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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 28/09/2021 00:55:43

Title of Module: Procurement Systems

Code: BUSN11097 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Adebisi  Adewole

Summary of Module

This Procurement Systems module is designed to enable the student to develop their academic knowledge and professional management competencies in procurement in order to equip them for the industry and enhance their career prospects in both public and private organisations.

The module will help them to develop critical thinking required for managing procurement activities. This will include creative negotiation, communications and information technology skills, supplier appraisal, relationship management, team working, customer service, quantitative and qualitative analysis and risk assessment and management skills.

  • The purpose of this module is to provide students with a view of procurement as a system. Students will study a range of topics underpining current issues in both public and private procurement activities. Students will also study the legal aspect of procurement. Indicative topics will include the following:

  • Principles of Procurement; Supply Chain Management concepts

  • Public procurement process and functions; Public -Private partnerships

  • Sourcing and Outsorcing; Contract Negotiations

  • Tendering (Award of Contracts)

  • Sustainable procurement and Supply

  • Procurement ethihics; The legal aspects in procurement

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. At the end of this module the student will be able to:

L2. Develop a good understanding of procurement concepts and their application to industry practice

L3. An understanding of procurement processes and identify common procurement problems as well as develop the required creative, innovative and ethical skills for resolving such problems

L4. The capability to understand strategic planning and management of the delivery of efficient, effective procurement lifecycle to achieve value for money in diverse and complex work environments

L5. The ability to evaluate the difference between public and private procurement and assess the extent of global procurement reforms

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

Conceptual understanding of purchasing and procurement issues and strategies in a supply context

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Techniques and tools for the design and management of purchasing (procurement) systems
Critically analysis and evaluation of current issues and practices in purchasing (procurement) that have an impact on supply chain performance

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Making informed judgments on complex problems in purchasing (procurement)

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.


Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.


Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module is designed within the principle of mediated learning (Laurillard 2002). This approach views the aim of university teaching as making student possible. Teaching is not merely about how a subject is known, and simply imparting decontextualised knowledge in this module will not equip the masters student for the world of work. Everyday learning needs, therefore, to provide the student with the opportunity to situate knowledge in real-world activity. The student will be introduced to a range of theoretical concepts, and then expected to apply these in a variety of situations through case studies analysis. This learning approach will students being to contribute to discussions at tutorials and workshops; The will be expected to prepare case study material in advance of tutorials for detailed discussion. This approach will encourage them to research various source, including the internet and where it may be possible, carry out industry visits.
All teaching and learning activities will be accessible, wherever possible to all students.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop24
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop10
Asynchronous Class Activity20
Independent Study46
100 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

The key texts for this module are fully detailed in the module handbook. Please refer to the module handbook for updated texts and other resources.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardMarketing, Innovation, Tourism & Events
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelMarketing, Innovation, Tourism & Events
ModeratorDr Athanassios Kourouklis
External ExaminerZ Salimi
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The assessment for this module shall comprise of one component by coursework only. The coursework will carry a weighting of 100%. (Details in module handbook)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
There are no equality and diversity issues associated with this module
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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