Course Title: Project Procurement and Ethics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Project Procurement and Ethics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 2 2007


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2015


RMIT University Vietnam


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Viet3 2014

Course Coordinator: Farshid Rahmani

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3434

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.49

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will deepen your understanding of how project leaders determine and positively influence strategic project procurement decisions to deliver sustainable value to project stakeholders that result in project and organisational success. You will develop both a conceptual and practical understanding of what constitutes project ‘value’ and its effective delivery. Particular attention will be paid to theoretical and practical ethical dimensions of project procurement design. You will refine and apply your understanding of the meaning and impact of a triple bottom line approach to project delivery and outcome success. This course will also enhance your knowledge of the underlying principles of gaining trust and commitment and the impact of these factors on transactional and relational procurement approaches. The course further develops your understanding of the complex strategic decision making design implications of a procurement approach, including the impact of decision making upon tangible and intangible outcomes, delivery mechanism innovation and how value is delivered and assessed.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Development of Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes (PLOs):

  1. Determine and apply knowledge of complex project management theory, principles and best practice to applied projects to contribute to the profession and discipline of project management
  2. Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on project management theory and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  3. Professionally communicate and justify project scope, design, implementation, strategy and/or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders across a range of industry sectors
  4. Apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively address the diverse needs of project stakeholders, formulating innovative solutions and demonstrating independent and sound decision making related to your professional practice and the discipline

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to fulfill the requirements of the following course learning outcomes:

  1. Critically evaluate the intersection of leading theoretical concepts of value, trust, commitment, ethics, project procurement options, performance measurement and project delivery mechanisms including managing the value chain.
  2. Analyse and theorise about the relationship between project value and project success and be able to design procurement processes that can deliver and evaluate both tangible and intangible project value.
  3. Analyse and synthesise project management theory, concepts and ideas to determine the implications of the range of transactional and relational procurement approaches open to project managers, both local and global
  4. Critically examine and identify ethical implications of choosing a procurement option and its impact on value
  5. Analyse and discuss how project management best practice leadership principles and practice impact on project procurement and value, including in relation to competition and cooperation

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities are centred on your reading and research, and your critical analysis of recommended literature. You will also be required to independently source and analyse relevant scholarly literature. You will engage in problem solving exercises and class discussions whereby you integrate and apply your critical understandings of project management theory to practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A range of resources will be available to support your learning including: class notes, comprehensive learning guides and journal articles.

Your learning in this course will comprise a mixture of on-line teacher guided tutorials and a residential workshop. The residential workshop will include a combination individual based learning and group work.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment consists of:

  • Task 1a: Individual assessment - Weighting 30%

    Individual participation in case discussion is evaluated against their contribution in the discussion as well as the depth and quality of their arguments.  CLOs 1, 3 & 5.
  • Task 1b: Group assignment – Weighting 20%

    Each group should select one of the Harvard cases and present their analysis of the case in the class.  CLOs 1, 3 & 5.
  • Task 2: Group Assignment – Weighting 30%

    The aim of this assignment is for students to better understand and identify how the project performance system can be shaped by the procurement system adopted for a project to influence and shape value creation and how this can impact upon perceived project success.  CLOs 1-5.
  • Task 3: Individual Assignment - Weighting 20%

    The aim of this assignment is for students to create a valid and enforceable contract and the risks that surround the contract and identify and analyses key boilerplate terms.  CLO 5.

Feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1.