What is ERP? and Why?

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning systems which is a generic name used for; “software  that is designed to support and automate the business processes” or “information systems those which aid in identifying and planning the enterprise wide resources needed to make, account for and deliver customer orders”) system penetration rate in Sri Lankan and Global businesses is very high and it is more than 70% at some conservative  estimates. Hence the majority of the businesses today operate using ERPs so the students  incapable of operating with such systems will find it tough to seamlessly integrate from  education programmes to employability.

Strategic Partners


DMM has tied-up with SAP (which is the world market leader in ERP solutions) and has become the only SAP University Alliance Partner (SAP-UAP) in Sri Lanka. Using the resources of SAP-UAP, the University of Kelaniya now offers a unique Diploma with the insignias of the University of Kelaniya and SAP-UAP. The DIP in ERP(DERP) contains a  number of salient features:

- SAP-UAP plug and play curriculum which is globally accepted and delivered by  more than 1000 renowned global universities delivered here in Sri Lanka

- Supported by Queensland University of Technology, Australia

- Real work environment simulated through GBI data set provided by SAP

- Learning via SAP on integrated business processes, broad-based silo perspectives of  a business

- Provide a rich understanding of how business functions integrate in creating value for its customers

- Training provided with state of the art business intelligence(BI) tools, in creating competitive advantage via ERP systems to businesses

- Learning through simulated work environment facilities with the latest ERP and BI  solutions

- Eminent teaching faculty with internal 'trained SAP trainers' and visiting 'practicing SAP trainers’

- Enhancing career prospects through a highly accepted Diploma with the joint insignia of the University of Kelaniya and SAP-UAP

Programme Objectives

The Aims and Objectives of DERP

  • To make students knowledgeable on how business functions integrate into creating value to its customers.

  • To make students see and understand how business operations take place in functionally integrated organisations.

  • To provide knowledge essentials of IT/IS tools in enhancing business performance.

  • To provide hands‐on exposure to live ERP system via GBI data set of SAP-UAP.

  • To provide hands-on exposure to different Business Intelligence (BI) tools found in ERP systems to make better business decisions.

  • To prepare students to understand and appreciate the importance of leading the people and managing change for the successful implementation of ERP to create a competitive advantage for their business.

  • To enhance and expand career opportunities for students.

  • To make students locally and globally employment-ready via a globally accepted SAP-UAP accreditation

Overall Learning Outcomes of the DERP

At the completion of the DERP, students should be able to:

  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge in SAP-ERP to successfully carry out operations using integrated systems
  • Confidently propose business solutions through the application of integrated systems
  • Integrate multiple analytical skills in a cohesive and ethical manner into business decision-making using integrated systems
  • Being proactive in obtaining hard and soft skills required by a future-ready employee
  • Develop a mindset geared towards integrated business solutions

Sub Learning Outcomes

SLO 01 - Knowledge

  • Apply analytical knowledge competently using integrated IT tools and techniques
  • Demonstrate conceptual knowledge in using integrated solutions
  • Discuss factual knowledge of the integrated IT solutions and tools

SLO 02 - Skills

  • Apply the right skills under analytical situations
  • Practice skills independently with accuracy
  • Distinguish right skills through observations and instructions

SLO 03 - Attitudes, Values, Professionalism, and Vision for Life

  • Internalize the right values and ethics in resolving complexities
  • Display right values and ethics through behavior
  • Attempt to identify and associate with right values and ethics

SLO 04 - Mindset and Paradigm

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the traits of a right analytical mindset
  • Build the necessary traits for a right analytical mindset

Programme – Overview

DERP is designed as a three-staged programme, and the three stages will be offered across two semesters. Programme delivery and assessments will be conducted online with the usage of a learning management system and other online teaching, learning and evaluation tools. Three stages of the programme are described below:

Stage 01 – Two fundamental course units providing essential theoretical knowledge in information systems and the evolution of ERP.

Stage 02 – Four-course units based on key business processes (sales, distribution and supply chain management, accounting & controls, human capital management, and project management) using standard GBI data set obtained via SAP-UAP.

Stage 03 – Three course units; the first attempts to build the data analytical capabilities of students in creating value for organizations, the second delineates a comprehensive understanding on the practical aspects of ERP implementation, and the final apex course unit is to undertake reflective learning by integrating all the previous course units into one integrated project.

Three stages of the DERP will be covered in two semesters. At the successful completion of the above three stages, students earn 30 credits in total and will be eligible to obtain the Diploma in ERP

Course units and teaching and learning methods

DERP is expected students to see how different subject disciplines work in integration at organizations, get hands-on experience through working in ERP environment, and to be a part of the global SAP alliance with numerous access to global businesses and universities, in unveiling the opportunities for true global employable mobility. Furthermore, the DERP is structured to be aligned with the guidelines specified in the Sri Lanka Qualification Framework (SLQF). DMM will establish an advisory board representing the industry, so DERP can ensure to maintain its industry relevancy in to the future.

After successfully running the Diploma in Enterprise Resource Planning (DERP) for the last five years, DMM is now aiming to offer it to its external learning partners. DERP is designed around the plug-and-play curriculum offered by the SAP University Alliance Programme (UAP). SAP is the global leader in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions, and DMM has partnered with SAP to bring ERP-based learning and experience to discerning students of Sri Lanka. Moreover, by partnering with a global education programme such as the SAP-UAP, DMM has provided DERP holders with an unparallel opportunity to differentiate themselves from other diploma holders

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