Essay Prompts, Rubric & Instructions for Advanced Operations Management

Instructor: Matt McClintock
If you have a Study.com College Accelerator membership and are seeking college credit for this course, you must submit an essay and pass the proctored final exam. You must submit your essay before registering for the final. Below you will find prompts and instructions for submitting your essay.

About the Assignment

Operations management, as you learned in the course, focuses on implementing management strategies in order for an organization to effectively and efficiently achieve their goal(s). Whether a business is seeking improved quality control, more efficient processes, or detailed analysis of employee performance, operations management is the central factor to achieving these successes. In an 800 - 1200-word essay, answer one of the prompts below using concepts you learned from the course to support your arguments.

You may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least three credible, outside sources and cite them using APA format. If you use any Study.com lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA (including the lesson title and instructor's name). If you're unsure about how to use APA format to cite your sources, please see the following lessons:

Essay Prompts

1. Explain why the Lean Organizational Structure is beneficial for businesses aiming to increase their value.

2. When considering a company's performance metrics, is there a metric in particular that you feel businesses should value more over the others? Why or why not?

3. Which quality management framework do you think yields the most meaningful information for companies to improve their quality? Why?

Your essay will be graded based on the following rubric:

CategoryUnacceptable (0-2)Needs Improvement (3-6)Good (7-8)Excellent (9-10)Total Possible Points
Thesis (x3)Thesis is missingThesis lacks clarity or is not well-developedThesis adequately states the student's argument Thesis clearly & logically states the student's argument30
Structure (x3)Structure is illogical or significantly hinders understandingArguments are difficult to identify; ideas are disjointedEvidence is provided & is relevant to the thesis, but transitions and connections are lackingArguments are well integrated; ideas flow logically; main points are identifiable30
Analysis (x3)No examples are used to support arguments; analysis is missing or incorrect; no sources are citedFew or weak examples are given to support main points; fewer than 3 sources are citedExamples are given to support most points, but not all; analysis lacks originality; at least 3 sources are provided, but some or all are not academic and/or appropriate for the topicAll main points are supported with evidence and include original analysis; at least 3 reputable and appropriate sources are cited30
Mechanics (x1)Incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and use of standard English grammar hinders understandingSeveral instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammarFew instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammarNo or very few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar10

Before You Submit

When you are done writing your essay, we suggest taking some time to check for any errors or to add some final touches. We also suggest that you use online plagiarism checkers such as PlagScan or Solid SEO Tools to make sure that your essay is not too similar to any existing materials. Plagiarized submissions will NOT be graded.

How to Submit Your Paper

When you are ready to submit your written paper, please fill out this submission form and attach your essay as a Microsoft Word or Text document. After turning in your essay, you may go ahead and take the proctored final exam. You do not need to wait for your written response to be graded. You should receive your essay grade within one week.

If you are not satisfied with the score you receive on your paper, you may revise or rewrite your essay and resubmit it for grading using the same submission form above. Keep in mind that the grade you receive on your essay is only a third of your overall grade for the course, and you are free to retake the proctored final exam as well if you choose. Please see the course syllabus for a more detailed breakdown of the grading policy.

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