Programme Aims and Objectives

Introduction

Rationale

Public procurement generally concerns the purchase and procurement of works, goods and services from contractors and vendors in a transparent and competitive bidding process or the public entities and quasi government entities. The use of public procurement policies as a social justice vehicle is a modern development in government contract agreements. Governments have used public procurement to achieve socio-economic or political goals in at least five ways:

  • To stimulate national economic activity;
  • To protect against foreign competition;
  • To improve competition in certain economic sectors;
  • To drive innovation in a particular area of technology
  • To remedy regional disparities; and
  • To achieve specific social policy goals.

Therefore, there is need for specialized competencies in the management of public resources through public procurement in order to achieve the above stated goals. It should be noted that public procurement consumes over 60 percent of government revenues in form of spend on works, services, goods and utilities and currently Zambia needs capacity in this area.

Aims of the programme

The aim of the programme is to develop a range of technical and transferable soft skills to equip students with knowledge, skills and required attributes to enable them effectively and competently procure, store and monitor goods, services and works of varying degrees of complexity and value on behalf of the government and government agencies..

 Objectives of the programme

  • To be a stimulating academic experience engendering an understanding of the complex and subtle relationships at play in Public Procurement Environments.
  • To provide a framework in which to broaden, deepen, extend and apply knowledge and understanding and enable the learner to creatively review, develop, synthesize, resolve and critically evaluate and address any Public Procurement Challenge in the Business Environment

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PROGRAMME DETAILS


YEAR 1

  • BSP 110 Principles of Economics

    Study and Methodology of Economics

    Central Problems of Economics

    Consumer behavior

    Demand and Supply

    Demand

    Supply

    Equilibrium Price Determination

    The theory of production and cost

    Market Structures

    Business Organizations

    National income and product

    Determinants of planned expenditure

    Money, interest rates and monetary policy

    Fiscal policy

  • BSP 140 Business Mathematics

    NON CALCULUS

    • EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES
    • FUNCTIONS AND GRAPHS
    • TYPES OF FUNCTIONS

    The Straight line and Applications

    Simultaneous Equations

    Non-Linear functions and Applications

    • MATRIX ALGEBRA
    • MATHEMATIC OF FINANCE
    • CALCULUS

    Limits and Continuity

    Differentiation

    Curve Sketching

    Differentiation and Applications

    Multi-Variable Calculus

    Integration and Application

    First and Second Order Differential Equations

  • BSP 150 Principles of Management

    Unit 1: The concept of an Organization

    Unit 2: Historical Overview of management

    Unit 3: Conceptual framework of Management

    Unit 4:Management Functions:  Planning

    Unit 5: Organizing

    Unit 6: Motivation and Leadership

    Unit 7: Control

    Unit 8: Issues in Management.

  • BSP 151 Business Communication

    Unit 1: The communications process:

    Unit 2: Study and  learning  guide

    Unit 3: Effective writing

    Unit 4: Report writing

    Unit 5: Effective speaking

    Unit 6: Effective meeting

    Unit 7: Job seeking skills

  • BSP 153 Business Environment

    BUSINESS AS A SYSTEM 

    Adaptation

    Favourability Influence

    Domain Shifts

    ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT AND BUSINESS

    DEMOGRAHIC ENVIRONMENT AND BUSINESS

    SOCIO-ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT AND BUSINESS

    THE CHRONOGICAL/TECHNOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT & BUSINESS

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND BUSINESS

    POLITICAL (GOVERNMENT) ENVIRONMENT & BUSINESS

    BUSINESS ETHICS, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND LEGAL COMPLIANCE

    BUSINESS AND ITS VARIOUS PUBLICS

    SOCIETY AND MULTINATIONAL BUSINESS

    The nature of MNCs, Benefits to a host nation

  • BSP 170 Materials Science

    Unit 1: INTRODUCTION

    Unit 2: STRUCTURE OF SOLIDS, CRYSTALLINE AND AMORPHOUS SOLIDS

    Unit3: INTRODUCTION TO PHASE DIAGRAMS

    Unit 4: HEAT TREATMENT OF STEEL, THE IRON-CARBON PHASE DIAGRAM, HARDENING, “T.T.T.”

