CIVL4814: Project Procurement and Tendering (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL4814: Project Procurement and Tendering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Liu, Li
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
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. Students will be engaged in a real construction case study project where key practical concepts which underpin procurement will be taught. 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, 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.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL3805.
Lecturer/s: Dr Chaaya, Michel
Timetable: CIVL4814 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 1 13
T&L Activities: The Tutorials include group consultations about the case study and the project.

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
Students work through the process of investigating and formulating a procurement strategy for a major construction project. Design (Level 3)
Practice in researching and analysing client procurement requirements and contractor tendering strategies. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Practice in developing and presenting project plans, evaluations and strategies in group project report and presentation. Communication (Level 3)
Practice in making and evaluating business decisions regarding procurement and tendering. Professional Conduct (Level 3)
Comprehensive introduction to procurement concepts and methods used in major construction projects. Practice in applying these to real world cases in tutorials and group project. Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

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 and Team Skills (Level 3)
1. Ability to evaluate a client’s procurement situation and apply an appropriate procurement route.
2. Ability to explain how and why a particular procurement route is chosen.
3. Ability to undertake procurement assessment exercises.
4. Ability to analyze a contractor’s strategic responses in tendering (bidding) decision-making.
5. Ability to discuss why a particular bidding strategy is chosen in different contexts.
6. Ability to evaluate a contractor’s bidding performance using competitor analysis techniques.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Case Study Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3,
2 Project Yes 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
3 Exam No 70.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Case Study: Group project report and presentation

Project: Group project report and presentation

Exam: Closed book written exam
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

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 Description
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.
Case studies.
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).
Week 13 Presentation of group work.
Exam Period Assessment Due: Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Arts 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Commerce 2010, 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Civil 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil (Structures) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil / Arts 2015
Civil / Science 2015
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Science 2012
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015
Civil / Medical Science 2015

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 100.01%
Design (Level 3) Yes 0%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 0%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) 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.