Operations Management and Decision-Making Models

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Assessment 1 Information

Subject Code: MBA503
Subject Name: Operations Management and Decision-Making Models
Assessment Title: Operational Strategy
Assessment Type:
Length:
Individual report
1500 words (+/- 10% allowable range)
Weighting: 30%
Total Marks:
Submission:
100
Online
Due Date: Week 5

Your task
Using the most recent year’s (2022) award winners and then choosing between either Senex Energy,
Downer Group or Sanford Ltd of the
Australasian Reporting Awards Sustainability section, you
are required to prepare a 1500-word report explaining how your chosen company’s operational
strategies, supply and logistics systems and strategic decisions have supported the company to achieve
its desired business outcomes.
Assessment Description.
In this individual assessment, students will be given an opportunity to explain operational strategies and
demonstrate the skills needed to build effective supply and logistics systems that support desired
business outcomes by applying strategies integrating ethical, social and global considerations, which
will benefit organisational performance.
Assessment Instructions
The Australasian Reporting Awards celebrate and acknowledge excellence in preparing annual reports.
The awards are held annually, with companies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific area
being eligible to apply. The company chosen by students must be either Senex Energy, Downer Group
or Sanford Ltd. The link to the relevant section of the awards is
http://www.arawards.com.au/SustainabilityAwards.
When you selected the company you will discuss, firstly perform significant research into their activities
in terms of supply chains, operations and logistic systems. You may have selected a company with
multiple divisions that perform a variety of activities and which have different supply chains and
operations. In that case you may select a division and further research their supply chain, operations
and logistical systems. In the introduction you will further explain the chosen scope of your paper and
provide an overview about the specific division or supply chain. Then you will need to perform significant
research into the characteristics of your chosen supply chain or division: you may find information in
Industry papers, company websites, business magazines etc.. Furthermore, reflecting on the
assessment requirements you need to describe the supply chain, then the economic, environmental
and social impacts and lastly the operational and management approaches. Considering these three
topics for your report you are required to demonstrate you competency in describing and applying the
concepts as well as critically evaluating their effectiveness.

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The assessment needs to include the following headings:
1.
INTRODUCTION – (150 words) – Provide an overview of the company.
2.
REPORT – Address the following questions under each of the headings:
Supply Chain – How has the company built an effective supply chain and/or logistics system
which supports the company’s operational and sustainability processes. (300 words)
Economic, environmental and social impacts – What are the critical factors (ethical, social
or global) impacting the company in relation to sustainability and organisational performance.
(450 words)
Operational/ management approaches – What are the key operational/management matters
the company has needed to address in the year covered by the report. (450 words)
3.
CONCLUSION (150 words).
4.
REFERENCE LIST (following Kaplan Harvard Referencing Style)
The primary source of information with this assessment is the chosen company’s annual report.
This information needs to be augmented by a minimum of 10 academic references.
Please refer to the assessment marking guide to assist you in completing all the assessment
criteria.
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MBA503 Assessment 1 Marking Rubric – Operational Strategy Report 30%

