ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

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Code EBUS535
Coordinator Professor J Meehan
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 20


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 125


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Examination. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Individual written assignment There is a resit opportunity Standard UoL penalties apply Marked anonymously    50       


This module aims to:

1. Develop students’ knowledge of the contribution of strategic purchasing in delivering value;
2. Enable students to analyse the changing roles and responsibilities of sustainable purchasing;
3. Enhance students’ employability through developing critical analysis skills;
4. Equip students with the skills to use supply management techniques and strategies.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to identify and analyse the internal and external factors that shape purchasing strategies.

(LO2) Students will be able to outline the changing role of purchasing within total supply chain management.

(LO3) Students will be able to identify and explain the contribution effective purchasing management makes to corporate strategies.

(LO4) Students will be able to critique the objectives of the purchasing function and its strategic relationships internally and externally.

(LO5) Students will be able to critically analyse the role and extended responsibilities of the purchasing function within a changing environment.

(S1) Problem solving
Students will use academic theories and frameworks to develop solutions for case studies/scenarios as a way to resolve competing tensions in purchasing strategies.

(S2) Commercial awareness
Students will gain an understanding of how organisations develop commercial outcomes from case studies in lectures and seminars, and from guest speakers from industry.

(S3) Communication skills
Students will work in groups in seminars to discuss and debate issues from a variety of perspectives and will develop written communication skills in their assessments.

(S4) IT skills
Students will need to conduct online research to search for information to complete their coursework.

(S5) International awareness
Students will be exposed to research material and cases from different countries to highlight the variety of purchasing approaches and how different legislative and cultural regimes shape purchasing practice.

(S6) Lifelong learning skills
Developed through individual study on their assignments and from wider reading on the module.

(S7) Ethical awareness
Students will be cover in detail the various ethical challenges and tensions in sustainable procurement and will discuss a range of perspectives in class discussions.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

2 hour lecture x 10 weeks
1 hour seminar x 5 weeks
125 hours self-directed learning



Purchasing as a strategic resource;

Supply base segmentation and sourcing strategies;

Negotiating internal and external relationships;

Supplier performance evaluation;

Data management and category management;

Sustainable and responsible procurement;

Contract principles and contract law.

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.