ASCM Course Listing

Purchasing and Materials Management (ASCM 626, 3 Credits)
(Formerly PCMS 626) An overview of the procurement and contracting cycle, along with other organizational functions. Discussion covers methods of purchasing and source selection, with a focus on receipt, inspection, and quality assurance. Documentation and reporting specifics are examined, as are surplus, salvage, and disposal issues. Inventory, physical distribution, and logistics are considered.

Legal Aspects of Contracting (ASCM 627, 3 Credits)
(Formerly PMAN 636 and PCMS 627) A study of the law of commercial purchasing, including the law of agency, contracts, sales, torts, and antitrust. The Federal Acquisition Regulation and American Bar Association model procurement codes for state and local governments are examined. Topics include the authority of purchasing, unauthorized purchases, rights and duties of sellers and buyers under a contract, buyer rights upon receipt of nonconforming goods, ability to terminate a sales contract, formation of government contracts, and formal dispute resolution. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ASCM 627, ASCM 650, PCMS 627, or PCMS 650.

Contract Pricing and Negotiations (ASCM 628, 3 Credits)
(Formerly PCMS 628) A study of techniques for planning, conducting, and managing negotiated procurement. Focus is on analytical techniques for conducting price and cost analysis in preparation for negotiations. Techniques for critically examining all categories of costs, including profit, are examined. The theory and practice of negotiations are studied, and opportunities to practice negotiation techniques to achieve a fair and reasonable contract price are given. Emphasis is on practice in preparing negotiation positions through analysis of cases containing detailed cost and pricing data. Ethical decision making throughout these processes is addressed.

Strategic Purchasing and Logistics (ASCM 629, 3 Credits)
(Formerly PCMS 629) An investigation of issues and methodologies related to strategic purchasing and logistics. Topics include the ethics, social responsibility, and accountability considerations in procurement, logistics, and contract management. Discussion also covers the professional development of staff, just-in-time management, electronic data interchange, vendor assessment and development, pricing and negotiation, and international procurement issues.

Commercial Transactions in a Technological Environment: Law, Management, and Technology (ASCM 630, 3 Credits)
(Formerly PCMS 630) Recommended: ASCM 627 or PCMS 627 or ADMN 627. A presentation of the legal issues and management methodologies related to commercial transactions in a technological environment. Topics include the law, ethics, accountability, and contract management considerations in the procurement of technology products and services. Discussion also covers commercial sales transactions, government commercial item acquisition, private and government contracts for services, assignment and protection of proprietary rights in technology products, technology transfers, and international contractual issues in the procurement of products and services. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ASCM 630, ASCM 650, PCMS 630, or PCMS 650.

Integrative Supply Chain Management (ASCM 631, 3 Credits)
(Formerly PCMS 631) A study of supply chain issues, techniques, methodologies, and strategies designed to enhance organizational procurement efficiency. Integrated supply chain management, as a core competitive strategy that affects the organization's bottom line, is explored. Topics include the integration of information, supplies and materials flows across multiple supply chain channels, and how these flows can be streamlined and optimized for more efficient procurement. Discussion also covers the role of information systems and technology in supply chain management, e-commerce strategies, managing the flow of materials across the supply chain, developing and maintaining supply chain partnerships and other relationships, and future challenges in integrative supply chain management.

Contemporary Logistics (ASCM 632, 3 Credits)
(Formerly PCMS 632) A study of logistical issues, techniques, methodologies, and strategies designed to enhance organizational efficiency. Topics include the total cost approach to logistics; logistical planning and implementation; logistical concepts; systems relationships and integration; demand forecasting; interplant movement; inventory management and control; order management and processing; packaging; plant and warehouse selection; production scheduling; traffic and transportation management; warehouse and distribution management; recycling; and other logistical strategies, techniques, and methodologies.

Legal Aspects of Contracting and Commercial Transactions (ASCM 650, 6 Credits)
(Formerly PCMS 650) A study of the law relevant to commercial, governmental, and international purchasing, contracting, and other legal transactions. Focus is on agency law, contracts, sales, torts, antitrust, ethics, and accountability. Discussion covers contract management considerations in the procurement of products and services. Topics include commercial sales transactions, government commercial item acquisition, private and government contracts for services, assigning and protecting propriety rights in technology products, technology transfers, and international contractual issues in the procurement of products and services. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and American Bar Association Model Procurement Code for state and local government are investigated. The authority of purchasing, unauthorized purchases, rights and duties of sellers and buyers under a contract, buyer rights upon receipt on nonconforming goods, ability to terminate a sales contract, formation of government contracts, and formal dispute resolution are also addressed. Students may receive credit for only one of the following: ASCM 627, ASCM 630, ASCM 650, PCMS 627, PCMS 630, or PCMS 650.