(Answered) Understanding operations, logistics and supply chain management assessment

(Answered) Understanding operations, logistics and supply chain management assessment

Assessment Brief

Academic year and term: 2018/19 – Semester One, Oct 2018
Module title: Understanding Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Module code: QAB020N502A
Module Convenor: X. Pira
Learning outcomes assessed within this piece of work as agreed at the programme level meeting On successful completion of this module students will be able to Knowledge outcome – You will be able to develop your understandings of operations, logistics and SCM in organisations and how these contribute toorganisational successIntellectual /transferable skills outcome – You will be able to consider a complex scenario related to operations, logistics and SCM and apply quantitative or qualitative techniques to contribute to itssolution.
Type of assessment: Formative assessment: Essay plan to be emailed to seminar tutorsSummative assessment: Written assignment, 2500-Word Essay, +/- 10%, to be submitted onTurnitin
Assessment deadline: 19th Dec 2018 14:00

Instructions for assessment

Your summative assessment for this module takes the form of an essay in 2500 words, +/- 10%. This is an individual assignment. You must choose an organisation or business which is either an automotive company (manufacturing industry) or a hospital (service sector). It is the student’s free choice which hospital or automotive company they choose.  However, the hospital must be based in the UK, the automotive company needs to have a presence in the UK i.e. they are available in the UK.  The You need to produce an essay elaborating on the key operation, logistics and supply chain management issues faced by the operations and supply chain manager(s) in this particular organisation / business.

Youcancollectdatafromresourceslikewebsites,books,journalarticlesandgreyreports.Somecasestudiesare availabletohelpyoucollectrequireddata.Itmakessensetoselectacompanywhereyouwork,haveworkedor know people who workthere.

Byfocusingontheoperationalandsupplychainissues,youshouldseektoidentifyandclarifyhowtheoperation functionsandsupportsthemarketthatitserves.Whatservicedeliverysystem(s)ormanufacturingprocess(es) does it use? What infrastructure does it use to manage these delivery systems? And how, together, do these support the market (s) that it serves? A critical, detailed and relevant analysis should be made of the various components.

Based on your analysis, you are expected to make recommendations about how the business can improve its performance.Considertriplebottomline-describedastheincorporationofeconomic,environmentalandsocial factors as the three dimensions of sustainability in business practice – in youranalysis.

As it might be impossible to analyse all the areas of operations, logistics and supply chain management, you

should also decide which area (s) to cover in your discussion. Therefore, choose two of the following areas in managing operations, logistics and supply chain.

  • New product/ service development andprocess
  • Managingquality
  • Location andLayout
  • Managing people in operation and supplychains
  • Logistics mix: Channels, networks, transportation, managing inventory andcapacity
  • Managing business relationships in supplychains
  • JIT, Lean andAgility

To conduct writing the essay, students need to read and refer to core text books and academic journals as well as source of their data collection (mentioned before).

The essay will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Introduction (10%)
Critical review of relevant Operation, Logistics and Supply Chain Management theories (30%)
Analytic discussion with relevant and similar example(s) and applying appropriate solutions of Operations Management (30%)
Conclusion and recommendation (20%)
Clarity of writing, essay structure, correct referencing (10%)

Formative Assessment

You should write down an essay plan (500 words) to introduce

  • selected business/organisation
  • two selected areas of Operations and Supply ChainManagement
  • theories and techniques that should beapplied
  • potential areas of improvement which need to be reviewedcritically

Week 2/3 assessment brief and outline, Week 4 essay plan is covered and Week 5 in seminar feedback/discussion based upon the essay plan.  Please e-mail your seminar tutor a copy of your plan so they can monitor progress, but it is THE STUDENTS RESPONSIBILITY to bring a printed copy to the seminar Week5.

How will we support you with your assessment?

  • Two dedicated seminars in week three andten
  • Formative feedback on case studies inseminar
  • Formative assessment: writing an essay plan in week4
  • Links to the assessment throughout your seminars and team-building sessionspecifically
  • Coursework tutorials with your seminar tutor during reading week and revisionweek
  • Coursework tutorial at week11
  • FAQs on Moodle

How will your work be assessed?

