I. Course Prefix/Number: MGT 130
Course Name: Purchasing Management
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
2. Learning how value analysis, make-buy decisions and standardization are used to reduce costs while improving the product.
3. Discovering how the most successful purchasing managers elect the best sources and how to most profitably allocate your requirements among several sources.
4. Finding the methods used by your suppliers for arriving at their pricing and how to use that information to reduce costs.
5. Developing skills in negotiating, in getting engineering to change their specifications, and in communicating your results effectively with your peers and the management hierarchy.
6. Learning how to manage stores, traffic, receiving and disposition of surplus.
7. Learning how price breaks, discount terms, blanket orders and contract work and how to decide what is the appropriate method for each purchase.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
B. Function & Strategy
D. Organization & Systems
E. Decision Areas
1. Staffing and quality
2. Supplier development & relations
3. International markets/price cost analysis
F. Managing Material Flows
3. Planning/value analysis
4. Services, performance & cap. Expenditure
5. Retail, institution & government purchasing
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
Varies by instructor
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.