The purpose of this course is to help students represent their organizations professionally and identify areas where ethical policies can be compromised.
During this interactive course, learners begin to use problem-solving and critical thinking skills to navigate through this learning experience that includes reading, video, scenarios, and activities.
Lynda Allair, CPPO, has nearly forty years’ experience as a public procurement leader within the provincial, municipal and health care sectors. She has served on several NIGP committees, is a Chapter Past-President and a frequent Forum speaker and moderator. Lynda instructs public procurement classes for NIGP, the University of Guelph and others upon request, as well as providing consulting services through NIGP's Consulting program.
Upon completion of the course, learners will be able to:
-Compare and contrast examples of statutory law, administrative law, common law, and policy that define illegal and unethical behavior.
-Assess ethical responses to specific procurement situations.
-Explain the importance of ethics and professionalism in public procurement.
-Identify components of a policy and procedure that openly and fairly disclose a procurement process as regulated by various levels/branches of government.
-Identify issues that inhibit high ethical standards application, particularly relating to gender, generational and diverse cultural norms.
The course is comprised of 3 modules, each with lessons, and an overall course assessment. The course content duration is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Module 1: Represent the Organization and the Profession Professionally – 1 hour and 20 minutes
Students learn the importance of first impressions and skills to demonstrate professional behavior. In addition, students learn communication skills and how to conduct effective meetings. Lastly, students learn the importance of professional development and skills needed to lobby for what they need.
Module 1 Introduction – 10 minutes
Lesson 1: Professionalism – 20 minutes
Lesson 2: Effective Communications and Meetings – 30 minutes
Lesson 3: Performance and Professional Development – 20 minutes
Module 2: Recognize and Manage Ethical Issues – 55 minutes
Students gain an understanding of the skills they need to identify the organizational and professional ethics authority. In addition, students learn to effectively identify conflicts of interest and explain supplier ethics requirements to clients.
Module 2 Introduction – 5 minutes
Lesson 1: Defining Ethics – 25 minutes
Lesson 2: Procurement Ethics in Action – 25 minutes
Module 3: Operate with Transparency – 30 minutes
Students learn the skills they need to appropriately respond to inquiries within their authority and document their actions or, in the case that the response required exceeds their responsibility or knowledge, to refer the issue(s) to the appropriate staff level and document this action.
Module 3 Introduction – 5 minutes
Lesson 1: Promoting Accountability and Clarity – 25 minutes
Course Assessment: Ethics, Professionalism, and Transparency