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.
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ANTHONY WARD: Construction projects can be expensive, complex, and often stressful for all concerned and, therefore, managing this process is not easy. As a project manager, you'll be required to manage your client's expectations as much as the project itself. And a part of this is understanding what your client's role is in terms of their contractual position.
Any construction project should have a written form of contract that covers the roles, responsibilities, and obligations of the various parties. In our case, we'll be focusing on the role of a client and the main contractor, as it's these parties that have the most important roles. And that is essentially where the client pays for the project and the contractor builds it.
It sounds simplistic. And in some respects it really is. But no two projects are the same. And there are many influencing factors that can impact on the success of a project.
This module will explore some of these factors and look at the contractual positions of the main parties with respect to their roles and obligations.
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
- Defective works
- Claims – time and money
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.