    Unit5: GLASSES AND CERAMICS

    Unit 6: MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS, MATERIAL SELECTION BASED ON MECHANICAL PROPERTIES.

    Unit7: FRACTURE STRENGTH

    Unit8: BEND, IMPACT, COMPRESSION, TORSION TESTING.

    Unit9: CORROSION OF METALS

     
  • BSP 190 Business Law

    Unit 1: INTRODUCTION TO LAW

    Unit 2: CONTRACT LAW

    Unit 3: ACCEPTANCE

    Unit 4: INTENTION TO CREATE LEGAL RELATIONS

    Unit 5: EXCLUSION CLAUSES

    Unit 6: MISREPRESENTATION

    Unit 7: ILLEGALITY OF CONTRACT AND CONTRACTS IN RESTRAINT OF TRADE.

    Unit 8: SALES OF GOODS – Sales of Goods Act 1979

    Unit 9: REMEDIES

    Unit 10: PRINCIPAL AND AGENT

    Unit 11: PRINCIPAL  AND THIRD PARTY

    Unit 12: AGENT AND THIRD PARTY

    Unit 12: TERMINATION

    Unit 13: BANKING LAW

     

YEAR 2

  • BSP 244: Business Statistics

    1.0 Descriptive statistics

    2.0 Basic  concepts  of  probability

    3.0 Discrete and  continuous  random  variables

    4.0 Importance of the normal distribution

    5.0 Sampling theory

    6.0 Estimation theory

    7.0 Hypothesis testing

    8.0 Regression analysis

    9.0 Time Series

    10.0 Chi square as a test of independence

    11.0 Non parametric methods

    12.0 Decision  theory

  • BSP 220 Financial Accounting

    Unit 1: INTRODUCTION

    Nature, purposes, and role of accounting; the accountant in society; users of accounting information and their requirements; overview of the accounting process; principles, concept; and conventions, underlying the accounting model, the conceptual and regulatory framework of accounting.

    Unit 2: ACCOUNTING MODEL, RECORDING TRANSACTIONS, REPORTING RESULTS

    Unit3: YEAR-END ADJUSTMENTS

    Unit 4: MANUFACTURING ACCOUNTS

    Unit5: INCOMPLETE RECORDS

    Unit 6: INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNTS

    Unit7: INTRODUCTION TO PARTNERSHIP ACCOUNTS (Partnership Act 1890)

    Unit8: INTRODUCTION TO THE ACCOUNTS OF LIMITED COMPANIES

    Unit9: USES AND INTERPRETATION OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

     
  • BSP 236: Operations Management

    Unit 1: Introduction to Operations Management

    Unit 2: Objectives and Strategies of Operations Management

    Unit 3: Operations Process

    Unit 4: Demand Forecasting in Operations Management

    Unit 5: Inventory Management

    Unit 6: Managing Demand

    Unit 7: Master Production Scheduling (MPS)

    Unit 8: Requirement Planning-MRP, MRPII and ERP

    Unit 9: Planning and Control in Operations Management:                 

  • BSP 238: PRODUCTIVITY AND MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

    Introduction to work measurement

    Time study

    Work sampling;

    Structured Estimation

    Predetermined Motion Time Standards (PMTS)

    Standard Data

    Incentive schemes

    Labour and material cost control.

     
  • BSP 282: INTRODUCTION TO PURCHASING AND SUPPLY

    Introduction to purchasing

    Supply chain Concepts and management

    Purchasing Structure and Design

    Systems and Procedures in Purchasing

    Tendering and Negotiation

  • BSP 241: INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING

    UNIT 1 INFORMATION

    UNIT 2 HARDWARE

    UNIT 3 SOFTWARE

    UNIT 4 COMPUTERISED INFORMATION SYSTEMS

     
  • BSP 243: BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS


YEAR 3

  • BSP 340: Operations Research

    1.Introduction to Linear Programming (LP)

    The Simplex Algorithm

    Sensitivity Analysis and Duality

    Transportations, Assignment and Transshipment Problems.

