The Seidman ERP Program Curriculum Options
When considering what route you should take within the ERP Program, it’s important to ask yourself how in depth you want to get. Business and non-business students can simply take a class or two, obtain the SAP® Recognition Award designation, work their way through the MIS emphasis within a degree, or delve into the two week intensive certification program SAP® TERP10.
SAP Recognition Award Path
As a member of the SAP University Alliances program, The ERP Program at Grand Valley State University offers the SAP® Student Recognition Award certificate to business and non-business students who complete a minimum of three courses with at least one-third SAP® hands-on content in each course, with a grade of C or better in each. This award acknowledges that students have gained significant experience with the SAP® software as part of their academic degree programs.
The MIS emphasis provides students with the appropriate knowledge and skills to define, design and develop management information systems in modern businesses. In addition, it provides them with specialized skills in the area of Enterprise Resource Planning, using SAP® ERP, systems. This specialization provides a strong technical background, but emphasizes the business knowledge and analytical skills necessary to successfully plan and implement such systems.
SAP TERP10 Certification
The SAP® Certification Academy is one of the unique aspects of The Seidman ERP Program. This intensive two-week Academy, offered during GVSU's summer term is offered at just a handful of universities across North America. Both business and non-business students completing the Academy and passing the SAP® Certification Exam will have the advantage of being equipped with a good understanding of business processes adopted by companies around the world.
The Seidman ERP Program Courses
MGT 268: Business Processes and Management Information Systems * Required for MIS Emphasis
(Introduction to Management Information Systems)
This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the importance of information systems in modern companies, the components that make up information system and insight into the integration that good information systems foster in a business organization. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems will also be covered. Offered every semester. Prerequisite: CIS 150. 3 credits.
ACC 340: Accounting Systems
A study of automated systems of processing data for accounting information. The accounting system is discussed from the perspective of developing and maintaining systems capable of producing information for internal decision-making and external reporting. Hand-on experience may include general ledger, ERP, flowcharting software and other relevant computer technology. Prerequisite: ACC 212, MGT 268. Offered fall and winter semesters. 3 credits.
MGT 351: ERP Systems * Required for MIS Emphasis
(Enterprise Information Systems)
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) focusing on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems and the key role they plan in modern organizations. Students will gain an understanding of ERP Systems from both a functional (business process) and implementation perspective using SAP R/3 software. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: MGT 268. 3 credits.
MGT 371: ERP Systems Analysis and Design * Required for MIS Emphasis
(Systems Analysis and Design)
Provides a comprehensive presentation of the concepts, procedures, and tools necessary for analyzing and designing management information systems. Students will develop skills necessary throughout the systems development cycle, e.g. project management, data collection, analysis, design, testing, and documentation. Students will apply course concepts and skills in a team project. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: MGT 268. 3 credits.
MGT 471: ERP Systems Configuration
(Enterprise Systems Configuration)
Students will learn about business processes in modern organizations, managing change to those processes, and configuring an Enterprise Resource Planning system to implement business process changes. Project Organization skills will be enhanced as students work on cross-functional teams to implement changes. Prerequisite: MGT 268. 3 credits.
MGT 475: Customized ERP Systems Solutions
(Customized ERP Solutions)
Students will learn how to customized Enterprise Resource Planning software using programming languages like ABAP, SAP's proprietary language. Students will learn generalized programming concepts as well as the specifics of programming concepts as well as the specifics of programming with ABAP. Students will explore the difficulties associated with making changes to "off-the-shelf" software. Prerequisite: MGT 471, CIS 160, and CIS 333. 3 credits.
MGT 477: Business Intelligence
This course gives students an understanding of the importance and applications of business intelligence (BI) in organizations. Its focus is on the analytical and business process uses of BI. The course will provide a high-level overview of the technical infrastructure of business intelligence, and will focus on the use of reporting and analysis tools used to extract information needed to address specific business questions and problems. Prerequisites: MGT 268. 3 credits.
MGT 478: Advanced Business Intelligence
(Advanced Business Intelligence)
Introduction into the development of information systems designed to collect, transform and present information necessary for the operation of the organization. Students will work with design and implementation tools to create multi-dimensional databases. Reporting software will be used to extract information from these databases for presentation to the end-user. Prerequisites: MGT 268 and MGT 351. 3 credits.
BUS 610: Management Information Systems & Org Processes
This course will examine common, operational-level organizational processes to understand the nature of such processes and the role of data and management information systems (MIS) in facilitating and integrating organizational processes. In addition, the course will provide an understanding of the strategic role of information systems in organizations and responsibilities of managers to effectively manage their information resources. Offered every semester. Prerequisite: Completion of all MBA background equivalents. 3 credits.
ACC 616: Financial Accounting Systems
Study of integrated enterprise-wide information systems with emphasis on financial accounting systems as a core foundation. Includes review of current and emerging systems and technologies. Discussion of pattern-based accounting system design and auditing with emphasis on relational database tools; and internal controls. Prerequisite: ACC 212 or ACC 511 or equivalent. 3 credits.
MGT 665: Enterprise Information Systems
This course enables students to experience enterprise information systems (EIS) from the perspectives of the end users and designers, using EIS. Various software modules are explored - Financial Accounting, Cost Management, Materials Management, Production Planning and Control and Sales and Distribution - with particular focus on underlying processes that they support. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: BUS 610. 3 credits.
MGT 669: Process Analysis and ERP Systems
Emphasizes business processes and their place in the modern business organization. Incorporates concepts, tools, techniques, and skills needed to identify, analyze, and redesign business processes. Explores SAP’s R/3 to determine fundamental work processes supported in SAP’s standard client. Offered fall semester. 3 credits.
MBA 603: Basics of Integrated Business Processes
This course provides an accelerated introduction to the key logistics and financial processes in organizations. The focus will be on the steps, data, documents, and information associated with the execution of processes. The course will also provide hands-on experience in the use of enterprise systems in process execution. Offered summer semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the Full-Time Integrated MBA (FIMBA) program. 3 credits.
MBA 615: Integrated Business Processes with ERP Systems
This course examines the integrated nature of business processes across traditional functional areas of organizations at strategic and operational levels. In addition, it demonstrates how enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are tools which facilitate this cross-functional process integration. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: MBA 601, 602, and 603 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. 15 credits.