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Feb 20th 2017

Supply Chain Planning (Coursera)

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Have you ever wondered how companies know how much to produce in advance so that they do not make too much or too little? Matching supply and demand requires planning. This course introduces you to the exciting area of supply chain planning.

Part of a broader specialization on Supply Chain Management, you will master different forecasting techniques, essential for building a Sales and Operations Plan. At the completion of this course you will have the tools and techniques to analyze demand data, construct different forecasting techniques, and choose the most suitable one for projecting future demand.


Who is this class for: This course is for those looking to start a career in Supply Chain Management, but lack the basic background, for those working with people in Supply Chain Management and want to understand their daily challenges better, or for are fascinated by how demand is forecasted in today's supply chains.


Course 3 of 5 in the Supply Chain Management Specialization.


Syllabus


WEEK 1

Simple Forecasting Methods, Naive Forecast and Cumulative Mean

Welcome to the exciting world of planning! This module introduces you to the professor who is teaching the courses in the Supply Chain Management Specialization. You will also construct forecasting models that enable you to predict future demand. By the end of this short module, you'll know what to expect in the course and hopefully be as excited to learn about Supply Chain Planning as I will be to teach you.In this module learners will review two simple forecasting methods, the naive method and the cumulative mean. Finally, you will create forecasts of your own based on a data set and provide the correct answers in the quiz.

Graded: Naive Forecast and Cumulative Mean Assessment


WEEK 2

Forecast Accuracy and Moving Average

In this module, learners will cover two more sophisticated forecasting methods, the moving average and exponential smoothing.

Graded: Forecast Accuracy

Graded: Moving Average


WEEK 3

Exponential Smoothing and Forecast Selection

In this module, you will master one more forecasting method - exponential smoothing. In addition, you will learn how to pick the best forecasting approach and what to do with the forecast once it is implemented.

Graded: Exponential Smoothing Forecast


WEEK 4

Supply Chain Planning

In this module you will put your new forecasting skills to the test. You will analyze a real-life dataset and make recommendations on the different forecasting methods.

Graded: Supply Chain Planning Assessment