“Today supply chains do much more than just physically moving products and materials from one location to another. The digital, interconnected world demands that supply chains also serve as a connected, coordinated information ecosystem that delivers maximum flexibility, visibility, and transparency,”

Assessment Information/Brief 2020/21

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Module titleGlobal Supply Chain Management
Assessment titleAssignment 1
Weighting within moduleThis assessment is worth 50% of the overall module mark.
Submission deadline date and time 
How to submit You should submit your assessment via OnlineCampus.  
Assessment task details and instructions   “Today supply chains do much more than just physically moving products and materials from one location to another. The digital, interconnected world demands that supply chains also serve as a connected, coordinated information ecosystem that delivers maximum flexibility, visibility, and transparency,” notes Scott Sopher, a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader of its Global Supply Chain practice.   Based on the above statement, you are asked to choose a sector/industry (e.g., food, technology, healthcare, retail, services, automotive), and critically:   Appraise how the supply chain structure has been evolved in the last five years in terms of globalisation, consolidation and integration Evaluate how cooperation and creation of logistics clusters help to alleviate the demand amplification (bullwhip effect) phenomenon Discuss how advanced technologies (e.g., Big Data analytics, Internet of Things, Omnichannel) enhance connectivity and improve overall supply chain performance in the sector/industry.   For each question above, you should support your arguments by bringing into the discussion 1-2 examples of companies that belong to the selected sector/industry.  You will also need to consider the following when completing your assignment: Quality of executive summary (does it give a brief complete summary of your paper for an executive to read?)Establishment of relevant theory (e.g. how supply chain environments are differentiated from region to region?)Allocation of credit and sources used (have I included references and citations to the material I have used?)Clarity of argumentOverall report presentation including spelling and grammarAdherence to nominated word limit (+/- 10%) Word processed (letter size 12, times new roman, 1.5 space)Fully referenced (Harvard Referencing System   Marking scheme:    Criteria Marks Use of theory/reference to course ideas 30 Examples 30 Quality of argument 15 Citation and References 15 Conclusions 10   Please remember that marks for the assignment will also be awarded in relation to presentation and structure, and aspects such as the use of examples, figures, tables, illustrations and statistics that indicate wider/independent reading.   Explicit marking criteria and mark ranges can be found below.
Assessed intended learning outcomes   On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:   Knowledge and Understanding Critically analyse the theory, concepts and models of global supply chain management to interpret and understand complex and ambiguous risks in global logistics and supply chain environments.Synthesise facts and ideas in support of an argument when evolving alternative solutions and concepts such as lean and agile supply Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of global lead-time management and time-compression.Critically evaluate the role of national and regional distribution centres (NDC/RDC) and warehouse management systems (WMS)in the strategic development of international supply chainsDemonstrate a sound understanding of the role and importance of an integrated and responsible approach  in  shaping managerial attitudes and actions, and in the establishment and maintenance of cross-functional teams and longer-term stakeholder relationships Practical, Professional or Subject Specific Skills Leads by example – as high levels of self-awareness, emotional and social intelligence, empathy and compassion, and able to identify mental well-being in others. Work collaboratively enabling empowerment and delegation – acts with humility and authenticity, is credible, confident and resilient.Judgement and Challenge – Takes personal accountability aligned to clear values. Demonstrates flexibility and willingness to challenge when making decisions and solving problems – instils confidence demonstrating honesty, integrity, openness, and trust.Courage & Curiosity – is confident and brave, willing to innovate, seeks new ideas and looks for contingencies. Manages complexity and ambiguity, comfortable in uncertainty, and is pragmatic.Valuing Difference – engaging with all, is ethical and demonstrates inclusivity, recognising diversity, championing, and enabling cultural inclusion. Empowers and motivates to inspire and support others.Professional Reflects on own performance, demonstrates professional standards in relation behaviour and ongoing development. Advocates the use of good practice within and outside the organisation. Transferable Skills and other Attributes Identify and utilise appropriate methods for collecting and analysing data related to global supply chain management issues.Locate, summarise and synthesise a range of information from published literature and electronic sources on global supply chain management.Work on their own and with others in analysing and presenting solutions to complex supply chain issues in a range of diverse environments.Manage their time to meet deadlines in both group discussions and in preparation of in-class activities
Module Aims To enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of the critical nature and meaning of global supply chain management and its application across a range of organisations and sectors internationally.To provide students with an analytical framework for global procurement, logistics and supply chain systems, their design, monitoring and controlTo facilitate a critical evaluation of the contribution of global logistics and supply chain to an organisation’s competitive advantageTo enable students to recognise and implement responsible and sustainable approaches to supply chain management.
    Word count/ duration (if applicable) The maximum word count is 3000 words (+/- 10%), excluding References.  Words over the word limit may not be considered and not marked.
Feedback arrangements You can expect to receive feedback for your assignment via OnlineCampus in two weeks from the submission date. 
Support arrangements You can obtain support for this assessment by participating in the online class discussions.   askUS The University offers a range of support services for students through askUS. Good Academic Conduct and Academic Misconduct Students are expected to learn and demonstrate skills associated with good academic conduct (academic integrity). Good academic conduct includes the use of clear and correct referencing of source materials. Here is a link to where you can find out more about the skills which students require http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning. Academic Misconduct is an action which may give you an unfair advantage in your academic work. This includes plagiarism, asking someone else to write your assessment for you or taking notes into an exam. The University takes all forms of academic misconduct seriously.  You can find out how to avoid academic misconduct here https://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning.   Assessment Information If you have any questions about assessment rules, you can find out more here.   Personal Mitigating Circumstances If personal mitigating circumstances may h ave affected your ability to complete this assessment, you can find more information about personal mitigating circumstances procedure here.   Student Progression Administrator If you have any concerns about your studies, contact StudentCare.
Assessment Criteria You should look at the assessment criteria to find out what we are specifically looking at during the assessment.  
In Year Retrieval Scheme Your assessment is not eligible for in year retrieval. If you are eligible for this scheme, you will be contacted shortly after the feedback deadline.  
  Reassessment If you fail your assessment and are eligible for reassessment, you will need to resubmit in a date that will be notified to you. For students with accepted personal mitigating circumstances, this will be your replacement assessment attempt.  Students should be aware that there is no late submission period at reassessment (this includes those students who have an accepted PMC request from a previous attempt).   If a student needs to be reassessed, s/he will be given a new assignment brief with a deadline, which will be provided by the School.    

