Assessment Information

This assignment is designed to assess learning outcomes:

LO1.Apply modern international supply chain management principles and practice, including the evolution of modern operations management theory, to global business cases.
LO2.Analyse the process of supply chain management decision making in a global context.
LO3. Apply and analyse appropriate management frameworks which can be used for the planning and control of materials and services, from the viewpoints of quality, quantity and cost analysis.
LO4. Appreciate and utilise the range of tools and techniques available to aid efficient and effective global supply chain managerial decision making.


This assignment is an individual assignment.


The nature of product characteristics requires that supply chain and logistical processes are designed accordingly. Fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs) display characteristics which require the design of processes which are inherently different to products which have innovative/technological characteristics.

This assignment requires you to:

  1. Critically identify and explain the mechanisms of an efficient supply chain. What types of products would require such processes?
  1. Critically identify and explain the mechanisms of a responsive supply chain? What types of products would require such processes?
  1. Compare and contrast the two supply chain processes.

Criteria for Assessment

Criteria Proportion of overall module mark
1. Introduction/summary

· Is the chosen topic well introduced and clearly defined?

2. Efficient Supply Chain Process

· Have the mechanisms of an Efficient Supply Chain been identified and discussed?

· The use of Information Technology

· The use of outsourcing?

· Distribution?

· Manufacturing?

· What insights have been drawn from the literature?

· Are arguments supported by theory and/or practice?

3. Responsive Supply Chain Process

· Have the mechanisms of a Responsive Supply Chain been identified and discussed?

· The use of Information Technology?

· The use of outsourcing?

· Distribution?

· Manufacturing?

· What insights have been drawn from the literature?

· Are arguments supported by theory and/or practice?

4. Presentation, grammar, spelling and referencing 10%
Total 100% (x 30% weighting)


Word Count

The word count is 2500 words.

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 and citations, but excludes the references list.

How to submit your assessment;

  • 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.
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