LAW5379 - Procurement law - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Not offered in 2017


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Previously coded as LAW7347


This unit deals with procurement law for both the public and private sector. The unit explores all procurement activities including sustainment contracts, service contracts and acquisition contracts. The unit begins with a critical analysis of the governance framework for procurement including legislative requirements, performance objectives and social objectives. The unit explores how various procurement options deal with risk including alliances, PPPs, partnering charters and early contractor involvement. Included is an overview of relational contracting theory and practice and how tender selection processes are best managed.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to the governance framework for procurement regarding major government and private projects, major causes of procurement risk, financing options and accountability and auditing functions with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to procurement law for public and private sectors.
  • Conduct research in areas of procurement law based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods.
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to procurement law.


Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%

Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)