PRO- SHi Coursework Tasks to be Completed by Students CLIENT PROJECT BRIEF As part of Riverside Sunderland Masterplan, the Sunderland City Council plans to

PRO- SHi Coursework Tasks to be Completed by Students CLIENT PROJECT BRIEF As part of Riverside Sunderland Masterplan, the Sunderland City Council plans to build 1,000 homes to  rent and buy, with community facilities and social infrastructure for a population of 2,500. The proposed  project seeks to create a unique place to live, i.e. a carbon-neutral community in a stunning landscape  setting in the heart of a great industrial city. With an extensive walking and cycling network and easy  access to public transport, Riverside Sunderland will encourage healthy living and reduce car  dependency. Smart homes will be digitally enabled for comfort, convenience and energy efficiency. Community facilities will promote sociability and active citizenship. Following the recent entry of the insurance giant, Legal and General, into the housing market, others are  keen to get involved too. In particular, Vitality Life has secured (for the purposes of this task) a  collaboration with the Sunderland City Council, as the primary funder, to deliver the vision for the  Riverside development project, specifically, the 1,000 homes. The first 800 homes will be delivered in four new neighbourhoods: Vaux, Farringdon Row, Ayre’s Quay  and Sheepfolds. As the new community takes shape other opportunities will come forward, notably in the  Heart of the City. 45% of the new homes (367 units) will be south of the river, at Vaux, Farringdon Row  and Ayre’s Quay, and 55% (445) north of the river, at Sheepfolds. The majority (72%) will be houses and maisonettes including 378 3/4-bedroom family houses. The  development will aim to achieve a relatively high density of around 74 homes per hectare across the  MCE | Learning and Teaching Version 2.0 | Page 3 of 6 whole site, with a limit of less than one car parking pace per dwelling, due to the big push to reduce car  dependency and promote active travel. Key Programme Features are described below: 1. standardised designs, 2. more accurate market intelligence, 3. providing jobs, training and supply-chain opportunities for Sunderland residents and businesses, 4. reduced costs with an ambitious 15% target, 5. improved programme certainty, 6. reduced risk, and 7. greater innovation and improved relationships across the supply chain. Key Project features are described below: 1. Substantial cost savings, 2. Innovative, high-quality designs and sustainable standards, 3. Flexible use of space, 4. Tight construction programme with improved programme certainty, 5. Collaborative working by integrated team, across Client and Contractor teams, 6. Commitment to local economy, and 7. Improved employment and skills outputs. The Council put forward its land assets in this partnership with Vitality Life who will, in turn, provide the  finance for the £160 million development, with both parties sharing equally in any development profit  where a development achieves a positive land value. Although planning approval for the scheme has not yet been granted, planners are confident that this will  be secured. Although the Council’s inhouse estates team has technical construction expertise, they have  no capacity to design and project manage a scheme of this magnitude. They are therefore now seeking to  procure the necessary expertise to move the project forward: • Necessary consultants to assist in getting the project off the ground by January 2022. • Construction contractor(s) and such other specialists as are necessary to carry out the various  elements of construction work. • The council’s own inhouse estates team has some initial ideas which they’re keen to explore with  the selected consultant designers. • The client is undecided on whether to award the entire project as one contract or to break it into the  four natural packages, according to the four new neighbourhoods, namely: Vaux, Farringdon Row, Ayre’s Quay and Sheepfolds. • The client is also undecided as to what other key consultant it needs to assist in the securing the  completed project in order to achieve completion by September 2023. As the only one with procurement expertise within the Local Authority’s inhouse estates Team, you have  been tasked to develop a report (refer to “Tasks to be completed by students” for further details) to guide  the council in the procurement of the various works and services required on this major redevelopment project. The client is eager to use this project to improve the image of the North East as well as to attract  investment to Sunderland. TASKS TO BE COMPLETED BY STUDENTS Based on the client project brief above, prepare a high level but comprehensive procurement  report for the client, which: 1. Provides a ‘road map’ for the Local Authority, demonstrating how you should procure each  of the works and services, how the client can ensure that the scheme is completed within  budget and on time, how the client and funding partners will be involved at each stage of  the process, and other specific consultants and project participants you propose they  MCE | Learning and Teaching Version 2.0 | Page 4 of 6 should procure and their primary roles in the process. In the submitted report, due  consideration should be given to: a) Identifying the client and stakeholder needs based on this brief and associated  documentation, b) the most suitable procurement arrangement, bearing in mind the variety of options, c) the most suitable main standard form of contract to support the overall strategy, d) The most suitable tendering strategy for obtaining the most economically  advantageous tender, e) the mechanism for pricing and agreeing the price for the project, 2. Provide a critical analysis of how the Sunderland City Council and its development partners  might be able to achieve their broad aim of driving efficiencies through the supply chain and thereby save 15% of total construction and design costs. MCE | Learning and Teaching Version 2.0 | Page 1 of 6

