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ITLS6003: Contemporary Procurement

Semester 1, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Procurement practitioners have to be able to generate insights from large volumes of transactional, aggregate, structured and unstructured data resulting from growing stakeholder needs, the globalisation of supply markets, evolving regulatory environments and relevant technological changes. This unit explores challenges in procurement practice using real procurement spend data from organisations with different strategic priorities. Students gain an appreciation of spend analysis techniques involving large datasets and an understanding of how the insights are applied in the context of category strategies, sourcing risk management, negotiations and ethical sourcing. The usefulness of large volumes of both structured and unstructured data for input to procurement strategy is explored. The unit includes an industry-led workshop and certificate component and is suitable for both early career procurement professionals as well as students interested in the application of data analytics in procurement.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ITLS6003
Academic unit Transport and Logistics Studies
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Jyotirmoyee Bhattacharjya,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam Final exam
Written take-home exam
40% Formal exam period 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Group presentation
Oral and written presentation
30% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
Assignment Quiz
Written take-home quiz including video
30% Week 08
Due date: 20 Apr 2020 at 23:00

Closing date: 26 Apr 2020
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Quiz: This is a take-home quiz. Students will be provided the quiz questions via Canvas. Students will be expected to submit their work via Canvas.
  • Group presentation: The group presentations will be developed during industry-led workshops. Students will be organised into groups an assigned cases. The group work will be done during workshop sessions in Weeks 9 and 11.
  • Final exam: The final exam will be a take-home assessment that  covers all content delivered this semester. Students will be provided the exam questions via Canvas. Students will be expected to submit their work via Canvas.

Detailed information for each assessment will be made available via Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 03 Introduction; procurement concepts and frameworks; procurement policy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 04 Procure-to-pay; spend management Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 05 Spend analysis Computer laboratory (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 06 Spend analysis continued Computer laboratory (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 07 Sourcing Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 09 Industry forum: Challenges and opportunities Forum (3 hr) LO1 LO5
Negotiation workshop: Establishing the relationship Workshop (8 hr) LO4
Week 11 Negotiation workshop: Establishing the rules around daily communication with EDI Workshop (4 hr) LO4
Week 12 Contracts Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 13 Contracts continued Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 14 (STUVAC) Wrap up Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recording: All lectures and seminars are recorded and will be available on Canvas for student use. Please note the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify and describe concepts, techniques and trends in relation to the procurement cycle
  • LO2. critically assess procurement category structures and spend profiles in a firm
  • LO3. analyse spend data in relation to direct and indirect categories in different industry sectors
  • LO4. work with a team to plan and conduct a buyer-supplier negotiation as well a post-negotiation debrief
  • LO5. conduct socially and ethically responsible supplier evaluation and selection activities in relation to both local and international sourcing.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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