General overview/expectation: The general expectation is that the report plan should convey in detail, your intended analysis (particularly for section 3). It is suggested you outline the contents of each section with a few sentences (more for section 3), explaining what you have decided to analyse, why, and how this will be conducted; clearly explain your rationale. Again, this is mainly applicable to section 3.(I have wrote the plan, but my tutor not satisfy my plan,and give me some feedback, please according the feedback to write the 2500 word’s essay. The plan and feedback in the other file which I upload in additional file)
Sections 1,2,5 and 6 will require more general notes. Section 4, to some extent will be difficult to plan as it requires results to be determined from section 3.Example plans and some related study notes are available on Blackboard.
Marking criteria: marks will be awarded on the basis of detail. Basic bullet points are unlikely to provide sufficient detail as to what you are planning to write about in your report. The plan should also clearly convey the general thread of your argument and how this will be developed through the paragraphs. A numerical score will be assigned, 50% being the pass mark.
The assignment will provide you with an opportunity to apply some of the skills and knowledge that have gained across the module thus far, demonstrating your learning through a practical exercise.
Please read the case study ‘SK Food Enterprises Ltd.’ carefully, and answer the questions that follow in a 2,500 word report.
The case study can be found on Blackboard, the questions are reproduced below. To answer the questions you will need to apply Operations Management tools and complete some calculations using a spreadsheet.
You should not present theoretical discussions of Operations Management; do not give an explanation of the ‘5 performance objectives’ for example.
The assignment is looking for the application of Operations Management. You should use your Operations Management texts to help you with the assignment however, the nature of the assignment means referencing will not be required.
The core of the assignment (sections 3 & 4) focusses on calculating capacities/assessing utilisation of a series of processes. It is not sufficient to present only numerical data in your answers. You must clearly discuss each stage of your analysis, stating ‘what’ you need to find out and ‘why’, and then present the supporting calculations. Marks will be awarded for clear indications that you have understood the logical steps needed to calculate capacity for this particular operation.
For all of the questions, most of the information required can be found in the case study however, you will need to make some assumptions; please state these clearly along with your supporting rationale.
Note: this is an individual assignment. You may obviously discuss aspects of the case study with your peers however, the work you produce for the assignment must be entirely your own.
Any evidence of collusion with other students will be treated as Academic Misconduct and dealt with according to University procedures.
Section 1 – (5%)
Describe the inputs and outputs of the transformation process outlined in this case, supported by an appropriate diagram.
Section 2 – (10%)
Describe the five operations performance objectives for the macro-operation (Quality, speed, dependability etc.).
Section 3 – (50%)
Calculate and discuss the capacities for each micro-operation of the radicchio rig, and from this estimate the total capacity. Discuss to what extent the overall capacity depends on the product mix. Discuss what problems are encountered when attempting these capacity calculations.
Your calculations should be completed in a spreadsheet and screenshots included in the main body of your report; additionally, your appendices should include screenshots of the formula view of the spreadsheet.
(Note: students who submit data of a spurious nature will later be required to forward an electronic copy of their actual spreadsheet).
Question 3 requires details about what you intend to calculate/analyse and why (your rationale).
Section 4 – (20%)
the main affect on the balance is a change in the demand of the various products. Consider such implications with different scenarios of demand increases.
Question 4 is similar but it relies to some extent on your discussion from Q3.
Section 5 – (5%)
Using your data to compare actual output to the capacity, what does this suggest about the operations management tasks involved in running all six rigs?
here you are required to consider the general operations management tasks of running the operation as a whole (6 rigs plus all the workers). What challenges will this pose?
Section 6 – (10%)
In a typical British summer, the weather can cycle frequently between cool, dull periods with spells of heavy rainfall, and periods of hot, dry and sunny weather.
What capacity management problems could arise during such variations in the weather, and how can management best respond to such fluctuations?
general observations here about the influence of the weather but you may also include your weather related calculations in the answer for this section.
Key Marking criteria will include (where appropriate):
• Initiative: originality, innovativeness of answer
• Assignment Structure: clarity of aims, objective, structure and presentation
• Quality of Writing: Readability and ability to convey key message(s) concisely
• Quality/Scope of Literature Review: Understanding of established knowledge
• Suitability of Literature: Use of suitable sources, focused to answer key research aims
• Literature Analysis: Quality/level of analytical skill demonstrated
• Insightfulness of Analysis: Interest and usefulness of findings, conclusions drawn.
• Understanding: Assignment demonstrates students have understood key topics
• Overall Quality of Assignment
The main assignment must be submitted by 3pm on Monday 25th April via Turnitin.
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