This is a specialist supply chain and logistics management unit within the Bachelor of Business (Supply Chain and Logistics Management). Students will reflect on processes behind sourcing suppliers - selection, certification and assessment. Further, students will work collaboratively to report on effective supplier relationships and their importance to successful purchasing. The unit facilitates appraisal of the importance of contracts and activities carried out during different stages of negotiation. Student learning will involve team reflection on a case with reference to a broad range of theories and frameworks associated with purchasing and supply management. Student learning in the unit will be guided and assessed by means of an online quiz, group case study analysis (including literature review), a group presentation and a final examination.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically reflect on a range of functions that make up modern procurement processes, the importance they have in the supply chain, and how they have evolved over time;  
  2. Consolidate and synthesise knowledge of purchasing and supply management through a well-structured and balanced individual report on a purchasing-related topic based upon the reading of established academic literature;  
  3. Work collaboratively in a team to reflect upon experiences gained during an industry site visit with reference to theories and frameworks encountered in the unit in order to produce a professional case study report;  
  4. Consult with team members to develop a professional class presentation on selected topics covered in their case study report; and  
  5. Conceptualise and synthesise information from various sources to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge in the field of purchasing and supply management.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Quiz 20%
Presentation Group Presentation 10%
Case Study Group Report 30%
Test Tests (2 progressive in-class tests at 20% each) 40%

Required reading

Procurement & Supply Chain Management, 9th ed,
Lysons, K & Farrington B 2016,
Prentice Hall, England.

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