BMGT43670 Procurement & Contract Mgt

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module aims to provide students with knowledge and skills that are relevant to managing Procurement and Contract Management processes in project settings.

In order to deliver value to internal and external stakeholders, project managers often outsource project tasks to the external parties that are best equipped to undertake them. This involves a number of important considerations such as which tasks need to be outsourced, which contractors are best prepared to fulfil these tasks, how to design tenders and contracts, how to conduct negotiations effectively and how to manage supplier relationships and risks. In addition, project managers need to be aware of the procurement processes employed by their external clients to secure the contract under favourable conditions and manage pertinent risks.

The module addresses a broad range of knowledge areas in both contemporary research and managerial practice that are relevant to arriving at appropriate procurement decisions. After the module, the student is able to identify, critically assess, and apply various concepts, tools, and frameworks to understand and address complex procurement challenges encountered in project settings.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of knowledge areas, theoretical models and concepts that are relevant to procurement in project settings; apply a variety of tools, approaches, and frameworks to identify, analyze and resolve complex procurement challenges
2. Utilize appropriate communication strategies (oral, written and visual) to present procurement challenges and solutions
3. Utilize appropriate online databases to conduct research on procurement issues and practices; demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills
4. Demonstrate appropriate teamwork skills, such as skills for working with individuals across cultures and disciplines
5. Engage in collaborative learning and draw on personal and colleagues’ talents and experience to achieve learning outcomes.

Please remember that the achievement of learning outcomes is contingent on following class policies and completing all work in good faith.

FORMAT: Active attendance and participation during classes is expected. The module will be 100% assessed on a combination of group and individual assignments as well as in-class participation. There is NO EXAM for this module. For this reason, it is essential that the students make every effort to attend all lectures during the module – some graded work will be in class time.

PLAGIARISM: No form of plagiarism will be tolerated and grade penalties outlined in the UCD Plagiarism Policy will be applied (may result in Failed mark). Plagiarism includes inclusion of other person’s ideas or works, such as unacknowledged use of any form of published/unpublished source (including books, articles, presentations, videos or other broadcasted material, Internet, another student’s work). Presentation of work, which contains ideas or work of others without appropriate attribution and citation is an act of plagiarism. Please pay attention to scientific policies of ensuring appropriate citations to any readings and use of other material. All work submitted by you or your group must be your own original work, not submitted elsewhere. Any material taken indirectly or directly from other sources is required to be properly referenced. Plagiarism will be heavily penalized. For further details, please see UCD policy for plagiarism:

Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Literature Review Week 12 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Class Participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: Written case report Week 5 n/a Graded No


Group Project: Written report and presentation Week 8 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

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