Purchasing and Supply Management Course

Course in Purchasing and Supply Management

Course Purpose

The Purchasing and Supply Management course is to provide knowledge of, and insight into, the purchasing and supply environment in order to sensitise the junior, new and established purchasing, sourcing or strategic supply personnel to their contribution, by effectively and efficiently executing their purchasing and supply tasks, towards the creation of value and service improvement in the contemporary business organisation with its increased focus on the more integrated approach of supply chain management, globalisation and technological advancement.  

Targeted Audience

People working in the purchasing function in organisations 

Course Admission

A National Senior Certificate (or equivalent) qualification. Admission without a senior certificate may be considered on basis of seniority and appropriate experience.  

One year 

Language medium

Registration periods
First semester: 26 November to 25 January  
Second semester: 01 to 30 June  
Year module(s): 26 November to 15 March 

Tuition method
UNISA open distance learning by means of study guides, tutorial letters and assignments 

Kind of assessment
Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies 
Formative assessment: 
Summative assessment: 

Enterprise Management (PPSM015)
HEQF Level of Module - 6
Credits of Module - 24
Syllabus/Content Topics
Introduction to business management 
General management principles 
Marketing management 
Financial management 
Operations management 
Human resource management 

Purchasing and Supply Management (PPSM026)
HEQF Level of Module - 6
Credits of Module - 12
Syllabus/Content Topics
Purchasing management 
The purchasing function in perspective 
The task of purchasing and supply management 
Purchasing and new management approaches 

Purchasing and Supply Tools (PPSM038)
HEQF Level of Module - 6
Credits of Module - 12
Syllabus/Content Topics
Instruments of purchasing and supply management 
Research in purchasing and supply management 
Electronic information systems in purchasing and supply management 

Legal Aspects of Purchasing (PPSM049)
HEQF Level of Module - 6
Credits of Module - 12
Syllabus/Content Topics
General principles of law of contract 
Breach of contract 
Contract of sale 
Interpretation of contracts 
Agency representation 
Legal framework for purchasing in South Africa 

Storage and Inventory Management (PPSM05A)
HEQF Level of Module - 6
Credits of Module - 12
Syllabus/Content Topics
Storage and inventory management 
Inventory management and activities 
Inventory management 
Codification and identification of stock 
Inventory or stock valuation 
Stores management and activities 
Stores management 
Receiving and inspection 
Materials handling 
Information systems for inventories and stores 

Course leader
Prof J A Badenhorst-Weiss 

Programme assistant: 
Tel: 012 352 4342/75 
Fax: 086 519 5871 
E-mail: psandscm@unisa.ac.za 

Programme administrator(s)
CBM help desk: 
Tel: (012) 352 4288 / 4170 / 4317 / 4383  
Fax: 012 429 4150  
E-mail: cbm@unisa.ac.za  
Web: www.unisa.ac.za/cbm 


Unisa offers a number of qualifications that are all registered by South African Qualifications Authority. Unisa Diploma In Accounting is one of these qualifications. It is a three year programme that can be completed via distance learning.

Diploma Nqf Level

This Diploma is rated Nqf level 6 with 360 credits. In order to be admitted to this programme you will have to meet the following criteria:

  • You must have passed a National Senior Certificate (Matric)
  • You must have passed four subjects with 20 credit each
  • You need to have passed English or Afrikaans with rating 3

The Unisa Diploma In Accounting has the following modules:

Level One Modules

ENN1504 - Practising Workplace English
EUC1501 - End-User Computing I (Theory)
EUP1501 - End-User Computing (Practical)
FAC1501 - Introductory Financial Accounting
FAC1502 - Financial Accounting Principles, Concepts And Procedures
PFC101F - Public Finance And Accounting I
PMG111P - Public Management I

Level Two Modules

AUE1501 - Introduction To Auditing
AUE202M - Introduction To The Performing Of The Audit Process
CLA2601 - Commercial Law 2a
FAC1601 - Financial Accounting Reporting
FAC2601 - Financial Accounting For Companies
PFC201F - Public Finance And Accounting II

Level Three Modules

ECS1501 - Economics 1a
ECS1601 - Economics 1b
Pre: ECS101 or ECS1501
FAC2602 - Selected Accounting Standards And Simple Group Structures
FAC3701 - General Financial Reporting

Choose 1 of the following:
AUE2601 - Auditing Theory And Practice
SPM211P - Stock And Purchasing Management II

How To Become An Accountant

Unisa Diploma In Accounting


Admission criteria

The bursaries are only awarded to South African citizens. Applications will not be considered unless the applicant has a valid South African ID number. Applicants for these bursaries must already have been accepted into an appropriate study programme at a recognized higher education institution. Applicants also need to meet certain admission criteria of the institution and they must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.

