Overview and aims

Construction-related contracts are used widely in the industry and play an increasingly important role in your everyday working practice. You will develop your appreciation of key contract rights and responsibilities, including key cases and rules.

You will develop your existing knowledge so that you are able to undertake contract practice duties and give reasoned professional advice on matters relating to construction contracts.

Additionally, you will develop a critical awareness of current issues and development in the subject skills of analysing case law and applying it appropriately to arguments surrounding the use of contracts.

Module content

This module provides an opportunity to develop and enhance your knowledge and understanding of construction contracts and their application. This will include examination of the key aspects of construction contracts relating to the wider context of the construction industry.

  • Contract formation and key contract principles, including letters of intent
  • Standard forms of construction contract
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Third parties and collateral warranties
  • Certification
  • Defective works
  • Claims – time and money
  • Insurance
  • Variations
  • Payment

Learning outcomes

After studying this module you should be able to:

  • discuss and critically appraise key contract principles
  • discuss and critically analyse the rights and responsibilities of those involved with construction projects and effectively use contractual mechanisms to reduce or redistribute liability and risk
  • articulate and critically evaluate solutions to complex problems relating to the contractual administration of construction projects within a defined time period
  • synthesise knowledge across a broad range of legal concepts impacting of the administration of construction contracts
  • integrate reasoned argument with a detailed understanding of relevant case law.

This module will help you gain the skills and qualities to:

  • collect and integrate information and data from various sources
  • analyse, evaluate and interpret complex factual information and relevant issues in a systematic, critical and creative manner, and evaluate alternative processes and/or measure against relative criteria; making logical recommendations based on analysis, information and circumstances
  • identify, define, critically evaluate and propose solutions to complex problems, including generation of new ideas, innovations, and concepts where appropriate
  • effectively communicate information, ideas and concepts in a clear and articulate style, including the use of information technologies and systems where appropriate
  • apply study and research skills and act autonomously in planning, organising and executing your personal academic and professional development
  • use a range of contemporary electronic methods in a critical, creative and innovative way, and use complex subject specific specialist software to communicate nationally and internationally.

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