OMGT2190 Supply Chain Sustainability
OMGT2190 Supply Chain Sustainability

Assessment Tasks
OMGT2190 Supply Chain Sustainability
The assessment consists of Group Project: Case Analysis & Report and Individual Research Report. The distribution of marks in assessments and length of the assessments are given in Table 1:
Table 1: Assessments and distribution of marks
Assessment task Weighting Due date Word length
Assignment One
(Overall weight = 50%)
Group Project:
Presentation 30% Assessment 1a: Project presentation due on:
16 May 2015.
You need to submit only a soft copy (via email to the course coordinator) of the presentation (powerpoint/Prezi slides only) at least a day
before your presentation
Case Preparation 5% Due on 20 March (in class) A half a page summary on:
• Group has been formed and informed the lecturer.
• Topic and the organisation have been identified.
• The group had at least one meeting
discussing the project
• Note: Lecturer will provide feedback
(oral/written) on your summary)
Case Analysis 15% Due on 11 April (in class) A one page summary on:
• Data and information has been collected
• Preliminary data analysis has been conducted.
• Note: Lecturer will provide feedback (oral/written) on your summary)
Group Project:
Case Analysis Report
50% Assessment 1b: Project report submission due on:
23 May 2015 (by 5 pm) 5000 – 6000
(penalty of 10% mark deduction for every 300
words more than the limit)
Assignment Two 4000 + - 10%
(Overall weight =
Research Report Due on 27 May 2015 (penalty of 10% mark deduction for every 300
words more than the
Assignment (Group
Report and
Research Report) submission process Only soft copy submission is required. You will submit via Turnitin Drop Box unless suggested otherwise. Acceptable similarity limit is upto 25%.
Assignments exceeding 25% limit will not be accepted for marking.
Assignment One: Group Project: Case Report
Group Project: Case Analysis (50%)
The purpose of this assessment is to develop your capability to plan, analyse and review supply chain sustainability issues based on the data and information collected from a real-world organisation.
(Written report: Size: between 5000 - 6000 words (A4, typed on one side, one-and-a half spaced, font 12, Times New Roman) plus references and appendix).
• To complete this assignment, you will work as a consultant team of five-six persons.
The assessment has two parts:
• Assessment 1a: Project presentation (30%), Project Preparation (5%), Project
analysis (15%)
• Assessment 1b: Project report (50%),
Choose one of the following topics and an organisation for your research project:
• Case: Sustainable procurement in the public/private sector.
• Case: Green supply chain
• Case: Reverse supply chain
Use the relevant questionnaire (Questionnaire 1, 2, 3 – see Appendix) for collecting data and information. Your presentation and report will be based on the analysis of the data and information collected based on the questionnaire.
Assessment 1a: Project Presentation
• Form a team of five-six persons.
• Notify the course coordinator your team members via email by using ‘Group Details Form’ provided in the Learning Hub.
• Identify a real organisation by making a preliminary research. Choose an organisation which has the most available information. Sources of information include websites, annual reports, media reports, preliminary data from the organisation (if possible), and any other publicly available information etc.
• Inform the course coordinator of the topic (Questionnaire) as soon as possible that your group has chosen.
• Your team members will act as supply chain managers (responsible for sustainability) of the chosen organisation. On behalf of the organisation, you will answer to the questions
specified in the questionnaire. Your answers will be the basis (statistics and information) for analysis.
• You are expected to validate your findings (both in presentation and report) using concepts, theory, and models (frameworks) discussed during lecture sessions.
• It is expected that all members of the group will participate in the presentation and prepare to answer the questions at the end of the presentation.
On this part of the assessment, the group shall prepare a maximum of 20 minutes presentation to be followed by a 5 -7 minute discussion and Q & A (depending on student numbers).
The presentation shall target the top level management of the organisation such as Board of Directors. Therefore, it has to be clear, supported with strong evidence and has to be presented in a business-friendly manner. This presentation shall cover but not limited to
• Background of the organisation;
• Information and data collection process
• Analysis and findings; and
• Managerial implications and recommendations.
Marking Criteria and Distribution
1. Presentation and preparation (25%):- evidence of preparation; use of presentation aids; responsibility sharing; interaction with audience; time management.
2. Content (60%) :- coverage of the topics; extent of evidence; clarity of argument; analysis and; recommendations.
3. Discussion (15%):- quality of response to questions; participation and contribution in answering questions.
Details of the presentation marking guide is given in Appendix A.
Important Notes
• Prepare a power point presentation
• You need to submit only a soft copy (via email to the course coordinator) of the presentation (powerpoint/Prezi slides only) at least a day before your presentation
• All members of the group are expected to participate in the presentation and Q & A.
Assessment 1b: Project Report
The group’s report will be between 5000 and 6000 words excluding reference and appendix.
Your report will be based on the analysis of data and information collected using survey questionnaire. You may follow the following structure for your report:
1. Table of content
2. Executive summary
3. Introduction
4. Background of the organisation
5. Data and Information gathering process
6. Analysis of the data and information.
7. Discussion of the findings
8. Managerial implications and recommendations 9. Conclusion.
A Marking Guide for the Group Report is given in Appendix B
Important Notes
• All sources of information should be acknowledged using appropriate citation style.
