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,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 2 2024


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2015


RMIT University Vietnam


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Viet3 2014

Course Coordinator: Tiendung Le

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2675

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.76

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course uses the case method, a Socratic method developed by Harvard University. Through your critical engagement with diverse cases, both local and international, you will develop your knowledge of best practice in project procurement and ethics.

It 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

You will develop your knowledge of project procurement and ethics primarily through your engagement with a series of cases. You will participate in diverse learning activities that are designed to suit a wide range of learning styles and develop advanced, complex knowledge and skills.

In particular, you will prepare and discuss multiple cases with your peers, which will develop your critical knowledge of agile project management and enhance leadership skills. Your learning will be fostered through your active participation in class discussions as facilitated by your lecturer and your own critical self-reflection. By working in teams you will further develop your professional communication, analytical and negotiation skills.

A team project will be assigned for you to work within a group. You will be required to analyse readings in preparation for lectures and workshops and actively contribute your interpretations and opinions both in class.

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 Task 1: Class discussion, 50%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5


Assessment Task 2: Group Project, 25%, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4


Assessment Task 3: Individual Reflective Essay, 25%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5


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 and instructions.