Coursework Specification

1 Module Information

1.1 Module Title Procurement and Supply Chain Management

1.2 Module Code Number KB7035

1.3 Module Level and Credit Points Level 7, 20 credits

1.4 Module Leader Dr. Victor Samwinga

1.5 Coursework Title Procurement Report

1.6 Coursework Specification Author Dr. Victor Samwinga

1.7 Academic Year and Semester(s)

SEM1 2021-22

2 Coursework Submission and Feedback

2.1 Release Date of Coursework Specification to Students

17:00 BST on 1 October 2021

2.2 Mechanism Used to Disseminate Coursework Specification to Students

Assessment and Submission folder on Blackboard module

2.3 Date and Time of Submission of Coursework by Students

11:59 PM on 13 December 2021

2.4 The mechanism for Submission of Coursework by Students

Turnitin digital submission portal in Assessment and Submission folder on Blackboard module

2.5 Return Date of Unconfirmed Internally Moderated Mark(s) and Feedback to Students

11:59 PM on 31 January 2022

2.6 The mechanism for Return of Unconfirmed Internally Moderated Mark(s) and Feedback to
Students

Turnitin digital submission portal and/or My Grades on Blackboard module

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3 Assessment Details

3.1 Module Learning Outcomes (MLOs) Assessed by Coursework

1. MLO 1 – Establish a conceptual understanding of procurement and supply chain strategies within

the built environment projects.
2. MLO 2 – Implement and critically evaluate appropriate procurement processes by which

construction projects and services are acquired from internal and/or external sources.
3. MLO 3 – Identify and critically evaluate appropriate client requirements to develop respective

procurement and supply chain strategies that enable project success, business benefits and overall
sustainable operations.

4. MLO 4 – Embrace professionalism, demonstrate multi-disciplinary skills and apply expert and
specialised knowledge in the field of construction project management.

5. MLO 5 – Embrace intercultural cooperation through consciousness, responsible and professional
ethical conduct in a reflexive way.

3.2 Coursework Overview

Context Statement:
The construction sector continues to face many project delivery challenges such as time and cost
predictability. The need to identify and critically evaluate client requirements to develop appropriate
procurement processes has never been more important for project managers, clients and the industry at
large.

This assessment requires the submission of an individual piece of coursework. It requires the production
of a procurement report that engages with the knowledge base as well as the project and client-specific
characteristics.

It is to be written from the perspective of an inhouse procurement specialist who is making a theoretically-
, and evidence-, informed project-delivery strategy report.

This task is worth 100% of the module and addresses all Module Learning Outcomes.

3.3 Coursework Tasks to be Completed by Students

CLIENT PROJECT BRIEF

As part of Riverside Sunderland Masterplan, the Sunderland City Council plans to build 1,000 homes to

rent and buy, with community facilities and social infrastructure for a population of 2,500. The proposed

project seeks to create a unique place to live, i.e. a carbon-neutral community in a stunning landscape

setting in the heart of a great industrial city. With an extensive walking and cycling network and easy

access to public transport, Riverside Sunderland will encourage healthy living and reduce car

dependency. Smart homes will be digitally enabled for comfort, convenience and energy efficiency.

Community facilities will promote sociability and active citizenship.

Following the recent entry of the insurance giant, Legal and General, into the housing market, others are

keen to get involved too. In particular, Vitality Life has secured (for the purposes of this task) a

collaboration with the Sunderland City Council, as the primary funder, to deliver the vision for the

Riverside development project, specifically, the 1,000 homes.

