Module Title:Strategic Procurement
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises - student will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various management scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Self-Direct Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide a deep understanding of how purchasing strategy is developed in the industrial sector.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Discuss the Role of Purchasing in the company and product lifecycle.
LO2 Discuss the contribution of purchasing to corporate strategy.
LO3 Identify and discuss best practice in Purchasing, Supply Chain Management and Risk Management.
LO4 Discuss Interdepartmental co-ordination of procurement and objectives alignment.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The role of purchasing in the firm
Purchasings relationship with other functions; purchasing and the product lifecycle; the new product development process, new product introduction, purchasings changing role during the growth maturity and decline phases.
The purchasing decision process
Sources and nature of information; Knowledge Management; structured and unstructured decisions; operational and strategic supply side decisions; Make or buy, sub-contracting and outsourcing decisions,eProcurement and leveraging ICT in procurement.
Strategy, Innovation and Supply
Creativity and innovation; corporate culture; Corporate Strategies; Strategic Procurement and Supply Chain Positioning; Competition and Collaboration;
TQM Driven Purchasing Strategies
The evolution of TQM, Variability and Quality Management; reducing the supplier base; Supplier Certification; Single Sourcing;
Lean Driven Supply Strategies
The evolution of manufacturing; the origins of Lean Production; Supplier Tiering; Structural and Behavioural aspects of Lean Supply Networks in Japan; Supplier Relationships; The migration of JIT and Lean practices to Western Manufacturing;
Compare Traditional Purchasing to Lean, Agile & Virtual Supply Chains
The limitations of Lean Production; Purchasing in different industries, The elements of an agile supply chain; Outsourcing and Managing a Virtual Supply Chain.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Individual Academic Essay 1,2 20.00 Week 4
Project Group Project and Presentation 2,3,4 40.00 Week 6
Essay Individual Academic Essay 2,3,4 20.00 Week 11
Project Group Project and Presentation 2,3,4 20.00 Week 12
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 6.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 11.87
Total Hours 250.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 14.27
Total Hours 250.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBSCM_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Supply Chain Management 7 Mandatory