The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment

Advanced Commercial Supply Chain & Category Management

Short Course - 15 Credits at SCQF level 11 | Commercial Practice for the Energy Sector

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Advanced Commercial Supply Chain & Category Management
One of a set of 9 competency-led topics that have been designed in close collaboration with industry practitioners and incorporate real world case studies and scenarios.

This module covers the principles of category management, market segmentation analysis and commercial leverage methodologies.

You will learn how to develop the business case for strategic sourcing. This module includes the topics of internal demand levers and external supply chain levers, how to use purchasing and sourcing portfolio analysis techniques (including spend criticality analysis) and the methodologies and options for selecting make−buy and strategic sourcing planning.

You will also learn about the barriers to sourcing strategy implementation and the methodologies involved in Request for Information (RFIs) / Request for Proposal (RFPs).

This course has multiple study options
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Date
January / September
Course Length
15 weeks including delivery and assessment
  • Definition and application of category management and supply chain processes in the context of commercial management projects
  • Application of the principles of category management, market segmentation analysis and development of a business case in specific situations
  • Selection of options with regard to strategic sourcing and implementation
  • Implementation of sourcing portfolio analysis techniques relevant to specific situations

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning will take place through the University online virtual learning environment (VLE), Campus Moodle, with a mix of online lectures, tutorials and self-guided study.Each topic within the Module will have a number of obligatory activities aimed at emphasising the learning. You are also required to contribute to a number of discussion forums on particular subject matter and case studies.


The module will be assessed by one main piece of coursework and a number of specified activities.

Academic Support

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Disability & Dyslexia Centre 

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Study Skills Support


At the end of this module you will have a broad knowledge and understanding of the energy and renewable sectors. You could progress to other modules within the commercial practice course to gain additional credits towards the full MSc.

This will give you the qualification to work within the energy sector as commercial manager and other fields with the energy sector.


Relevant industry experience and/or a good honours degree.


For Academic Year 2019/2020

Course fees: £1,200

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges


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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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Register direct to the university using our online application form. 

Applications close 1 week prior to the start of the module. 

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