Procurement and Administration

 
University of Salford
School of Built Environment
 
BSc Architectural Design & Technology
BSc Building Surveying
BSc Construction Project Management
BSc Quantity Surveying
 
 
Procurement and Administration
 
RE-sit Assessment Brief – Coursework
 
Submission Deadline: Friday 14th August 16:00hrs
 

This assessment contributes 50% of the marks for the above module. 
 
4000 word limit
 

                       
1. BRIEF
 
1.1 About You
 
You are employed as independent construction procurement professional
 
1.2 The Proposed Project
 
Tower Developments Ltd is looking to speculatively develop an out of town retail complex on a Brownfield site in Eccles, the site was acquired 2 years ago with outline planning consent at a public auction.  Following favourable market conditions resulting in two national chains signing pre-let agreement with Tower Development, the developer now wishes to move forwards with the scheme.
The overall development will comprise of the following retail units:

1 x 3.000m2 Unit, which has been pre-let to a national toy store
2 x 900m2 Units
2 x 700m2 Units
1 x Drive thru type restaurant, which has been pre-let by a coffee shop Franchisee.
Along with associated external works

All buildings on the site were cleared prior to Towerâ€s acquisition.  The site is close to a local school and is accessed from a main highway.
The budget to cover the total development cost, inclusive of construction works, external works, statutory and professional fees is estimated to be £15 million. The completion date is critical given the pre-let agreements stipulate occupancy most occur within 6 months. If this is not achieved the agreements are likely to be terminated.
 
 
1.3 Assessment Requirements
 
Task 1 (50 marks):
 
Tower Developments have requested that you produce a report which provides an analysis of the key procurement issues for their consideration.  The report should include a detailed appraisal leading to a recommendation for an appropriate, value-led procurement strategy and system for the construction of the proposed project. 
 
Task 2 (10 marks):
It is also a requirement within the same report to identify a suitable main form of contract and explain to Tower Developments the key principles and advantages of using a standard form of contract.
 
Task 3 (30 marks):
Tower Developments  have asked you to explain in the report how best to find and appoint the company/ies  who have the ability to successfully deliver the necessary design and construction skills to complete the project and provide best value in meeting the clients requirements.
 
Your response should clearly identify the key criteria which should be adopted in the selection processes for the designers and contractor.
 
Report and Presentation (10 marks):
 
 
 
2. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
 
REPORT WRITING
 
There are many publications on how to write a report but a good starting point is
http://www.careers.salford.ac.uk/cms/resources/uploads/files/StudyBasics%20Scientific%20Report%20Writing%20Updated%20(web).pdf
 
FORMAT
All submissions should have a cover sheet identifying the module, the date and the studentâ€s name and roll number. In addition to the in-text citations, all submissions shall have a reference list (and an optional bibliography), listing the sources used in the preparation of the report. [The School has adopted the Harvard system (APA 6th) as standard.
 
LENGTH
Maximum 4,000 words report excluding references, bibliography, cover sheet or appendices (if any).
 
SUBMISSION
This assignment MUST be submitted electronically through Turnitin®
  
Further information and support for students using Turnitin can be found here: 
http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/blackboard-and-collaborate
 
 
3.  ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

Item

Marks

Evaluation and Selection of a procurement route suitable for the project scenario given

50

Selection of a standard form of contract and an associated explanation of the benefits of adopting a standard form.

10

Company Selection processes

30

Presentation, formatting etc

10

 
4.  MARKING SCALE
 
At Undergraduate Level 4, 5 and 6 the following marking scale shall be used:
 
Outstanding                                                   90% – 100%
Excellent                                                        80% – 89%
Very good                                                       70% – 79%
Good                                                               60% – 69%
Fair                                                                  50% – 59%
Adequate                                                        40% – 49%
Unsatisfactory                                               30% – 39%
Poor                                                                 20% – 29%
Very poor                                                        10% – 19%
Extremely poor                                                0% –  9%
 
 
5.  LEARNING OUTCOMES ADDRESSED
 
Critically evaluate client objectives and determine the appropriate selection of procurement systems
 
Analyse project objectives under time, cost and quality, sustainability issues
 
Use techniques such as procurement matrices to assist in decision making
 
Develop an understanding regarding the selection of appropriate contract forms
 
Appreciate issues and implications in connection with contractor selection
 
Develop skills in report writing
 
Develop skills in procurement research
 
 
6.   RETURN & FEEDBACK ARRANGEMENTS
 
Coursework marks and feedback will be available within 15 working days of your submission and will be loaded into Blackboard. 

 
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
 
 
I.  OBLIGATION TO KEEP COPIES OF ALL WORK
 
Students MUST keep a spare copy of all work which they hand in as well as the receipt which is issued to them at the time of submission.
 
 
II.  PROVISIONAL NATURE OF MARKS & GRADES
 
All marks and grades issued to students are provisional until ratified by examination boards.
 
 
III. LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS
 
Submissions made after 16:00hrs on the fourth working day following submission will be deemed inadmissible and recorded as a non-submission.
 
 
IV.       ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS
 
If the submission document file up-loaded to Blackboard is corrupt and cannot be viewed – This is classed as a NON submission. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure their submission material can be opened by others.
 
