SCP706 - Purchasing

Outline info
Last revision date 2017-11-03 10:35:07.375
Last review date 2017-11-03 10:35:07.376

Subject Title

Subject Description
Students are introduced to the basics of the procurement function including the purchasing cycle and the way the purchasing activity is integrated into the firm's organization. Various purchasing tools and techniques are described and practised. The important topics of cost-price analysis and negotiation are studied.

Credit Status
One Full Credit.

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

  1. Apply various business level strategies and explain how a firm's procurement strategy impacts the firm's overall business strategy
  2. Identify the roles and responsibilities in the purchasing-supplier relationships
  3. Describe the concept of quality and the life cycle of a product
  4. Explain the role of procurement in managing inventory and understand various tools used to manage inventory
  5. Describe the process of sourcing
  6. Utilize various approaches to negotiation and its impact on the supply chain

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Topic Outline

  • The Purchasing Process
  • Purchasing Policies and Procedures
  • Supply Management Integration for Competitive Advantage
  • Purchasing and Supply Management Organization
  • Category Strategy Development
  • Supplier Evaluation and Selection
  • Supplier Quality Management
  • Supplier Management and Development
  • Worldwide Sourcing
  • Strategic Cost Management
  • Purchasing and Supply Chain Analysis: Tools and Techniques
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management
  • Contract Management
  • Purchasing Law and Ethics
  • Lean Supply Chain Management
  • Purchasing Services
  • Supply Chain Information Systems and Electronic Sourcing
  • Performance Measurement and Evaluation
  • Purchasing and Supply Strategy Trends 

Mode of Instruction
A combination of teaching methods will be utilized which may include lectures, case studies, discussions, group and individual work.

This subject is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
In-class & Online delivery:

Title:           Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.
Author:       Monczka, Robert, Handfield, Robert B., Guinipero, Larry C., & James L. Patterson.
Publisher:   Nelson
Edition:       6 edition
ISBN:          9781285869681


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
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor prior to the assignment due date so that an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks from the due date.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail. Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

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

Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency
The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

In-class delivery:

Quizzes/ Tests 30%
Assignments 30%
Discussions 10%
Final Assignment 30%

Online delivery:
Quizzes/ Tests 30%
Assignments 30%
Discussions 10%
Final Assignment 30%

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

Academic Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Academic Program Manager Emiliano Introcaso