    Network Models

    Decision Making Under Uncertainty

    Queuing Theory – Introduction

    Simulation

  • BSP 396 Sustainable Public Procurement

    Unit 1: Introduction to Sustainability

    Unit 2: Drivers of Sustainability

    Unit 3: Sustainable Procurement

    Unit4: Sustainable Supply Chains

    Unit5: Sustainable procurement and standards

    Unit 6: Sustainable Procurement and Value for Money

    Unit 7: Sustainable Procurement and Contract Development

    Unit 8: Sustainable Performance Measurement and Reporting

  • BSP 374: Public Sector Procurements-Concepts and Practices

  • BSP 392: Public Sector Procurement Law and Ethics

    Unit 1: Introduction

    Unit 2: Fraud and Corruption in public procurement

    Unit 3: Ethics and Business

    Unit 4: Corporate governance

    Unit 5: Procurement Reforms

    Unit 6: Public Procurement Regulation

    Unit 7: Legal compliance issues when sourcing from suppliers

  • BSP 310: Economics of Procurement Management

    Unit 1:  Introduction to Macroeconomics

    Unit 2.Unemployment and Inflation

    Unit 3: Public Finance

    Unit 4:The economics of public goods

    Unit 5: Budget systems and cost-benefit analysis

    Unit 6: Government expenditure patterns and tax structures:

    Unit 7: Taxation, Allocation and Distribution

    Unit 8: Economic effects of income and consumption taxes:

    Unit 9: Debt finance

    Unit 10: Governance and Public Finance

  • BSP 320: Cost and Management Accounting

    Introduction to cost accounting

    Cost Accounting terms

    Classification of Costs

    Cost behavior

    Accounting for elements of cost

    Information for decision making

    Activity Based Costing (ABC)

    Standard Costing and variance Analysis

    Cost- Volume- Profit (C-V-P) Analysis

    Job and Batch Costing

    Contract Costing

    Operation and service costing

    Process Costing

    Further Aspects of Process Costing

    15.Budgets and Budgetary Control

     

YEAR 4

  • BSP 482: Purchasing and Supply Strategy

    Unit 1: STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

    Unit 2: SUPPLY CHAIN STRATEGIES

     Unit 3: COORDINATION IN A SUPPLY CHAIN

    Unit 4: STRATEGIC PLANNING AND CONTROL.

    Unit 5: INTEGRATED SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT

  • BSP 462: Industrial Marketing

  • BSP 456: Contract Management

    Unit 1: Responsibilities for Contract Management

    Unit 2: Responsibilities of a Contract Manager

    Unit 3: Preparing for and Inviting Tenders

    Unit 4: Main types of contractual agreements between customers and suppliers

    Unit 5: Evaluating the elements of a legally binding agreement

    Unit 6: Recourses for non-performances in contract

    Unit 7: Main types of pricing arrangements in commercial agreements

    Unit 8: Assessing the main types of contractual risk

    Unit 9: Data relating to the performance of contracts

    Unit 10: Techniques for managing contracts and suppliers

    Unit 11: Contracting options for major project procurement

    Unit 12: Main approaches to conflict resolution in commercial contracts

    Unit 13: Contract administration

  • BSP 451: Industrial Placement

  • BSP 400: Project (Thesis guidelines)

    PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS

    REQUIREMENTS

    STAGES IN THE STUDY PROCESS

    The research Proposal.

    The Thesis

    FORMAT AND BINDING

    PRESENTATION AND ASSESSMENT OF THE THESIS

     
  • BSP 452: Entrepreneurship

    Introduction
    Personal characteristics of Entrepreneurs
    Business and Business Activities
    Small Business Start-Ups
    Leadership 
    Risk Taking
    Decision Making
    Using Time Effectively
    Business Planning
    Searching for Business Opportunities
    Selecting Business and Professional Advisers
    Find the Right Project
    Planning and Costing the Project 
    Sources of Finance for Small Business
    Choosing a Work Place
    Financial Action Plans
    Financial Success through People
  • BSP 490: Intellectual Property