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ERP 511/OM 547 Production Planning and Control

Keep manufacturing on track.

8 weeks

In 1913, Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line for the mass production of automobiles. It revolutionized manufacturing, making it possible to produce in minutes what would otherwise take hours. In the century since, manufacturing has continued to evolve. Today Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems effectively manage the myriad of manufacturing transactions involving material, workers, and machines.

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ERP 511/OM 547 is one of the advanced courses offered in this online MBA program.

Course Overview

How important is the use of Enterprise Resource Planning systems in the manufacturing arena today? The ERP software developed by industry leader SAP is a tremendously complicated system that is impossible for one person to master. A typical SAP ERP implementation costs in the hundreds of millions of dollars (estimates vary from $50 million to $500 million), takes anywhere from four to six years, and requires the services of dozens of consultants. Despite these daunting factors, ERP has become the standard for production planning and control.

In ERP 511/OM 547, you’ll gain hands-on experience using SAP ERP as you learn to manage manufacturing activities within its framework. You’ll see how modern organizations use ERP systems to effectively manage the myriad of transactions involving material, workers, and machines that need to occur in order to meet customer demand.

As you take an in-depth look at the planning and control of material flow and production activities in a manufacturing organization, you’ll explore a number of topics.

  • Forecasting
  • Sales and operations planning
  • Demand management
  • Master production scheduling
  • Material requirements planning
  • Production execution
  • Just-in-time (JIT) systems
Sample Assignment

Throughout this course, you’ll complete hands-on assignments using the SAP ERP ECC software system.

Within an ERP system, various frameworks exist, such as Manufacturing Planning and Control (MPC). You’ll discover the capabilities of MPC during this course.

While ERP offers a myriad of benefits to organizations, there are also pitfalls involved with adopting this technology. In this course, you’ll see what companies need to consider before choosing an ERP system.

Viewing an organization through the lens of process will give you an understanding of how important reengineered, standardized, and integrated processes are to the successful adoption of ERP.. You’ll adapt your knowledge of organizational structures to fit in the context of ERP system configuration. You will also learn the various types of master data that must be maintained by the system in order to enable subsequent business transactions.

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) links an organization's overall business goals to manufacturing and helps coordinate the plans of the different functional areas, such as Marketing, Finance, and Human Resources. You’ll see how S&OP balances market demand with available supply to enable specific detailed production planning. You’ll also explore the role played by master production scheduling in setting the agenda for the production function in an organization.

Through further examination of the ERP system’s capabilities, you’ll also understand the Material Requirements Planning (MRP) record and its elements.

  • Gross and net requirement
  • Projected available inventory balance
  • Scheduled receipt
  • Planned order release and receipt
How can planning be adapted to an assemble-to-order (ATO) environment?

Learn this and more in ERP 511/OM 547.

Sample Course Topics

  • Introduction to MPC and ERP Systems
  • Process View, System Navigation, and Order-to-Cash Cycle
  • Organizational Structures and Master Data
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Master Production Scheduling
  • Material Requirements Planning
  • Production Execution
  • MPC System Design

What You’ll Learn

Through ERP 511/OM 547, you’ll gain a depth of knowledge in managing manufacturing activities within the framework of the market-dominant enterprise resource planning software, SAP ERP.

  • Appreciation of the strategic value of enterprise resource planning system software in integrating processes throughout an organization.
  • Articulate the role of manufacturing planning and control systems (MPC systems) in efficiently managing the processes involved in fulfilling customer demand.
  • Understand higher-level planning activities such as sales and operations planning, and master production scheduling that enable an organization to balance its internal competencies with externally available resources.
  • Know the theoretical concepts underlying the planning of material flow such as the determination of component requirements, the timing of order releases, and the computation of replenishment lot sizes.
  • Implement MPC processes using SAP ERP.
  • Be familiar with strategies for controlling the execution of production plans especially when there is contention for finite resources.

Learn More

The planning and control of material flow and production activities is the lifeline of a manufacturing organization. For more information about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Business Administration degree, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

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