Marking
Criteria (__/100)
F (Fail)
0 – 49%
P (Pass)
50 – 64%
C (Credit)
65 – 74%
D (Distinction)
75 – 84%
HD (High Distinction)
85 -100%
Introduction and
conclusion
__/10 marks
Either the introduction and/or
the conclusion is missing. If
present poorly written, with
grammatical and spelling
errors detracting from what is
written.
Your introduction and conclusion
are present but not well written,
vague and unstructured. Some
effort at indicating what will be
covered in the paper included but
not clear. The conclusion, also
present but vague and reiterates
points made in the paper, without
highlighting key points
Your intro is effectively written. It
provides an overview of the
direction of the paper but is not
compelling. The reader has an
idea of what to expect. The
conclusion recaps the main points,
summarising the central and
significant points.
Your intro is engagingly written. It
provides an overview of the direction
of the paper and gives the reader an
idea of what to expect without
engaging. The conclusion recaps the
main points, summarising the central
and significant points. Both could
have more impact on the reader
Your intro is compellingly and
engagingly written. Provides a
precise and succinct, overview of
the direction of the paper –
engaging the reader. The
conclusion recaps the critical points,
summarising the central and
significant points.
Supply Chain
__/20 marks
Your analysis of the supply
chain is poorly written. Errors
in the writing make the report
hard to understand. Few, if
any, connections made
between the supply chain and
operations of the organisation.
Your analysis of the supply chain
is developing, but grammatical and
spelling errors detract from the
document. Vague connections
supply chain /logistics and impact
on the operational practice of the
company. A basic understanding
of the concepts communicated but
not developed
Your analysis of the supply chain
is adequate. Connections
apparent between supply chain
/logistics and impact on the
operational and sustainability
practice of the company.
Comments and observations are
indicating an understanding of the
concepts.
Your analysis of the supply chain is
sufficient and detailed connections
made between supply chain
/logistics and impact on the
operational and sustainability
practice of the company. Some
insightful comments made indicating
a notable understanding of the
concepts.
Your analysis of the supply chain is
convincing, credible and compelling
connections made between supply
chain /logistics and impact on the
operational and sustainability
practice of the company—insightful,
discerning and perceptive
comments, indicating
comprehensive understanding.
Economic
environmental and
social impacts
__/25 marks
Key areas inadequately
covered. Understanding of the
critical factors not clear.
Underdeveloped or non
existent development of the
linkages.
Some of the key areas covered –
others missed. Some explanation
of critical factors but could be
more convincingly developed.
Grammar and/or spelling errors
are detracting from the
development of the ideas.
Some discussion re the economic,
environmental and social impacts.
Linkages with operational and
sustainability evident, but explicitly
explained—good understanding of
the critical factors evident – but
under-developed. Position evident
but not strongly presented.
Your discussion provides a clear
position regarding the economic,
environmental, and social impacts of
the company. Critical factors well
explained some insightful
commentary included. Advanced
conceptual understanding evident.
Some commentary could be better
developed.
Your discussion around impacts is
detailed, considered, and well
developed position re the impacts of
economic, environmental and social
impacts on the company –
performance and sustainability.
Astute commentary included re
critical factors. Advanced
conceptual understanding evident.
Operational/
management
approaches
__/25 marks
Limited explanation of the key
operational / management
issues. Lists issues but little or
no development.
Your explanation is basic, but not
developed of key concepts.
Limited development of linkages
between company context and
operational / management
concepts. Issues with written
English impacting the flow of the
report
Your explanation covers key
concepts. Understanding the
impacts on operational /
management matters explained
clearly. Concepts could be better
developed.
Your explanation is in-depth
coverage of the key operational /
management matters of the
company. Explanation of the impact
demonstrated a full and detailed
understanding of central issues.
Your explanation is comprehensive
and in-depth, covering the key
operational / management matters
of the company. Explanation of the
impact demonstrated a full and
detailed understanding of central
issues.
Use of
sources/supportive
evidence
__/10 marks
Your research lacks focus
and/or you have chosen
unsuitable or bogus sources,
which do not link to the
required assessment task.
You have demonstrated a basic
level of research, supported by a
reasonable selection of primary
and/or secondary sources.
You have demonstrated
substantial research, supported by
a reasonable selection of primary
and secondary sources.
You have demonstrated substantial
research supported by an
appropriate selection and range of
primary and secondary sources.
You have demonstrated extensive
research supported by an
appropriate selection and range of
primary and secondary sources.
In-text citations and
referencing
__/10 marks
Neither in-text referencing nor
reference list adheres to
Kaplan Harvard Referencing
Style.
In-text referencing or the resultant
reference list adheres to Kaplan
Harvard Referencing Style, with
some errors.
Both in-text referencing and the
resultant reference list adhere to
Kaplan Harvard Referencing Style,
with some errors.
Both in-text referencing and the
resultant reference list adhere to
Kaplan Harvard Referencing Style,
with only occasional minor errors.
Both in-text referencing and the
resultant reference list adhere
strictly to Kaplan Harvard
Referencing Style, with no errors.
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