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Course Description

Effective Supply Chain Management, specifically related to Public Procurement, is critical in today’s school board business. This course focuses on the evolution and best practices of procurement and how it relates to organizational structures, policies, and procedures. The course introduces important legislation, regulations, and marketplace characteristics that influence and impact the management of Public Procurement. Students examine the various functions, tools and processes that can and do influence the Supply Chain and learn how it can be effectively managed through professional and ethical practices to deliver value for the money to both their clients and the stakeholders of the Province of Ontario.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the organization and function of public procurement in the context of supply chain management in the publicly-funded school board business
  • Identify and interpret relevant organizational policies, as well as legislative and international trade aspects of supply chain management in the public sector
  • Perform required tasks in the purchasing cycle from need identification to disposition
  • Outline common risks and identify ways to mitigate them
  • Recognize the impact of national and international legislation on public sector procurement, specifically, as it relates to the Broader Public Sector (BPS) Procurement Directive, Canadian Free Trade Agreement, Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, and other domestic regulations
  • Examine and be prepared to respond to ethical and professional concerns related to public procurement

Course Topics

  • Roles and Responsibilities of Procurement Professionals in Supply Chain Management
  • Public versus Private Sector Procurement
  • Buying Groups and Consortium Buying (e.g., Cooperative Procurement)
  • Binding Procurements (e.g., Contract A and Contract B)
  • Non-binding Procurements (e.g., negotiable RFP’s)
  • Code of Ethics
  • The Broader Public Sector Accountability Act
  • Establishing and Reviewing Procurement Policies and Procedures
  • Risks, Liabilities, and Litigation in the Public Procurement Environment
  • Procurement Categories: Goods, Services, Construction
  • Requirements of Establishing and Issuing RFQ’s, RFI’s EOI’s, RFP’s and RFT’s
  • eProcurement Fundamentals
  • The Challenges and Advantages of Public Bidding
  • Applying Vendor Management and Performance (e.g. School Board Specific Commodities - Smart Boards)


Assessment Item Weight
Participation 15%
Assignment #1 - Pre-work 15%
Assignment #2 - Group Project A 20%
Assignment #3 - Group Project B 20%
Final Examination 30%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

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Supply Chain Management Association Ontario (SCMAO) Exemptions

Those successfully completing this course will receive a SCMAO exemption for the following SCMP program component:

  • Module 7: Supply Chain Management for the Public Sector

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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