The first 800 homes will be delivered in four new neighbourhoods: Vaux, Farringdon Row, Ayre’s Quay

and Sheepfolds. As the new community takes shape other opportunities will come forward, notably in the

Heart of the City. 45% of the new homes (367 units) will be south of the river, at Vaux, Farringdon Row

and Ayre’s Quay, and 55% (445) north of the river, at Sheepfolds.

The majority (72%) will be houses and maisonettes including 378 3/4-bedroom family houses. The

development will aim to achieve a relatively high density of around 74 homes per hectare across the

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whole site, with a limit of less than one car parking pace per dwelling, due to the big push to reduce car

dependency and promote active travel.

Key Programme Features are described below:

1. standardised designs,

2. more accurate market intelligence,

3. providing jobs, training and supply-chain opportunities for Sunderland residents and businesses,

4. reduced costs with an ambitious 15% target,

5. improved programme certainty,

6. reduced risk, and

7. greater innovation and improved relationships across the supply chain.

Key Project features are described below:

1. Substantial cost savings,

2. Innovative, high-quality designs and sustainable standards,

3. Flexible use of space,

4. Tight construction programme with improved programme certainty,

5. Collaborative working by integrated team, across Client and Contractor teams,

6. Commitment to local economy, and

7. Improved employment and skills outputs.

The Council put forward its land assets in this partnership with Vitality Life who will, in turn, provide the

finance for the £160 million development, with both parties sharing equally in any development profit

where a development achieves a positive land value.

Although planning approval for the scheme has not yet been granted, planners are confident that this will

be secured. Although the Council’s inhouse estates team has technical construction expertise, they have

no capacity to design and project manage a scheme of this magnitude. They are therefore now seeking to

procure the necessary expertise to move the project forward:

• Necessary consultants to assist in getting the project off the ground by January 2022.

• Construction contractor(s) and such other specialists as are necessary to carry out the various

elements of construction work.

• The council’s own inhouse estates team has some initial ideas which they’re keen to explore with

the selected consultant designers.

• The client is undecided on whether to award the entire project as one contract or to break it into the

four natural packages, according to the four new neighbourhoods, namely: Vaux, Farringdon Row, Ayre’s

Quay and Sheepfolds.

• The client is also undecided as to what other key consultant it needs to assist in the securing the

completed project in order to achieve completion by September 2023.

As the only one with procurement expertise within the Local Authority’s inhouse estates Team, you have

been tasked to develop a report (refer to “Tasks to be completed by students” for further details) to guide

the council in the procurement of the various works and services required on this major redevelopment

project. The client is eager to use this project to improve the image of the North East as well as to attract

investment to Sunderland.

TASKS TO BE COMPLETED BY STUDENTS

Based on the client project brief above, prepare a high level but comprehensive procurement

report for the client, which:

1. Provides a ‘road map’ for the Local Authority, demonstrating how you should procure each

of the works and services, how the client can ensure that the scheme is completed within

budget and on time, how the client and funding partners will be involved at each stage of

the process, and other specific consultants and project participants you propose they

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should procure and their primary roles in the process. In the submitted report, due

consideration should be given to:

a) Identifying the client and stakeholder needs based on this brief and associated

documentation,

b) the most suitable procurement arrangement, bearing in mind the variety of options,

c) the most suitable main standard form of contract to support the overall strategy,

d) The most suitable tendering strategy for obtaining the most economically

advantageous tender,

e) the mechanism for pricing and agreeing the price for the project,

2. Provide a critical analysis of how the Sunderland City Council and its development partners

might be able to achieve their broad aim of driving efficiencies through the supply chain

and thereby save 15% of total construction and design costs.

Additional instructions to students:

Your report should be well presented, with a one-page executive summary (no more than 250 words) at
the beginning of the report, followed by contents page, an introduction, main body and overall
conclusion/recommendation(s) at the end of your report. All the above should be submitted under a
suitable front cover, stating ONLY your student registration number, assignment title, this module’s code
and tutor name. Your report must be well structured and formatted including a contents page, page
numbers, suitable headings and sub-headings within the main body, and a declaration of your word
count.

