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Geza Bottlik

Office Hours:

Tuesday/ Thursday 1:00 P.M. – 1:45 P.M. GER202 or by appointment or zoom


Max Zellner

TA Office Hours:


Class time/place:

Tue/Thu 2:00 – 3:20 P.M. LVL16


Lab hours Mon 4:00 – 4:50, 5:00 – 5:50 P.M. SAL127

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Course Description:      Design of Supply Chains. Product, distribution, transportation and site selection. Analysis and optimization of supply chain networks.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course the student is expected to have demonstrated his/her ability to:

  1. Design Supply Chain networks, Perform Supply chain quantitative modeling.
  2. Perform analyses of and deal with supply chain risks and uncertainties.
  3. Apply quantitative methods and innovation in supply chain Ecosystem.
  4. Develop pricing strategies, Make outsourcing and transportation decisions.
  5. Analyze information technology in a supply chain.
  6. Use Excel, VBA, and R

ISE 330, 460. You must have these pre-requisites to enroll in this class. You will be expected
to apply
methods from these courses in your homework and projects.

Test Schedule:

Midterm 1:

Thursday, February 24, 2022

1 hour 20 minutes

Midterm 2:

Thursday, March 31, 2022

1 hour 20 minutes


Thursday, May 5, 2022

2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

The midterms and final will be based on lectures, discussions in class, homework and quizzes. All tests, and quizzes are open book and open notes. A laptop or a desk computer is required. Students are expected to apply what they should have learned up to that point to analyzing situations, identifying the problems and applying the appropriate techniques to solve them or interpreting computer solutions. The Excel file to be used will be provided at class time.
Readings, problems and software exercises will be included in each week’s assignment. These are assigned on Tuesday and are due on the following Wednesday at midnight on the assignment manager on Blackboard. We will return the assignments electronically only if there are any points taken off. Reading assignments are due when the material will be covered in class. It is imperative that you prepare for class -- you will find it extremely difficult to follow the discussion if you have not read the material

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Geza Bottlik                                          ISE335L Supply Chain Design                        Spring 2022
Revised 01/04/22
I will not accept late homework unless prior arrangements have been made (e.g. out of town funeral). Homework is to be a digital Excel 2010 or later file. If a file is provided, you must use it. Do not type results into spreadsheets – use formulas. If it is a team assignment, the team members’ names, assignment number, the date and any other team that you worked with must be in the header. Do not include the names of team members who have not contributed to the homework. Use a consistent template and format the output for a professional appearance. A sample will be available on the web site. File names, including your name, are assigned by the assignment manager. Use the shortest possible title for your file –e.g. 335_1. There can only be one file per homework. (no zip files).
The assignments should be as professional in appearance as if you were preparing reports at work or for publication. Clearly label the problem number and your conclusions for each problem, followed by the supporting calculations. Do not use photos of your work – scan if necessary. The problems must be in the order assigned. Out of sequence
problems will receive no credit.
Assignments will be either individual or team. If two teams discuss or collaborate on a homework, they must indicate that on their assignments. Each team must turn in a separate homework. Generated data and essay questions must be unique to each team.
It’s OK to work on individual homework together, but finish it by yourself and indicate with whom you worked. For individual homework each student must turn in a separate
homework. Generated data and essay questions must be unique to each student. Do not give your files to others and do not use others’ files. Do not copy problems. Homework files will be named by the assignment manager in
addition to your file name, so keep it short as indicated above, otherwise we have to
truncate it to be able to open it. The same rules apply among teams for team assignments. If the answer is given in a book, don’t just copy it, explain how you got it.
Attendance Requirements during on line courses
You must attend synchronously if the class time falls between 7 A.M. and 10 P.M. in your time zone. You may be excused from watching synchronously for a valid reason, obtained before class. If you do attend asynchronously, you need to send me an email after having watched, so that I know that you have attended and can be given credit.
When attending synchronously, have your camera on, so we can all see each other. If this is a problem, please email me to discuss it.
Objectives and Content
This course introduces students to strategic issues in the design of production and distribution systems. ISE 410, which covers tactical and operational issues in these systems, such as scheduling, inventory control and operational planning, follows this course.
The focus is on design issues accompanying major investment in facilities, emphasizing the purpose of facilities and the location of facilities. Another emphasis is on transportation of products between and within facilities. Finally, students will be exposed to the basics of supply chain management.

