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13-Weeks Program

General Information

  1. Teaching period and year offered: To be reviewed by the RIM Academic Committee
  2. Credit point value: Not applicable
  3. Unit level: Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management
  4. Name of Unit Convener and Course Coordinator and contact details (including telephone and email):
  5. Unit convener: Singhye Wangchuk, Assistant Lecture
    Email: singhye_wangchuk@rim.edu.bt
    Phone # 02 351013/351014

Academic content

Unit description or syllabus

This is a Postgraduate level unit is designed to help students to understand both the theory and practice of Green Public Procurement (GPP). The goal is to expose students to material that any participant in the GPP – from public procurer and supplier – will find useful for procurement and supply decisions making. The unit includes a deeper coverage of some tools that are familiar from current procurement practice in Bhutan. Students will be introduced to the sustainable consumption and production practice through life cycle thinking. The link between philosophy of gross national happiness and sustainability will be clearly introduced.

Topics for delivery:

  1. Green Public Procurement Practices
  2. The business case of GPP and contributions to policy goals
  3. GPP principles, laws, regulations and policies
  4. Life cycle thinking
  5. Life cycle costing
  6. environmental and social performance in the procurement process
  7. Evaluation process
  8. Contract management

Learning outcomes

At the end of this unit, and having completed the essential readings and activities, students should be able to:

  • understanding on the concept of GPP, its main goals and how it is relevant for Bhutan
  • detailed understanding of GPP opportunities and implementation obstacles
  • understanding of GPP functioning in accordance to the policies and legislations understanding of potential sustainability impacts that can occur alongside the life cycle of goods, works and services
  • learn about Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) as a concept to approach and measure sustainability impacts
  • learn about life cycle costing (LCC) as a theoretical approach to monetize sustainability impacts
  • Provide insights on how to prioritise GPP actions by defining scope, set goals and decide on one of different implementation approaches.
  • learn to balance their ambition to sustainability and market reality by estimating on what the market is able to deliver
  • understanding of the general methods and procedures of a public procurement
  • Understand the contract compliance management in order to ensure achievement of green output as per contract agreement.
  • be able to manage the contract, execute and analyse the contract performance

Graduate attributes developed in the unit

The unit is expected to develop following graduate attributes:

  • Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities – knowledge appropriate to the level of study at par with the international standards
  • Creative, innovative and enterprising – critical and analytical thinking and judgment to create innovative solutions to challenges
  • Professional excellence – positive attitude towards work (working independently and in teams) and taking responsibilities for personal actions
  • Leadership attributes – be able to manage, guide and make timely decision
  • Integrity, honesty and ethical – act in accordance with universal standards of integrity, honesty and ethical attributes
  • Communication skills – using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change
  • Digital literacy – using technologies to find, use and disseminate information

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites


Delivery mode

This unit will be delivered over a 13 week term comprising of 3 hours of in class seminar (contact time) a week. The seminar delivery will comprise of lecture, case discussions, presentations and problem based learning. Students are expected to do all the readings prior to attending the seminar sessions each week. The topic coverage and the required readings for each week are given in section timetable. It is expected that students to attend all the 13 seminar sessions. If the scheduled class (seminar session) falls on a public holiday or for some reason if not being able to conduct as per the academic timetable, the unit convener in discussion with students will reschedule the class (seminar session) to an appropriate and convenient time.

Timetable of learning activities

Seminar Session Topic Delivery Methods Further readings
Week 1


Introduction to Green Public Procurement (GPP) Ice breaker, Introduction and Discussion GPP Hand Book for Goods, Services and Works
Week 2


The business case of GPP and contributions to policy goals Recap Week 1


Group Work


The Case for GPP in Bhutan.pdf
Week 3


GPP principles, laws, regulations and policies Recap Week 2

Q & A Session Lecture Session


content to be provided
Week 4


Environmental, social and economic characteristics in goods, works and services Recap week 3


Group work


UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative
Week 5


Life cycle thinking and its tools Recap Week 4



Group work


content to be provided
Week 6


Life cycle costing (LCC) and value for money Recap Week 5

lecture and discussion

individual work


content to be provided
Week 7


Wrap-up Weeks 1-5 – repetition and open questions Wrap up Session


Q & A

content to be provided
Week 8


Starting a GPP programme Lecture

Group work


content to be provided
Week 9


Integrating environmental and social performance in the procurement process Recap Week 8


Group work


content to be provided
Week 10


Evaluation of tenders Recap Week 9

Lecture and Discussion

content to be provided
Week 11


Designing contract conditions


Recap Week 10Designing Contract Condition



Procurement Rules and Regulation 2009

Standard Bidding Document (Work/Goods/Services)

Week 12


Contract Compliance Management Recap Week 11

Lecture discussion


Contracting in the Public Sector, CIPS

Contract Management Guidelines, OGC, UK

Sustainable Public procurement guidelines, Govt. of Western Australia, 2014


Week 13


Wrap-up session Content required



  1. Relevant case studies will also be made available online (in GPP knowledge platform) or in the seminar sessions as and when appropriate. Students are expected to prepare the case prior to coming to the Lecture session.
  2. In addition, weekly tutorial questions will be made available online (in the GPP knowledge platform) or in the seminar sessions for the topic that has been discussed. Students are required to solve and have it ready in the following week’s seminar session for discussion. It is important that students solve those tutorial questions every week. Your class participation grade will depend on the activity assigned. Assignment will be allocated based on assessment criteria.

The above assertion is adopted from the UNIT descriptor of RIM and the complete package is under development phase. For further information about the program please contact the unit conveyor for further details.