ITLS5200 INDIVIDUAL REPORT

Time Series analysis

You are free to choose any industry and any topic of long term importance, but there must be a connection to logistics, supply chain management or transport in either the industry or the issue or both. For instance, you could discuss any issue of long term importance to the aviation sector (aviation is a transport and LSCM industry) or you could discuss the growth of outsourcing in government (outsourcing is an aspect of LSCM). These are just two examples, please try to come up with your own. If you are not sure if your preferred industry and topic is relevant to LSCM then, please email Geoffrey. 

INTRODUCTION

All professional reports need to have an introduction and this should follow after the table of contents. An introduction should briefly set the scene for the report. The introduction of a report should state why the report is being written and should be written with the target audience in mind. The introduction should clearly state what the purpose of the report is and what problem or problems are being addressed within the report. An introduction should also provide background material on the topic being discussed. The length of an introduction to a report will depend on the problem being analysed and the degree of background information required The second part of the introduction should set out the structure of the report. For instance, by stating ‘Section 1 will discuss topic X, Section 2 presents a literature review, Section 3 discusses the methodology, Section 4 discusses the results and Section 5 will present the recommendations for future research.

1 CONTENTS OF A REPORT This section sets out the recommended structure of a report. Treat these as general guidelines as there may be specific requirements for particular assessment tasks in the other units that you study.

1.1 COVER PAGE The cover page of a report should include the author’s student ID number. Sydney University uses anonymous marking of reports so your name should generally not be put on the document. To fill out the cover page for this template, enter the correct date for your report and replace with your actual student ID number. Also enter your student ID in the header of the document on page 1 and page 2 and the date of the assignment in the footer on page 2.

1.2 TABLE OF CONTENTS All reports should include a table of contents containing chapter headings, section headings, and subsection headings. In addition, if appropriate, there should be a separate list of tables and list of figures. The table of contents, list of tables, and list of figures should include the page numbers on which each entry is to be found. The Table of contents should always follow after the executive summary.

1.3 MAIN BODY OF THE REPORT 1.3.1 Content of the report The main body of the report should also be broken down into sections and subsections as required. The main body of the Individual report can be up to 5 pages and should cover: 1. The industry of your choice. 2. The impact of the issue of long term importance to the industry of your choice. 3. Discussion of how data analysis can help the company and industry address the challenge created by the long term issue. a. Clearly explain in your own words what data is needed, what analysis technique is needed and how to implement the technique. 4. Clear recommendations for future analysis, future work or future actions for the company, industry and/or other relevant groups. 1.3.2 Picking a topic You are free to choose any industry and any topic of long term importance, but there must be a connection to logistics, supply chain management or transport in either the industry or the issue or both. For instance, you could discuss any issue of long term importance to the aviation sector (aviation is a transport and LSCM industry) or you could discuss the growth of outsourcing in government (outsourcing is an aspect of LSCM). These are just two examples, please try to come up with your own. If you are not sure if your preferred industry and topic is relevant to LSCM then, please email Geoffrey.

1.3.2 How to support your arguments.
You must illustrate your report with at least one chart that you have created yourself and at least one table that
you have created yourself. You must also make reference to academic literature as well as other articles, publications, news articles, websites, etc. that can support your argument.
1.3.3 Do you need to do data analysis for this report?
You are free to write your report more like a scoping study if you wish, for instance if you do not have access to all the data you would need or you are wanting to discuss a difficult analysis technique that would be difficult to implement but you should do at least some data analysis of your own for this report.
As an example, you may want to discuss how the latest big data analysis techniques could help Toyota predict demand for its SUVs. Obviously you will not have the data for this and we would not expect you to be able to implement the big data techniques in this unit. This would mean that your report would mostly describe what data Toyota would need and how the big data analysis techniques work. But you should still be able to find a time
series of demand for Toyota and show some time series analysis to illustrate your report.
1.3.4 Formatting your report
The text 1.3.4 Formatting your report is an example of a third level section heading. It is very rare in a report
to go beyond third level section headings.

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