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LO3 Analyse new, novel or abstract data using an appropriate range of subject-specific techniques. Judges the reliability, validity and significance of evidence to support conclusions/recommendations

Learning Outcomes addressed

LO3 Analyse new, novel or abstract data using an appropriate range of subject-specific techniques. Judges the reliability, validity and significance of evidence to support conclusions/recommendations 
LO4 Operate in complex, unpredictable environments, requiring selection and application from a range of often standard techniques and information sources 
LO5 Work with ideas at a level of abstraction, arguing from competing perspectives. Identifies the possibility of new concepts within existing knowledge frameworks and approaches 

ASSESSMENT SPECIFICATION

The Portfolio is final assessment on the module and requires you to build on your work in Seminars.  You need to:

  1. Submit a 2000 word report (excluding references, tables and diagrams) evaluating a selected aspect of either Social or Environmental performance in the Supply Chain of your chosen commodity.
  2. Submit your work on exploring the social media data set on a Sustainable Supply Chains in the topic of your choice, showing the work you have done in creating data visualisations and a dashboard and analysing your results.  (750 - 1000 words excluding diagrams).

Weightings for each item are shown below.

Guidance

In addition to the guidance below, and that delivered in Seminars, Blackboard will have a summary guidance Panopto video for the portfolio assessment.

Report on Commodity Supply Chain Sustainability Performance (2000 words, 60%)

This report addresses evaluation of performance in ONE area of sustainability in the Supply Chain of a commodity of your choice.  A list of potential Commodities to explore is given below.  The report should represent an evaluation of performance through critical evaluation of secondary data sources. A suggested structure and word count allocation is given below:

  1. Introduction clearly setting out the report contents and the aspect of Sustainability performance you are evaluating in your commodity supply chain.  (250 words)
  2. Methodology for searches of the academic literature and other sources (250 words)
  3. Commodity overview (150 words)
  4. Sustainability and Supply Chain Performance Data for the chosen area of evaluation (100 words as data presentation should be in tables not included in word count)
  5. Critical evaluation of Supply Chain performance on your chosen sustainability focus     (800 words)
  6. Recommendations for improvement (250 words)
  7. Conclusions (200 words)
  8. References (single reference list at the end of document and NOT included in the word count)

Commodities List

Choose one of these OR consult Seminar Leader on any alternative you wish to pursue

Commodity Category

 

 

 

 

Metals

Copper

 

Cobalt

 

Gold

 

Iron/Steel

 

Food- Fruit and Vegetables

Avocado

Bananas

Oranges

Cocoa

Oils

Coconut Oil

Palm Oil

Olive Oil

Crude oil

Beverages

Coffee

Tea

Carbonated Soft Drinks

 

Dairy

Cheese

Yoghurt

Milk

 

Cosmetics

Carmine

Talc

Magnesium Silicate

Menthol

Textiles

Cotton

Linen/Flax

Nylon

Rayon

Construction

Cement

Granite

Marble

Lumber

Grains

Corn

Soybean

Wheat

 

Analysis of Social Media Data Set (750 - 1000 words, 40%)

Through the digital skills development in Lectures and Seminars on the module, you will have chosen a substantial and unique data set from social media related to your chosen Sustainability topic and you will have established a collection of data visualisations of your data set using either EXCEL,Tableau Software OR a mixture of both.  You are required to produce a critical analysis of your results.  In order to do this, you must follow the tasks below.

  1. Introduction – a brief overview of the contents of your analysis.  (100 words)
  2. Presentation of Results and critical analysis (500 - 750 words).  Presentation of data in either Tableau OR Excel through Charts as covered in videos posted to the Refer Defer area
  3. Conclusions (100 - 150 words).
  4. References (single reference list at the end of document).

ANY STUDENT WHO IS UNABLE TO DOWNLOAD TABLEAU AND UNABLE TO USE EXCEL SOFTWARE NEEDS TO CONTACT THE MODULE LEADER IMMEDIATELY. 

A note on Word Count

The overall word count is 3000 words.  Guidance on using this is given above but students may deviate from this if they wish so for example, students can split the two pieces of work in the Portfolio 1300 words: 700 words.  It is recommended however, that you do not deviate too much as this will impact on marks awarded for evaluation or analysis – you need to ensure you have enough word count to do this well in both pieces of work in the portfolio.

STRUCTURE AND STYLE OF SUBMISSION

YOU NEED TO SUBMIT ONE WORD DOCUMENT OR PDF AS FOLLOWS

Style

Single-spaced, 12-point text, standard margins.

References should be in a single list in Alphabetical order. Do not keep web references separate, do not forget the access dates for the latter.

Structure

Report Structure/Layout: 

Title page - should  state your report Title which should clearly state your chosen Company for analysis

No Student ID (Anonymous Marking)

Word Count total and breakdown for Report and Analysis of Social Media Data Set

Contents Page

  • Report
  • Analysis of Social Media Data Set

Assessment Criteria

The marking rubric to be used to assess the portfolio will be placed on the module Blackboard site in the Assessment Area and is also attached at the end of this document.

Electronic Submission of Coursework

Unless explicitly stated otherwise in writing by the module leader, all coursework on this module is submitted via Blackboard only. It will automatically be scanned through a text matching system (designed to check for possible plagiarism).

To submit your assignment:

  • Log on to Blackboard at http://learning.westminster.ac.uk;
  • Go to the relevant module Blackboard site;
  • Click on the ‘Submit Coursework’ link in the navigation menu on the left-hand side, or as advised by the module teaching team;
  • Click on the link for the relevant assignment;
  • Follow the instructions.
  • You have been given details by the module teaching team about how and when you will receive your marks and feedback on your work (see the module handbook)

REMEMBER:

It is a requirement that you submit your work in this way. All coursework must be submitted by 13.00 (1pm) on the due date. If you submit your coursework late but within 24 hours or one working day of the specified deadline, 10% of the overall marks available for that element of assessment will be deducted, as a penalty for late submission, except for work which is marked in the range 40 – 49%, in which case the mark will be capped at the pass mark (40%). If you submit your coursework more than 24 hours or more than one working day after the specified deadline you will be given a mark of zero for the work in question. The University’s mitigating circumstances procedures relating to the non-submission or late submission of coursework apply to all coursework. 


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