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Procurement Methods (ABPL90327)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90327
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Intended learning outcomes

  • 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).

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.

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into the Master of Construction Management (200-pt Entry Points) MCCM-200EP


Completion of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90335 Contract Management
Semester 2


Completion of the following 2 subjects:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90313 Management of Construction
Semester 1
ECON90015 Managerial Economics
Semester 1
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Class participation (10%), demonstrating active involvement in a range of class activities and peer discussions.
  • Two assignments equivalent to a total of 3000 words (60%). Assignment 1 due in week 5 equivalent to 1000 words (20%) and Assignment 2 due in week 11 equivalent to 2000 words (40%). The assignment 1 is individual and assignment 2 is a group assignment, with writing report and class presentation. The writing report of assignment 2 is equivalent to 1500 per group member and the class presentation is equivalent to 500 words per group member (report 30% + presentation 10%). The aim of the assignments is to facilitate the reflections in the decision process for selecting the best procurement methods, articulation of common and innovative procurement strategies and critical analysis of the key factors (Product, Programme, Price).
  • Two hour examination equivalent to 2000 words during the examination period (30%) demonstrating a critical analysis of the theories, principles and tools applied across a variety of construction procurement methods.

Hurdle requirement: A minimum mark of 40% has to be achieved in the examination in order to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorPaulo Vaz-Serra
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 hours per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Further information

Last updated: 16 June 2018