Syllabus for PJM-540

PROCUREMENT AND VENDOR MANAGEMENT


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course examines the processes and techniques through which goods and services are acquired in the project management environment. Course topics include: contract and procurement strategies; legal issues; contract pricing alternatives; technical, management and commercial requirements; RFP development; source selection; invitations to bid and bid evaluation; risk assessment; and contract negotiation and administration.

COURSE TOPICS

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Document the impact of each procurement phase on overall project goals. (CO1)
  2. Analyze significant issues related to qualifying and selecting suppliers/sellers or vendors for a project requirement. (CO2)
  3. Assess key factors, including risk factors, that affect buyer and seller decisions concerning contract pricing and the selection of the proper contract type. (CO3)
  4. Compare e-procurement with other types of supplier bidding models (CO4)
  5. Summarize methods for soliciting a bid proposal, and evaluate technical, management, commercial, and ethical requirements. (CO5)
  6. Compose a request for proposal (RFP).  (CO6)
  7. Assess the key factors in negotiating an agreement or evaluating competitive proposals. (CO7)
  8. Select the appropriate negotiating strategy for a specific situation and explain this choice.  (CO8)
  9. Analyze the role of commercial terms and conditions, the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and applicable government contracting regulations.  (CO9)
  10. Recommend effective contract management techniques to control contract cost, schedule, and performance factors and to manage contract changes, claims, and closeouts. (CO10)

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following textbook to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Procurement and Vendor Management is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in seven (7) graded discussion forums as well as an ungraded Introductions Forum. The online discussions are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. Below is the rubric that will aid in the grading of online discussions.

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Written Assignments

You are required to complete six (6) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

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Course Project (Parts 1, 2, and 3)

The course project has three parts to be completed at the end of Module 2 (Part 1), at the end of Module 4 (Part 2), and by the last day of the course (Part 3).

Parts 1 and 2

In the first two parts of the course project, you will develop a request for proposal (RFP):

Your RFP will be based on information provided in a federal business opportunities Web site to which the course will direct you. You will submit Parts 1 and 2 as separate assignments.

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Part 3

The third and final part of the course project consists of the preparation of a full proposal based on information provided in a federal business opportunities Web site to which the course will direct you. Your analysis will touch on major concepts presented in this course. You will submit Part 3 by the last day of the course.

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GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

B–

=

80–82

A–

=

90–92

C+

=

78–79

B+

=

88–89

C

=

73–77

B

=

83–87

F

=

Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of the intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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