About the Program
SAP® is the leading Enterprise Resource Planning software company in the world. Employers are looking for candidates experienced in using SAP® software to better manage business operations. This Certificate can provide valuable hands on experience to help you move up within your organization or find a new position elsewhere.
SAP® Technology will be used as a tool in teaching the concepts and will account for at least 30 percent of the overall program.
An Education that Fits Your Life
Designed for working adult learners, you’ll learn in an interactive classroom with a Penn State instructor. Accelerated evening courses meet once a week for seven weeks in a video conference classroom or via Zoom with online learning components. As a participant at the host location, receiving location, or via Zoom you are able to communicate with the instructor and interact with students at the other campuses.
SAP® isn’t only a valuable tool nationwide. Demand for applicants with SAP® is growing locally as larger companies are implementing SAP® to help manage business processes. Manufacturing and utility companies are leading the way with the most job postings requesting experience with SAP®. Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool.
Professor June Wright is a senior analytics analyst at Air Products, and also the president of the Philadelphia Chapter of Americas’ SAP® Users Group (ASUG). She has a master of science in Workforce Education and Development from Penn State and also a master of science in Information Systems from Drexel University.
Professor Michael D. Ford is principal of TQM Works Consulting, providing more than twenty years of corporate training services as well as serving as adjunct professor for multiple Penn State and State University of New York (SUNY) campuses. He holds nine internationally recognized professional certifications (CFPIM, CSCP, CLTD, CQA, CRE, CQE, ACPF, CPSM, and CSSGB) and three engineering degrees culminating in a master of science in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2016.
Students must complete the following courses with a “C” or better:
· MIS 404 - Introduction to ERP and Business Processes
· SCM 445 - Operations Planning and Control
· SCM 460 - Purchasing and Materials Management
Participating Penn State Campuses
· Berks – Reading, Pennsylvania
· Brandywine - Media, Pennsylvania
· Hazleton – Hazleton, Pennsylvania
· Mont-Alto – Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
· Scranton - Dunmore, Pennsylvania
· Wilkes-Barre – Lehman, Pennsylvania
· York - York, Pennsylvania
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MIS 404: Introduction to ERP and Business Processes (3 credits)
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) a group of integrated software modules used to run virtually all business processes in an organization. The course explains and demonstrates how business processes such as sales logistics, production/material management, procurement, and human resources are supported in an ERP software package.
Prerequisite: MIS 204
SCM 445: Operations Planning and Control (3 credits)
Aggregate production planning procedures, disaggregation methods in hierarchical production planning, master production scheduling, material requirements planning, lot-sizing, and capacity planning.
Prerequisite: SCM 301
Dates: Mondays, January 10 - February 25, 2022 Times: 6:15-9:00 p.m. on campus or via video
SCM 460: Purchasing and Materials Management (3 credits)
Purchasing policies, procedures, order specifications and agreements, supplier selection, and the role of purchasing in production planning and inventory management.
Prerequisite: SCM 301
Dates: Mondays, March 14 - April 29, 2022 Times: 6:15—9:00 p.m. on campus or via video