QSO 630 Final Project

QSO 630: Term Project Guidelines and Grading Guide

 

Overview

 

The term project for this course is the creation of a supply chain management plan. Based on the knowledge obtained in this course and previous course work, you examine supply chain management. Make sure to include topics discussed throughout this course.

 

The class will be divided into groups (three students maximum per group). You will work with one of the following industries for this assignment:

 

  • Personal Computers
  • Automobiles
  • Books
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Furniture

 

Once your group and industry are defined, begin to find at least one company in the industry that you can study. You will be asked to evaluate various aspects of the supply chain for the industry. As a group you must develop a summary of your findings.

 

Your group will have a wiki in which to work and develop your plan. While the wiki is not graded the instructor will provide weekly feedback to the wiki. In addition completion of the weekly tasks in your group wiki will contribute towards the “Milestone Submission” critical element of the rubric.

 

The project is divided in to three milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Five, Seven, and Nine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Elements

 

Industry and Customer Value

Once your group and industry are defined, research and brainstorm a list of factors that are valuable to the customers of your industry. Write a summary of your findings.

 

Network Design

Work with your group to research and brainstorm a list of criteria a company in the industry may use to select the following:

  • Suppliers
  • 3PL Firms
  • Distribution Centers
  • Retail Stores
  • Write a summary of your findings.

 

Pricing Management

Work with your group to research and brainstorm how you might use customer categories for product pricing. Be sure to identify the categories a company would choose and provide reasons for your decisions.

 

Inventory Management

Work with your group to determine whether the supply chain sells seasonal or generic products or both. Interview a manager of a retail store in the industry. The goal of the interview is to learn the inventory policies adopted by their store for order quantity, safety stock and reorder level. Write a summary of your findings.

 

Distribution Strategy

Work with your group to select a centralized and decentralized distribution strategy. Research your selection and provide reasoning for the selection. Identify potential risks based on your distribution strategy. Write a summary of your findings.

 

Product Supply Contracts

Work with your groups to identify the appropriate production strategy and contracts for the supply chain. Be aware that multiple strategies may be employed. If more than one strategy is used, be sure to discuss when the contract approach is used and why. Write a summary of your findings.

 

Performance Measurement and Executive Summary

Work with your group to interview managers of the manufacturers, distributors, retailers and third-party logistics companies that are part of the supply chain you are researching. Find out how each measure the supply chain performance and how they attempt to perform better than their competitors. Write a summary of your findings and provide an overview of your entire proposal in an Executive Summary.

 

 

Format

 

Milestone One: Summary

In 5-6 Term Project: Continue Working and Submit Summary, you will submit a summary of your project. This milestone is not graded but you will receive feedback from the instructor.

 

Milestone Two: Rough Draft of Final Product

In 7-5 Term Project: Continue Working and Submit a Draft, you will submit a draft of your project. This milestone is not graded but you will receive feedback from the instructor.

 

Milestone Three: Final Product

In 9-5 Term Project: Interview Managers and Complete the Final Project Paper, you will submit your Term Project. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the main elements of the final product. It should reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. This milestone will be graded using the Final Product Rubric.

 

In Module 9 you will be asked to fill out the Group Member Evaluation Form. Responses will contribute to the “Teamwork” critical element of the rubric.

 


Deliverable Milestones

 

Milestone Deliverables Due in Module Grading
1 Summary

Develop a succinct summary of the following information collected in your wiki:

•Industry and Customer Value

•Network Design

•Pricing Management

Five Not graded separately; use Final Product Rubric to structure feedback; will affect Final Product grade under “Milestone submission…”
2 Rough Draft of Final Product
Develop a complete summary of all portions of the project, minus the Executive Summary.
Seven Not graded separately; use Final Product Rubric to structure feedback; will affect Final Product grade under “Milestone submission…”
3 Final Product
Revise project draft based on instructor feedback. The final draft must also include information regarding the Bullwhip Effect and Performance measurements as needed.

NineGraded separately; Final Product Rubric

 

 


Rubric

 

Requirements of submission: Written components of projects must follow these formatting guidelines when applicable: double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and discipline-appropriate citations. This paper should be 10 – 15 pages in length.

 

Instructor Feedback: Students can find their feedback in the grade book as an attachment.

 

Critical Elements Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement Not Evident Value
Main Elements Includes almost all of the main elements and requirements and cites multiple examples to illustrate each element

(23-25)

Includes most of the main elements and requirements and cites many examples to illustrate each element

(20-22)

Includes some of the main elements and requirements

 

 

(18-19)

Does not include any of the main elements and requirements

 

(0-17)

25
Inquiry and Analysis

 

Explores multiple issues through extensive collection and in-depth analysis of evidence to make informed conclusions

(18-20)

Explores some issues through collection and in-depth analysis of evidence to make informed conclusions

 

(16-17)

Explores minimal issues through collection and analysis of evidence to make informed conclusions

 

(14-15)

Does not explore issues through collection and analysis of evidence and does not make informed conclusions

(0-13)

20
Milestone submission and incorporation of feedback

 

Meets Emerging requirements and addresses all instructor feedback through incorporation or clarifying questions/dialogue with instructor

(9-10)

Meets Emerging requirements and incorporates some of the instructor’s feedback throughout the progression of the project

 

 

(8)

Student completes and submits all milestones by the due date

 

 

 

(7)

Student submits incomplete milestones or does not submit by the due date

 

 

 

(0-6)

10
Critical Thinking Demonstrates comprehensive exploration of issues and ideas before accepting or forming an opinion or conclusion

 

(18-20)

Demonstrates moderate exploration of issues and ideas before accepting or forming an opinion or conclusion

 

(16-17)

Demonstrates minimal exploration of issues and ideas before accepting or forming an opinion or conclusion

(14-15)

Does not demonstrate exploration of issues and ideas before accepting or forming an opinion or conclusion

 

(0-13)

20
Teamwork Demonstrates effective interactions with team members and makes numerous quality contributions to team discussions and tasks

(14-15)

Demonstrates moderately effective interactions with team members and makes some quality contributions to team discussions and tasks
(12-13)
Demonstrates minimal interactions with team members and makes minimal quality contributions to team discussions and tasks

(11)

Does not demonstrate effective interactions with team members and does not make quality contributions to team discussions and tasks

(0-10)

15
Writing

(Mechanics/Citations)

No errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations

(9-10)

Minor errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations

(8)

Some errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations

(7)

Major errors related to organization, grammar and style, and citations

(0-6)

10
Earned Total:

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