KB7035 - Procurement & Supply Chain Management

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will enable you to explore the concept of procurement and supply chain management in the context of construction projects by considering the tools and frameworks available for effective partnerships to develop synergies across the supply chain to influence project value. You will identify and analyse key contractual issues and assess the impact of and need for contracts across the construction project supply chain. The topic areas you will study include :

• The economic and social background to inter-organizational relations.
• Stakeholder Management including ethics, quality management, organisational Culture, working relationships and collaborative working.
• The function of contracts in the context of managing construction projects across the whole supply chain.
• Contractual and commercial relationships between the all parties within the supply chain including risk; time, quality and cost management.
• Contractual issues including: performance; extensions of time, damages; negligence, termination, breach of contract and defects liability.
• Change Management including, variations; sub-contractors, suppliers.
• Procurement options and forms of tendering

How will I learn on this module?

A range of delivery methods will be used for this module. If you are studying on-campus, a series of lectures* will introduce you to the theoretical aspects of the module and will be supported by seminars* and workshops to allow a more interactive analysis of the subject. Workshops and seminars will also provide you with the opportunity to adopt a research based approach to problem solving. The workshops will typically involve you using electronic materials (such as web links and videos), games, presentations and in-class discussions to further engage you and enrich and enhance your learning. Case studies, guest lectures and master classes from professional practitioners will be used to supplement the sessions and some seminars structured as reading groups to allow deeper class discussion of key texts.

This module is also offered wholly by distance learning using the University’s virtual learning environment. As a distance learning student you will learn through direct teaching methods such as directed study of textbooks, text- and video-based learning resources and scholarly journal articles. Additional support mechanisms will be utilised to provide you with specific and focused guidance and support.

*Lectures and seminars will be used to support effective transmission of information and will be delivered via a combination of face-to-face ‘live’ sessions lectures held in university classrooms, and the use of digitally pre-recorded sessions or live video webcasts. All ‘live’ lecture sessions will be captured using Northumbria University approved teaching platforms (currently the Panopto video platform: https://www.panopto.com/) and hosted on the eLearning Portal (ELP) with materials being made available after delivery on campus. This content will remain available throughout the programme. For distance learning students equivalent seminar materials will be provided to facilitate learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Extensive use will be made of the eLearning platform [blackboard] to direct you to learning opportunities. This will be in the form of the teaching material and supporting documents such as research papers, current media coverage, interesting web links and relevant videos being uploaded. By using workshops as the delivery mechanism you will be provided with regular feedback for improvement and a more informal platform to ask the questions necessary to support your successful learning.

As a distance learning student, access to these resources will also be readily available. In addition you will also receive regular and frequent online guidance sessions; access to one-to-one academic guidance sessions by telephone, email, skype and interactive collaboration with online peer support forums.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO 1 - Establish a conceptual understanding of procurement and supply chain strategies within the built environment projects.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO 2 - Implement and critically evaluate appropriate procurement processes by which construction projects and services are acquired from internal and/or external sources.
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.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO 4 - Embrace professionalism, demonstrate multi-disciplinary skills and apply expert and specialised knowledge in the field of construction project management.
MLO 5 - Embrace intercultural cooperation through consciousness, responsible and professional ethical conduct in a reflexive way.

How will I be assessed?

There will be two pieces of coursework for this module.
On-campus Students
Coursework 1: A written report (approximately 3000 words) detailing your approach to procurement for a given scenario. MLO1 ; MLO2 ; MLO4
Coursework 2: A group presentation detailing how you would approach supply chain management for a given scenario. MLO1 ; MLO3 ; MLO5

Distance Learning Students :
Coursework 1: A written report (approximately 3000 words) detailing your approach to procurement for a given scenario. MLO1 ; MLO2 ; MLO4
Coursework 2: An individual presentation (to be uploaded by the student to the eLP) detailing how you would approach supply chain management for a given scenario. MLO1 ; MLO3 ; MLO5

All written coursework will be submitted electronically via turnitin. Marking and feedback will be provided electronically.
On-campus students will give presentations to staff and their peers. Marking will be carried out during the presentations and feedback provided electronically.
Distance learning students will upload their recorded presentation to the eLP. Marking and feedback will be provided electronically.
Continuous feedback will be given during workshop and seminar sessions and provide you with the opportunity to undertake self-reflection to feedforward into subsequent learning.





Module abstract

The construction industry is a complex, dynamic and exciting global industry which shapes all of our lives by providing the built environment in which we live. However construction projects can only be considered successful if they are delivered on time, to budget, to the required quality, safety and without unnecessary harm to the environment. To achieve these goals partnerships and collaboration between organisations within the project supply chain are essential for the successful management of construction projects, however, by nature these interrelationships between the parties are governed by contracts and the law. This module, through the exploration of the tools and frameworks of procurement, contracts and supply chain management, seeks to establish how synergies, across the supply chain, can influence successful project delivery.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
3 other options available

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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