PROJMGNT 3003 - Project Procurement & Resourcing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

This course aims to develop student understanding in respect to making best use of internal and external resources on project based endeavours. It will cover recognised principles in respect to sourcing goods and services as well as appropriate personnel for projects. Topics will include procurement practice and planning, delivery models, documentation, tendering and source selection, contract administration, human resources management, team planning, recruitment and development.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 3003
    Course Project Procurement & Resourcing
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PROJMGNT 1001, PROJMGNT 1002
    Assumed Knowledge Completion of all Level I and II core courses for the B. Project Management
    Restrictions Available only to B.Project Management & Project Management Minor students
    Course Description This course aims to develop student understanding in respect to making best use of internal and external resources on project based endeavours. It will cover recognised principles in respect to sourcing goods and services as well as appropriate personnel for projects. Topics will include procurement practice and planning, delivery models, documentation, tendering and source selection, contract administration, human resources management, team planning, recruitment and development.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Yuen Ma

    Program Director Contact Details: Project Management
    Dr Tracey Dodd 
    Teaching staff: 
    Name: Dr Tony Ma
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1. Explain procurement concepts in relation to projects
    2. Analyse procurement strategies and apply to various projects
    3. Describe and explain human resourcing in respect to the project team
    4. Illustrate how to effectively apply resource management to projects
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No textbook required
    Recommended Resources

    Project Management Institute (2017) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide), 6th Edition, Newtown Square, Pa, Project Management Institute.

    Baily P., Farmer D., Crocker B., Jessop D., and Jones D. (2015) Procurement Principles & Management, 11th Edition, Pearson Education Limited.

    Bhargove A. (2018) Project Procurement: A Real-World Guide for Procurement Skills, Project Management Institute.

    Snyder Dionisio C. (2018) A Project Manager's Book of Tools and Techniques, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.

    Stone, R. J. (2017) Human Resource Management 9E, Wiley Direct.

    Quick Access to Free Project Engineer Resources (2019)

    It is also useful to read relevant project management journal articles. In particular:

    • International Journal of Project Management
    • Project Management Journal
    • International Journal of Project Organisation and Management

    Library Resources
    The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library provides a range of learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, magazines, and access to online databases and information services. It also offers a virtual library which is accessible via the University’s website. Access to the Library's electronic resources.

    Online Learning
    MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. It is used to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each online course of study.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The Project Procurement and Resourcing course will be taught via traditional on-campus face to face lectures and tutorials. It is intended to provide students both conceptual and strategic knowledge in respect to project procurement and resourcing. It will make use of applied industry scenarios so as to provide students with real life examples of this important project management area. The learning materials will be accessible to students via the online MyUni platform. This will allow students to refer to course resources in their own time.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students are expected to attend lectures and tutorials as scheduled. Furthermore, students should prepare for lectures and revise post lecture to improve understanding of each week’s course module. Students will be directed to work on three different assessment pieces and submit for grading.

    As a general guide, a 3 unit course requires:
    Total workload hours: 12 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs
    Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 156 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 120 Hrs
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course will cover projectprocurement and resourcing concepts, strategies and practice. An emphasis will be made on the practical application of relevant knowledge and skills within this area. The lectures, tutorials and assessments are designed to equip students with some capability within this area. Personal study outside of class time will be needed to succeed in this course.

    Week Topic
    1 Introduction to Procurement and Resourcing
    2 Project Procurement Process & Practice
    3 Strategic Procurement Planning
    4 Procurement Models and Contract Types
    5 Tender Documents and Vendor Selection Criteria
    6 Contract Documents and Administration
    7 Resource Management Process and Practice
    8 Project Team Planning
    9 Personnel Recruitment and Development
    10 Team Management and Performance Reporting
    11 Managing HR in a Global Project Environments
    12 Course Review and Assessment 3 Preparation
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Length Weighting Learning Outcome
    Project Procurement Essay Individual 1500 words 30% 1, 2
    Project Resourcing Report Group 1500 words per student 30% 3, 4
    'Take Home Assessment' Individual To be confirmed 40% 1-4
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should be aware that considerable knowledge and skills will be taught at lectures and tutorials. Hence, students should attend all classes in order to pass the course.

    Course results may be subject to moderation by the Assessment Review Committee.
    Assessment Detail
    Project Procurement Essay: this is an individual assessment that will require students to research various forms of procurement processes and practices. This should be reviewed and supported by credible literature. It will also include studying procurement strategies so that the aims and objectives of projects are satisfied and successful outcomes can be achieved. The assessment will provide for learning outcomes that include acquiring relevant project management planning, procurement and contracting knowledge.
    Project Resourcing Report: this will be a group assessment where all students will need to contribute equally. It will ask student groups to investigate a real life project or case study in respect to the project team and the human resources that will be required to plan and execute the works. The findings should be documented in a professional report that is both practical and factual on how human resources would be deployed in any given project or case study. This report will illustrate learning outcomes in areas such as human resource planning, recruitment and development.
    'Take Home' Assessment: this assessment will replace the examination paper in 2020. The course content on project procurement and resourcing will be assessed and students are expected to understand the various course concepts and be able to apply them to succeed in this assessment. The learning outcomes will have each student exhibiting a good level of knowledge in respect to the course content.

    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni:

    • Assignment Submission: Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both).
    • Cover Sheet: Please include in the assignment a completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet (found in MyUni, under Modules) providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work. Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments: You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing. Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.
    • Assessment extensions request: An application for Assessment Extension should be made before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer. Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date. Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances. See sections 3 and 7a) i. in particular on assessment extensions in the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment (MACA) Policy.
    • Failure to submit: Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade. Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late (Unless otherwise stated in 'Assessment Related Requirements' or 'Assessment Detail' above). Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.
    • Resubmission: of an assignment after reworking it to obtain a better mark will not normally be accepted. Approval for resubmission will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds.
    • Appealing a mark or grade: If you are dissatisfied with your mark or grade, you may request a review or re-mark. There must be academic or procedural reasons for your request, so you can’t simply request a re-mark because you are disappointed with your result. For more information on the process see Assessment Grievance: Appealing a mark or grade
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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