Introduction to Procurement

Making purchases for your workplace, programs and courses can be complicated! This course will help you to be a better steward of university resources as you navigate the procurement process. It is part of the Leadership Curriculum.

You will learn to:

  • Navigate the procurement lifecycle
  • Identify which items you can purchase with and without Procurement Services Involvement
  • Determine the appropriate buying method for your purchase

You will benefit by: 

  • Gaining an understanding of the laws and policies that regulate procurement activities at the university
  • Exploring important Procurement Services policies that reduce risk and protect university interests
  • Obtaining resources to get you started with the purchasing process


Any U-M faculty or staff member interested in learning how to purchase items and services for their unit or department


  • A short assignment (less than an hour) will be shared via email one week prior to the course. The assignment is expected to be completed prior to the session.

Program Note:

  • This session is being delivered in a live e-learning format. The participant link will be delivered in the registration confirmation email.

Topic Area

  • Leadership and Management

Domain and Expectation

  • Execution
    • Achieve results
    • Solve problems


  • Member of a Team
  • Leading a Team


  • Level 1: Awareness

Upcoming Sessions

Code: OL25IPr01

Presenter: Procurement Services

Cost: $0

Registration Deadline: Thu 8/1/24

  • Thu 8/8/24 10:00 am to 11:00 am
    Location: Online Webinar

Code: OL25IPr02

Presenter: Procurement Services

Cost: $0

Registration Deadline: Fri 11/15/24

  • Fri 11/22/24 10:00 am to 11:00 am
    Location: Online Webinar