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Coursework Specification
1 Module Information
1.1 Module Title Procurement and Supply Chain Management

1.2 Module Code Number KB7035

1.3 Module Level and Credit Points Level 7, 20 credits

1.4 Module Leader Dr. Victor Samwinga

1.5 Coursework Title Procurement Report

1.6 Coursework Specification Author Dr. Victor Samwinga

1.7 Academic Year and Semester(s)
SEM1 2022-23
2 Coursework Submission and Feedback
2.1 Release Date of Coursework Specification to Students
09:00 am BST on 29 September 2022
2.2 Mechanism Used to Disseminate Coursework Specification to Students
Assessment and Submission folder on Blackboard module
2.3 Date and Time of Submission of Coursework by Students
11:59 PM on 09 January 2023
2.4 The mechanism for Submission of Coursework by Students
Turnitin digital submission portal in Assessment and Submission folder on Blackboard module
2.5 Return Date of Unconfirmed Internally Moderated Mark(s) and Feedback to Students
11:59 PM on 06 February 2023

2.6 The mechanism for Return of Unconfirmed Internally Moderated Mark(s) and Feedback to Students
Turnitin digital submission portal and/or My Grades on Blackboard module

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3 Assessment Details
3.1 Module Learning Outcomes (MLOs) Assessed by Coursework
1. MLO 1 – Establish a conceptual understanding of procurement and supply chain strategies within
the built environment projects. 2. MLO 2 – Implement and critically evaluate appropriate procurement processes by which
construction projects and services are acquired from internal and/or external sources. 3. MLO 3 – Identify and critically evaluate appropriate client requirements to develop respective
procurement and supply chain strategies that enable project success, business benefits and overall sustainable operations.
4. MLO 4 – Embrace professionalism, demonstrate multi-disciplinary skills and apply expert and specialised knowledge in the field of construction project management.
5. MLO 5 – Embrace intercultural cooperation through consciousness, responsible and professional ethical conduct in a reflexive way.
3.2 Coursework Overview
Context Statement: The construction sector continues to face many project delivery challenges such as time and cost predictability. The need to identify and critically evaluate client requirements to develop appropriate procurement processes has never been more important for project managers, clients and the industry at large. This assessment requires the submission of an individual piece of coursework in form of a procurement report that engages with both the knowledge base as well as the project and client-specific characteristics. It is to be written from the perspective of an external consultant procurement specialist who is making a theoretically-, and evidence-, informed project-delivery strategy report. This task is worth 100% of the module and addresses all Module Learning Outcomes.
3.3 Coursework Tasks to be Completed by Students

CLIENT PROJECT BRIEF
As part of the plans to regenerate the area close to the Highcross Shopping Centre, the Leicester City
Council has granted planning permission in principle to pave way for new student housing buildings. The
area earmarked for the development, which is currently a traffic island in Leicester’s Waterside
regeneration area will be home to the latest block of flats consisting of 205 bedrooms.

The proposed eight-storey student accommodation includes a management suite, providing 24-hour on-
site supervision and security, and has the following proposed mix of accommodation:
1. Studios (four accessible) – 12
2. Two bedroom apartments – 15
3. Three bedroom apartments – 8
4. Four bedroom accessible apartments – 1
5. Five bedroom apartments – 15
6. Six Bedroom apartments – 10

Communal space are included to promote sociability and active citizenship; these will be spread over two
floors, and are anticipated to include:
1. Student Hub;
2. Gym;
3. Dining Room;
4. Games Room; and
5. Cinema Room.

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The Woodgate Residents initially unanimously objected to the development citing concerns around
insufficient incorporation of sustainability features. Although the majority of residents seem to have been
pacified following concessions by the developers to review the project and make it more sustainable,
there are still objectors to the development who have since formed the Residents Against Waterside
Development (RAWD) with the sole purpose of ensuring the project is greener or dead (cancelled)! The
scale of the development, potential increase in traffic from residents’ cars, limited economic benefits, the
potential loss of trees and biodiversity and its overall limited green credentials are currently some of the
key sticking points for RAWD.

Following planning approval in principle being granted to the agent, the Developer Urbanite Ltd., are
keen to get the project off the ground to ensure fully rented student residences when the premises open
in September 2024.