ISE 335L includes a strong element of exposure to software in demographics. Students learn professional level software (Excel, VBA). ArcView (a-geographic-information-system) will be used for demographics.
Lastly, students will develop their technical communication abilities through a course project for supply chain financing and facility selection.
It is up to you to become familiar with and learn the mechanics of the material in the text.
I am here to explain things you don’t understand, to add things that are not in the book,
and to evaluate whether you can apply the material to real problems.
The lecture and class discussion are a supplement to what is contained in the books.
It is NOT intended to be a duplication of what is contained in the books.
I am looking forward to an intellectually stimulating and rewarding semester with you. Quizzes:  
We will have approximately 10 quizzes during the semester. I will let you know the week before if
there will
be a quiz the following week. These are short, usually with one or two problems or about 10
and False or fill in the blank. There are no makeup quizzes, so show up for them.
Required Text:
Supply Chain Management, Sunil Chopra and Peter Meindl, Prentice Hall, fourth or later


Team Project


12 points




15 points

1.35 pts each (- 0.5 if not submitted)



8.4 points

(by the TA) 0.7 point
each (- 0.4 if not
submitted or made

Midterm Exam 1


10 points


Midterm Exam 2


12 points


Final Exam


21 points


Participation (Attendance, discussion,

4.8 points                                      0.2 pt. each

preparedness for class, in class feedback)



16.5 points

1.65 pt. each

  • The grade for the course will only be based on the required work listed above and cannot be improved
    with additional work. Note that the average difference between adjacent grade levels is less than 1%.
    References: Miller & Freund’s Probability & Statistics for Engineers, Richard A. Johnson,Prentice-Hall, 1994 [A very clear and straightforward book – I used it for a two semester
    course in probability and statistics

    Introduction to Operations Research, Hillier, Frederick S And Lieberman,
    Gerald J, Mcgraw-Hill, 1995
    Contemporary Engineering Economics  3rd Ed. - C. S. Park. Menlo Park, CA,
    Addison Wesley Publishing Company (
    There will be one project. The project will be done by a team of students (three
    members). Team members will receive identical grades except as modified by peer evaluation
    of the level of contribution and the executive summary. The purpose of the projects is to
    familiarize students with the process of selecting a problem, defining an approach, gathering
    data, analyzing the data and presenting them, drawing conclusions and discussing the results,
    as well as evaluating performance
    Much of your career will be spent generating reports by which you will be judged, so this
    is good practice. Consultation with the instructor and the TA is encouraged.
    The report is limited to no more than 8 (double spaced font 12), single sided 8 1/2 by 11
    format, submitted as a digital Word 2010 or more recent files by 05/01/22 at midnight. A good
    minimum is 5 pages (These limits do not include title, reference, appendix and summary pages).
    Extensive data should be placed in an Appendix beyond the regular pages.
    The report must include:
    -           A cover page with name, title and summary not to exceed the page
    -           Text containing definition, development of the topic, analysis and conclusions
    -           References (books and articles): title, author, publication, date, volume and pages The project is required. If you do not turn them in by the final, you will receive an F for the class.  Details for the projects are at the end of this syllabus. Approximate Course Outline:






Introduction and Organization



Supply Chain overview - Chopra Chapter. 1



Project definition



Tools – Excel, VBA



Chopra Chapter2 and 3 – Performance, Drivers



Chopra Chapter 4 – Design



Chopra Chapter 4 – Design



Chopra – Network Models, Tools



Chopra – Network Models



Chopra – Network Models



Chopra Chapter 6 – Uncertainty



Chopra Chapter 6 – Uncertainty






Midterm 1



Chopra Chapter 15 – Sourcing



Chopra Chapter 15 – Sourcing



Chopra Chapter 15 – Sourcing



Chapter 12 Introduction to Inventory



Chapter 12 Introduction to Inventory



Chapter 12 Introduction to Inventory






Midterm 2



Chapter 14 Transportation



Chapter 14 Transportation



Project update



Chapter 16 Pricing



Chapter 16 Pricing



Chapter 16 Pricing



Chapter 17 Information Technology







(This includes partial sentences!)
This is intended to be an interactive class and your participation should increase as the semester
progresses. Attendance at all classes for the whole class is expected of everyone. Frequent
absences will result in a reduction in grade. Punctuality is expected.
Approximate Laboratory Schedule (Attendance is Mandatory)

