Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
Autumn 2024
5 Weeks
University Certificate of Study
Faculty: Kemmy Business School
Course Type: Professional/Flexible, Online
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Breda Ahern
Address: Programme Administrator – Management Pathway
Email: Telephone: +353 86 0661706

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Brief Description

This course qualifies for 50% funding under the HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility.   Please Note:   Applicants may only apply for and receive, one subsidised course per semester. 

Please ensure you enter the Module Code below when applying for this MicroCred. Applications without this cannot be processed. You may apply for more than one MicroCred under the same application.

Description Code Level Date Cost
Public Procurement Compliance and Support Systems MN3042

8 (6 ECTS) 

TBC €750

Course commencement is subject to internal validation and approval

This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award. The programmes associated with this MicroCred are: 

The most efficient use of public funds needs to be ensured and public buyers need to be in a position to procure according to the highest standards of professionalism. To ensure students can achieve the highest standards of professionalism, this module will consolidate the academic and practical learning from other Public Procurement and Supply Chain Excellence modules together with an overview of the Public Procurement Reform Programme, into a practical application of the national public procurement policies and procedures using the key support structures and ICT toolsets for practitioners.

Public procurement is facing new challenges especially in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is increasingly expected to: demonstrate best value for public money in ever-constricting budgetary environments; use the opportunities of digitisation and evolving markets; make a strategic contribution to horizontal policy objectives and societal values such as innovation, social inclusion and economic and environmental sustainability; maximise accessibility and show accountability for minimising inefficiencies, waste, irregularities, fraud and corruption, as well as building responsible supply chains.

The Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016) identifies procurement as one of a number of activities requiring special attention in promoting good corporate governance including having a Corporate Procurement Plan. Procurement compliance is essential to enable the HSE and funded agencies achieve greater value for money from the collective procurement activities (cash and non-cash benefits) to support reinvestment into providing high quality healthcare and personal social services.

On successful completion of this Micro-Cred students will be able to:                                                                                                               

  • Prepare a Strategic Corporate Procurement Plan which clearly establishes corporate compliance with reference to European and National Legislation Policies, the Public Procurement Reform Programme, National Guidelines and Codes of Practice.
  • Consider the complexities of economic, social and environmental factors in relation to value creation and risk mitigation.
  • Integrate the Public Procurement Reform Programme with current practices of public procurement and supply chain activities.
  • Evaluate key support structures and ICT toolsets with consideration to the overall Business Procurement Strategy.
  • Utilize public procurement practitioner ICT tools such as Government e-Tender Purchasing tools and Dynamic Purchasing Systems
  • Influence a professional approach and commitment to ethical procurement practices

Assessment: There is no final exam for this module. You will be assessed through 1-2 continuous skill based assignments, provided by your lecturer.

The programme is open to those currently employed, or seeking employment, in a variety of industries such as health care services; Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, Biotechnology and Manufacturing. Middle managers seeking to reinforce experiential learning with an academic qualification in supply chain management.

Completion of an NFQ level 7 qualification in management or equivalent qualification.

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.


The fees for this MicroCred are €750

HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 50% funding subject to the availability of places. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria 

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