Contracts and Procurement

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Assessment Task
Critically read the assigned case study, available from either the Subject Learning Resources tab on
the course homepage or as sent to you by the Learning Facilitator as an announcement. Read the
Module 1-2 learning resources, especially those focused on project risk. Engage with other students
by posting a 600-800-word discussion forum post and 300-word critiques detailing your response to
the question below.
Please refer to the
instructions for details on how to complete this task.
Context
Procurement and contracts are integral to successful project management. Planning for purchases
and acquisitions, requests for proposal, vendor selection, contract administration, and contract
closure are integral parts of the process. Learning from case studies and benchmarking against
better practices, standards and excellence is vital to understand complexity of issues and successful
strategies for procurement and contract management. It will also ensure improved responsiveness
to key issues, promote supplier client relationships through proactive management of risks and
ultimately deliver higher level of focus on performance-based outcomes.

ASSESSMENT 1 BRIEF
Subject Code and Title PROJ6004 Contracts and Procurement
Assessment Case Study Response
Individual/Group Individual
Length 600-800 word original post, plus a minimum of 2 x 300 word
responses (+/- 10%)
Learning Outcomes The Subject Learning Outcomes demonstrated by successful
completion of the task below include:
a) Critically evaluate the risks associated with contract and
procurement management approaches
b) Evaluate procurement requirements to formulate
procurement processes in order to initiate contracts
Submission Due by 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Sunday end of Module 2 (Module 2.2;
Week 4 for 12 week sessions; Week 2 for 6 week sessions).
Weighting 20%
Total Marks 20 marks

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Assessment 1 is a discussion with other students of key issues to better understand the principles of
project procurement, challenges, and risks, as well as develop key procurement themes and quantify
financial exposure.
This assessment requires that you critically evaluate the risks associated with contract and
procurement management approaches. This assessment requires that you answer the following
question, evaluating the following risk and procurement concepts:
“What are some important procurement risks that typically exist for large or complex projects?
What procurement/financial risks exist in the assigned case study, and what strategies do you
propose for mitigating these risks?”.
To do so, address the following concepts in your post:
Identify 2-3 typical procurement risks required to be managed for complex projects
Identify 2-3 specific financial risks from the case study project
Propose possible procurement/financial risk mitigation actions for the case study project,
and explain these relate to better practice guidelines
Identify possible areas for further vendor negotiations and management that you believe are
important to achieve a successful contract completion
Identify areas of key accountability that exist for the project manager and procurement
manager in facilitating a successful outcome for the case study project
To answer this question, you will need to:
(a) Post a 600-800-word (+/-10%) response to this question, based on your informed
opinion and demonstrated knowledge of project management procurement risks,
project lifecycles, and PMBoK, to the Discussion Forum on the Learning Portal.
(b) Respond to a minimum of two other students’ posts by critiquing their opinion and
comparing it with yours in 300 words (+/-10%).

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Instructions
1. Read module 1-2 learning resources, particularly those relevant to procurement risk, to
familiarise yourself with fundamental concepts. Critically reflect on your readings to form an
opinion. Commence writing your opinion to answer the question and support that opinion
by
using at least six (6) references from academic or industry literature. Cite these
references in your opinion of
600-800 words both in-text and as a reference list at the end
of your opinion piece. The word count does not include the reference list. It is expected that
you will undertake sufficient research and reading to effectively contribute and share ideas
individually. This is important for discussions to achieve sufficient depth of analysis as to
provide high quality information to satisfy the requirements for the case study analysis –
based on the above guidelines.
2. Read other students’ posts. Think about their opinion and try to compare and contrast
them with yours. This will allow you to “critique” the views of
at least two other
students
. You can do this by highlighting the things you agree with and those you
disagree with in their post. You need to justify and explain your critique of their opinion.
In your response, you will need to refer to some of the literature. Your responses will
need to be a minimum of
300 words. This does not include the reference list
Referencing
It is essential that you use appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research. Please see more
information on referencing here
https://library.torrens.edu.au/academicskills/apa/tool
Submission Instructions
Submit this task via the Assessment 1 link in the main navigation menu in PROJ6004 – Contracts and
Procurement. The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the
LMS portal.
Feedback can be viewed in
My Grades.
Academic Integrity Declaration
I declare that except where I have referenced, the work I am submitting for this assessment task is
my own work. I have read and am aware of Torrens University Australia Academic Integrity Policy
and Procedure viewable online at
http://www.torrens.edu.au/policies-and-forms
I am aware that I need to keep a copy of all submitted material and their drafts, and I will do so
accordingly.