Week Date Area Book chapters Topics Exercises Homework problem
1 24-Jan Basics - Survey (Excel, Probability Theory, Optimization, Programming) Excel - Commonly used commands in this area, solver, goal seek
2 31-Jan Basics - Excel - Linear programming Factory location example from lab 1 Food planning
3 7-Feb Basics - Excel - VBA Extension of factory location example (Random demand) Fibonacci sequence with VBA
4 14-Feb Design Chapter 4 & 5 Network Flows, Graph Theory Own Max-Flow Problem Minimum cost time constrained path
5 21-Feb Design Chapter 4 & 5 Facility and Capacity Allocation Warehouse Location Problem Location problem
6 28-Feb Uncertainty Chapter 6 Simulation with VBA and Decision Theory Chapter 6: 1 and 6
7 7-Mar Inventory Chapter 11 EOQ - general and with discounts Chapter 11: 1, 2, 15, 16
14-Mar Spring Break
8 21-Mar Inventory Chapter 12 Safety inventory, CSL, simulation with VBA Exercises Excel
9 28-Mar Sourcing Chapter 15 Auctions and negotiations (buybacks, revenue sharing, quantity flexibility) Include VBA tbd
10 4-Apr Sourcing Chapter 15 Risk and rewards sharing or Game Theory tbd Hotelling problem (Game theory)
11 11-Apr Review





You can use the teams you had for the homework to date, or form new ones. Everyone must be on a team.


The project grades are be divided into five categories:


Executive Summary



Peer evaluation



Technical Accuracy and Completeness



Creativity in Method and Solution



Organization of report as a whole



The project grade will be a weighted average of the grades for the separate elements.

A single group grade will be assigned for elements 3 - 5. The executive summary and peer evaluation grade will be assigned on an individual basis, and each person in the group should turn in his/her own executive summary and peer evaluation. Team members should not collaborate at all on their executive summaries. These will be graded on the basis of quality of writing, clarity and organization. Team members should also not collaborate on the peer evaluation. If you rate everyone the same, you will lose part of the credit for doing the peer evaluation.

The technical accuracy grade will depend on the use of methods learned in class, errors in analysis, and whether the analysis was complete. A project will be graded down if there are omissions, mistakes in the application of methods, or application of inappropriate methods.

The creativity grade will be based on the uniqueness of the approach and the solution, as well as the quality of the solution obtained. The projects do not have a single right answer. It is important to be innovative in your method and in the development of your solution and to use what you learned in class.

Project Elements

The project will include the following elements

1) Executive Summary (1 page, double-spaced, 12 point text, 1” margins)

The executive summary shall provide the essential results of the project. It will include in this order:

  • Recommendations: recommended course of action and financials for the client
  • Overview: description of problem addressed and why
  • Methodology: description of the method used in the analysis
  • Alternatives: description of alternatives that were investigated
  • Results: summarized numerical results from the analysis of alternatives

2) Body of Paper

The body of the paper should elaborate on the executive summary. It should include, at a minimum:

 detailed description of the methods used, with example calculations

 detailed description of each alternative investigated, and the analysis of the alternative  References

3) Appendix

Lengthy numerical analyses should be placed in the appendix and appropriately labeled. 4) Peer Evaluation

The format is up to you, but you must rate all your teammates on a scale of 1 - 10. You can explain your ratings, but do not have to.


The project is similar to the case study at the end of chapter 5 of the Chopra book. That study gave you the demand and shipping costs and the locations of the distribution centers. It also specified the product. The differences between the project and the case study are that you have to select your own product, generate your own demand (census data, Arcview, etc.), extended for six years (from 2021 through 2026). You should also use transportation cost and distances that are based on some research on your part. The location and cost of the distribution centers (both storage and fixed costs) should be reasonable and be the result of thorough analysis.

Use the given numbers for demand as a starting point and adjust them according to your product, demographics that you deem important and for economic factors.

The report should give a good indication of the finances of the company and take into account the time value of money and the effects of inflation and taxes (federal and local), as well as the time required to establish distribution centers. You should include the cost of materials and the income earned from sales.

It is your project – look at it as if you were the owner or owners of the company.

Give the sources of your research.

Be careful to structure the amount of work you do for the project with the amount of time you have available.

It is also helpful to establish roles and responsibilities for each of the team members.Most importantly, note that:

The project is due on 05/02/2020 at midnight. There will absolutely be no extensions so act accordingly.


Last, but most important:

Academic Conduct:

Plagiarism – presenting someone else’s ideas as your own, either verbatim or recast in your own words – is a serious academic offense with serious consequences. Please familiarize yourself with the discussion of plagiarism in SCampus in Part B, Section 11, “Behavior Violating University Standards” Other forms of academic dishonesty are equally unacceptable. See additional information in SCampus and university policies on scientific misconduct,

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