Assessment Information


This assignment is designed to assess learning outcomes:


  1. Apply modern supply chain management principles and practice, including the evolution of modern operations management theory, to business cases.


  1. Critically analyse the process of supply chain management decision making.


  1. Apply and critically analyse appropriate management frameworks that can be used for the planning and control of materials and services, from the viewpoints of quality, quantity and cost analysis.


  1. Appreciate and utilise the range of tools and techniques available to aid efficient and effective Supply chain managerial decision making.


This assignment is an individual report.


This assignment requires you to write a report addressing the following areas:


Compare and analyse the supply chain of a short life-cycle product and a commodity product of your choice.


In addressing this report, you should ensure that you consider the scope of your product’s journey:


  • The overall design of the supply chains and its strategy
  • Sourcing and procurement 
  • Supply chain coordination and resilience
  • Sustainability & CSR

Criteria for Assessment


Area Weighting
The overall design of the supply chains and strategy 25%
Sourcing and procurement 25%
Supply chain coordination and resilience 25%
Sustainability & CSR 25%


Word Count


This assignment is an individual report of 2250 word +/- 10%. There will be a penalty of a deduction of 10% of the mark (after internal moderation) for work exceeding the word limit by 10% or more. The word limit includes quotations but excludes the final reference list and appendices.


How to submit your assessment


The assessment must be submitted by 18:00:00 on 17th of July 2021. No paper copies are required. You can access the submission link through the module web.


  • Your coursework will be given a zero mark if you do not submit a copy through Turnitin. Please take care to ensure that you have fully submitted your work.


  • All work submitted after the submission deadline without a valid and approved reason (see below) will be given a mark of zero.


  • The University wants you to do your best. However, we know that sometimes events happen which mean that you can’t submit your coursework by the deadline – these events should be beyond your control and not easy to predict. If this happens, you can apply for an extension to your deadline for up to two weeks, or if you need longer, you can apply for a deferral, which takes you to the next assessment period (for example, to the resit period following the main Assessment Boards). You must apply before the deadline. 


  • Students MUST keep a copy and/or an electronic file of their assignment.


  • Checks will be made on your work using anti-plagiarism software and approved plagiarism checking websites.






As part of your study, you will be involved in carrying out research and using this when writing up your coursework. It is important that you correctly acknowledge someone else’s writing, thoughts or ideas and that you do not attempt to pass this off as your own work. Doing so is known as plagiarism. It is not acceptable to copy from another source without acknowledging that it is someone else’s writing or thinking. This includes using paraphrasing as well as direct quotations. You are expected to correctly cite and reference the works of others. The Centre for Academic Writing provides documents to help you get this right. 


Moodle includes a plagiarism detection system and assessors are experienced enough to recognise plagiarism when it occurs. Copying another student’s work, using previous work of your own or copying large sections from a book or the internet are examples of plagiarism and carry serious consequences. Please familiarise yourself with the CU Harvard Reference Style (on Moodle) and use it correctly to avoid a case of plagiarism or cheating being brought. Again, if you are unsure, please contact the Centre for Academic Writing, your Academic Personal Tutor or a member of the course team.

Return of Marked Work

You can expect to have marked work returned to you within 15 working days of submission deadline. If for any reason, there is a delay you will be kept informed. Marks and feedback will be provided online. As always, marks will have been internally moderated only, and will therefore be provisional. 


Assessment Criteria


Mark range Guidelines
70% – 100%  A mark within this percentage range will be given to a report which:

  • To secure a mark in this range, a candidate must submit an outstanding report that could hardly be bettered. In addition to the marking criteria, the report should show an excellent level of understanding and critical/analytic skills, application of theories and originality. For example, such an answer would include new insights, new viewpoint of theory application which are not drawn from the literature but from the student’s own critical thinking, and which adds to the existing literature.
60% – 69% A mark within this percentage range will be given to a report which:

  • A report in this range will demonstrate a strong understanding of theories, concepts and issues relating to supply chain and its application.
  • The assignment must be written in a clear, well-structured way with a coherent and seamless flow and show evidence of independent, critical thought. 
  • It must show extensive relevant reading on the subject and intelligent use of the material to present a well-balanced and well-argued assignment. For example, the student will have considered a range of relevant issues and be able to assess the strength and weaknesses of various approaches/arguments and put forward a confident and articulate view of their own.
50% – 59%  A mark within this percentage range will be given to a report which:

  • The report will demonstrate a good understanding of the requirements of the assignment and of theories, concepts and issues relating to supply chain strategies. An assignment in this percentage range will include a balanced discussion of issues central to the question, how these are addressed by different authors or sources, good application of theory and some critical thinking into their relative merits or shortcomings.
  • The answer will contain few errors and little, if any, irrelevant material. It will show evidence of reading from a variety of sources (i.e. more than 3 or 4) but not so many sources that the discussion loses focus and becomes unclear or irrelevant. All sources should be of some academic merit (e.g. books, journals, reports, media publications). Unreferenced material from non-credible internet sources MUST be avoided.
  • All sources must be included and properly referenced in the references. The assignment will be well organised and clearly written/presented overall.
40% – 49%  A mark within this percentage range will be given to a report which: 

  • The answer will demonstrate some reasonable understanding of relevant theories, concepts and issues relating to supply chain strategy but also some minor errors of fact or understanding.
  • The assignment will not be based on an extensive range of sources (for example few references are included), or much evidence that they have been read closely or well understood. For example, the assignment will retell sources rather than analyse them.
  • The assignment may be quite general in part. Some errors may be present, and some irrelevant material may be included. 
  • The report may not be particularly well structured, and/or clearly presented and contain some spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. A few sentences may be unclear.
30% – 39%  A mark within this percentage range will be given to a report which:

    • Shows some limited basic understanding of the subject but is incomplete.  For example, if it answers one part of a question but not the rest.
    • Makes only very general statements
    • Includes some factual errors or misunderstandings e.g. confusion between different companies or misuse of certain key terms.
    • Shows limited use of material with limited reading/research on the topic and includes only a very small number of references, not all of which are included in the references
    • Includes spelling mistakes, is poorly structured with no clear argument and grammar mistakes making it difficult to understand.
  • Includes some irrelevant material.
20% – 29%  A mark within this percentage range will be given to an assignment which: 

    • Includes only a limited amount of relevant material.
    • Shows little evidence of reading/research on the topic. For example, the report includes only very few references, and relies only on material or case studies used during the course.
    • Shows only a very basic understanding of the subject.
    • Is poorly presented with bad grammar, some spelling mistakes and an incomplete reference list. 
    • Has a poor structure and does not flow e.g. if there is no conclusion or new facts are introduced in the conclusion rather than introduction or main discussion. 
  • Contains some fundamental errors.
0% – 19%  A poor fail on this assignment means the assignment submitted:

    • Is poor and suggests that the student has spent very little time on it e.g. if the answer is considerably under the word requirement, below 500 words in length and/or presented in note form rather than as a fully written up essay.
    • Bears little relation to the assignment topic and shows a poor understanding of theories, concepts and issues relating negotiation strategies and competitive advantage.
    • Contains no references and/or evidence of relevant reading, or uses literature or other material that is largely irrelevant or has no academic value.
  • Is poorly structured and poorly presented. For example, sentences may be hard to understand and contain many spelling or grammatical mistakes, and the examiners do not feel could be described as a serious attempt by any reasonable standards.
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