Why Study Supply Chain and Information Management at IU Southeast?

A degree in SCM provides students with strong employment opportunities in the fields of information systems, supply chain, quality, and project management. Furthermore, many SCM graduates have successfully completed internationally recognized professional certifications in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, and Information Technology resulting in a distinct competitive advantage in securing professional positions.

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This concentration integrates the study of two areas of business: Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Information Systems (IS). SCM examines the operational processes organizations use to transform inputs into outputs. IS captures, analyzes, and creates reports to support management decisions throughout the organization. IS is central to the SCM because it provides the technology platform for supply chain management system and helps transform data into information for decision making and strategic management. This unique blend of curricula will enable students to address both the operational and technological challenges of the future.

For a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Bachelor of Science in Business program page »

Program Requirements

Supply Chain and Information Management (24 credit hours)

Required Courses

  • BUS-K330 Contemporary Topics in Information Technology
  • BUS-K340 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • BUS-K440 Business Intelligence
  • BUS-P330 Project Management
  • BUS-P421 Supply Chain Management
  • BUS-P430 Total Quality Management

Electives - Must take two courses from the following:

  • BUS-D300 International Business Administration
  • BUS-M365 Internet Marketing
  • BUS-M425 Services Marketing
  • CSCI-A CSCI-C 201 Or 201 Introduction to Programming I Introduction to Programming II


Any combination (six cr. hrs.) of 300/400-level Business or Economics courses outside SCIM (BUS-K or BUS-P). Cannot be satisfied by internship, professional practice, or BUS-M 300. A course cannot count in both the 18 SCIM concentration hours and the 6 required elective hours for SCIM.

**Reminder: Students choosing 200-level courses still must have at least 45cr. hrs. of 300/400-level coursework to graduate.

BUS-K 330 Contemporary Topics in Information Technology (3 cr.)
Focuses on key information technology issues that exist in the business world that must be managed, dealt with, and resolved. Such issues include running IS like a business, technology leadership and partnership, outsourcing, IS resources and staffing, client server systems management, telecommunications, and the IT infrastructure to support business initiatives.

BUS-K 340 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (3 cr.)
This course introduces students to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, software that runs all business areas of an organization. The topics include the managerial and technical issues in planning, designing, implementing, and extending enterprise systems and technologies. Hands-on exercises and discussions will be used to demonstrate process improvement methodologies, system integrations, and ERP implementations.

BUS-K 440 Business Intelligence (3 cr.)
The objective of this course is to introduce students to Business Intelligence (BI), including the processes, methodologies, infrastructure, and current practices used to transform data into useful information for decision making purposes. The topics include data management principles, data models, and BI technologies for report design and development, data warehouse, data mining, and online analytical processing (OLAP). Practical, hands-on computer lab experience includes structured query language (SQL) and advanced usage of spreadsheet software. The major ideas and techniques are reinforced through class assignments on real-life business data analysis involving BI techniques and tools.

BUS-P 330 Project Management (3 cr.)
This course will introduce the student to the full range of project management topics, concerns, problems, solution methods, and decision processes. These areas include: project selection, project organizational structures, negotiation, project planning, project scheduling and resource loading, project budgeting, project monitoring and control, project auditing, and project termination.

BUS-P 421 Supply Chain Management (3 cr.)
This course focuses on the strategic design of supply chains with a particular focus on understanding customer value. Supply chain strategy examines how companies can use the supply chain to gain a competitive advantage. Students develop the ability to conceptualize, design, and implement supply chains aligned with product, market, and customer characteristics. The course approaches supply chain management from a managerial perspective and introduces concepts in a format useful for management decision making including using case analysis, team-based learning and business presentations.

BUS-P 430 Total Quality Management (3 cr.)
Introduces students to concepts of total quality management. Methods and application of quality control techniques commonly used in manufacturing and service organizations are presented. Research and theory relevant to quality concepts such as the economics and measurement of quality, the evolution of total quality management, team building and employee empowerment, vendor relations, elementary reliability theory, customer relations and feedback, quality assurance systems, statistical quality control, preventive maintenance programs, and product safety and liability are discussed.



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J. Brian Atwater
Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
Phone: (812) 941-2058
Office Location: HH 008
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Kathryn W. Ernstberger
Professor of Business Administration
Phone: (812) 941-2651
Office Location: HH 219 C
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Michael Harris
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Phone: (812) 941-2455
Office Location: HH 016
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Ranida B. Harris
Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
Phone: (812) 941-2324
Office Location: HH 026
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Paul H. Pittman
Professor of Operations Management
Phone: (812) 941-2524
Office Location: HH 022
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SCIM concentration prepares students for careers in both information systems and operations management in many different types of organizations. Typical careers are in information systems, operations management, project management, or management consulting. Some examples include:

  • Business Analyst
  • Operations/Production Manager
  • Business Application Developer
  • Project Manager
  • IT Consultant
  • Systems Analyst
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Buyer/Planner
  • Quality Manager
  • Sourcing or Purchasing Manager
  • Logistics Planner or Manager
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Systems Developer
  • Inventory Planner
  • Database Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Web Developer
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • IT User Liaison
  • Technical Writer