Please note there is a maximum file size limit (20MB) on submissions to Turnitin and students must be
aware of this when preparing their report. Reports submitted by the due date and time due to their file
size will be treated as late submissions.

3.4 Expected Size of Submission

▪ The upper maximum limit for this work is 4,000 words. This word count includes:

▪ Any executive summary.
▪ The main body of text.
▪ In text citations [e.g. (Smith, 2011)].
▪ Direct quotations from primary or secondary source material.
▪ Title & Contents page.
▪ Words within tables, figures, and illustrations.
▪ Reference list.
▪ Bibliography (if also provided).
▪ Appendices.
▪ Glossary.
▪ Footnotes.

▪ Figures (diagrams, illustrations, photographs etc.) and tables are welcome to support the text, but
must be fully incorporated into the submission, integrated and following the text that fully explains
why they are exhibited. 200 words will be counted for each separate figure/table used.

▪ The work must form a structured and coherent whole.
▪ A contents page is required, including a basic front sheet for the submission, that identifies the

student number (not name), the total number of words used (including references section), and
the number of figures/tables used.

▪ ‘Footnotes’/’Endnotes’ will be permitted, as they can offer sufficient value, providing, their use is
minimal, sufficiently concise, and appropriate – they offer only ‘clarifying’ information, or add
‘adjacent’ value to the sentences already written. In other words, they are not to be used to ‘hide’
words that would otherwise normally be expected to be contained within the main body of the
text, and their use will be considered in accordance with the University policy regarding word
limits.

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3.5 Referencing Style

You are to write your coursework using the Cite Them Right version of the Harvard referencing system.
An online guide to Cite Them Right is freely available to Northumbria University students at:

https://www.citethemrightonline.com/

3.6 Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded based on the marking matrix attached to this coursework (refer to Appendix
A).

4 Referral

The Referral Attempt opportunity will generally take place after the end-of-level Progression and Awards
Board (PAB). If you become eligible to complete a Referral Attempt but are subsequently unable to
undertake the opportunity when required, you will be permitted to re-sit the module at the next scheduled
sitting of the module assessment. This will typically entail the suspension of your progression on your
programme of study until such time that you have completed the level and become eligible to proceed.

5 Guidance for Students on Policies for Assessment

The University has several policies for assessment. The following information, which is available to you
from the link below, provides guidance on these policies, including relevant procedures and forms.

(1) Assessment Regulations and Policies
(a) Assessment Regulations for Taught Awards
(b) Group Work Assessments Policy
(c) Moderation Policy
(d) Retention of Assessed Work Policy
(e) Word Limits Policy

(2) Assessment Feedback
(a) Anonymous Marking Policy

(3) Late Submission of Work and Extension Requests
(4) Personal Extenuating Circumstances
(5) Technical Extenuating Circumstances
(6) Student Complaints and Appeals
(7) Academic Misconduct
(8) Student Disability and Unforeseen Medical Circumstances

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/university-services/academic-registry/quality-and-teaching-
excellence/assessment/guidance-for-students/

https://www.citethemrightonline.com/

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/university-services/academic-registry/quality-and-teaching-excellence/assessment/guidance-for-students/

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/university-services/academic-registry/quality-and-teaching-excellence/assessment/guidance-for-students/

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APPENDIX A: Assessment criteria / marking scheme

HIGHER

DISTINCTION (>79%)

DISTINCTION (70-

79%)

COMMENDATION

(60-69%)

PASS (50-59%) FAIL (40-49%) POOR FAIL (0-39%)

PRESENTATION (15%)

Presentation

(structure/style,

logic/rigour, grammar

and spelling, references)

DEMONSTRATES

OUTSTANDING

ABILITY TO:

Present the work

paying attention to

structure/style,

logic/rigour, grammar

and spelling,

references

DEMONSTRATES

EXCELLENT ABILITY

TO:

Present the work

paying attention to

structure/style,

logic/rigour, grammar

and spelling,

references

DEMONSTRATES

GOOD ABILITY TO:

Present the work

paying attention to

structure/style,

logic/rigour, grammar

and spelling,

references

DEMONSTRATES

ADEQUATE ABILITY

TO:

Present the work

paying attention to

structure/style,

logic/rigour, grammar

and spelling,

references

DEMONSTRATES

INADEQUATE

ABILITY TO:

Present the work

paying attention to

structure/style,

logic/rigour, grammar

and spelling,

references

DEMONSTRATES

LITTLE OR NO

ABILITY TO:

Present the work

paying attention to

structure/style,

logic/rigour, grammar

and spelling,

references

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

AND INTRODUCTION

(5%)

Write an introduction

section and

comprehensive executive

summary that includes

are the key elements

including purpose or

report, background,

proposals and key

conclusions

DEMONSTRATES

OUTSTANDING

ABILITY TO:

Write an introduction

section and

comprehensive

executive summary

that includes are the

key elements including

purpose or report,

background, proposals

and key conclusions

DEMONSTRATES
EXCELLENT ABILITY
TO:
Write an introduction

section and

comprehensive

executive summary

that includes are the

key elements including

purpose or report,

background, proposals

and key conclusions

DEMONSTRATES
GOOD ABILITY TO:
Write an introduction

section and

comprehensive

executive summary

that includes are the

key elements including

purpose or report,

background, proposals

and key conclusions

DEMONSTRATES
ADEQUATE ABILITY
TO:
Write an introduction

section and

comprehensive

executive summary

that includes are the

key elements including

purpose or report,

background, proposals

and key conclusions

DEMONSTRATES
INADEQUATE
ABILITY TO:
Write an introduction

section and

comprehensive

executive summary

that includes are the

key elements including

purpose or report,

background, proposals

and key conclusions

DEMONSTRATES
LITTLE OR NO
ABILITY TO:
Write an introduction

section and

comprehensive

executive summary

that includes are the

key elements including

purpose or report,

background, proposals

and key conclusions

DETAILED

PROCUREMENT PLAN

FOR THE CLIENT (50%)

A detailed procurement

plan providing a ‘road

map’ for the client,

demonstrating how you

propose they should

procure each of the

works and services, how

the client can ensure that

the scheme is completed

within budget and on

time, how the client will

be involved at each

stage of the process, and

other specific consultants

and project participants

you propose they should

procure and their primary

roles in the process,

giving due consideration

should be given to the

most suitable

procurement

arrangement, the main

contract, tendering

arrangements and the

mechanism for pricing

and payment for the

project.

DEMONSTRATES

OUTSTANDING

ABILITY TO:

A detailed procurement

plan providing a ‘road

map’ for the client,

demonstrating how you

propose they should

procure each of the

works and services,

how the client can

ensure that the

scheme is completed

within budget and on

time, how the client will

be involved at each

stage of the process,

and other specific

consultants and project

participants you

propose they should

procure and their

primary roles in the

process, giving due

consideration should

be given to the most

suitable procurement

arrangement, the main

contract, tendering

arrangements and the

mechanism for pricing

and payment for the

project.

DEMONSTRATES
EXCELLENT ABILITY
TO:
A detailed procurement

plan providing a ‘road

map’ for the client,

demonstrating how you

propose they should

procure each of the

works and services,

how the client can

ensure that the

scheme is completed

within budget and on

time, how the client will

be involved at each

stage of the process,

and other specific

consultants and project

participants you

propose they should

procure and their

primary roles in the

process, giving due

consideration should

be given to the most

suitable procurement

arrangement, the main

contract, tendering

arrangements and the

mechanism for pricing

and payment for the

project.

DEMONSTRATES
GOOD ABILITY TO:
Develop a detailed

procurement plan

providing a ‘road map’

for the client,

demonstrating how you

propose they should

procure each of the

works and services,

how the client can

ensure that the

scheme is completed

within budget and on

time, how the client will

be involved at each

stage of the process,

and other specific

consultants and project

participants you

propose they should

procure and their

primary roles in the

process, giving due

consideration should

be given to the most

suitable procurement

arrangement, the main

contract, tendering

arrangements and the

mechanism for pricing

and payment for the

project.