Key Programme Features are described below:
1. The developers have secured an 18-months finance facility of £8.8 million from Paragon
Development Finance, approved for disbursement from March 2023,
2. The site is located in close proximity to Leicester’s Highcross Shopping Centre and the two
Universities in the City,
3. Although planning approval for the scheme has not yet been granted, planners are confident that
this will be secured.
4. The developer has a small but experienced internal team of professionals with technical
construction expertise typically providing oversight role and outsourcing design as well as the
construction functions,
5. Construction contractor(s) and such other specialists as are necessary to carry out the various
elements of construction work,
6. The scheme design, while sufficiently complete to obtain the necessary approvals, is not fully
complete and some detailed design work remains outstanding. The client is undecided as to
whether it should retain the local Architectural firm, WALTERS ARCHITECTS, to complete the
outstanding design or whether this work would be better carried out under a different
arrangement.
7. The client is eager to maximise return on investment by keeping construction costs down but
without compromising the high spec that has now come to be expected in student
accommodation.
8. The client also wants to ensure the scheme opens on time to avoid a tarnished reputation and
loss of profit experienced on a similar student residence scheme in Manchester, where they had
to postpone opening by one academic year.
9. Subject to successful completion of the Waterside Development, the developer recently received
approval for funding in principle, for the following student accommodation projects:
a. Sugarwell Court Development, Leeds, 130 bed scheme, £6.8 million; and
b. Exeter Heavitree Road Development, Exeter, 450 bed scheme, £15.2 million.
10. The developer is desperate for some innovation in the procurement process to ensure their
outcomes are not compromised. When briefing your company, the Urbanite Ltd presented the
consultants with the following requirements (in order of priority; most important, first):
a. Collaborative working by integrated team: greater innovation and improved
relationships across Client and Contractor teams and the rest of the supply chain.
b. Cost Certainty: The Client needed to know as early as possible, the most reliably
accurate estimation of the final outturn cost before deciding to “commit to construction”.
c. A short procurement duration: The client was very concerned about an early start and
an early finish. In addition, the client felt that once the decision to “commit to construct” is
reached the building must be completed to exacting standards in the shortest possible
time.
d. A high quality of finish is important: Apart from technical complexity, the facilities are expected to be completed to exacting standards.

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e. Flexibility to alter design or specification: while the client wishes to have a project
delivered within budget, they have expressed the need for flexibility to make limited
design changes. The client requires the flexibility to be able alter design detail and/or
specification to avoid obsolescence in the technologies proposed for the high-tech
operating theatres.

TASKS TO BE COMPLETED BY STUDENTS

As a Procurement Consultant assigned to the proposed project, you have been asked to produce a
high level but comprehensive Procurement and Stakeholder Engagement strategy report for your
client, the developer. Your report should critically discuss the following in the context of the above
project brief:

1. A procurement ‘road map’ for the client, demonstrating how they should procure each of the
works and services, how the client can ensure that the scheme meets the needs and project
requirements, and other key consultants and project participants you propose they should procure and
their primary roles in the process. Due consideration should be given to provide guidance on:
a) Identifying the client and stakeholder needs based on this brief and associated documentation,
b) the most suitable procurement arrangement, bearing in mind the variety of options and the project
features and client’s requirements,
c) the most suitable main standard form of contract to support the overall procurement strategy,
d) The most suitable tendering strategy for obtaining the most economically advantageous tender,
e) the mechanism for agreeing the price for the project with the main contractor(s),
(Approximately 1500 words)

2. The relevance of supply chain management and the extent to which the client should consider
collaborative approaches for the proposed project in view of their overall business needs and future
projects. (Approximately 750 words)

3. The importance of developing and maintaining relationships between the client and
stakeholders in the procurement process, paying attention to the significant issues on the project
and how they can be mitigated. (approximately 750 words)

4. Be sure to allow for an executive summary, an introduction, and a conclusion, including a set
of recommendations. (Approximately 600 words, split equally).

5. You are to make use of and appropriately cite at least 15 quality and unique sources to produce
your report. (Approximately 400 words, split equally).

Additional instructions to students: Your report should be well presented, with a one-page executive summary (no more than 250 words) at the beginning of the report, followed by contents page, an introduction, main body and overall conclusion/recommendation(s) at the end of your report. All the above should be submitted under a suitable front cover, stating ONLY your student registration number, assignment title, this module’s code and tutor name. Your report must be well structured and formatted including a contents page, page numbers, suitable headings and sub-headings within the main body, and a declaration of your word count. Please note there is a maximum file size limit (20MB) on submissions to Turnitin and students must be aware of this when preparing their report. Reports submitted by the due date and time due to their file size will be treated as late submissions.

