriate analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy. 5
3 Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools. 3
Materials Science and Nano Engineering Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 1
2 Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 1
3 Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 1
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Midterm 60
Exam 10
Assignment 10
Participation 20
Recommended or Required Reading

Simchi-Levi, D. Kaminsky, P., Simchi-Levi, E., Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies and Case Studies, 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2007.


Additional reading material to be announced in class.

Cases Most case studies are available in the coursebook. Supplemental reading material to be announced in class, including a number of Harvard Business School (HBS) cases. These should be purchased from the HBS publishing website