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APICS, Inc. | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Systems and Technologies

Location: 
Proficiency examination program administered by the national offices of APICS.
Length: 
Variable, depending upon the individual's preparation needs.
Dates: 
Version 1: January 1992 - December 1998. Version 2: January 1999 - May 2000.
Learner Outcomes: 
Version 1 or 2: Discuss the relationship of existing and emerging systems and technologies to the manufacturing strategy and to the functions related to production and inventory management; identify the potential of systems and technologies to increase any company's competitive position by reshaping its production and management processes; apply the concepts learned to understand the organization's strategic goals, to configure systems and technology to address strategic objectives, and to manage the organizational dimension of the implementation.
Instruction: 
Version 1: Three-hour, 100-item examination, addressing how systems and technologies are related to production and inventory management. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Strategic Drivers that Affect Production and Inventory Management -competitive advantage and market planning, and product volume and variety issues; Choices Affecting Production and Inventory Management -facilities, factory layout and manufacturing technology choices, strategies for changing capacity, degree of vertical integration, quality choices, information technology, and organizational choices and people issues; Configuring and Integrating Production and Inventory Management Functions -business and priority planning processes, capacity planning processes, product planning and design processes, priority and capacity control processes, cost accounting processes, and inventory planning and control processes; Managing the Implementation of Systems and Technologies-project justification, change management, implementation project phases, and project planning and control; Measuring Organizational Performance-fundamental measurement concepts, aggregate productivity measures, product cost measures, quality measures, delivery speed measures, delivery reliability measures, and flexibility. Version 2: Three-hour, 100-item examination, addressing how systems and technologies are related to production and inventory management. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Strategic Drivers That Affect Production and Inventory Management -competitive advantage and market planning, and product volume and variety; Choices Affecting Production and Inventory Management - production and inventory management transformation alternatives, facilities, factory layout and manufacturing technology, changing capacity, supply chain, quality, information technology, and organization; Configuring and Integrating Production and Inventory Management-business priority planning processes, capacity planning processes, design and engineering processes, operational processes, and cost management processes; Managing the Implementation of Systems and Technologies -project evaluation and justification, change management, project implementation, and project planning and control; Measuring Organizational Performance-fundamental measurement concepts, aggregate productivity measurement, product cost measurement, quality measurement, delivery speed measurement, delivery reliability measurement, and flexibility measurement.
Credit recommendation: 
Version 1 or 2: For this examination, paired with any other examination in the program, in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Production/ Operations Management, Manufacturing Management, or Production Planning and Inventory Control (6/93) (8/99 revalidation). NOTE: Two examinations must be successfully completed to benefit from the credit recommendation. NOTE: The maximum credit recommendation for the successful completion of all six examinations is 9 semester hours.

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