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3.4 Expected Size of Submission
▪ The upper maximum limit for this work is 4,000 words. This word count includes:
▪ Any executive summary. ▪ The main body of text. ▪ In text citations [e.g. (Smith, 2011)]. ▪ Direct quotations from primary or secondary source material. ▪ Title & Contents page. ▪ Words within tables, figures, and illustrations. ▪ Reference list. ▪ Bibliography (if also provided). ▪ Appendices. ▪ Glossary. ▪ Footnotes.
▪ Figures (diagrams, illustrations, photographs etc.) and tables are welcome to support the text, but must be fully incorporated into the submission and include some text that fully explains why they are exhibited and what the reader ought to draw from them. 200 words will be counted for each separate figure/table used, if the text in the diagram cannot be picked up by the word processor (e.g. images).
▪ The work must form a structured and coherent whole. ▪ A contents page is required, including a basic front sheet for the submission, that identifies the
student number (not name), the total number of words used (including references section), and the number of figures/tables used. All headings must be numbered and presented in a clear hierarchical order.
▪ ‘Footnotes’/’Endnotes’ will be permitted, as they can offer sufficient value, providing, their use is minimal, sufficiently concise, and appropriate – they offer only ‘clarifying’ information, or add ‘adjacent’ value to the sentences already written. In other words, they are not to be used to ‘hide’ words that would otherwise normally be expected to be contained within the main body of the text, and their use will be considered in accordance with the University policy regarding word limits.

3.5 Referencing
References must be cited and referenced in the coursework using the Cite Them Right version of the Harvard referencing system. An online guide to Cite Them Right is freely available to Northumbria University students at: https://www.citethemrightonline.com/ Other referencing systems may not be accepted in this module.
3.6 Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded based on the marking matrix attached to this coursework (refer to Appendix A).

4 Referral
The Referral Attempt opportunity will generally take place after the end-of-level Progression and Awards Board (PAB). If you become eligible to complete a Referral Attempt but are subsequently unable to undertake the opportunity when required, you will be permitted to re-sit the module at the next scheduled sitting of the module assessment. This will typically entail the suspension of your progression on your programme of study until such time that you have completed the level and become eligible to proceed.
5 Guidance for Students on Policies for Assessment
The University has several policies for assessment. The following information, which is available to you from the link below, provides guidance on these policies, including relevant procedures and forms.
(1) Assessment Regulations and Policies

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(a) Assessment Regulations for Taught Awards (b) Group Work Assessments Policy (c) Moderation Policy (d) Retention of Assessed Work Policy (e) Word Limits Policy
(2) Assessment Feedback (a) Anonymous Marking Policy
(3) Late Submission of Work and Extension Requests (4) Personal Extenuating Circumstances (5) Technical Extenuating Circumstances (6) Student Complaints and Appeals (7) Academic Misconduct (8) Student Disability and Unforeseen Medical Circumstances
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/university-services/academic-registry/quality-and-teaching-excellence/assessment/guidance-for-students/

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APPENDIX A: Assessment criteria / marking scheme

HIGHER
DISTINCTION (>79%)
DISTINCTION (70-
79%)
COMMENDATION
(60-69%)
PASS (50-59%) FAIL (40-49%) POOR FAIL (0-39%)
PRESENTATION (7.5%)

Presentation
(structure/style,
logic/rigour, grammar
and spelling, references)
DEMONSTRATES
OUTSTANDING
ABILITY TO:
Present the work
paying attention to
structure/style,
logic/rigour, grammar
and spelling,
references

DEMONSTRATES
EXCELLENT ABILITY
TO:
Present the work
paying attention to
structure/style,
logic/rigour, grammar
and spelling,
references
DEMONSTRATES
GOOD ABILITY TO:
Present the work
paying attention to
structure/style,
logic/rigour, grammar
and spelling,
references
DEMONSTRATES
ADEQUATE ABILITY
TO:
Present the work
paying attention to
structure/style,
logic/rigour, grammar
and spelling,
references
DEMONSTRATES
INADEQUATE
ABILITY TO:
Present the work
paying attention to
structure/style,
logic/rigour, grammar
and spelling,
references
DEMONSTRATES
LITTLE OR NO
ABILITY TO:
Present the work
paying attention to
structure/style,
logic/rigour, grammar
and spelling,
references
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
AND INTRODUCTION
(5%)
Write an introduction
section and
comprehensive executive
summary that includes
are the key elements
including purpose or
report, background,
proposals and key
conclusions

