Strategic Procurement and Sourcing

Individual assignment – 1 – BSCL 311 Page 1

Assessment Instrument Cover Sheet

Course Code: BSCL 311 Course Title: Strategic Procurement and Sourcing

Semester: Fall 20-21 Academic Year: 2020-2021

Assessment Instrument: (Individual Assignment) Due Date: 28 September 2020

Course Instructor: Dr. Fahad Mehmood

College/Department: Dubai Business School This assessment instrument assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLO):

CLO # CLO Description Question SN Question Total


Student Mark

CLO1 Define the main concepts relevant

to purchasing/sourcing Q(1) 5

CLO 2 Explain the activities and

strategies of purchasing in the

supply chain management and

the key stages of sourcing process

Q(2) 5

CLO 3 Apply the purchasing theory to

the CIPS (chartered Institute of

Purchasing and supply) code of

ethics in the UAE and GCC


Q(3) 5

Total Mark /15

*Linkages to Program Outcomes and Concentration Outcomes are provided in the Syllabus.

Student Name: …………………………………………………………………………….

Student ID No: …………………………………………………………………………….

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Assignment instructions

Read the Instructions carefully before answering the Questions:

1. Answer each question separately based on your learning and knowledge on Strategic Procurement and Sourcing. It is recommended to use a company from UAE/GCC market and

used it as an example for each question’ answer.

2. You are expected to submit this Individual assignment (Electronic copy via Moodle’s submission system only through the Turnitin file ” Submit your assignment 1 here”) by

Monday 28 September 2020.

3. This individual assignment contains a total of 15 marks.

4. Use some journal article references from the leading international journals such as Emerald, Inderscience and IGI Publications New York.

5. Plagiarism should be as less as possible as per UD policy. To avoid plagiarism, you can still edit your work upon receiving the matching report from Turnitin. If that is the case, you need to

communicate it to me in writing via email. Note that if the percentage of matching in your

assignment is ≥ 20%, you will receive a zero grade for this assignment. Unfortunately, for some

of you, this may mean failing the course. So please be careful here.

6. Mark will be deducted for surpassing the word limit ((2,000 words) by more than 10% on either side. To avoid losing marks, you can include any tables, graphs, attachments in the

Appendices section.

7. If you have any questions, please send your email to

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Assume the role of vice president of manufacturing or service company. You are thinking

about the forthcoming annual meeting of top-level managers of manufacturing/delivery,

engineering, marketing, and product/service design to discuss strategic planning and the new

competitive strategies and orientation of your company. In order to improve competitiveness,

you want to highlight the role of procurement in supply chain.

Write a detailed report outlying:

Q1: What are some of the factors that might influence how important purchasing is to the

success of an organization?

Q2: Discuss the contributions a purchasing department can make to the corporate strategic

planning process.

Q3: Why do some firms no longer rely only on competitive bidding when awarding purchase


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Each question marks assessment criteria is weighted as:

 15% of the mark = poor – the question is attempted with minimal effort

 25% of the mark = fair – moderate/ incomplete contextual answers.

 50% of the mark = average – either examples or the contextual explanations are given

 80% of the mark = satisfactory – both contextual explanations and the supporting examples are given

 100% of the mark = excellent – along with the contextual explanations and the supporting examples, the answers are supported with constructive discussions.