Uses of supply chain management to deliver goods and/or services to the customer.

Purchasing & Supply Chain Management’
MODULE ASSESSMENT: written assignment
The module assessment is as outlined in the module description at the beginning of
the handbook i.e. assignment (100% marks).
The assignment should be a maximum of 3000 words (main text) and
submitted online using ELE. Students have the option to work together in pairs on
the assignment in which case it should be 4000 words.
The assignment should be structured in a conventional way i.e. title, abstract,
introduction, literature, findings, discussion/analysis, conclusion, references (see the
‘Assignment Tips’ document on ELE for further information). The brief is as follows:
“Select an organization which uses supply chain management to deliver
goods and/or services to the customer. Examine business practice and theory in light
of the purchasing & supply chain management literature. Analyse how the supply
chain is managed, identifying any areas of business performance which demonstrate
competitive advantage as well as any aspects which may require improvement. You
should include 2 or 3 of the core themes explored on this module. For example:
supply chain sustainability, global sourcing, supply strategy, supplier relationship
management, supply responsiveness, service-based supply chains, low carbon
procurement, closed loop & circular supply chain implementation.”
Note: Please use the standard ‘APA’ (previously termed ‘Harvard’) system of
referencing. You may use appendices, but please be sensible i.e. use sparingly. Do
not use extensive footnotes, particularly in addition to conventional referencing, as
this can be confusing for the reader.
Assignment marking criteria – marks are awarded for:
• Demonstrating good knowledge and understanding of course material.
• Providing evidence of research beyond that covered in the course.
• Critical reflection and evaluation of the subject.
• Logical and insightful analysis.
• Well structured, concise and readable mode of presentation.
• Original conclusions demonstrating both implications for theory in addition to
clear recommendations for practice.