DEMONSTRATES
OUTSTANDING
ABILITY TO:
Write an introduction
section and
comprehensive
executive summary
that includes are the
key elements including
purpose or report,
background, proposals
and key conclusions

DEMONSTRATES EXCELLENT ABILITY TO: Write an introduction
section and
comprehensive
executive summary
that includes are the
key elements including
purpose or report,
background, proposals
and key conclusions

DEMONSTRATES GOOD ABILITY TO: Write an introduction
section and
comprehensive
executive summary
that includes are the
key elements including
purpose or report,
background, proposals
and key conclusions

DEMONSTRATES ADEQUATE ABILITY TO: Write an introduction
section and
comprehensive
executive summary
that includes are the
key elements including
purpose or report,
background, proposals
and key conclusions

DEMONSTRATES INADEQUATE ABILITY TO: Write an introduction
section and
comprehensive
executive summary
that includes are the
key elements including
purpose or report,
background, proposals
and key conclusions

DEMONSTRATES LITTLE OR NO ABILITY TO: Write an introduction
section and
comprehensive
executive summary
that includes are the
key elements including
purpose or report,
background, proposals
and key conclusions

DETAILED
PROCUREMENT PLAN
FOR THE CLIENT (40%)

A detailed procurement
plan providing a ‘road
map’ for the client,
demonstrating how you
propose they should
procure each of the
works and services, how
the client can ensure that
the scheme is completed
within budget and on
time, how the client will
be involved at each
stage of the process, and
other specific consultants
and project participants
you propose they should
procure and their primary
roles in the process,
giving due consideration
should be given to the
most suitable
procurement
arrangement, the main
contract, tendering
arrangements and the
mechanism for pricing
and payment for the
project.

DEMONSTRATES
OUTSTANDING
ABILITY TO:
A detailed procurement
plan providing a ‘road
map’ for the client,
demonstrating how you
propose they should
procure each of the
works and services,
how the client can
ensure that the
scheme is completed
within budget and on
time, how the client will
be involved at each
stage of the process,
and other specific
consultants and project
participants you
propose they should
procure and their
primary roles in the
process, giving due
consideration should
be given to the most
suitable procurement
arrangement, the main
contract, tendering
arrangements and the
mechanism for pricing
and payment for the
project.

DEMONSTRATES EXCELLENT ABILITY TO: A detailed procurement
plan providing a ‘road
map’ for the client,
demonstrating how you
propose they should
procure each of the
works and services,
how the client can
ensure that the
scheme is completed
within budget and on
time, how the client will
be involved at each
stage of the process,
and other specific
consultants and project
participants you
propose they should
procure and their
primary roles in the
process, giving due
consideration should
be given to the most
suitable procurement
arrangement, the main
contract, tendering
arrangements and the
mechanism for pricing
and payment for the
project.

DEMONSTRATES GOOD ABILITY TO: Develop a detailed
procurement plan
providing a ‘road map’
for the client,
demonstrating how you
propose they should
procure each of the
works and services,
how the client can
ensure that the
scheme is completed
within budget and on
time, how the client will
be involved at each
stage of the process,
and other specific
consultants and project
participants you
propose they should
procure and their
primary roles in the
process, giving due
consideration should
be given to the most
suitable procurement
arrangement, the main
contract, tendering
arrangements and the
mechanism for pricing
and payment for the
project.

DEMONSTRATES ADEQUATE ABILITY TO: Develop a detailed
procurement plan
providing a ‘road map’
for the client,
demonstrating how you
propose they should
procure each of the
works and services,
how the client can
ensure that the
scheme is completed
within budget and on
time, how the client will
be involved at each
stage of the process,
and other specific
consultants and project
participants you
propose they should
procure and their
primary roles in the
process, giving due
consideration should
be given to the most
suitable procurement
arrangement, the main
contract, tendering
arrangements and the
mechanism for pricing
and payment for the
project.

DEMONSTRATES INADEQUATE ABILITY TO: Develop a detailed
procurement plan
providing a ‘road map’
for the client,
demonstrating how you
propose they should
procure each of the
works and services,
how the client can
ensure that the
scheme is completed
within budget and on
time, how the client will
be involved at each
stage of the process,
and other specific
consultants and project
participants you
propose they should
procure and their
primary roles in the
process, giving due
consideration should
be given to the most
suitable procurement
arrangement, the main
contract, tendering
arrangements and the
mechanism for pricing
and payment for the
project.