Your work will be assessed by a subject expert who will use the marking grid provided in this assessment brief. When you access your marked work it is important that you reflect on the feedback so that you can use it to improve future assignments.

Referencing

You MUST use the Harvard System. The Harvard system is very easy to use once you become familiar with it.

Assignment submissions

The Business School requires a digital version of all assignment submissions. These must be submitted via Turnitin on the module’s Moodle site. They must be submitted as a Word file (not as a pdf) and must not include scanned in text or text boxes. They must be submitted by 2pm on the given date. For further general details on coursework preparation refer to the online information via StudentZonehttp://studentzone.roehampton.ac.uk/howtostudy/index.html.

Resit

Resit submission date: TBC

For students who are offered a resit you are required to improve and resubmit your original work as well as adding a further reflective commentary discussing what you have learned from the process.

You must resubmit your work using the specific resitTurnitin link on Moodle. You should:

  1. Review your previously submitted work and read carefully the feedback given by themarker.
  2. Use this feedback to help you revisit and rewrite your work, improving it in the areas identified as weakin the original markingprocess
  • Include with your resubmission an additional reflective piece (up to 300/500 words#) on what you understand was weak, how you set about addressing this and what you have learned from this that may help you with further assignments. You should address the followingspecifically:
  1. Identify tutor feedback points on your original work and identify where/how the resit work has changed (give page number) in response tofeedback
  1. Identify the lessons you have learnt from doing theresit
  1. Reflect on how your feedback and this process will help you improve futureassignments

If you did not submit work at the first opportunity you cannot reflect on your feedback. However, you are still required to submit a reflective piece in which you identify your reasons for non-submission, the implications of non-submission for your future success and how you propose to address this in the future. If you have issues with confidentiality of your reasons for non-submission then you could reflect on how you have met the learning outcomes for the module, how you can use what you have done on the module to support your future career and what skills/employability attributes you feel the module has helped you to develop.

If you were deferred at the first assessment opportunity you do not need to include the reflective piece as this is a first submission at a later date, not a resit.

The original marking criteria will still apply (see marking grid provided above*) except that the 10% weighting for presentation will be awarded instead to your reflective piece

Mitigating circumstances/what to do if you cannot submit a piece of work or attend your presentation

The University Mitigating Circumstances Policy can be found on the University website –  Mitigating Circumstances

Policy

Marking and feedback process

Between you handing in your work and then receiving your feedback and marks within 20 working days, there are a number of quality assurance processes that we go through to ensure that students receive marks which reflects their work. A brief summary is provided below.

  • Step One – The module and marking team meet to agree standards, expectations and how feedback will be provided.
  • Step Two – A subject expert will mark your work using the criteria provided in the assessmentbrief.
  • Step Three – A moderation meeting takes place where all members of the teaching and marking team will review the marking of others to confirm whether they agree with the mark andfeedback
  • Step Four – Work at Levels 5 and 6 then goes to an external examiner who will review a sample of work to confirm that the marking between different staff is consistent andfair
  • Stop Five – Your mark and feedback is processed by the Office and made available toyou.

Rubric for understanding operations, logistics and supply chain management assessment

