Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Construction Contract Administration

Course summary

Course code: LAW1197
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Built Environment
Course Coordinator(s): Yvonne Simpson

Specification

Aims

Those who pursue careers in construction will require a working knowledge of the key components and administration of construction contracts.

• To develop an understanding of the nature and types of construction contract.
• Examine the responsibilities and liabilities of the various parties involved in the design and construction process.
• To develop an understanding of the administration of construction contracts.
• To understand the relevant legislation that affects the administration of the contract.
• To provide an understanding of dispute resolution within the construction industry.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcome

1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the standard forms of construction contract and their application to the construction industry
2. Demonstrate an understanding of contract administration in relation to the contract.
3. Show an understanding of the rights, duties and liabilities of various parties including the employer, sub-contractors, architects, engineers and surveyors within the contract.
4. Explain the procedures for Alternative Dispute Resolution in relation to the construction industry
5. Appreciate the provisions of the Construction Act, and Health and Safety at Work Act where applicable to the administration of the contract.

Indicative content

The course will explore the principles of contract law in the context of the parties within a construction project. The placing of the contract, including tendering, letters of intent, acceptance and the terms of the building contract will be covered. The terms implied by the Construction Act 1996 will also be considered. Standard forms of contract such as the JCT Contract will be evaluated. The rights, duties and liability of builders, surveyors, architect and engineers will also be reviewed. The administration of the contract will be explored incorporating meetings, instructions, variations, cost control, payments, completion, defects, final accounts, delays and disputes and insolvency. Remedies under contract will be studied as is Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 & 1984 and Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969. Dispute resolution methods will also be explored.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be mainly delivered by lectures, supplemented by discussions and workshops to explore construction administrative and relevant legal concepts with set readings and individual consultations. Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours). Scheduled contact hours:
lectures 48; seminars; supervised practical sessions; tutorials 24; formative assessment 12; other scheduled time. Guided independent study: Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision. Independent coursework 226; Total 300.

Assessment

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Essay.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these):L01,LO2,LO3
Weighting % 30%
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 2500
Outline Details: Written.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Presentations.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these):LO1,LO2, LO3,L04,LO5.
Weighting % 20%
Pass Mark 40
Word Length n/a
Outline Details: Verbal.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Exam
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these):LO1,LO2, LO3,L04,LO5.
Weighting % 50%
Pass Mark 40
Word Length n/a
Outline Details: Written.