To ensure your submission can be opened please follow this simple step:
 
Go back to the submission area and the blue button that was labelled Submit will now be a button labelled View – select this button and what you see upon doing so will be the file/format that your Lecturer can see. If you can open and view the document then so can the lecturer.
 
 
 
 V.  PENALTIES FOR LATE SUBMISSION
 
            Where coursework is submitted late, the following penalties shall be applied to the mark: 
 
(a)  if the work is no more than four working days late, then five marks shall be deducted for each working day (08:30-16:00 Mon- Thursday or part thereof) , but  if  the work would otherwise pass then the  mark for the work shall be reduced to no lower than the pass mark for  the  component
 
(b)  if the work is no more than four working days late and marked and the mark is lower than the pass mark, then no penalty shall be applied;
 
(c)  if the work is more than four working days late then it cannot be submitted and shall be recorded as a non-submission (NS).
 
           
VI.       ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
 
The University takes a serious view of all acts of academic misconduct. Such acts are considered dishonest and as attempts to gain unfair advantage. Acts of academic misconduct can take many forms. They are likely to fall into one or more of the following categories:
                 
a)    Plagiarism
Plagiarism involves taking the work of another person or source and using it as if it were oneâ€s own.
 
b)    Self plagiarism
Self plagiarism (or double submission) is resubmitting previously submitted work on one or more occasions (without proper acknowledgement). This may take the form of copying either the whole piece of work or part of it. Normally credit will already have been given for this work.
 
c)    Collusion
Collusionoccurs when, unless with official approval (e.g. in the case of group projects), two or more students consciously collaborate in the preparation and production of work which is ultimately submitted by each in an identical, or substantially similar, form and/or is represented by each to be the product of his or her individual efforts. Collusion also occurs where there is unauthorised co-operation between a student and another person in the preparation and production of work which is presented
as the studentâ€s own.
 
d)    Falsifying experimental or other investigative results
This could involve a range of things that make it appear that information has been collected    by scientific investigation, the compilation of questionnaire results etc whereas in reality it has been made up or altered to provide a more favourable result.
 
e)    Taking unauthorised material (including electronic devices) into an examination
 
f)     Contracting another to write a piece of assessed work / Writing a piece of assessed work for another
This involves any means whereby a person does work on behalf of another.  It includes assessments done for someone else in full or in part by a fellow student, a friend or family member.  It includes sitting an examination for someone else.  It also covers obtaining material from internet ‘cheat sites†or other sources of work.  Penalties for this type of unfair means will normally apply both to a student of the University who does work on behalf of another and a student of the University who has work done for him/her.
 
g)    Copying from, or communicating with, another examination candidate during an examination
 
h)   Bribery
This involves giving money, gifts or any other advantage to an academic member of staff which is intended to give an unfair advantage in an assessment exercise.
 
VII.      Particular care should be taken in respect of the following:
 
a)         Getting help from others / helping others
 
Students are encouraged to discuss and share ideas and information, however those who knowingly assist others to commit academic misconduct whether or not for payment (e.g. by giving another student the opportunity to copy part or all of a piece of work, by providing copies of assessments or by providing bespoke assignments to another student) will be subject to the same penalties as those who use unfair means. Students must ensure that they protect their own work, submit it themselves and do not allow other students to use their memory stick and/or print off work on their behalf.
                 
b)         Use of Readers/Note Takers
 
Students with special learning requirements who require the services of readers or note takers are advised to use appropriately trained individuals. Further advice can be obtained from the Disability Service Team within Student Life Directorate. http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/disability
 
c)         Referencing
 
Students using work which has been produced by other people within an assignment will need to ensure that they acknowledge or reference the source of the work. Students should check with their Schools for particular requirements. Marks may be deducted for poor referencing. If poor referencing is extensive throughout a piece of work it could appear that the student is trying to claim credit for the work and he/she may be deemed to have committed plagiarism. Guidance on good referencing practice is available from Schools or may be provided through research training programmes, the Study Skills Programme located in Student Life and on-line guidance provided by Information & Learning Services. Some useful resources are: http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/
 
 
 
Penalties
 
If satisfied that unfair means has occurred, a penalty will be imposed on the student. Penalties vary depending on whether the matter is referred to the School Academic Misconduct Panel or the University Disciplinary Committee and on the particular circumstances.  A range of penalties may be imposed including:
 
–          A penalty of 0% for the assessment component attempted using unfair means;
–          A penalty of 0% for the module affected by unfair means;  
–          A penalty of 0% for the module affected by unfair means and the marks of all other modules at that academic level being capped at the pass mark (40% for undergraduates, 50% for post graduates).
 
In the most severe cases, where there are aggravating factors (e.g. that this is a repeated case of the use of unfair means by a student at an advanced stage in their studies), a student found guilty of using unfair means may be permanently expelled from the University.
 
Further details of the Academic Misconduct procedure are available from:
http://www.governance.salford.ac.uk/page/student_policies
 
 
Pre-submission checklist
 
Before submitting your assessment; ask yourself the following questions, just to be sure youâ€ve met all the requirements:
 

Have I correctly referenced all the sources which I have used?
Have I used Turnitin to check my referencing and bibliography so that my tutor knows where I have found all my information?
Have I completed the assignment within the word limit and/or stated my word count?
Have I used a spell checker and proof read my work?

 
 
 

 
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