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Module SXL-4441:
App Proc Research Projects

Module Facts

Run by School of Law

60 Credits or 30 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Mr David Clifford

Overall aims and purpose

The APRP consists of research and legal writing in the field of Public Procurement Law. The APRP is compulsory for every student who desires to graduate with an LLM degree in Public Procurement Law & Strategy. The maximum length of the essay is between 18,000 and 20,000 words.

The APRP(s) will be used to familiarise students with a broad range of current themes in Public Procurement Law and Strategy. Indicative areas where students may undertake applied research projects include national and European Procurement Law and Public Procurement Strategy. Other topics proposed by candidates may be acceptable subject to ratification by the Course Leader.

Course content

Students will choose to undertake at least one Applied Procurement Research Project (APRP) following consultation and discussions with a project supervisor. Indicative list of areas where projects may be undertaken is provided below. It is likely that projects may be undertaken in other areas subject to availability of supervision staff and the appropriateness of suggested topics.

  1. National & European Public Procurement Law

  2. e-Procurement – Legal & Operational issues

  3. International Public Procurement Regimes

  4. Sustainable and Social Procurement

  5. Settlement of Procurement Disputes

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Displays ability within a specialized area of knowledge and skills, employing appropriate skills to conduct procurement research. Work at threshold quality demonstrates an adequate knowledge and understanding of current issues in the field of Public Procurement. It shows a critical awareness of current problems, some of which is informed by thinking at the forefront of the academic discipline. Work at this level shows a developing understanding of techniques applicable to the student’s own research. It shows an ability to apply knowledge in an original way, and to use established techniques of research and enquiry to interpret knowledge in the discipline. The conceptual understanding evidenced by the work indicates that the student can evaluate scholarship in the field.

good

Displays accomplished ability within a specialized area of knowledge and skills, employing good quality skills to conduct Procurement research. Good work in this module will demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of current issues in this field of study. It shows a critical awareness of current problems, much of which is at, or informed by thinking at, the forefront of the academic discipline. Work at this level shows a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to the student’s own research. It shows an ability to apply knowledge in an original way, and to use established techniques of research and enquiry to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline. The conceptual understanding evidenced in the work indicates that the student can evaluate advanced scholarship in the discipline. The work shows an ability to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them, and, where, appropriate, propose hypotheses.

excellent

Displays mastery of a complex and specialized area of knowledge and skills, employing advanced skills to conduct procurement research. Excellent work in this module will contain the qualities recognized in good work, but will show them in a more consistent way, and at all points. It will demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of current issues in this field of study. It shows a critical awareness of current problems, much of which is at the forefront of this academic discipline. Work at this level shows a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to the student’s own research or to advanced scholarship. It shows throughout an ability to apply knowledge in an original way, and to use established techniques of research and enquiry to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline. The conceptual understanding evidenced in the work indicates that the student can critically evaluate advanced scholarship in the discipline, and do so in a consistent manner. The work shows an ability to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them, and, where, appropriate, propose hypotheses.

Learning outcomes

  1. Provide insights into the procurement behaviour of the procurement function in public and private sector organisations and examine the legal polices and frameworks that affect procurement operations.

  2. Demonstrate a critical awareness and understanding of procurement processes and the legal frameworks that support them.

  3. Demonstrate a sophisticated familiarity with previous and current theoretical and applied law research across the range of core subjects delivered on the LLM in Public Procurement Law and Strategy.

  4. Critically analyse, evaluate and apply a complex body of public procurement law knowledge against a wider organisational background.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse the legal conditions in the international environment that drive trade and procurement between nations and the issues facing companies and governments.

  6. Explore and critically analyse the wide range of procurement processes associated with operations management, performance management and legal guidance.

  7. Understand to an advanced level and critically evaluate how procurement strategies are formulated, developed and implemented within public and private sector organisations.

  8. Articulate a detailed and critical understanding of the subject of procurement in relation to (indicative list): national and European Procurement Law, Litigation Strategies, European Internal Market Law, International Procurement Regimes, Sustainable Procurement, Public Procurement and Innovation, Procurement Relations, Procurement Ethics, Risk Management in Public Procurement and Contract Design and Management.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Project 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop

Project supervision and workshop sessions and placement to identify topics for research project.

80
Private study 520

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

  • Students will acquire an understanding of advanced legal theories and jurisprudence concerning the development of Public Procurement Law at Global, European Union and national levels (UK and Ireland)
  • Students will acquire critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, informed by the latest academic literature, legislation and case law.

Resources

Reading list

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: