CONS06028 2019 Services Procurement & Management

General Details

Full Title
Services Procurement & Management
Transcript Title
Services Procurement & Managem
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Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Barrie Cox
Programme Membership
SG_SPROP_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Property Services and Facilities Management SG_SFACI_E06 202000 Certificate in Facilities Management

This module provides a clear understanding of the key role that Procurement plays within facilities management function and the tools to manage the procurement process. It provides an introduction to the theories, models and practice of Procurement Services within Facilities Management. The role of the purchasing and supply management function is therefore increasingly an important one although marketing efforts do increase gross revenues, they also increase the cost of goods sold, while purchasing management efforts go directly to the bottom line profit by increasing net revenue. This transition can be clearly seen in the evolution of purchasing and supply from its roots as a purely clerical function in the early part of this century, to its more traditional role of expense control through most of the century, and now to its additional role as manager of outside manufacturing (contract manufacturing). As the nature of the function has changed, so have the requirements for purchasing and materials management professionals.


Taking a word from the slogan of one eminently successful municipal purchasing department, good government purchasing means getting additional “mileage” out of the tax Euro. Finally, organisations of all sizes need effective purchasing and materials management. There is a very strong correlation between purchasing management effectiveness financial performances within the Facilities function


The aims of this module are to:


  • Introduce the student into the role Procurement pays within the organisation.
  • Provide the student with a good understanding how the procurement cycle is conducted.
  • Give the student a thorough understanding on the value of software information systems.
  • Give an insight on the various levels Procurement operates within an organisation.
  • Provide the student with a full understanding on why the Five Rights are so fundamental. 
  • Provide the student with a thorough understanding on the negotiation process.
  • Give the student an understanding of why choosing the right specification is so important.
  • Show the importance of Ethics and Corporate and Social Responsibility. 
  • Presents difficult topics and concepts in a clear, comprehensive and relevant way.   
  • Show the relevance of the module by incorporating real life examples. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explain and appreciate the role that procurement plays within the organisation and  understand the Procurement Cycle from origin to completion


Appreciate the value that SLA’s play in managing contracts successfully


Describe the supplier management process and examine how contractors price elements of construction work


Appreciate the tendering procedure and the value it can add


Outline the techniques used by organisations in capital buying decisions

Teaching and Learning Strategies

  • Lecture – PowerPoint presentation systems.
  • Real world examples, actual events are integrated through the programme  linking learning concepts to real life situations.
  • Problem sets (review and self-test questions and problems attached to each learning outcome). These allow students to test their understanding and their ability to to answer problems. A comprehensive set of multiple-choice questions with feedback is provided.
  • End of learning summary and conclusions. Every learning session ends with a  concise, but thorough, summary of the important ideas. This helps students review the key points and therefore provides closure to the learning outcome (dealing with specific issues on cost, property and construction).
  • Discussion groups based on problem sets.
  • Workshops.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment (40%)  and final examination (60%)

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Indicative Syllabus

  • Evolution of Procurement
  • The Value Chain
  • Evolution Models 
  • The Procurement Cycle   
  • The Five Rights
  • Performance and Conformance Specifications
  • Facilities related health and safety
  • Development of service level agreements (SLAs)
  • Development of key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Management information systems and Reporting  
  • Life Cycle costing in asset management 
  • Supplier selection
  • The importance of Negotiation
  • Tendering,  and Benchmarking
  • Contract management and compliance 
  • Contribution of Procurement to profitability in an organisation

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % Any 1,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Not Specified Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4.84 Weekly 4.84
Workshop Not Specified Workshop 0.16 Weekly 0.16
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.16 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2009-09-08 Total Facilities Management John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 1444316133 ISBN-13 9781444316131
Required Reading
2005 Purchasing & Supply Chain Management Cengage Learning EMEA
ISBN 1844800245 ISBN-13 9781844800247

Introducing readers to the key principles underlying purchasing and supply chain management, this text provides them with an in-depth discussion of purchasing and supply issues both from a strategic and managerial perspective. This edition features new chapters and an updated companion website.

Required Reading
2008 Procurement Principles and Management Pearson Education
ISBN 0273713795 ISBN-13 9780273713791

Previously entitled 'Purchasing Principles and Management' this book has been essential reading and the standard text for practitioners and students of the subject of purchasing or procurement for nearly 40 years. This new tenth edition continues to cover the continuous change and development in the field of Purchasing and care is taken to balance new emerging philosophies with the proven and established thinking and practice in the profession. This book will provide the reader with a reflection of sound mainstream practice combined with comment and insight into developing ideas and approaches. This edition includes: New chapters on outsourcing, corporate social responsibility and e-procurement systems, Well-integrated new material on time compression, global sourcing and contract performance measurement, New case studies plus mini-cases dotted throughout chapters to reflect themes from the text in actual supply management practice around the world, New Research boxes within chapters to link academic research and procurement industry practice, New PowerPoint Slides and an Instructor's Manual for Lecturers teaching the subject.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources

Various Journals – CIPS  - Supply Management

URL Resources


Other Resources

Module Moodle page

Additional Information