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Assessment Rubric

Assessment
Attributes
Fail
(Yet to achieve
minimum standard)
0-49%
Pass
(Functional)
50-64%
Credit
(Proficient)
65-74%
Distinction
(Advanced)
75-84%
High Distinction
(Exceptional)
85-100%
Understanding of
the Project
30%
10%
Superficial analysis of
the project context and
complexities
Rudimentary analysis of
the project context and
complexities
Proficient analysis of the
project context and
complexities
Through analysis of the
project context and
complexities
Sophisticated analysis of
the project context and
key elements
10%
The project
complexities and
nuances have not been
understood
Basic evaluation of the
project complexities and
nuances
Thoughtful evaluation of
the project complexities
and nuances
Discerning evaluation of
the project complexities
and nuances
Insightful evaluation of
the project complexities
and nuances
10%
Responses to the key
questions lack
intellectual rigour and
resolution
Functional responses to
the key questions posed
Responses to the key
questions posed show
developing judgement
Astute responses to the
key questions posed
Considered and highly
resolved responses to
the key questions posed

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Application of
Learned Theories
and Frameworks
20%
10%
Learned theories and
frameworks have not
been understood or
interpreted incorrectly
Demonstrates a basic level
of understanding of
learned theories and
frameworks
Demonstrates proficient
level of understanding of
learned theories and
frameworks
Demonstrates an
advanced level of
understanding of learned
theories and frameworks
Demonstrates an
exceptional
understanding of learned
theories and frameworks
10%
Learning theories and
frameworks have not
been used to support
discussion contribution
Learning theories and
frameworks are applied at
a superficial level to
somewhat support
discussion contribution
Effectively synthesises
and applies theories and
frameworks to support
discussion contribution
Persuasively synthesises
and applies theories and
frameworks to support
discussion contribution
Eloquently synthesises
and applies theories and
frameworks to support
discussion contribution
Effective
Contribution to
Discussion
30%
10%
Student’s contribution
to the discussion and
engagement in the
developing
conversation is limited
or non-existent
Student has only engaged
in the developing
conversation in a minor
way
Student is engaged in the
discussion and
responsive to the
developing conversations
Student initiates some
discussions and shows
consistent engagement
in the developing
conversations
Student shows
leadership in activating
community discussions
and contributing to
developing
conversations

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10%
Original post lacks
depth and
consideration, with
little opportunity for
further group
discussion
Original post considered
and offers relevant ideas
for group discussion
Original post is highly
engaging and offers
well reasoned
arguments for group
discussion
Original post is
conceptually evocative
and and offers
carefully considered
ideas for initiating
group discussion
Original post is
insightful and offers
highly stimulating,
authentic thought for
initiating group
discussion
10%
No response posts have
been made
Response posts have been
made, but lack depth and
consideration
Response posts are
considered and
constructive
Response posts are
constructive and
engaging, supporting
further group learning
Response posts are
encouraging and
provocative, supporting
further group learning
Language and
Communication
10%
Significant grammar,
spelling and punctuation
errors resulting in a lack
of clarity to ideas
communicated.
Ideas are understandable,
but notable spelling and
punctuation errors evident
throughout.
Ideas are communicated
successfully but some
minor spelling and
punctuation errors are
evident.
Ideas are clearly
communicated with only
minor punctuation errors.
Ideas are flawlessly
communicated with no
grammatical, spelling, or
punctuation errors.

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Research and
Referencing Quality
10%
5%
No independent
research beyond
lecture material
Superficial independent
research beyond lecture
material
Substantial research
beyond lecture material
Extensive independent
research beyond lecture
material
Exhaustive independent
research beyond lecture
material
5%
Citations of sources and
references used to
inform ideas are not
evident
Some citations of sources
and references used to
inform ideas
Proficient citations of
sources and references
used to inform ideas
Significant citation of
sources and references
used to inform ideas
Exemplary citation of
sources and references
used to inform ideas

 

The following Subject Learning Outcomes are addressed in this assessment
SLO a) Critically evaluate the risks associated with contract and procurement management approaches
SLO c) Evaluate procurement requirements to formulate procurement processes in order to initiate contracts