  100 (80-89) 85 (70-79) 75 (60-69) 65 (50-59) 55 (40-49) 45 (30 – 39) 35 (20 – 29) 25 0
Introduction – 10% Introduction: Outstandingly clear introduction encompassing key points which will be discussed as well as motivation of selecting the business. Introduction: Excellent introduction encompassing key points which will be discussed. Introduction: very good introduction encompassing almost all raised points of the essay Introduction: Good introduction encompassing key raised points of the essay. Introduction: Limited but satisfactory introducing the work. Introduction: Some basic Introduction drawn from the work but some part are missed. Introduction: Limited Introduction drawn, and often reader has to find these within the work. Introduction: very limited information in Introduction drawn. Introduction: None provided
Critical Review & Research – 30% Breadth and relevance of research: Research includes Operations Management journals, core and essential text books from the reading list and web sources and grey reports. Bibliography and citation are very strong. Breadth and relevance of research:   Research includes Operations Management journals, core and essential text books from the reading list and web sources and grey reports. Breadth and relevance of research:   Research includes Operations Management journals, core and essential text books from the reading list and web sources. Breadth and relevance of research:   Research includes some academic journals and text books from the reading list. Scope for more breadth though Breadth and relevance of research:   Research includes competent attempt at one or two academic journals, text books and online sources. More breadth needed. Breadth and relevance of research:   Limited research often not including academic journals or text books. Breadth and relevance of research:   Little attempt made at researching the topic. A few websites or a couple of books cited. Breadth and relevance of research:   Little attempt made at researching the topic. For example, just a website or a text book cited Breadth and relevance of research:   No attempt made at researching the topic using texts, academic journals and online sources
  Analysis – 30% Level of analysis/ application of theory:   Outstanding analysis relating to the question. Analysis is always supported by academic theory. Some good examples support the importance of mentioned theory. Level of analysis/ application of theory:   Excellent analysis relating to the question. Analysis is always supported by academic theory. Level of analysis/ application of theory:   Very good analysis relating to the question. Analysis is supported by academic theory well. Level of analysis/ application of theory:   Good analysis relating to the question. Most analysis is supported by academic theory. Level of analysis/ application of theory:   A general analysis sometimes related to the question. Key issues are loosely mentioned and the correct application of academic theory is limited. Level of analysis/ application of theory:   A weak analysis occasionally related to the question. Application of academic theory is extremely limited. Level of analysis/ application of theory:   Assignment covers some answers to the questions set but lacks focus. Application to academic theory is limited. Level of analysis/ application of theory:   Assignment struggles to answer the actual question set. It is barely on topic and lacks application to academic theory to support points. Level of analysis/ application of theory:   No attempt to answer the question.
Conclusions 20% Conclusions: Outstandingly clear concluding comments encompassing key points made as well as some good practical suggestions. Conclusions: Excellent clear concluding comments encompassing key points made. A few suggestions are made. Conclusions: Very good concluding comments encompassing key points made. Two suggestions are made. Conclusions: Good concluding comments encompassing key points made. One suggestion is made. Conclusions: Limited but satisfactory concluding comments offered which attempt to close the essay. Conclusions: Some basic conclusions drawn from the work but no real summary offered. Conclusions: Limited conclusions drawn, and often reader has to find these within the work. Conclusions: conclusion is some repetitive sentences. Conclusions: None provided  
Structure – 10% Clarity, structure, grammar, correct referencing:   Writing style is clear and concise. Assignment is written with an academic tone and well- structured. Grammar and punctuation are Excellent and Harvard referencing and citation style is correct. There is no room for improvement! Clarity, structure, grammar, correct referencing:   Writing style is clear and concise. Assignment is written with an academic tone and well- structured. Grammar and punctuation are Excellent and Harvard referencing and citation style is correct. Clarity, structure, grammar, correct referencing:   Writing style is clear. Assignment is written with an academic tone and well- structured. Grammar and punctuation are generally very good and Harvard referencing and citation style is mostly correct Clarity, structure, grammar, correct referencing:   Writing style is clear and points are fairly well made. Assignment has attempted to use an academic tone. Grammar and punctuation are good and Harvard referencing and citation style is mostly correct. Some structural issues may be apparent. Clarity, structure, grammar, correct referencing:   Writing style is competent but more work needed on ensuring the structure is suitable and that points are well communicated. Harvard referencing needs improvement. Clarity, structure, grammar, correct referencing:   Writing style is quite difficult to follow and structural issues apparent. More effort needed on writing with an academic tone and grammar and punctuation could be improved. Harvard referencing needs improvement. Clarity, structure, grammar, correct referencing:   Writing style is difficult to read and understand. Poor attempt at correctly referencing using the Harvard style. Haphazard structure of assignment. Clarity, structure, grammar, correct referencing:   Writing style is difficult to read and understand. No attempt at correctly referencing using the Harvard style. Haphazard structure of assignment. Clarity, structure, grammar, correct referencing:   None evident

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