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Fall 2015 New Courses

CMDT 6802/4802 - Foundations of Commodities

Professor Yosef Bonaparte | Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. -  9:15 p.m.

This course introduces students to the physical aspects of commodities and connects them to the financial markets in which commodities are traded. Fundamental concepts and terminology necessary for understanding commodity production, transportation, economics, financial analysis and marketing are described, in addition to the production and market structure knowledge needed to be successful professional participants in commodity trading capacities. The course also serves as a foundation for more focused education in the specific commodity sectors, as well as the applied use of marketing and financial trading concepts learned in other courses.

Objectives The primary course objective is to acquaint students with the “physical” side of the commodities industry as necessary background for understanding and effective performance in “financial” side commodity marketing activities. Students are also to become familiar with the typical research tools and informational resources needed to advance knowledge of individual commodity types.

PLEASE NOTE: In the Portal, this is listed under Extended Studies, Section 500

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Foundations of Commodities


CMDT 6582/4582 - Commodity Supply Chain Management

Instructor Michael D. Harper | Monday/Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. -  6:15 p.m.


  • Comprehend the basic terminology, concepts and structure of supply chains
  • Evaluate supply chain factors in the cost of commodities
  • Investigate supply chain strategies
  • Identify and manage common supply chain risk factors
  • Guest speakers to speak on specific commodity supply chains

Additional Benefits:

  • CMDT students get priority in Commodity-specific scholarships
  • Over $30,000 given over the last year
  • Shadow day opportunities
  • Preference in Internship and job placements
  • Industry professionals as guest speakers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Acquire Certificate in Commodities
  • Marketable skills to a wide range of companies

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Supply Chain Management


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