CPSM-Leadership & Transformation in Supply Management

1 Units
Classroom, Online Fixed-Date

Course Description

Certified Professional in Supply Management

Prepare for the Institute for Supply Management's CPSM® examinations with this rigorous review of the 20 foundational knowledge areas and 87 tasks that compromise the supply management framework as documents in the CPSM® Study Guides published by the Institute for Supply Management. USD's instructor is an experienced CPSM® certified practitioner from the supply management field and will provide a stimulating and participative learning environment for each course. The instructor in these courses has many years of experiences, tales from the trenches, actual case scenarios and expertise to share with all supply management students.

This course consolidates and simplifies the coursework required for the CPSM® certification and summarizes the CPSM® Certification courses. The ideal audiences for this course are those wishing to attain the CPSM® credential through the Institute for Supply Management. Typically, students are those who are currently in a purchasing or supply management position or who are responsible for decision-making activities within the supply chain area.

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course is intended for employees of Southern California Edison.

Course Format: Lectures, discussions, team exercises and practice exams

Instructor: Merle Roberts, CPSM, C.P.M.

ISM Membership: ISM Membership for SCE employees is mandatory. Any candidate registering in the program as an ISM member will be required to provide their current valid ISM membership number at the time of registration.

Materials: For students who did not take the first course, materials will be distributed by the first day. They include ISM study guides for each course, ISM Professional Series for each course and Diagnostic Practice exams for each course. Students beginning with the second or third course will need to pay the textbook fee in addition to their tuition.

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What You Will Learn

  • Identify requirements for CPSM® certification
  • Demonstrate fluency with supply management terminology
  • Demonstrate fluency within supply management's 20 foundational knowledge areas
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge within the supply management's 87 foundational tasks
  • Prepare for the CPSM® certification exams with relevant practice exams and exam tips


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These on-campus courses are offered in a traditional classroom where you can connect with your instructor and classmates in a live setting. This learning environment facilitates communication in real time, enables immediate feedback and fosters face-to-face interaction with the instructor and classmates. Classroom courses have a scheduled start and finish date, and students are expected to attend all course sessions.

Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.