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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5360M Procurement Management

15 creditsClass Size: 126

Module manager: Dr. William Collinge

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally a good honours degree in civil engineering or a cognate discipline

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Understand the nature of procurement management.
- Apply the key concepts of procurement management.
- Understanding alternative procurement strategies and how they apply to projects.
- Be aware of procurement management’s relevance to the management of programmes and of projects.
- Be aware of the relationship between procurement and contract strategies.

Learning outcomes
General learning outcomes (UK-SPEC):
- The ability to apply new concepts and methods (in the context of procurement management).
Specific learning outcomes (UK-SPEC):
- Knowledge and understanding of methods, tools and techniques relevant to procurement management; an appreciation of the limits of the various methods, tools and techniques. (Science & Mathematics).
- The ability to apply procurement management concepts and methods to facilitate solving procurement related problems to achieve better project delivery; the ability to synthesise, structure and present information. (Engineering Analysis).
- Knowledge and understanding of how to structure supply chains on projects. (Design).
- An awareness of the impact of these aspects through applying procurement management concepts on a multi-project case study. (Economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental context).
- Understanding current practice procurement management concepts and methods, taking into account client requirements, supply chain structures and project constraints, to deliver value for money projects. (Engineering Analysis).
- Additional General Skills (the ability to problem-solve and communicate through team working).
The module introduces students to the concepts of procurement management on projects and multi-projects. Alternative procurement strategies are introduced along with the procurement assessment criteria relevant in their selection. Supply chain structures are explored in relation to the various procurement strategies, including concepts such as Partnering. On completion of the module candidates should have the knowledge to select an appropriate procurement route and related procurement strategies, linked to business strategy and the structure of programmes and projects. Case based learning is adopted to reinforce the theoretical concepts introduced in class.


- Theory: Introduction to Procurement Management - Introduction, background and definitions, the strategic context of procurement. Application in a workshop: Information gathering, information processing and analysis.
- Theory: Procurement strategy selection – Identifying priorities and procurement assessment criteria (PAC). Apply in a workshop to a multi-project case study.
- Theory: Alternative Procurement Strategies – Traditional, Management Oriented, Integrated strategies introduced. Application in a workshop: Select the appropriate systems based on PAC’s and strategies available.
- Theory: Contract Strategies – Introduction to contract strategies, including tendering and payment systems. Apply in a workshop to a multi-project case study.
- Theory: Client Supply Chain Management and Partnering. Apply in a workshop to a multi-project case study.
- Theory: Procuring multi-projects. Apply in a workshop to a multi-project case study.
Delegates will be expected to take a proactive approach during a number of workshop sessions throughout the 4-day module.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Case Study51.507.50
Private study hours124.50
Total Contact hours25.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

100 hours - reading
32 hours - studying for exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored during the workshop sessions and through a formative presentation at the end of the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationIn class, group presentation20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00


Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 3 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Resit 100% exam

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/10/2023


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