PMC107 - SCM - Public Sector

Outline info
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Subject Title
SCM - Public Sector

Subject Description
The unique characteristics of procurement in the public sector are explored. This subject examines a variety of public sector settings including Public Works and Government Services Canada, military procurement and logistics, Crown Corporations and Provincial and Municipal government purchasing. The student will learn how purchasing consortias work, as well as how to undertake a competitive bidding process. Ethical issues in public sector procurement are also examined.

Credit Status
This subject is the seventh of eight modules required by Supply Chain Management Association of Ontario (SCMAO) (formerly PMAC) for the Strategic Supply Chain Management Leadership Program toward the CPP (Certified Professional Purchaser) designation.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe unique characteristics of public sector procurement.
2. Identify all the stakeholders of public sector supply chains.
3. Understand the unique public (vs. private) sector perspective on SCM.
4. Discover the advantages and disadvantages of cooperative and consortium purchasing.
5. Explain the rationale for competitive bidding in public procurement.
6. Describe alternatives to competitive bidding (e.g. negotiation and sole sourcing), and identify conditions under which these alternatives could or should be used.
7. Identify the potential benefits and legal issues in public sector on-line bidding.
8. Describe the unique aspects of ethics in the public sector.
9. Identify lessons for the public sector from contemporary Commissions or investigations.
10. Assume the role of "whistleblower" and consider alternative courses of action.
11. Identify unique challenges and opportunities associated with procurement and supply chain management by the federal government.
12. Identify unique challenges and opportunities associated with procurement and supply chain management by provincial and municipal governments.
13. Understand unique aspects of procurement and supply chain management in the health care and education sectors.
14. In an advisory role to a public sector health care authority, make a recommendation on joining a third-party purchasing cooperative.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
This course consists of seven sessions:  six 3-hour sessions, and one exam in session 7, 4 hours in length.  The module objectives are covered in sessions one to six and the module ending examination is administered during session seven.  Topics covered include:

  • The Public Sector Supply Chain
  • Cooperative or Consortium Purchasing
  • Competitive Bidding in the Public Sector
  • Ethics and Public Sector Supply Management
  • Public Sector Contexts
  • Public Sector Organization

Mode of Instruction
Highly participatory using case studies, small and large group discussions, and lecture.

Prescribed Texts
A Candidate Manual and a Readings Manual are to be purchased for this module - downloaded by the students at the beginning of the semester.  Students are directed to the following link to purchase the materials:

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
The evaluation criteria are set by SCMAO.  Please refer to their standards by contacting 416-977-7566 ext. 2149. 

Students must obtain a 60% average for course work, and achieve a minimum grade of 60% on the final exam to successfully complete the course.

Students are referred to the following website for Seneca College Library style guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines:   http:/

For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca’s Registrar’s Offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:    

Individual In-class Discussions 30%
Group Report 20%
Group Presentation 20%
Final Exam 30%

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Academic Program Manager Emiliano Introcaso