Ritically evaluate one supply network you have direct experience of, focusing on the topic of supplier relations.

Question

Supply chain management is a crucial area of systems. Over the years, organisations have been encouraged to streamline supply bases, improve the cycle time of deliveries, and invest in technologies such as Enterprise Resource Planning Software and Electronic Auctions:

a. Critically evaluate one supply network you have direct experience of, focusing on the topic of supplier relations.

b. Investigate and review the literature on your topic

c. Map the network out and describe it fully, identifying key areas which are relevant for your chosen topic

d. Develop a critical perspective to help analyse the supply network performance

e. Conclude which suggested improvements for the literature and the network



The Essay
The objective of the assessment is to write an essay within which you will
apply your learning from the module. You will be required to attempt one
question from the list above. It is expected that you will conduct independent
library research into the topic at hand, using relevant Library materials,
publication databases, and journal  search engines .
In researching and writing your essay you will be expected to approach the
theory as well as the practice of organisations and analyse the one in
relation to the other. It is expected that a good assignment will:
” Address the chosen question / topic as it is set.
” Include an introductory section that states clearly how the
topic/question will be addressed.
” Include evidence of an evaluative understanding of the literature and
wider reading, which assesses the strengths, and weaknesses, of
theories, concepts, and practices.
” Good referencing skills.
” Very good assignments will include a critical commentary on the
efficacy of these ideas, and cite examples of how they have been
experienced in practice, by public service organisations, and their
 stakeholders , for example, managers, professionals, and  service
providers and  end users .
” An excellent  first class assignment will, in addition, include the
development of a critical perspective which is related to organisation
practice in such a way that relevant conclusions have been drawn



Generic Assessment Marking Criteria
You will be marked according to five criteria:
” Quality of Presentation
” Understanding and use of Theory
” Quality of Analysis
” Structure and Argument
” Conclusions
The examiners will be looking for the following elements for each of these
criteria.
Presentation
” All material is thoroughly and correctly referenced.
” Citations are given in the Harvard format, unless specifically specified
otherwise in the assignment brief.
” Direct quotations from sources are referenced with page numbers.
” Appropriate use has been made of tables, diagrams, graphs and pictures.
” The use of formatting (line spacing, font, justified margins etc) is consistent
throughout.
” The text is clear and readable, without typographic errors and spelling
mistakes.
” The assignment is within the maximum word length suggested.
” The bibliography contains only the works cited in the assignment, is
presented in author alphabetical order and is complete, accurate, and
consistently formatted.
Theory
” Evidence of wider reading i.e. not relying on a textbook or single text
source, but engaging with specialist texts, journal articles and reports.
” A demonstration of an understanding and awareness of a range of
theoretical positions or technical options.
” The ability to place a particular text s argument within a range of positions
evident in the literature and to recognise its strengths and limitations as an
explanatory framework.
” Direct quotes, paraphrasing or other evidence of active engagement with
theory and/or technique is apparent throughout the assignment.
Analysis
” The assignment demonstrates an ability to understand different
perspectives i.e. the student can evaluate different options, engage
critically with theory and practice and can justify their analysis above other
available solutions or viewpoints.
” The analysis results from the use of judgement and discernment in
selecting theory and applying it to the situation or problem.
” The selection of techniques and viewpoints are justified by the problem or
issue outlined.
” Reflection and observation are integrated in the analysis in an appropriate
way i.e. a supported argument illustrated with observation rather than a
statement of opinion.
Structure and Argument
” An essay assignment will normally include an introduction, several sub
titled sections in the main body, a conclusion and a bibliography.
Alternative formats may be specified by the assignment brief and, if so,
have been used.
” A coherent argument is evident, which clearly links the different elements
of the assignment together and leads the reader through to a justifiable
conclusion.
” The argument is logically constructed with each section building on the
insights of preceding sections i.e. different perspectives are not simply
thrown together without an understanding of how they contribute to the
overall argument presented.
” Theory is integrated into the analytical and/or practical elements of the
assignment where appropriate
” Meaning is not obscured by poor grammar, paragraph or sentence
construction.
Conclusions
” The conclusion summarises the whole of the assignment and not just the
analysis i.e. conclusions relate to questions posed, adequacy of the
theory, empirical issues explored and reflect on the student s approach to
the work.
” The conclusions refer to the argument presented to that point and do not
introduce new ideas or arguments  at the last moment .
” The conclusion demonstrates the ability of the student to justify their
theoretical and analytical approach.
” Conclusions have been drawn and follow, and are justified by, the analysis
in the main body of the assignment. Where required, practical
recommendations are feasible and follow on from the conclusions,
addressing the issues identified.
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