DEMONSTRATES
ADEQUATE ABILITY
TO:
Develop a detailed

procurement plan

providing a ‘road map’

for the client,

demonstrating how you

propose they should

procure each of the

works and services,

how the client can

ensure that the

scheme is completed

within budget and on

time, how the client will

be involved at each

stage of the process,

and other specific

consultants and project

participants you

propose they should

procure and their

primary roles in the

process, giving due

consideration should

be given to the most

suitable procurement

arrangement, the main

contract, tendering

arrangements and the

mechanism for pricing

and payment for the

project.

DEMONSTRATES
INADEQUATE
ABILITY TO:
Develop a detailed

procurement plan

providing a ‘road map’

for the client,

demonstrating how you

propose they should

procure each of the

works and services,

how the client can

ensure that the

scheme is completed

within budget and on

time, how the client will

be involved at each

stage of the process,

and other specific

consultants and project

participants you

propose they should

procure and their

primary roles in the

process, giving due

consideration should

be given to the most

suitable procurement

arrangement, the main

contract, tendering

arrangements and the

mechanism for pricing

and payment for the

project.

DEMONSTRATES
LITTLE OR NO
ABILITY TO:
Develop a detailed

procurement plan

providing a ‘road map’

for the client,

demonstrating how you

propose they should

procure each of the

works and services,

how the client can

ensure that the

scheme is completed

within budget and on

time, how the client will

be involved at each

stage of the process,

and other specific

consultants and project

participants you

propose they should

procure and their

primary roles in the

process, giving due

consideration should

be given to the most

suitable procurement

arrangement, the main

contract, tendering

arrangements and the

mechanism for pricing

and payment for the

project.

HOW TO DRIVE

EFFECIENCIES

THROUGH THE

SUPPLY CHAIN (20%)

Provide a critical analysis

of how the Sunderland

City Council and its

development partners

might be able to achieve

their broad aim of driving

efficiencies through the

supply chain and thereby

save 15% of total

construction and design

costs

DEMONSTRATES

OUTSTANDING

ABILITY TO:

Provide a critical

analysis of how the

Sunderland City

Council and its

development partners

might be able to

achieve their broad

aim of driving

efficiencies through the

supply chain and

thereby save 15% of

total construction and

design costs

DEMONSTRATES
EXCELLENT ABILITY
TO:
Provide a critical

analysis of how the

Sunderland City

Council and its

development partners

might be able to

achieve their broad

aim of driving

efficiencies through the

supply chain and

thereby save 15% of

total construction and

design costs

DEMONSTRATES
GOOD ABILITY TO:
Provide a critical

analysis of how the

Sunderland City

Council and its

development partners

might be able to

achieve their broad

aim of driving

efficiencies through the

supply chain and

thereby save 15% of

total construction and

design costs

DEMONSTRATES
ADEQUATE ABILITY
TO:
Provide a critical

analysis of how the

Sunderland City

Council and its

development partners

might be able to

achieve their broad

aim of driving

efficiencies through the

supply chain and

thereby save 15% of

total construction and

design costs

DEMONSTRATES
INADEQUATE
ABILITY TO:
Provide a critical

analysis of how the

Sunderland City

Council and its

development partners

might be able to

achieve their broad

aim of driving

efficiencies through the

supply chain and

thereby save 15% of

total construction and

design costs

DEMONSTRATES
LITTLE OR NO
ABILITY TO:
Provide a critical

analysis of how the

Sunderland City

Council and its

development partners

might be able to

achieve their broad

aim of driving

efficiencies through the

supply chain and

thereby save 15% of

total construction and

design costs

CONCLUSIONS AND

RECOMMENDATIONS

(10%)

Conclusions and

recommendations to the

report

DEMONSTRATES

OUTSTANDING

ABILITY TO:

Write Conclusions and

recommendations to a

report

DEMONSTRATES
EXCELLENT ABILITY
TO:
Write Conclusions and

recommendations to a

report

DEMONSTRATES
GOOD ABILITY TO:
Write Conclusions and

recommendations to a

report

DEMONSTRATES
ADEQUATE ABILITY
TO:
Write Conclusions and

recommendations to a

report

DEMONSTRATES
INADEQUATE
ABILITY TO:
Write Conclusions and

recommendations to a

report

DEMONSTRATES
LITTLE OR NO
ABILITY TO:
Write Conclusions and

recommendations to a

report

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