Core Module Information
Module title: Procurement Strategy

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV11104
Module leader: Nirodha Fernando
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

The module addresses three areas of procurement, strategic issues, selection and decision making, operational and practical considerations, and performance measurement. The content covers aspects of the decision to build and procurement method selection on objective basis, use of professional advisors, procurement management, relative procurement efficiency, procedural stages and their discrete objectives, priorities and risks, project maintenance profiling. EU procurement directives and procurement abroad -commonality and divergence. Client value for money philosophy and techniques. Decision making process. Key performance indicators applied to procurement methods.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
1. From a given business proposal, to identify and appraise a client's objectives and function requirements and determine specific procurement criteria to be met.
2. Prepare procurement solutions to match project requirements
3. Objectively evaluate the relative effectiveness of modern procurement methods
4. Develop an efficient procurement management structure and gateway procedures for example individual project
5. Prepare the framework for a diagnostic / technical audit for a post project review of procurement performance.
The module provides the education content for the graduate to undertake the training towards the
RICS APC core competencies in appropriate procurement and Contract Practice

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Nirodha Fernando
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
LO1- 5 Each face-to-face activity uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion, case analysis to develop student engagement. Directed study focuses on development of the concepts covered in the reading materials.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
LO1- 5 Students take part in developmental exercises so as to better understand their personal skills and attributes and how to develop them to increase their employability. Their PDP is considered an integral part of this development as they are encouraged to reflect on what they have learned in the module and apply it to their personal situation. Learning outcomes match requirements of RICS.

Research/teaching linkages
At several points during the module the students are introduced to relevant research to underpin their learning. Students are also expected to undertake personal research for the assessments, which builds their research skills.

Supporting equality and diversity
Through LO1-5 the issues of diversity are considered in the module. Module materials use a mix of examples from different cultural backgrounds to ensure that diversity is effectively dealt with. The module is taken by students from a wide variety of programmes - the module materials recognise this diversity.

Formative Assessment:
The mid-module assessment will serve as formative assessment and the feedback will help inform students in the completion of the end of module assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Assessments 1 and 2 provide summative assessment for the module. However, both assessments are designed to give students formative feedback on several aspects of the learning process that can be applied to other learning situations. Assessment 1 allows students the opportunity to present a 2000 word report based on their own independent research to satisfy LOs 1,2,3 & 5. Assessment 2 provides an opportunity for the students to present a procurement strategy based on a given scenario to reflect LOs 1,2,3,4 & 5, again in report format totalling 2000 words.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2,3,5 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 50 1,2,3,4,5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL: