Management: BUSS 2054: Principles of Logistics & Supply Chain Management - Assignment 1 - SP5 2019

1. Assessment Task 1: Formal Report

For this assignment, you will first need to read the white paper on Reverse Supply Chain: Completing the Supply Chain Window (Cognizant 2011).  Using that information and other information sources, write a report and incoporate answers to the four questions listed in your Course Outline within the body of your report. The Course Outline  and your online course page have more specific details on the assessment requirements.

The purpose of this page is to help you use the Library to find information sources which you can uses as references in your report.

2. Understand the assignment question

  • Read the brief guide on Understanding assignments and instruction words, this will help you with interpreting each of the prescribed questions
  • Keep in mind that some of your references must be 'refereed' or 'peer reviewed' articles. The following video explains what this means:

3. Plan your search

Now that you are clear on the task, brainstorm some terms you might want to search for and think of synonyms too.

Here are just a few examples of keywords:

  • reverse supply chain
  • remanufacturing
  • secondary markets
  • redistribution
  • logistics

You can search using your keywords and you can also combine them using the following tips:

  • double quotes around phrases
      e.g. "supply chain"
  • an asterisk (*) finds other forms of a word
      e.g. remanufactur* will search for remanufacture and remanufacturing
  • use AND between terms to search for both
      e.g. reverse logistics AND retail
  • use OR between similar terms to search for either
      e.g. remanufacturing OR refurbishing

4. Searching for resources

Try your search terms in the Library Catalogue search box. Here is an example:

You may have to mix and match different terms until you find a search that works for you!

On the left of your results page, you can tick the box to limit to 'peer reviewed only':


and then click the button to Apply filters:


You can also apply other filters such as format and date.

Databases contain specific information that you might not find in the Library Catalogue. There are many databases you can search within, Business Source Complete is a good one to get started with.

1. Open Business Source Complete

2. Type in your search terms into the separate boxes:

3. On the left, choose apply filters such as date or peer review status:

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5. How to write a report

Now that you have done your research it is time to put all of your information together.

Watch this short video (approx 3 mins) for tips on how to write a report or access the overview document at the bottom of this box.

6. Referencing

Referencing Roadmap (Harvard)

Need help referencing? Follow the roadmap!

What do you do with all those references you have found?

Use a bibliographic management software to store, organise and cite your references. The Library supports the bibliographic management tool EndNote. There are also many free systems available.

Watch Managing Your References or have a look at the Managing References guide to decide which tool is best for you and then get started. 

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