Academic Programs Industrial Engineering and Management (BSc) and Supply Chain Engineering & Management (MSc).
This section provides information about the courses offered by the Production & Logistics Networks workgroup in the academic programs at Industrial Engineering and Management (BSc) and Supply Chain Engineering & Management (MSc) Jacobs University.
For a detailed description of the programs, please see the program website of the Industrial Engineering and Management (BSc) program or the Supply Chain Engineering & Management (MSc) program.
Courses offered by the Prodution & Logistics Networks workgroup
Introduction to Logistics & SCM
Students will be introduced to the scope of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM). They will get to understand the main logistics goals and functions as well as the recent and future challenges in logistics and supply chain management. Subsequently, the following subjects will be covered: overview of procurement, production, distribution and transport logistics, supply chain strategy, supply chain integration, inventory and warehouse management, management of logistics service providers, IT systems in logistics and SCM, lean logistics methods, supply chain network design, modelling and optimization of logistic systems. The students are also given a project task on a specific topic, aiming at improving students’ team-working, project management and presentation skills.
The course gives a broad introduction in the Industrial Engineering field. Industrial Engineering is an application-oriented scientific discipline that deals with the creation and management of systems that integrate people and materials and energy in productive ways. The Industrial Engineering course establishes a foundation in four areas: human factors engineering, manufacturing systems engineering, operations research, and management systems engineering. The course covers topics such as production systems, production design, factory planning, industrial management and decision making. Students will gain an understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of industrial engineering.
Industrial Engineering Lab
The Industrial Engineering Lab substantiates and amends the technical concepts taught in the lectures by exercises, experiments and/or simulations. These include exercises to demonstrate the principles of industrial engineering methods (e.g. business process modeling, computer simulation of a production process, distribution planning, safety stock calculation, linear programming). In addition, students will also gain practical knowledge by means of two business games. The Presto business game will help students understand how important the organization of production processes is. Furthermore, the Beer Game (a computer based business game) will address the bullwhip effect in supply chains and improve students’ understanding of logistics and supply chain management. Finally, an excursion to a manufacturing company in Bremen will be offered within one lab session in order to show how production systems works in the industry world.
Production & Technology Management
This course will introduce the participants into how companies produce goods and services. As the operative component of the corporate strategy, the production management highly contributes to the success of companies. The resources of a company must be used effectively, producing goods and services in a way that satisﬁes customers. Effective production management enables the potential to increase revenues and to reduce costs of production. Furthermore, the course introduces the meaning of technology management as a central way to create a competitive edge by means of design, planning and application of technological products, processes and services.
Production Logistics comprises the planning, scheduling and control of all activities transforming input into output. This function is implemented through a system called “Production Planning and Control” (PPC) that combines methods for demand forecasting, capacity planning, order sequencing, etc.
The course starts with a review of quantitative models that describe the cause-effect relationships visible in a production systems. The second part of the course covers the main methods of Production Planning and gives an insight into how Production Logistics tasks are tackled in industry. The last part of the course discusses methods of Production Control in the context of the models and approaches learned before.
At the end of the lecture, students know the basic methods of PPC in industry and be equipped with a number of simple but robust models that help to predict and optimize the performance of production systems. They can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different PPC-Methods in the context of the production system at hand and make informed, model-based decisions.
Bachelor and Master Thesis
If you are interested in writing your bachelor or master thesis with us, please find a list of thesis topics offered here.