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Course Description

Learn how to form strategic sourcing decisions, utilize various methods of procurement, and manage the competitive bidding process. Throughout the course, you will examine the important factors, considerations and activities at each stage of the process.

Through case studies and discussions, you will gain the knowledge and skills to design, prepare, solicit and evaluate submissions, and navigate complex procurement scenarios.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Analyze markets, suppliers and commodities in order to define strategic planning and sourcing decisions
  • Apply various methods of procurement and design, and prepare, solicit and facilitate a fair and transparent competitive bid process
  • Identify the legal and legislative aspects of sourcing and competitive bidding
  • Understand various bid evaluation and selection techniques
  • Apply tools that support the fair and transparent assessment of bid submissions

Course Topics

  • Legal Aspects of Competitive Bidding
  • Market, Suppliers, and Commodity Analysis
  • Strategic Planning of Sourcing Decisions
  • Specifications and Scope of Work
  • Bid Solicitation, Design and Preparation Process (e.g., RFP, RFQ, RFT, RFI, RFEI, RFSQ, VOR, etc.)
  • Bid Criteria and Submission
  • Sustainability, Green Initiatives and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
  • Cooperative Purchasing


Assessment Item Weight
Assignments 40%
Participation 10%
Final Examination 50%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Sourcing and Competitive Bidding
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:00AM to 4:00PM
July 24, 2023 to July 27, 2023
Final Examination
9:00AM to 11:00AM
July 28, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Course Fee(s)
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Course registration closes July 21, 2023.

This course uses CourseLink, the University of Guelph’s Learning Management System, and the video conferencing tool, Zoom. Please ensure you have the technical requirements to participate in the course.

Students will be given access to CourseLink prior to the start of the course date.

This course requires preparation prior to the first live online class. Details will be provided in the course outline in CourseLink.

You are required to attend all scheduled online synchronous (live online) sessions.

Assignments may be due after the final live online class date. Details will be provided in the course outline.

*If one or more classes need to be rescheduled due to extenuating circumstances, the rescheduled class will be held on July 28, 9:00am-4:00pm (or portion thereof) and the final exam will be held on July 31st.

Please ensure that you are familiar with the Withdrawal, Transfer and Refund policy – Continuing Education Courses prior to registering for the course.

If you are new to online learning, we encourage you to visit our Online Learning at UofG resource page.

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