• Refrain from copying texts from a company’s Website without proper citation.
• You are expected to engage sufficiently with relevant literature to support your analysis
• Your report should be consistent with your presentation. Major deviations will be penalized.
• You will submit only a soft copy of your report on to the Blackboard via Turnitin (under Learning Hub).
Group Grades and Peer Evaluations
Generally each member of a group will receive a single grade given to the group on the basis of the group’s overall performance. There may be instances where this is not fair, however. Thus peer evaluation (a form is attached – Appendix C is requested after the group work is completed and individual grades will be adjusted to reflect your group’s judgement of your contribution. You do not have to submit the peer evaluation if you think that all members of your group have contributed (i.e., researching, organising, writing and attending group discussions) equally. Otherwise submit the peer evaluation form.
Assignment Two: Individual Research Report
Individual Research Report (50%)
The purpose of this assignment is to develop your capability to understand supply chain sustainability concepts, methods, and frameworks. On this assignment, you will write a research report of about 4000 words based on review of relevant literature on one of the following topics:
(Written report: A4, typed on one side, one-and-a half spaced, font 12 (Times New Roman) plus reference pages and appendix).
• Reverse supply chains and carbon footprint – how are they related? Analyse critically.
• Corporate social responsibility in supply chains – Analyse the impact in the context of global supply chains.
• Performance indicators in sustainable supply chain management – identify key indicators and critically analyse in the context of sustainable supply chain management
• ISO14001 standards and supply chain sustainability – establish a relationship between standards and supply chain sustainability and critically analyse.
You are required to conduct a thorough literature search (mainly academic journals) in order to prepare the research report. It is expected that you will follow the following guidelines while preparing your report:
1. Introduction (about 1 page)
• Introduce your topic of research.
• Discuss aims and objectives of the research.
• Highlight the plan of the report.
2. Literature search (about 7 pages)
• Conduct a thorough search on the topic of research. For this you are required to search journals (mainly academic). Develop a database of the articles in the chosen topic area. Your objective is to provide up-to-date information on the chosen topic in a systematic
manner. It is expected that you will address the following areas:
• Summary of the literature – basic summary of the chosen articles
• Group materials under few meaningful themes and critically analyse and discuss
• Identify the practical and theoretical implications of your findings
• Build your arguments based on the evidence from published cases and empirical studies.
3. Conclusions and suggestions for future research (about 2 pages) • Conclusion based on your findings
• Future direction.
4. References
• Provide a list of references and refer these appropriately in the report
• Include a content page and an executive summary of the report (between 1/3 and ½ a page)
• Choose a topic.
• Locate relevant sources (databases, academic journals). You are expected to refer to refereed (peer reviewed) academic papers.
• Identify relevant literature (20-24 relevant journal articles).
• Submit copies of five articles from where you may have gathered most of your ideas while preparing your report.
• Analyse and synthesise the literature to produce an analytical report.
• Give figures and tables where necessary.
• Appendices can be added if additional material is considered essential.
NOTE: You are NOT writing an open easy on the chosen topic. You are writing a research report based on the chosen articles only.
Marking Criteria and Distribution
The written report will be graded using the attached grading sheet- Appendix D: ‘Marking Criteria – Individual Research Report’. The grading sheet consists of four major items:
1. Organisation (10%)
2. Research (20%)
3. Analysis and Discussion (60%)
4. Innovation (10%)
Please check the above items while preparing your report.
Appendix A
Marking Criteria and Distribution
Group Presentation
Group: ______________________
Distribution of marks Allocated Marks Marks
Presentation & preparation (25%) Evidence of preparation 10%
Use of presentation aids 5%
Responsibility sharing 5%
Time management 5%
Content (60%) Coverage of the topic 15%
Extent of evidence 10%
Clarity of argument 10%
Analysis 15%
recommendation 10%
Discussion (15%) Quality of response 5%
Participation & contribution 5%
Interaction with audience 5%
Total =
Overall comment ______________________________________________
Appendix B
Marking Guide for Group Report
1. Header page
2. Executive summary (10%)
This should normally be no more than one page (approximately 300 words) in length.
It should indicate the main problems/issues main recommendations expected benefits if recommendations are implemented
Note: the executive summary is a critical section of a business report, as it might be the only section read by the key decision makers. Great care should be taken in writing the executive summary in order to ensure only the most relevant points are included and that they are presented as clearly and concisely as possible.
3. Contents page
4. The main body of the report This should contain:
Introduction (10%)
Introduce the company and its background including current practices (of the topic).
Analysis of the data (other information) and findings (30%) Analyse and present your findings in an appropriate manner.
Discussion of the results (30%)
Discussion the findings and identify the policy directions.
Recommendations (10%)
A clear and concise statement should be given of the preferred solution or recommended policy together with a justification of its choice.

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