The rationale for introducing the Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Supply Chain Management is reflected in several factors. One, the University has an obligation to provide its students and, by extension, the nation with the skills and competencies needed for achieving national development goals. Two, the School of Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation, as well as UG, must capitalize on new opportunities that present themselves. Part of that process involves evolving to meet the skill needed by industry. As new opportunities emerge, it is incumbent upon the institution to pursue them. Third, as Charles Ceres1 has pointed out recently, unless businesses are able to perform at an exceptionally high level in this new Gas and Oil environment, local businesses will cede significant ground to the more professional entities offering their services in Guyana. All these factors suggest that there is a need for new programmes such as Supply Chain Management to be offered at the University of Guyana through the School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (SEBI).
The Supply Chain Management major programme is intended to address the needs of Guyana by creating a new group of graduates who (1) understand the importance of effective delivery systems, (2) can develop innovative solutions to problems that can result in significant cost savings, and (3) can identify effective delivery systems that can have significant impact on firm performance and effect change. The programme is unique in a number of ways. One unique feature of the programme is its emphasis on a strong general/liberal arts education. This focus is intended to help these students to see the link between other areas of study and the pursuit of business opportunities. Another feature is the focus on practical experiences. Through the use of simulation exercises and internships, these students will gather practical exposure to the issues confronting public and private sector entities in managing their inventories of critical resources. As a consequence, their involvement in public and private entities will benefit from both theory and prior practical experiences.
Supply Chain Management majors will also be permitted to seek a second major or minor while enrolled in this programme. For those interested in a second major, they must first meet the requirements of the other programme. If that other programme is within the School of Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation, the students will be required to take the major courses in the other area, as well as any necessary prerequisites not covered by the Supply Chain Management major. For example, a student with a double major in Supply Chain Management and Finance will be required to complete all requirements for the Supply Chain Management Major as well as the major courses for the Finance major and the necessary prerequisites. Classes completed as core courses for one major which are also required for the other major do not have to be repeated. Hence, a student in such a double major will be required to complete 18 additional credits, as one practicum will be double counted. Students seeking a double major outside of SEBI MUST apply to the other faculty for permission and meet all the requirements of that programme.
Students may also pursue a minor. Students minoring within SEBI will be required to complete 9 additional credits in the minor area, not including any prerequisites. Students minoring outside of SEBI, MUST apply to the other faculty for permission and meet all the requirements of that programme.
The BSc. in Supply Chain Management programme seeks to:
1. Provide our students with an education that will enhance their leadership careers in the field of Supply Chain Management.
2. Develop managers and professionals with knowledge and expertise in logistics, operations management and supply chain management to design and manage an effective supply chain.
3. Help students understand how to make inventory readily available to customers needing prompt delivery and how such failures can affect the performance of organizations.
4. Provide students with relevant insights in market needs, planning and controlling flows, required to analyze logistical performances and the implementation of new logistical approaches.
The programme objectives are to:
1. Provide students with an understanding of supply chain management concepts.
2. Help students to effectively communicate supply chain management issues.
3. Serve the needs of services and supply chain management within the public and private sectors.
4. Provide students with access to the state-of-the-art curriculum and tools and prepare them for future careers in supply chain management.
5. Provide academic and support services in a student-centered environment that will help students develop and attain their educational goals.