Bursaries selection criteria include the following:

The applicant’s academic ability;
Eligibility for an approved degree or PGCE in one of the priority areas;
Commitment to a teaching career, which includes: interest in working with young people; enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching; readiness to face and surmount difficult challenges and personal integrity;
Commitment to teach in any school to which a student may be appointed by a PED.
You can apply for bursaries below:


The Bursary and Practical Training Scheme of the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) was established in 2002 with the objective of creating and supporting a pool of high level technical and management talent within the mining and minerals sector. As of January 2010, the MQA will continue assisting students at Higher Education and Training (HET) institutions with bursaries. Bursaries will be awarded to students enrolled in the MQA identified scarce and critical skills list. Preference will be given to students enrolled in core mining related disciplines. Details

Unisa Courses - Human Resource Management

The department of Human Resource Management has geared itself to provide the most comprehensive mix of qualifications in the field of human resource management, labour relations and HR training and development that are not only at the cutting edge of current best practice, but also allow for a meaningful life-long career path with multiple vertical and horizontal articulation options.

The career-oriented mix of qualifications is made up of specialist undergraduate programmes, i.e. BCom degree and National Diploma focusing on generalist HR competencies, three BTech degree programmes in generalist HR Management and specialist Labour Relations Management and Human Resource Development.

Other offerings include a Honours BCom programme in Business Management specialising in HR, course-work based and research based post graduate programmes at Masters and Doctorate level, i.e. MTech degree in Human Resource Development, MTech HRM, MCom and DCom degree.



The MTech Human Resource Development (click here for 2011 Master's and Doctoral qualification information) provides a natural learning path for the progression from a variety of related qualifications such as national diplomas and degrees. Enquiries from the industry relating to training specialist and changed educational and training environment necessitate more advanced courses with regard to human resource management.
The aim of the degree is to provide learners with a BTech Human Resource Development or equivalent fourth year programme a natural path for advancement within the training and development field.
The degree will:
  • Equip learners with advanced skills and in-depth knowledge in Human Resource Development
  • Enable the learner to meet the demands of business, industry and the community regarding the vast need for training and development management
  • Provide an established progression of qualifications in the training and development field
  • Develop advanced research and development skills in the HRD field
  • Enable the learner to manage the Human Resource Development function at a strategic level
  • Create and expand the mobility of training management students between technikons and universities and,
  • Fulfill the demands of the industry for the establishment of specialist post graduate training in Human Resource Development

Unisa Courses - Finance and Risk Management and Banking

The department offers world class tuition with career-oriented programmes. Various in-depth courses of the department enable students to tailor-make their programmes to suit their specific goals while learning at their own time. The advantage of studying through the department is that one can be able to learn and work at the same time.

As a big department in the finance, risk management and banking fields in the country, the department has the ambition to be a world leading research and training center in banking and finance. In pursuit of this ambition, the department aims to advance research activity in finance and to support doctoral research and executive education in the banking and finance industry as well as organising interfacing activities between research and the industry.


The following programmes can be considered:
The Department is in the process of obtaining approval from the Council for Higher Education (CHE) in order to offer the following qualifications:
  • Higher Certificate in Banking
  • Diploma in Banking
  • BCom Banking


The following postgraduate programmes can be considered:
The MCom and DCom studies involve research only. The department does not offer a tutored masters degree. Students who wish to enrol for the MCom or DCom have to submit a research proposal. Research proposals are assessed based on the criteria contained in the following document:
DoHET and CHE have approved the following qualification, and preparations are underway to offer the qualification from 2012:
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Risk Management

Short learning programmes

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure that you read the information in the following links as important information regarding registrations and the Centre are contained in it (such as foreign fees, payment dates etc):

Unisa Courses - Business Management Courses

The Department of Business Management offers general and specialisation BCom degrees and National Diplomas in various fields. These are fields of management such as Entrepreneurship, General Management, Operations Management, Administrative Management and Quality Management.

Postgraduate Honours, Masters and Doctorate degrees are also part of the programmes of Business Management. Specialists in the various fields are responsible for teaching the modules and programmes. The department also houses the Centre for Business Management, which offers short-learning programmes tailored for professionals who want to upgrade their skills, company groups and anyone interested in the workings of business management. 

Undergraduate and Honours

All undergraduate tuition is distance education by means of study guides, tutorial letters, prescribed books and assignments. The following undergraduate programmes can be considered:
Click here for the 2011 Brochure
Honours Level
Honours Bachelor of Commerce: Business Management
Honours Bachelor of Administration: Business Management
Bachelors Programmes
BTech Programmes
National Diploma Programmes