Subject Code: MAN203
Subject Name: Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Assessment Title: Assessment 1 – Take Home Exam
Total Marks: 100
Due Date: Monday of Week 5 – 15:55 AEST
Length: 1600 words +/- 10%
Late submission possible: Published Kaplan penalties apply for late submissions
You are required to research and provide valid information that contributes to answering the following questions. All questions are of equal weight.
Question 1. Supply Chain Management is an important facet of most organisations.
a. Identify and briefly describe the three (3) of the main sub-systems in the supply chain. Are these relevant for all organisations? Why?
b. Identify four (4) goals for the supply chain. What priority order would you rank these in? Why?
Question 2. Strategic planning is important to every business, and it is also important to effective supply chain management.
a. Identify and describe three (3) aspects of SCM that need planning. Justify your answer.
b. Describe the purpose of a long-term strategy and a short-term strategy. Illustrate with an example.
Question 3. Globalisation is becoming the norm. However, global supply chains have many challenges. a. Identify and describe three (3) global SCM challenges. Illustrate with an example.
b. What is meant by central control versus local management? Illustrate with examples.
Question 4. Environmentally sound choices are increasingly required to be integrated into supply-chain
a. Explain the rationale behind this statement.
b. How can a business understand how well they are performing on sustainability?
You are expected to conduct your own research to help you answer these questions. As an indication, a satisfactory level of research would be evidenced by the presence of at least 5-8 references in the Reference list. As with all Kaplan assessments, your Reference list must be formatted strictly to the Harvard style.
Assessment Marking Rubric
Criteria HD (High Distinction) 85%-100% DN (Distinction)
75%-84% CR (Credit) 74%-65% P (Pass) 50%-64% NN (Fail)
Understanding of question content and theory Correct response to question
Key concepts and definitions used correctly in responses and necessary terms accurately defined. Correct response to question
Key concepts used correctly in responses, lacking in definition of key terms Correct response to question
Lack of key concepts and/or definitions Correct response to question
Insufficient detail Incorrect response
Insufficient or incorrect details /40
Critical evaluation and provision of examples Successfully applies theories to examples and problems in a persuasive way that reflects understanding and provides best results. Applies theories to examples and problems in a way that reflects understanding. Applies theories to examples and problems adequately. Applies theories to examples and
insufficient detail provided. Applies theories to examples in a way that
reflects a misunderstanding. /40
Correct academic writing style used, including correct spelling, grammar and punctuation Sentences and paragraphs are well structured and clear. Vocabulary is clear, effective and academic.
Grammar, spelling and punctuation are flawless. Sentences and paragraphs are well structured and clear with minor exceptions. Vocabulary is clear, effective and academic Grammar, spelling and punctuation are good Sentences and paragraphs are mainly well structured. Vocabulary is comprehensive. Few errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation Sentences and paragraphs are poorly structured.
Vocabulary is often ineffective.
Grammar, spelling and punctuation are often
incorrect Meaning is
unclear/structure is often wrong.
Vocabulary used is incorrect/not comprehensive. Grammar, spelling and punctuation are mostly incorrect. /10
In-text referencing and reference list follows Harvard style and consistent with KBS guidelines Expert usage and acknowledgment of all sources in the text and in reference list. All references in the correct format.
Compliant Acknowledged all sources in the text and in reference list. All references in correct format. Compliant with research scope guidelines.
Acknowledged most sources in the text and reference list. Most references in the correct format. Compliant with research scope guidelines. Acknowledged most sources in the text and reference list. Some references in the incorrect format.
Compliant with research scope guidelines.
Several sources are unacknowledged. Major errors in format of references.
Noncompliance with research scope guidelines. /10
Assignment Mark/Grade: Total score
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