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1. Evaluate, critique and discuss the importance of innovation in Logistics and Project Management.

Only one submission is required per group.

Assessment task details and instructions

You and your team are responsible for preparing a report and a presentation on the subject of Projects and/or Logistics

Team Formation

  • For the purpose of the module assessments you are required to form teams of 5 or 6

students; once selected it won’t be possible to transfer between teams

  • THE TEAM FORMATION WILL REMAIN THE SAME FOR BOTH THE PRESENTATION (Module Assessment Part 1) AND THE REPORT (Module Assessment Part 2).

Conditions

  • This is a team assignment and you are expected to work as a team.
  • Only one member of the group will need to submit the report file on Blackboard.
    • All team members will receive the grade awarded to the team unless one or more members clearly has not contributed: the tutor may then allocate different marks.

Assessment brief

As globalisation has increased, the world’s supply chains have become substantially more interconnected. Moreover, as emerging market economies have steadily come to account for a greater proportion of global GDP, goods often have more stages to pass through before reaching the end consumer. From national lockdowns to closed airspace and borders, COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented disruption to the mechanics of most economies, regardless of their size or stage of development. In particular, the erection of these barriers has placed a major strain on the world’s supply chains and logistics, including essential linkages relating to food, medicines, and other industries. (Oxford Business Group, 24th April 2020)

Various projects around the world are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in numerous ways, and many projects have stopped.

COVID-19 is not rendering projects altogether impossible to complete, but is slowing them down. This is causing delay and disruption, even if only because supply chains have been severally interrupted. Many projects have even stopped, usually with the intention to resume work at a later date.

In addition following the decision of the UK government to leave the European Union on 1st of January 2021, a number of UK and European leading experts have issued warnings regarding the implication for Projects and Logistics across considerable number of industrial sectors.

Following the current crises, organisations will have an opportunity to learn from the challenges they experience and take steps that will strengthen their supply chain and the way they plan and execute projects.

Critically discuss the impact of COVID-19 and Brexit, the lessons learned so far and their potential impact in Projects and/or Logistics. In doing so utilising academic and non-academic (practitioner) sources and undertake research to explore the legitimacy of the above statements.

You could focus your arguments in any sector of your interest i.e. Pharmaceutical, Food , Construction, Automotive, Healthcare, Education, Tourism, etc.

You will need to take the following into account when completing your assignment/report

  • Clarity and content of your report;
  • Quality of a relevant literature review that helps inform your discussion;
    • Clarity of argument and integration of different components in relevance to Projects and/or a Logistics context;
    • Allocation of credit and sources used; (have I included references and citations to the material I have used?);
    • Use of examples, figures, tables, illustrations and statistics that indicate wider/independent reading;
    • Quality of executive summary (does it give a brief complete summary of your paper for an executive to read?);
    • Overall report structure including spelling and grammar and presentation;
    • Adherence to nominated word limit.
      • Word processed (letter size 12, Times New Roman, 1.5 space), fully referenced (APA 6th (Harvard) Style

This coursework should follow a structured approach and your aim is to:

Prepare and submit as a group a professional business report on Friday the 14th of May 2021 by 4 pm (70% of total module grade) – Word Count up to 5,000 words (only one team member will need to submit the report on behalf of the group). You are advised to make the best use of the feedback provided following your group presentation on Part 1 of the module assessment.

Please follow an industrial report format. Therefore the report should include:

  • Cover page that details:
    • Project title;
    • Group number;
    • Member Names and Student IDs
    • Executive Summary; (not part of the word count)
    • Contents page;
    • Introduction;
    • Main body based on the thematic areas. In sections and sub sections;
    • Discussion and Conclusion;
    • References / Bibliography;

    • Appendices.

Assessed intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:

1. Evaluate, critique and discuss the importance of innovation in Logistics and Project Management.

2. Apply theoretical ideas to practice via real scenario and live case studies.

3. Implement and critically evaluate advancements in Project Management and Logistics.

4. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the importance of Logistics and Projects Integration in the development and maintenance of sustainable and global organisations operating in complex market environments.

