BUSM 7079 Purchasing and Materials Management

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 51259

Coordinator Premaratne Samaranayake Opens in new window

Description This unit introduces purchasing and materials management through a number of concepts, processes and methods across a number of industry sectors including manufacturing, service and public sector. It covers a range of topics including purchasing strategy, organisational structure and responsibilities, global supply management, supplier selection and evaluation, procurement process, price/cost analysis, purchasing contract arrangements and inventory management. Students will develop an appreciation of theoretical knowledge in purchasing and materials management and applications and systems currently adopted in organisations. The knowledge and skills developed through lectures, case analyses and hands-on exercises will prepare students to manage a range of purchasing and materials management functions in global organisations.

School Business

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate Business program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Describe the impact of effective supply management on overall business performance;
  2. Explain the connections between supply management and an organisation�fs business strategy;
  3. Analyse the underlying principles that support effective management of purchasing and materials management;
  4. Describe procurement process and materials management functions;
  5. Integrate the knowledge of sourcing and global supply management for selection and evaluation of potential suppliers;
  6. Apply cost management principles and methods in purchasing and materials management.

Subject Content

The Progression to Professional Supply Management
Supply Management: An Organisation-Spanning Activity
Global Supply Management
Procurement Process
Total Cost of Ownership
Price and Cost Analysis
Methods of Compensation
Inventory Management


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Intra-Session Exam 90 minutes 30 N Individual
Report 1500 words 30 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Burt, D.N., Petcavage, S.D. and Pinkerton, R.L. 2010, Supply Management, 8th Edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin Companies, Inc.

Teaching Periods

2022 Quarter 1

Parramatta City - Macquarie St


Subject Contact Premaratne Samaranayake Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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