Project Contract, Commercial and Procurement Management

MQF Level 7

6 Credits (ECTS)

Project Contract, Commercial and Procurement Management

October 2024
Module Type
ECTS Credits
6 Credits (ECTS)
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Module Description

This module explores in detail what a contract does (and does not) require each party to do to ensure that projects deliver outcomes that are client-focused, contractually appropriate and organisationally relevant.   

It covers key aspects relating to procurement as well as financial criteria, including financial justification, payback and return on capital employed. 

You will learn how to build a robust procurement strategy, involving the scope of a contract and what its terms should define, as well as contract planning and the number/types of contracts you should have. The module will also explore risk allocation policy and delve into supply, delivery and payment chains. Other aspects will include the supervision of contract and subcontracts, including channels of communications. 

You will also be offered an introduction to law and some background history, as well as general information on the laws governing contracts.   

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess one of the following: 

  • a Level 6 degree; 


  • a Level 5 diploma or higher diploma and 5 years’ work experience in a supervisory or managerial role. 


Preference is given to applicants having a Level 6 degree in a discipline related to the study programme and a minimum of 3 years’ work experience in management 


Target Audience

This course is targeted at management professionals with supervisory and/or middle management experience such as:  

  • Operations Manager/ Coordinator 
  • Financial Manager 
  • Supply Chain Manager 
  • Shop Floor Manager/ Supervisor 
  • Marketing and Sales Manager 
  • Services Manager/ Supervisor. 
  • Retail Managers/ Supervisors 
  • Transport Managers 
  • Maintenance Managers 
  • Marketing Managers 

The target group focuses primarily on people already employed within supervisory and managerial roles who wish to have a more thorough background in the subject in order to progress further in their careers. 

Module / Unit Instructions

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via peer-to-peer learning. The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes:

1. Face-to-face sessions: 18 hours

2. Online Learning Activities: 12 hours

Face to Face sessions

Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.

Online Learning Activities

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions. These may consist of active interaction, participation and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises.

Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

The tutor provides continual support during both teaching -learning modes by providing information, readings and tasks relevant to the module in question.

The tutor provides continuous formative feedback as an on-going guidance during the student’s learning experience in preparation for their summative assessment.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment of each module consists of two assignments, each carrying a weighting as below:

a) One Formative assignment carries 20% of total module mark achieved. b) One Summative assignment carries 80% of total module mark achieved.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in both the formative and the summative assignment.

The overall grade achieved for each module is calculated as the sum of: · 20% of the mark achieved for formative assignment; and · 80% of the mark achieved for the summative assignment.

All assignment tasks of both formative and summative assessment aim to provide the learner an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of each individual Module.


a) Formative assessment tasks are provided in the form of structured online discussions that support learners in their development throughout all of the modules studied.

Such discussions are facilitated and monitored by lecturer who provides students with constructive feedback to help them improve and prepare for summative assignment and dissertation.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in the formative assignment.

Formative assessment tasks will contribute to the student’s final mark to acknowledge their work and give chance to improve.

This method allows students to also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

b) Summative assessment is done via one assignment at the end of each module. The mode of assessment varies and may include in-class assignments, and home-based written assignments.

The recommended assessment tool for this module is an essay title or case studies based on relevant real-life scenarios.

Word count range: 3000 ± 10% For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in summative assignment.


Module Intake Dates

October 2024

Additional Info

Reading for the entire Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Management as presented in this brochure costs €9,775.*  

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.** 

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.***  

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying. 

**Terms and conditions apply.  

*** For the price of individual modules, please contact the IDEA Academy team.  

Learning Outcomes


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

  • Critically formulate core terms to be included in project contracts.
  • Critically analyse the principles of various contracts and relationships in the managing of projects.
  • Critically compare different roles and duties within the project according to expertise.
  • Critically evaluate project environments and the role played by legal concepts.
  • Evaluate the role played by arbitration in resolving complex issues.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

  • Critically discuss theoretical concepts of defining project authority, contractual agreements and procurement theory.
  • Appraise the legal implications of managing projects and the formulation of contract law.
  • Critically assess the implications of EU policy in the process of tendering for multi-national projects.
  • Interpret legal issues in the management of projects.
  • Critically assess the environment in which projects are conceptualised, sanctioned and delivered.
  • Appraise the awareness and understanding of transactional environment within projects.
  • Critically analyse the importance of specialist environmental factors that affect the management of projects.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Critically compare theoretical and practical knowledge with respect to common project management problems and communication.
  • Critically apply different mechanisms in collaborating with colleagues and course members through off-site and on-site channels.
  • Apply IT skills to facilitate logistics and contract procedures.
  • Critically apply the knowledge learnt by using appropriate business and academic software.
  • Manage contracts by addressing transition management and performance monitoring.
  • Monitor various parties to fulfil their commercial and contractual commitments.

Module-Specific Communication Skills: 

The learner will be able:

  • Communicate plan of action to key stakeholders during different stages of project implementation.
  • Write up regular reports to document changes, deadlines and disseminate important information as a means of reference.

Module-Specific Learner Skills: 

The learner will be able to:

  • Improve personal time management and planning skills in relation to project and contract management.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

The learner will be able to:

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc
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