CIVL4814: Project Procurement and Tendering (2013 - Semester 2)
|Unit:||CIVL4814: Project Procurement and Tendering (6 CP)|
Dr Oo, Bee Lan
|Session options:||Semester 2|
|Versions for this Unit:|
|Brief Handbook Description:||This unit of study is a fourth year core unit of study for the Bachelor of Project Engineering and Management (Civil), elective for all other branches of engineering and other faculties. The general aim of this unit is to offer student the opportunity to develop an understanding of the procurement of built facilities and the methods of job allocation in project environments. Student will engage with some of the key concepts which underpin job allocations in the construction industry. At the end of this unit of study, students should be able to: evaluate a client’s procurement situation and apply an appropriate procurement route; explain how and why a particular procurement route is chosen; undertake procurement assessment exercises; analyze a contractor’s strategic responses in tendering (bidding) decision-making; discuss why a particular bidding strategy is chosen in different contexts; and evaluate a contractor’s bidding performance using competitor analysis techniques. The syllabus comprises fundamentals of building procurement, assessment of procurement risks, international contracting, competitive bidding, cost estimating, the competitive environment in the construction industry, contractors’ competitive positioning, contractors’ decision-making in bidding competition, bidding strategies and competitor analysis.|
Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.
|Attribute Development Method||Attribute Developed|
|An ability to identify, define and analyze problems and to solve them. An ability to apply critical judgment and critical thinking in creating new understanding.||Design (Level 3)|
|An ability to locate needed information efficiently and effectively. An ability to use information in critical thinking and problem solving contexts to construct knowledge.||Information Seeking (Level 1)|
|An ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely ideas, concepts and solutions to both technical and non-technical audiences. An understanding of the various forms to use given the context and audience.||Communication (Level 1)|
|A commitment to and fundamental appreciation of, the concept of successful teamwork and the ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely as a team leader or member of the group. An ability to formulate strategies to learn and meet new challenges.||Professional Conduct (Level 4)|
For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.
Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.Project Management and Teamwork (Level 4)
Project: Group project report and presentation
Quiz: Closed book written exam
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Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|Week 1||Course introduction. Trends in project procurement: traditional vs. non-traditional. Selection of contractor: competitive tendering process.|
|Week 2||Process, parties and contractual relationship in (i) Conventional/Traditional, (ii) Design-led procurement (D&B/Turnkey/Package Deal), (iii) Management-led procurement (Construction Management/ Management Contracting).|
|Week 3||Finance-led procurement (PFI/PPP. Case studies.|
|Week 4||Procurement assessment criteria (PAC). Assessment of procurement risk between the procurement routes.|
|Week 5||Procurement extensions: international contracting.|
|Week 6||Tendering and estimating. Types of tendering procedures. Estimating from first principles.|
|Week 7||The competitive environment. Contractors’ strategic responses/strategic bidding decision-making process: bid/no-bid and mark-up decisions.|
|Week 8||Pricing for risks. Resources and need for work, number of bidders, market conditions.|
|Week 9||Contractors’ bidding strategies. Case studies.|
|Week 10||Competitor analysis. Measuring contractors’ competitiveness in bidding. Market share and success rate analysis.|
|Week 11||Getting value in tendering. Codes of practice in Australia. Multi-criteria contract awarding system.|
|Week 12||Competitive fee bidding (consultant fee).|
|Assessment Due: Quiz|
|Week 13||Presentation of group work.|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Project Management and Teamwork (Level 4)||No||99.99%|
|Design (Level 3)||Yes||0%|
|Information Seeking (Level 1)||Yes||0%|
|Communication (Level 1)||Yes||0%|
|Professional Conduct (Level 4)||Yes||0%|
These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.