ISyE 3103 Introduction to Supply Chain Modeling:


Spring 2004


Instructor: Spyros Reveliotis

Room #: ISyE 316

Phone #: 894-6608




Office Hours: 10:00-11:00am MWF or by appointment


Course GTA’s and their Office Hours:

·Siddhartha Maheshwary: 

·Chayakrit Charoensiriwath: MW 2-3:30pm at the 1st Floor of the Dupree Building




Course Objective

This course is an introduction to the problems underlying the design and operation of contemporary supply chains, with a special emphasis on the logistical issues relating to the material and the information flow in these systems.


More specifically, the primary objectives sought by the course are as follows:

·         A systematic description of the operations taking place in contemporary supply chains, and of the underlying design, planning and control problems.

·         Familiarization of the student with the mathematical models and techniques that can support the systematic analysis of the identified problems.

·         An introduction of some basic computational tools that can support the implementation of the presented analytical methodologies (mainly through the homework assignments).


A Tentative Course Outline

1.       Introduction: Course Objectives, Context, and Outline

2.       Supply Chain Structure and Operations

3.       Linking Supply Chain Management (SCM) to Corporate Strategy

4.       The primary levers of Supply Chain Strategy: The major role of Facilities, Transportation, Inventory and Information

5.       Market characterization: the role of (demand) forecasting in SCM and the prevailing forecasting techniques

6.       Transportation-related issues and models

7.       Facility-related problems

8.       Information Technology issues and Supply Chain Coordination

9.       E-Business models and issues


Course Policies


Homework: The homework will consist of conceptual, theoretical and computationally-oriented problems and projects / case studies. Collaboration towards its solution is allowed, but each student must turn in his/her work; photocopies will not be accepted. Homework must be turned in on the specified due date.


Exams: There will be 2 midterms and a final exam. Tentative exam dates are as follows:

·         Midterm I: Monday, February 16

·         Midterm II: Monday, March 29

·         Final: TBA


Exams will be closed-book, with 2 pages of notes allowed. Furthermore, it is expected that your Academic Honor Code will be respected. Make-up exams and incompletes will be given only in case of emergencies, and only after officially documented proof is provided.



·         Homework: 25%

·         Midterm I: 20%

·         Midterm II: 20%

·         Final: 35%


Course Reading Material


·         Textbook: S. Chopra and P. Meindl, Supply Chaim Management: Strategy, Planning and Operation, Prentice Hall, 2001.

·         Material posted at my homepage and/or the library (electronic) reserves site


Other useful references:


1.       Any other introductory book on Supply Chain Management and Logistics; e.g.,

·         Ballou, R., “Business Logistics Management”, 4th ed., Prentice Hall, 1998.

·         Johnson, J., Wood, D., Wardlow, D. and Murphy, Jr., P., “Contemporary Logistics”, 7th ed., Prentice Hall, 1999. (a nice exposition of supply chain operations and the underlying issues)


2.       Journals and Magazines:

·         IIE Solutions

·         Interfaces

·         International Journal of Production Research

·         Journal of Production and Operations Management

·         IIE Transactions

·         Operations Research

·         Management Science