The online ERP Certificate with SAP is a 9-credit program of study designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of SAP. To earn this certificate, you must successfully complete all three courses.

The hands-on use of SAP Enterprise Resource Planning system is an integral component of the coursework. You will complete numerous lab projects both individually and in teams to work through assignments using the SAP logistics, materials management, and other applications to gain practical experience with many SAP functions.

Learn more about the specific SAP functions covered in the curriculum

Course List - Undergraduate Certificate in Enterprise Resource Planning with SAP 

Required Courses
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introduction to ERP and Business Processes MIS 404 A problem-based, interdisciplinary course on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) concepts to help you understand the integrated software modules used to run virtually all business processes in an organization. This course explains and demonstrates in detail how business processes such as sales logistics, production/material management, procurement, and human resources are supported in an ERP software package.

Prerequisite: MIS 204 or first-level programming course or with permission from the program
3 credits
Operations Planning and Control SCM 445 Gain detailed information on planning and control systems for business operations including: aggregate production planning procedures, disaggregation methods in hierarchical production planning, sales and operations planning, master production scheduling, material requirements planning, production activity control, lot-sizing, and capacity planning.

Prerequisite: SCM 301
3 credits
Purchasing and Materials Management SCM 460 Focuses on materials management and purchasing policies, procedures and goals including the role of purchasing in production planning and inventory management. Key topics include: providing uninterrupted flow of materials and services, keeping inventory at a minimum to achieve the organization's objectives, quality standards, supplier selection and development, order specifications and agreements, improving competitive position, and achieving positive external and internal working relationships.

Prerequisite: SCM 301 or SCM 310
3 credits

Note: SCM 445: Operations Planning and Control and SCM 460: Purchasing and Materials Management as offered by World Campus are unique versions of these courses, supplemented with SAP-specific coursework. This means that these courses may only be taken through the World Campus to count toward the certificate; transfer credit for SCM 445 and SCM 460 will not be considered, including from another Penn State campus.

Through exercises and lab assignments, you can learn how to perform the following SAP functions in each of the respective courses.

SAP Functions Covered by Course
Course Title Abbreviation SAP Function
Introduction to ERP and Business Processes MIS 404 Creating and maintaining new customer records and sales orders
Generating shipping labels
Tracking sales order shipments
Identifying invoices against sales orders
Creating customer, sales order, and accounting reports
Locating and documenting customer and sales order information
Creating and maintaining new material (product) records
Creating Bill of Materials (BOM) records
Creating and maintaining new vendor records and standard purchase orders
Retrieving specific human resource data (recruitment, training and event management, personnel master data, etc.)
Financial accounting
Operations Planning and Control SCM 445 Creating Material Masters (finished goods, in-house production, and raw material)
Creating Bill of Materials (BOMs) and material routings
Creating work centers and capacity profiles
Production planning – maintaining forecasts
Creating independent demand
Maintaining Material Requirements Planning (MRP) ordering parameters
Executing MRP and Master Production Scheduling (MPS)
Maintaining inventory related parameters
Releasing manufacturing orders to production
Creating product groups
Developing rough-cut capacity profiles
Developing aggregate production schedules utilizing rough-cut capacity planning
Disaggregation of product group production schedule
Purchasing and Materials Management SCM 460 Creating Material Masters (raw material)
Creating new vendors, purchase orders, purchasing requisitions, and contracts (blanket purchase orders)
Converting requisitions to purchase orders
Creating information records (to link material to vendors and set pricing)
Processing Request for Quotes (RFQs) and vendor quotes
Processing shipping notifications
Processing releases (purchase orders) against contracts
Processing goods receipt transactions (receiving goods into inventory)
Processing advanced shipment notifications, vendor invoices, and payments
Setup and execution of MRP reorder point planning
Warehouse management process steps

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