DEMONSTRATES LITTLE OR NO ABILITY TO: Develop a detailed
procurement plan
providing a ‘road map’
for the client,
demonstrating how you
propose they should
procure each of the
works and services,
how the client can
ensure that the
scheme is completed
within budget and on
time, how the client will
be involved at each
stage of the process,
and other specific
consultants and project
participants you
propose they should
procure and their
primary roles in the
process, giving due
consideration should
be given to the most
suitable procurement
arrangement, the main
contract, tendering
arrangements and the
mechanism for pricing
and payment for the
project.

THE RELEVANCE OF
SUPPLY CHAIN
MANAGEMENT (20%)

The relevance of supply
chain management and
the extent to which the
client should consider
collaborative approaches
for the proposed project
in view of their overall
business needs and
future projects.
DEMONSTRATES
OUTSTANDING
ABILITY TO:
Provide a critical
analysis of the
relevance of supply
chain management
and the extent to which
the client should
consider collaborative
approaches for the
proposed project in
view of their overall
business needs and
future projects.
DEMONSTRATES EXCELLENT ABILITY TO: Provide a critical
analysis of the
relevance of supply
chain management
and the extent to which
the client should
consider collaborative
approaches for the
proposed project in
view of their overall
business needs and
future projects.

DEMONSTRATES GOOD ABILITY TO: Provide a critical
analysis of the
relevance of supply
chain management
and the extent to which
the client should
consider collaborative
approaches for the
proposed project in
view of their overall
business needs and
future projects.

DEMONSTRATES ADEQUATE ABILITY TO: Provide a critical
analysis of the
relevance of supply
chain management
and the extent to which
the client should
consider collaborative
approaches for the
proposed project in
view of their overall
business needs and
future projects.

DEMONSTRATES INADEQUATE ABILITY TO: Provide a critical
analysis of the
relevance of supply
chain management
and the extent to which
the client should
consider collaborative
approaches for the
proposed project in
view of their overall
business needs and
future projects.

DEMONSTRATES LITTLE OR NO ABILITY TO: Provide a critical
analysis of the
relevance of supply
chain management
and the extent to which
the client should
consider collaborative
approaches for the
proposed project in
view of their overall
business needs and
future projects.

THE IMPORTANCE OF
DEVELOPING AND
MAINTAINING
RELATIONSHIPS (20%)

The importance of
developing and
maintaining relationships
between the client and
stakeholders in the
procurement process,
paying attention to the
significant issues on the
DEMONSTRATES
OUTSTANDING
ABILITY TO:
Provide a critical
analysis of the
importance of
developing and
maintaining
relationships between
the client and
stakeholders in the
procurement process,
paying attention to the
DEMONSTRATES EXCELLENT ABILITY TO: Provide a critical analysis of the importance of developing and maintaining relationships between the client and stakeholders in the procurement process, paying attention to the significant issues on
DEMONSTRATES GOOD ABILITY TO: Provide a critical analysis of the importance of developing and maintaining relationships between the client and stakeholders in the procurement process, paying attention to the significant issues on the project and how they can be mitigated.
DEMONSTRATES ADEQUATE ABILITY TO: Provide a critical analysis of the importance of developing and maintaining relationships between the client and stakeholders in the procurement process, paying attention to the significant issues on
DEMONSTRATES INADEQUATE ABILITY TO: Provide a critical analysis of the importance of developing and maintaining relationships between the client and stakeholders in the procurement process, paying attention to the significant issues on
DEMONSTRATES LITTLE OR NO ABILITY TO: Provide a critical analysis of the importance of developing and maintaining relationships between the client and stakeholders in the procurement process, paying attention to the significant issues on

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project and how they can
be mitigated.
significant issues on
the project and how
they can be mitigated.

the project and how they can be mitigated.
the project and how they can be mitigated.
the project and how they can be mitigated.
the project and how they can be mitigated.
CONCLUSIONS AND
RECOMMENDATIONS
(7.5%)

Conclusions and
recommendations to the
report
DEMONSTRATES
OUTSTANDING
ABILITY TO:
Write Conclusions and
recommendations to a
report

DEMONSTRATES EXCELLENT ABILITY TO: Write Conclusions and
recommendations to a
report

DEMONSTRATES GOOD ABILITY TO: Write Conclusions and
recommendations to a
report

DEMONSTRATES ADEQUATE ABILITY TO: Write Conclusions and
recommendations to a
report

DEMONSTRATES INADEQUATE ABILITY TO: Write Conclusions and
recommendations to a
report

DEMONSTRATES LITTLE OR NO ABILITY TO: Write Conclusions and
recommendations to a
report

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