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Assignment 2: Performing Purchasing Agent Duties (250 points)

Performing Purchasing Agent Duties Business is booming for Waters, Inc., a growing customer service fulfillment business. Most of its business is coming from clients who once outsourced their customer service needs to firms in India. A major client just signed a contract that will take effect in nine months. This means there are only nine months to purchase the equipment and to train 75 new customer service representatives. As a purchasing agent, you are tasked with getting the computer equipment and software that the new agents will need to the specifications of both the client and established company standards.

This assignment has three (3) distinct parts that are outlined below. This paper will be between eight and ten (8-10) pages long. Label each part clearly.

Part 1: Need Identification and Specification

  1. Create 10 to 12 questions that you will ask the client in order to determine the exact hardware and software needs. Provide a brief rationale for asking the question.

Part 2: RFP

  1. Write a request for proposal based on the needs and specifications identified during the need and specification stage.
    Note: You will have to fabricate the needs and specifications based on outside research, e.g., standard computer specifications, basic software needs, etc.
  2. Describe how and to whom you will distribute the RFP. Assume the company has a requirement that minority-owned businesses must be included in the distribution of the RFP.

Part 3: Timeline of Tasks and Activities

  1. Develop a comprehensive timeline of the tasks and activities, and who is involved with each task or activity, that need to take place to fulfill the need in the time frame indicated in the scenario. You will be graded on the completeness of the list and the realistic nature of the timeline.

The format of the report is to be as follows:

  • Typed, double spaced, Times New Roman font (size 12), one-inch margins on all sides.
  • Use headers for each of the subjects being covered, followed by your response.
  • In addition to the eight to ten (8-10) pages required, a title page is to be included. The title page is to contain the title of the assignment, your name, the instructor’s name, the course title, and the date.
  • Use of APA formatting is strongly recommended, but not required.

Note: You will be graded on the quality of your answers, the logic/organization of the report, your language skills, and your writing skills. Click here to view the grading rubric

Class,

SafeAssign is a new plagiarism detection tool used by Strayer University faculty to check submitted assignments for plagiarism. When students upload an assignment to the Blackboard course shell the assignments submitted will automatically be submitted to SafeAssign to check for plagiarism. Once submitted, you will be given a percentage of the paper (in a Safe Assign Originality Report) that matches other sources. That percentage must be 25% or below to have an acceptable submission. (That would mean that 25% or less of the paper was copied/pasted from another site.) Any parts of your paper that have been directly quoted (part of that 25%) must be properly cited and referenced in APA format.

You may want to contact your Learning Resource team or refer to the Virtual Writing Center for information and tips to enhance your writing skills, learn about APA formatting, and participate in live sessions.

Prof Lodge

Unacceptable Developing Competent Exemplary
1. Create 10 to 12 questions that you will ask the client in order to determine the exact hardware and software needs. Provide a brief rationale for asking the question.

Points Range:0 (0%) – 27 (11.25%)

Did not complete the assignment or did not create 10 to 12 questions that you will ask the client in order to determine the exact hardware and software needs. Did not provide a brief rationale for asking the question; omitted key information and/or included irrelevant information. Completed with less than 70% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

Points Range:28 (11.67%) – 31 (12.92%)

Partially created 10 to 12 questions that you will ask the client in order to determine the exact hardware and software needs. Provided a brief rationale for asking the question; omitted some key information. Completed with 70-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

Points Range:32 (13.33%) – 35 (14.58%)

Sufficiently created 10 to 12 questions that you will ask the client in order to determine the exact hardware and software needs. Provided a brief rationale for asking the question. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

Points Range:36 (15%) – 40 (16.67%)

Fully created 10 to 12 questions that you will ask the client in order to determine the exact hardware and software needs. Provided a brief rationale for asking the question. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

2. Write a request for proposal based on the needs and specifications identified during the need and specification stage.

Points Range:0 (0%) – 27 (11.25%)

Did not complete the assignment or did not write a request for proposal based on the needs and specifications identified during the need and specification stage; omitted key information and/or included irrelevant information. Completed with less than 70% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

Points Range:28 (11.67%) – 31 (12.92%)

Partially wrote a request for proposal based on the needs and specifications identified during the need and specification stage; omitted some key information. Completed with 70-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

Points Range:32 (13.33%) – 35 (14.58%)

Sufficiently wrote a request for proposal based on the needs and specifications identified during the need and specification stage. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

Points Range:36 (15%) – 40 (16.67%)

Fully wrote a request for proposal based on the needs and specifications identified during the need and specification stage. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

3. Describe how and to whom you will distribute the RFP. Assume the company has a requirement that minority-owned businesses must be included in the distribution of the RFP.

Points Range:0 (0%) – 27 (11.25%)

Did not complete the assignment or did not describe how and to whom you will distribute the RFP, assuming the company has a requirement that minority-owned businesses must be included in the distribution of the RFP; omitted key information and/or included irrelevant information. Completed with less than 70% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

Points Range:28 (11.67%) – 31 (12.92%)

Partially described how and to whom you will distribute the RFP, assuming the company has a requirement that minority-owned businesses must be included in the distribution of the RFP; omitted some key information. Completed with 70-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

Points Range:32 (13.33%) – 35 (14.58%)

Sufficiently described how and to whom you will distribute the RFP, assuming the company has a requirement that minority-owned businesses must be included in the distribution of the RFP. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

Points Range:36 (15%) – 40 (16.67%)

Fully described how and to whom you will distribute the RFP, assuming the company has a requirement that minority-owned businesses must be included in the distribution of the RFP. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

4. Develop a comprehensive timeline of the tasks and activities, and who is involved with each task or activity, that need to take place to fulfill the need in the time frame indicated in the scenario.

Points Range:0 (0%) – 27 (11.25%)

Did not complete the assignment or did not develop a comprehensive timeline of the tasks and activities, and who is involved with each task or activity, that need to take place to fulfill the need in the time frame indicated in the scenario; omitted key information and/or included irrelevant information. Completed with less than 70% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

Points Range:28 (11.67%) – 31 (12.92%)

Partially developed a comprehensive timeline of the tasks and activities, and who is involved with each task or activity, that need to take place to fulfill the need in the time frame indicated in the scenario; omitted some key information. Completed with 70-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

Points Range:32 (13.33%) – 35 (14.58%)

Sufficiently developed a comprehensive timeline of the tasks and activities, and who is involved with each task or activity, that needs to take place to fulfill the need in the time frame indicated in the scenario. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

Points Range:36 (15%) – 40 (16.67%)

Fully developed a comprehensive timeline of the tasks and activities, and who is involved with each task or activity, that needs to take place to fulfill the need in the time frame indicated in the scenario. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.

5. Clarity

Points Range:0 (0%) – 27 (11.25%)

Did not complete the assignment or explanations are unclear and not organized. (Major issues)

Points Range:28 (11.67%) – 31 (12.92%)

Explanations generally unclear and not well organized. (Many issues)

Points Range:32 (13.33%) – 35 (14.58%)

Explanations generally clear and/or organized. (Minor issues)

Points Range:36 (15%) – 40 (16.67%)

Explanations very clear and well organized. (Added helpful details)

6. Writing – Grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, APA usage.

Points Range:0 (0%) – 27 (11.25%)

Did not complete the assignment or had 8 or more different errors in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, or APA usage. (Major issues)