Transferable/Key Skills and other attribute

On completion you will have had the opportunity to:

1. Work independently and with others in analysing and presenting solutions to real life problems.

2. Communicate effectively through a variety of media to different audiences.

3. Make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations using tools and techniques appropriate to the module.

4.
Evaluate, critique and present research findings.

Module Aims

  1. Evaluate contemporary research in Logistics and Project management taking into account the interdisciplinary nature of the subjects.
  2. Analyse critically advances in Project and Programme management focusing on value generation including Agile, Lean and Benefits Management.
  3. Critically review world-class innovations and emerging technologies in Logistics(i.e. Additive Manufacturing, Big data analytics, drones etc)
  4. Critically review world-class innovations and emerging technologies in Project, Portfolio and Programme (3P) i.e. Virtual technologies and augmented reality environments, Output driven Project management (Benefits Realisation, Target Value)

  5. To prepare students for further research and application of Logistics and Project management in their Business

Word count

The final report for this assessment should be up to 5,000 words.

Your word count is from the introduction to conclusion sections. Therefore, it does not include title page, contents page, reference section, appendices etc. If the assignment exceeds these limits; the work in excess of 5,000 words is not marked.

Summative feedback on your final report will be provided within 2 weeks of your submission. The summative feedback will be made available on Blackboard within the same timescales as above.
Feedback arrangements

Plagiarism and Late submissions

Subsequently if further clarification is needed you could make an individual appointment with either Dr Peter Dickinson, Dr Yiannis Polychronakis , Dr Stelios Sapountzis, or Dr Kostas Chaldoupis.

You are required to follow the University’s regulations regarding plagiarism and citing sources and references used.

  • Late submission will be accepted up to 7 days amer the submission deadline.
  • All work submitted late will be capped at the pass mark of 50%, there is no sliding scale.
  • Lecturers are not able to give extensions.

Support arrangement

Student Facing Policies and Procedures

You can obtain further support for this assessment by emailing Dr Stelios Sapountzis ([email protected]), Dr Yiannis Polychronakis ([email protected]), Dr Kostas Chaldoupis ([email protected]), or Dr Peter Dickinson [email protected]) and seek to arrange appointments as a group. We aim to reply to emails within 24 hours.

askUS

The University offers a range of support services for students through askUS.

Good Academic Conduct and Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to learn and demonstrate skills associated with good academic conduct (academic integrity). Good academic conduct includes the use of clear and correct referencing of source materials. Here is a link to where you can find out more about the skills which students require http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning.

Academic Misconduct is an action which may give you an unfair advantage in your academic work. This includes plagiarism, asking someone else to write your assessment for you or taking notes into an exam. The University takes all forms of academic misconduct seriously. You can find out how to avoid academic misconduct here h#ps://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for- learning.

Assessment Information

If you have any questions about assessment rules, you can find out more here.

Personal Mitigating Circumstances

If personal mitigating circumstances may have affected your ability to complete this assessment, you can find more information about personal mitigating circumstances procedure here.

Personal Tutor/Student Progression Administrator

If you have any concerns about your studies, contact your Academic Progress Tutor or your Student Progression Administrator.

In Year Retrieval Scheme

Your assessment is not eligible for in year retrieval.

Reassessment

If you fail your assessment, and are eligible for reassessment, you will need to resubmit. Details and guidance for resubmissions will be issued to you by our Admin team following the completion of your four modules of your programme.

For students with accepted personal mitigating circumstances, this will be your replacement assessment attempt. Students should be aware that there is no late submission period at reassessment (this includes those students who have an accepted PMC request from a previous attempt).

Assessment Criteria and Marking Scheme for final report (70% of total module grade)

Criteria

Marks

Use of theory

30

Examples and sources utilised

30

Quality of argument

10

Approach to research

10

Citation and References

10

Conclusions

10


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