Procurement Methods

Subject ABPL90327 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Admission to MC-CONMG2Y Master of Construction Management (200 points), MC-CONMG3Y Master of Construction Management (300 points) or approval from the subject coordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

The subject exposes students to construction procurement in a broad sense, by articulating and examining the legal and functional links between multiple contracting parties in project delivery. Different procurement methods with their associated contract types are introduced, and the theories and principles governing their selection discussed. To this end, decision support system tools that can facilitate the selection process are introduced and practiced with case studies. Ethics in procurement, public procurement concerns and strategies, as well as international differences in the use of procurement methods, are also covered.

  • To build an appreciation of the key issues in construction procurement;
  • To provide a clear understanding of the structure, process and characteristics of different construction procurement methods;
  • To provide the theories, principle and tools required in selecting the right procurement method (client’s perspective);
  • To provide the theories, principles and tools in making go/no-go decision and addressing various requests regarding different construction procurement methods (contractor’s perspective).
  • Class participation (10%).
  • Assignment 1 equivalent to no more than 2,000 words (30%) due in week 6.
  • Assignment 2 equivalent to no more than 3,000 words (60%) due at the end of the semester.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • Ability to appreciate the importance and key issues of construction procurement;
  • Ability to understand the complexity of construction procurement;
  • Ability to appreciate the trends in the application of various construction procurement methods; and
  • Ability to understand the varying perspectives of contracting parties in project delivery.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Building
Building Systems and Trade Specialties
Corporate Management
Cost Management
Project Management
Research and Development

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