Criterion / Mark range
Overall level (indicative – not for grading)Standard comparable to journal publicationStandard comparable to conference paper publicationDistinctive work for Masters levelMerit work for Masters levelAcceptable for MastersBelow Masters pass standardSignificantly below Masters pass standard
ScopeOutstanding clarity of focus, includes what is important, and excludes irrelevant issues.Excellent clarity of focus, boundaries set with no significant omissions or unnecessary issues.Clear focus.  Very good setting of boundaries includes most of what is relevant.Clear scope and focus, with some omissions or unnecessary issues.Scope evident and satisfactory but with some omissions and unnecessary issues.Poorly scoped, with significant omissions and unnecessary issues.Little or no scope or focus evident. 
Understanding of subject matter  Outstanding with critical awareness of relevance of issues. Outstanding expression of ideas.Excellent with critical awareness of relevance of issues. Excellent expression of ideas.Very good with critical awareness of relevance of issues. Outstanding expression of ideas.Good with some awareness of relevance of issues. Ideas are expressed, with some limitation.Basic with limited awareness of relevance of issues.  Limited expression of ideas.Poor with little awareness of relevance of issuesLittle or no understanding of subject matter is demonstrated.
Literature  Comprehensive literature review. Evaluation and synthesis of source material to produce an outstanding contribution.Excellent independent secondary research. Sources are evaluated and synthesized to produce an excellent contribution.Very good independent secondary research. Sources are evaluated and synthesized to produce a very good contribution.Good secondary research to extend taught materials. Evidence of evaluation of sources, with some deficiencies in choice and synthesis.Limited secondary research to extend taught materials. Limited evaluation of sources, deficiencies in choice and synthesis.Little or no extension of taught materials.  Poor choice and synthesis of materials.Poor use of taught materials.  No synthesis.
Critical analysis based on evidenceStandard of critical analysis – showing questioning of sources, understanding of bias, independence of thoughtExcellent standard of critical analysis – excellence in questioning of sources, understanding of bias, independence of thoughtA very good standard of critical analysis.  Sources are questioned appropriately, and a very good understanding of bias, showing independence of thoughtCritical analysis with some questioning of sources, understanding of bias, independence of thought.Analysis evident but uncritical. Sources are not always questioned, with limited independence of thought.Little or no analysis.No valid analysis.
Structure of argument, leading to conclusionWell structured, compelling and persuasive argument that leads to a valuable contribution to the field of study, paving the way for future workArgument has excellent structure and persuasiveness, leading to very significant insights and relevant future work.Well-structured and persuasive argument Insightful conclusion draws together key issues and possible future work.Structured and fairly convincing argument leads to conclusion that summarises key issues.Argument has some structure and development towards conclusion with limitations in summary of issues.Argument is unstructured, no recognizable conclusion.No evidence of argument or conclusion.

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