Supply Chain Sustainability Individual Reflective Essay

Module TitleSupply Chain Sustainability and the Environment
Coursework ElementIndividual Reflective Essay (worth 30% of the module)
Module Leader 
Word Count1500
First Sit or Resit?First sit
Submission Date 

Assignment Title:

Based on the work you have done on this module; you are required to give an account of your learning through a Reflective Essay (1500 words -/+ 10%). The report should be written in the first person. It should also be Harvard referenced throughout.

Reflect on each teaching week’s topic/teaching activities on sustainability. Based on your reflection, you are required to contribute to the module’s forum on Canvas. You should give your individual learning, knowledge, and understanding of the topics that were covered. You can reflect on how these topics in sustainability impact individuals (managers and decision making), businesses (performance, reputation, market share, customer retention etc.), and the society at large (local communities, changes in policy etc.). At the end of the trimester, you are expected to compile your individual contributions on the forum to one reflection document. You can make use of Gibbs reflective cycle to show evidence of learning through personal reflection. Based on your reflection, you can make recommendations for legislation and management practices about the issue of sustainability.

The adoption of academic journal references to support your arguments for this reflection would be useful. The sources used to support your reflection must be adequately referenced.

By successfully completing this report you will have met learning outcomes (LO3 and LO4) for this module:

LO3: Critically discuss how legislation and management practices can limit the environmental impact of supply chains.

LO4: Evaluate supply chain sustainability practices from contemporary case studies, also through reflection.

Additional guidance (for your final reflection document)

Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle was developed by Graham Gibbs in 1988 to give structure to learning from experiences.  It offers a framework for examining experiences, and given its cyclic nature lends itself particularly well to repeated experiences, allowing you to learn and plan from things that either went well or didn’t go well. It covers 6 stages:

  • Description of the experience (your experience of this module)
  • Feelings and thoughts about the experience (lessons from sustainability)
  • Evaluation of the experience, both good and bad (positives and challenges)
  • Analysis to make sense of the situation (linking to relevant aspects of business practice, legislation, and society)
  • Conclusion about what you learned and what you could have done differently
  • Action plan suggestion a plan or general changes you might find appropriate for dealing with sustainability issues in supply chains

Note: Don’t forget that your final reflection document is building on contributions that you have made to the module’s forum. You should keep a record of your contribution each week so that you can make use of it when preparing your final refection.

Assessment Submission (for your information)

eSubmission is the approved method for your programme of study.  You must hand in your assessed Assignment(s), for all modules that you are taking during the 2019/20 Academic Year using the Canvas system.  Submission of a printed copy is NOT allowed. You should submit via the Assignments menu item on the relevant module Canvas site.

Assignments must be submitted by the date and time stipulated.  Deadlines will be strictly adhered to.  Students submitting late, and who do not have mitigating circumstances approved by the Mitigating Circumstances Panel, will be subject to penalties for late submission specified by the University.  Please note that Saturday and Sunday are treated as “working days” for the purposes of the late submission policy.

Assessment Criteria and Grading Descriptors

 90+  A+FirstOutstanding in all respectsIndicative Mark     %   Subject to Module Board Agreement & Before any penalty applied This assignment gives you 75% of your overall module grade.
 80-90AFirstOutstanding in most respects
 70-79A-FirstOutstanding in some/one major respect
 60-69B2: iMany very good features
 50-59C2: iiAverage; satisfactory evidence of overall grasp
 40-49DThirdAdequate evidence of understanding
 35-39ECom FailWeak in some/one major area
 0-34FFailWeak in many/most areas
1. Introduction: %                                                                                             Comments 
Guide the reader on what is included in the assignment; sequence and brief explanation of each section. Subject knowledge and conceptual understanding beyond expectation(s) of the level of study.        No structure, sequence and brief explanation of the sections. Insufficient knowledge and understanding of the subject and its underlying concepts.   
2. Critically evaluate the strategic sustainability agenda (LO2) % 
Critical analysis/ evaluation /synthesis and/ or problem-solving skills beyond expectation(s) of the level of study. High quality and broad range of literature sources for the arguments, reflects a critical literature review approach for the justification of the selected application, proving that it contributes to achieve sustainability-based performance in supply chain chains and its relevant domains (e.g., logistics, manufacturing, transportation and distribution). Sources/references are frequently explained individually so the reader can easily detect the findings of the study presented.            Limited analysis, evaluation or critique and/or problem-solving relevant to the level of study. Few (or no) relevant sources are used for the arguments or they are used in a confused, uncritical or superficial manner for the justification, not discussing how the topic contributes to achieve sustainability-based performance in supply chain chains and its relevant domains (e.g., logistics, manufacturing, transportation and distribution). References are often mixed up and they confuse the reader to detect the past findings 
3. Discussion of ideas and logical reasoning, conclusions and recommendations (LO3) % 
Excellently summarise your argument and connect them with the value of sustainable development in today’s market. Evidence-based recommendations for managers that are excellently connected with the research undertaken and justified. Originality of thought, and/or independence beyond the expectation(s) of the level of study. Exceptional demonstration of subject-specific methods/ techniques beyond expectation(s) of the level of study.        Inadequate use of subject-specific methods/ techniques relevant to the level of study. Very limited originality of thought and/or evidence of study independent of set/recommended material. Insufficient knowledge and understanding of the subject and its underlying concepts. 
5. Overall quality and Referencing % 
Professional, sophisticated/ innovative communication, with exceptional clarity and/or audience-engagement, and exemplary academic conventions. Highly effective style of writing –  All sentences/paragraphs/sections are logically written and connected Tables, figures and latest data appropriately used Appropriate length Grammar/spelling corrections Accurate referencing: Accurately & completely list all sources used, logically written and connected Appendices.          Communication that is difficult to follow at times because of poor clarity/structure; inconsistent demonstration of academic conventions. Limited clarity and/or structure in communication, and/or inadequate demonstration of academic conventions. 
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