ITALY: ADMS 4335 3.0 & ADMS 4336 3.0

Supply Chain Management: Theory and Practice I & II

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies [LA&PS] and the School of Administrative Studies [SAS] will be offering ADMS 4335 3.0 and ADMS 4336 3.0 (Supply Chain Management: Theory and Practice I & II) under the YorkU/LA&PS Summer Abroad program in Summer 2018, jointly with the University of Calabria (UNICAL) Italy. Counting towards six (6) credits at York, the course will be co-taught by York University Professor Adriano Solis and UNICAL Professor Francesco Longo.

Course Dates:

This course will run for six-weeks (July 9 to August 18, 2018).  The timetable will, accordingly, enable students to take other courses on the Keele campus in the S1 summer term.

  • July 9 -July 27, 2018 at Università della Calabria (UNICAL) in the region of Calabria, Southern Italy
  • July 30 - August 18, 2018 at York University (Keele Campus)

Program Fee: $2,350.00 (CDN)

(please refer to previous web page regarding the cost breakdown of YorkU Summer Abroad Courses)


  • Accommodation at nearby residence (10 min. walk to/from UNICAL campus)
    • two bedroom suite (each door with lock)
    • twin bed; dresser; closet; desk and chair
    • bed linen; towels; soap
    • WiFi and access to fridge (no cooking)
    • Daily Housekeeping - disposal of garbage, replacement of towels, bed making, replacement of toilet paper, and daily cleaning of washroom
    • Weekly linen changing, weekly vacuuming and weekly dusting
    • access to laundry facilities (extra charge)
  • Meal plan (all meals in Italy only)
  • Airport Pick-Up/Drop-Off (to and from Lamezia Terme Airport SUF)
  • All site visits relevant to SCM practice :
    • Italy (Calabria region)
      • Port of Gioia Tauro (pictured below)
      • Selected manufacturing plants, service facilities and distribution/logistics centres in the region
    • Canada (Greater Toronto Area)
      • Distribution Centres (e.g., Mondelez Canada, Smucker Foods Canada)
      • Selected manufacturing plants/service facilities in the GTA

Port of Gioia Tauro (largest container port in Italy)


English will be the language of instruction for the course.  The class will consist of 12 York students, expected to be mainly in the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) program, as well as 12 UNICAL students in the Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Gestionale (Master’s degree in Management Engineering).

Please note that the deadline to apply has passed.


What distinguishes the ADMS 4335/4336 course offering from the traditional BAS/BCom courses is a very pronounced emphasis on experiential learning. There will be a minimum of 24 contact hours consisting of on-site briefings and observation tours at manufacturing plants, service facilities and/or distribution/logistics centres both in and around the Calabria region of Italy (July 9-27) and Greater Toronto/Ontario area (July 30-August 18). By way of these plant/facility tours, students will have the opportunity not only to observe SCM in practice, but also to critically compare SCM practices on two continents (Europe and North America) across the Atlantic and identify similarities and differences in those practices.

Course Director: Professor Adriano Solis,

ADMS 4335 Course Description

AP/ADMS 4335 3.0 "Supply Chain Management: Theory and Practice I"
This course examines the supply chain, which encompasses all activities associated with the flow of materials and products from suppliers through end users, as well as relevant information flows. It analyzes the design of distribution and facility networks, as well as global supply chain networks. The course includes on-site briefings and manufacturing/service facility tours, in addition to traditional classroom instruction and discussion.

Course Prerequisite: AP/ADMS 3330 3.0 (Quantitative Methods II) or permission of the instructor.

Course Credit Exclusion: AP/ADMS 4333 3.0 (Supply Chain Management).

ADMS 4336 Course Description

AP/ADMS 4336 3.0 "Supply Chain Management: Theory and Practice II"
This course examines planning and coordination of demand and supply, as well as planning and management of inventories, in a supply chain. It also evaluates the roles of transportation, information technology, and other concerns in a supply chain. The course includes on-site briefings and manufacturing/service facility tours, in addition to traditional classroom instruction and discussion.

Course Prerequisite: AP/ADMS 4335.

Course prerequisite for ADMS 4335 is ADMS 3330 (Quantitative Methods II). Those who are currently enrolled in ADMS 3330 (Winter 2018) are qualified to apply for the ADMS 4335/4336 Summer Abroad 2018 course offering.