Supply Chain Engineering 1 (Warehousing)

ISyE 6335, “Supply Chain Engineering 1” is one of the courses in the masters degree program in supply chain engineering at the School of [Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

This class emphasizes preparing students to begin work immediately after graduation (rather than to enter a PhD program). While we will use computer and mathematical models, they will be treated as means to an end, rather than as the primary topic of interest. We will focus on solving industry problems. There will be occasional visits to the class by speakers from industry, and we will work on a project for a client.

ISyE 6335 class organization

Here are the textbook and course calendar, with schedule of topics and assignments.

We will meet twice a week for lecture and discussion: Tuesdays and Thursdays 0930–1045 in Room 209 of the Instructional Center.

Your grade will be based on the following.

For those on the cusp of the next higher grade I may award a small amount of extra credit for insightful class participation, assigned homework, extraordinary performance on the project, etc.

The grading scale will be no stricter than this: A = 90% or higher; B = at least 80% but below 90%; C = at least 70% but below 80%; D = at least 50% but below 70%; F = below 50%.


Homework will be assigned and collected. The Teaching Assistant will be happy to give you hints on any homework problem, but he/she will not give out answers (other than to confirm your work).

The best way to prepare for quizzes is to do the homework and examine the sample quiz from the previous version of this class.


There will be no make-up quizzes. If you miss any single quiz, your other scores will be averaged to compensate (so that each counts as 3/2 x 15 percent). If you miss two or more quizzes, you will receive a grade of “Unsatisfactory” for the course. Every quiz that you turn in will be graded and counts towards your course grade. You may not choose to drop a previously submitted quiz. All assigned reading and everything discussed in class is testable material, as are the lectures of visiting speakers and the presentations of final projects. All quizzes are cumulative, but generally with emphasis on the most recent material.

Quizzes will be held during the last 30–45 minutes of class. All questions will have short answers and little computation. They will emphasize understanding the models.

You may bring one 3-inch by 5-inch index card to each quiz, with anything you like written on it. You may use both sides. (Here is an example).

When the quiz is declared over, cease writing immediately and turn in your paper. No exams will be accepted after I leave the classroom.

If you think there has been a mistake in the grading of your quiz, write a detailed defense plus what you think should be done to rectify the mistake. Staple this to the top of the quiz and return it to the Teaching Assistant within one week after graded quizzes have been returned.


You will be divided into teams of about eight. Three teams will work on a project for Luxottica and three teams will work on a project for Ace Hardware. This will be the most important part of the course.

Project teams may collaborate on preparing and understanding the data but should work independently on their own solutions.

Site visits

This year all our clients are nearby and so we will take teams to visit their respective clients.

It is very important that you be punctual for site visits, for which the bus will depart ruthlessly on schedule. The loading point for the bus will be the corner of Hemphill Ave. and 8th Street, in front of the Crecine Apartments.

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You may not travel separately to the site unless you have made prior arrangements with the instructors.

All of the sites we will visit are workplaces and appropriate dress is business casual. Furthermore, many of these are industrial sites and safety is a concern. Do not wear sandals or open-toed shoes, shoes with heels more than one inch high, or hoodies. Do not wear dangling clothing, such as scarves, or dangling jewelry. If you have long hair, put it up above your shoulders. Students not meeting the dress requirements will not be allowed to join the tour.

Bring a photo ID, a notepad, pen, and camera (but take no pictures until we have asked permission). Leave backpacks, purses, coats, etc. on the bus.


The Teaching Assistant for August–December 2019 is Sai Abhinay Potti. He will hold regular office hours (Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30—5:30pm). It is recommended that you email him/her in advance to make an appointment (spotti3 AT gatech DOT edu), otherwise he may not stay.

See the TA first for help on homework, tests, or projects. Note that the TA is unusually popular immediately before homework is due or quizzes are scheduled so get your questions resolved early.

ISyE 6335 course instructor

Professor John J. BARTHOLDI, III
Room 346 Groseclose Building
phone: (+1) 404 894 3036,
email: John DOT Bartholdi AT

I am generally available immediately before or after class, or email me to make an appointment.