week 5: Case study report


Case 7-2: Caledon Concrete Mixers (page 196 of textbook)


  • As Sarah Jenkins, what recommendations would you make regarding the selection of a gearbox supplier? Be prepared to justify your recommendation.

The case studies and discussions provide the basis for understanding the various concepts covered in the course. However, in order to truly grasp the information material it is necessary to apply it. The case studies are designed to provide the opportunity for you to interpret situations involving Supply Chain Logistics, Distribution, and Warehousing, and apply the material you have read and discussed.

Case studies are due at the end of the week. If you are confused or need some help, let me me know by posting your question in the Q & A Forum or emailing me.


  • Students will answer the questions assigned for the week.
  • The answers to each question should be well formulated with proper grammar and formatting.
  • Student are strongly encouraged to complete their own work to avoid violation of Academic Integrity. (For all problems, show your work).
  • Each homework assignment is to be completed by the student submitting the case. The student must work alone and reflect the work of that student. All DeVry University policies are in effect, including the plagiarism policy. Late papers will not be accepted without prior permission.
  • Not more that 35% of the content can be taken directly from all sources. This means if Turnitin is used, then the similarity index must be 35% or lower. The final score of the case study will be reduced by 1 point for each percentage point over 35%. This percentage may initially appear high; however, if the suggested format noted below is utilized, the headings, which use the questions, will contribute approximately 15% to the similarity index.
  • Submit completed papers as a Microsoft Word formatted document. All graphics are to be a part of the single problem document you submit. Documents authored in other applications, such as WordPerfect or Microsoft Works, will not be accepted.
  • Note: Wikipedia and un-authored websites are not acceptable sources. Do not use these types of sources, otherwise you will lose points.

Best Practices and Content Outline

The following are the best practices in preparing and formatting your homework problems. This provides a general outline that can be used with your homework. Follow Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association ( APA) guidelines in constructing your homework.

An APA tutorial can be found in the Web Links section of the Course Resources under Course Home.

  • Title page: This page includes whom you prepared the paper for, who prepared it, and the date. Follow APA guidelines for the format.
  • Introduction: The introduction tells the reader where the author is going. Three or four sentences is usually enough. The introduction should not have a title because it is always in the same place in an APA paper.
  • Discussion: This would be the questions and your answers. You can make it easier for the reader to follow where you are going by using the questions, or question numbers, as headings for your specific answers. Your answers can include your opinions, but they should be grounded in fact. If you cited a source, our textbook, or some other publication, provide the appropriate parenthetical citation and add a reference page.
  • Conclusion: A conclusion is not required, but you can provide one if you so desire. Follow APA guidelines for the format.
  • References: References are required if you obtain information from any source, including our textbook. Follow APA guidelines for the format.

Here are some additional hints on preparing the best possible submission.

  1. Use a four-step writing process: plan, write, complete, and review.
  2. Prepare an outline of the homework before you go forward.
  3. Complete a first draft and then go back to edit, evaluate, and make any changes required. I find it useful to leave the paper alone for a day before trying to do any reviewing.
  4. Use visual communication only if it will help clarify and support your work. Any materials that can be removed and not affect the clarity of your work are essentially fillers and should be avoided. Fillers distract from the flow of your work and will most likely cause you to lose points.

Submit your assignment.

Grading Criteria Rubric for Case Study Report
What Considerations Deductions
Addressing case study questions All questions addressed 50 points
Quality and thoroughness of responses
Thoughtful discussion beyond repeating what is in the book
Correct use of citations to relevant readings Citing material referenced from class readings 15 points
Using quotes when material is directly copied
Including page numbers
Contents APA style 5 points
Organization of paper
Summary of conclusion
References (3-4)
Length of paper (3-4 pages) including cover page
Turnitin Submit to Turnitin to validate originality and include score on cover page 5 points
Lateness Per Syllabus Late Deduction
5% 1 day late
10% 2 days late
15% 3 days late
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