Learn the software businesses use in ERP class this winter

This winter, the class Enterprise Resource Planning Systems will be cross-listed as ACC 5200, ISM 5200 and ACC 7148. It is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students. While this course is a good elective for students in any business major or concentration, it is particularly relevant to students in accounting, global supply chain management and information systems management.

What is ERP? 

An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is a software package that supports operating activities and management decision-making in businesses and other organizations. By facilitating the flow of information, the ERP system integrates and coordinates the organization’s many and diverse activities.

Why should you take this course? 

This course explains how organizations work by describing their most important business processes and how ERP systems support these processes. You will study business activities in sales, procurement, inventory management, production, planning and financial management. You’ll learn what decisions different managers make and what information they need to support their decisions. The hands-on experience with popular ERP software packages will give you a competitive edge in the job market. You’ll learn how to use the type of software that is the major information system in most businesses today.

Topics covered include:

  • How modern ERP systems work
  • The business processes and management decisions ERP systems support
  • How to use two well-known and widely-used ERP software packages: SAP® ERP and Sage 100
  • Realistic, hands-on exercises using the actual software
  • The critical success factors for selecting and implementing an ERP software package


Myles Stern, Ph.D., CMA, has taught a wide variety of courses in accounting and information systems management. He has extensive practical experience in implementing ERP systems and helping organizations use information systems effectively. Stern is the Wayne State campus coordinator for the SAP University Alliance Community.


Enrollment is limited to juniors, seniors and graduate students in the Mike Ilitch School of Business. Other students may enroll only with the instructor’s permission. Before taking this course, you must have successfully completed the following courses (or equivalent courses taken elsewhere).

Undergraduate students in ACC 5200 or ISM 5200:

  • ACC 3010: Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACC 3020: Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • ISM 3630: Business Information Systems

Graduate students in ACC 7148:

  • BA 7000: Managerial Accounting
  • ISM 7500: Business Information Systems

Additional information

ACC 5200/ISM 5200/ACC 7148 will meet on Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the main campus during winter 2018. This course will be taught in a hybrid format with a significant amount of web-based activity. 

How to register

The undergraduate course is cross-listed as both ACC 5200 and ISM 5200. If you are pursuing either of these majors, please register for the course using the prefix corresponding to your major. If you are an ISM major, you may use this course as your ISM elective. If your major is neither accounting nor ISM, you may register under either course number. Graduate students should register for ACC 7148.

For more information, please contact Myles Stern at 313-577-4489.

The information above reflects current plans for the course. As course materials are developed prior to the start of the winter 2018 semester, some course content may be modified.