CONS07049 2019 Construction Contract Administration and Procurement

General Details

Full Title
Construction Contract Administration and Procurement
Transcript Title
Construction Contract Administ
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Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Owen Feeney, Daniel Clark Hagan
Programme Membership
SG_CCONS_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Construction in Construction Management SG_SCONS_N07 202000 Certificate in Science in Construction Site Management

The aim of this module is to enable the student to acquire a thorough understanding of contract administration and to develop the student's competence in the application of general legal principles and specific contractual procedures in the management of construction projects. The module will examine the legalities of contract formation and the various forms of standard construction contracts. Learners will explore and develop an an understanding of the various procurement routes that are available in the construction industry.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Apply the documentation relating to construction contracts from inception to completion of the project.


Compare and contrast procurement routes, then formulate advice on the most suitable procurement route and contractual strategy to use on a particular construction project.


Demonstrate an understanding of the administration process of construction contracts from commencement to completion.


Identify, examine and then define the legalities of contract formation and the various forms of standard construction contracts.


Formulate advice with respect to cost and financial administration of the project.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques.

This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), workshops and work based learning where relevant along with guest lectures and augmented by independent learning and directed learning.

This approach is expected to address student learning needs.

Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations and recordings of online lectures plus supplementary reading material and additional resources).

Moodle will also be further used as a means of assessment, utilising online quizzes, for the uploading of assignments and reports.

This multi-faceted, blended approach of; lectures, workshops and online resources fosters collaborative student learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Module will be assessed using a combination of end of semester final exam (60%), continuous assessment and course work (40%). The continuous assessment and course work will involve one assignment where students will be required to;

Examine the various Procurement Routes available and then suggest and justify recommendations for a basic procurement route approach for the
successful delivery of suggested construction projects

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

Contractor's financial management during progress of the works, cash flows, cost-value reconciliation and payment methods.

Ethics within the construction industry.

Introduction to the law of contract.

Performance bonds.

Principles of insurance.

Procurement methods and contractual types and arrangements.

Standard forms of contract - incorporating: project control procedures including interim valuations and final accounts, variations/change orders, nominated subcontractors and suppliers, delay and disruption, extensions of time, fluctuations in price, determination / termination.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Contnuious assessment Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % OnGoing 2,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exaam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Distance Learning Suite Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Directed Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2013-05-06 Modern Construction Management Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 047067217X ISBN-13 9780470672174

This new edition of a core undergraduate textbook for construction managers reflects current best practice, topical industry preoccupations and latest developments in courses and fundamental subjects for students. While the construction process still requires traditional skills, changes over recent decades today demand improved understanding of modern business, production and contractual practices. The authors have responded accordingly and the book has undergone a thorough re-write, eliminating some of the older material and adding new processes now considered essential to achieving lean construction. Particular emphasis is given, for example, to supply chains and networks, value and risk management, BIM, ICT, project arrangements, corporate social responsibility, training, health and welfare and environmental sustainability. Modern Construction Management presents construction as a socially responsible, innovative, carbon-reducing, manager-involved, people-orientated, crisis-free industry that is efficient and cost effective. The overall themes for the Seventh Edition are: Drivers for efficiency: lean construction underpinning production management and off-site production methods. Sustainability: reflecting the transition to a low carbon economy. Corporate Social Responsibility: embracing health & safety, modernistic contracts, effective procurement, and employment issues. Building Information Management: directed towards the improvement of construction management systems. The comprehensive selection of worked examples, based on real and practical situations in construction management and methods will help to consolidate learning. A companion website at offers invaluable support material for both tutors and students: Solutions to the self-learning exercises PowerPoint slides with discussion topics Journal and web references Structured to reflect site, business and corporate responsibilities of managers in construction, the book continues to provide strong coverage of the salient elements required for developing and equipping the modern construction manager with the competencies and skills for both technical and business related areas.

Required Reading
2015-02-19 Construction Project Manager's Pocket Book Routledge
ISBN 0415732395 ISBN-13 9780415732390

Construction project management requires a broad range of skills, from technical expertise to leadership, negotiation, team building and communication. This nononsense guide covers all of the essentials of the role, including: Pre-construction activities Design management and BIM Procurement Feasibility studies Environmental management systems People skills Recommended document formats Occupancy activities Construction project management activities are tackled in the order they occur on real projects, with reference made to the RIBA Plan of Work and OGC Gateway process throughout. This is the ideal concise reference which no project manager, construction manager, or quantity surveyor should be without.

Required Reading
2009-02-09 Construction Planning, Programming and Control Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 1405183802 ISBN-13 9781405183802

This book offers a clear explanation of the principles and practice of construction planning, programming and control during the preparation and construction stages of a project. The book is written in the context of current procurement and contractual arrangements and JCT2005, NEC3 and ICE7 contracts are covered. The statutory framework within which construction projects must be managed is explained and the topic of construction hazard and risk is covered in detail. A variety of programming techniques are explained and the development of safe construction sequences and methods is particularly emphasised. The control of time, money and resources are considered in a risk management context and a complete chapter is devoted to cash flow. The third edition has been extensively updated and extended to include new materials on: * Hazard identification * Risk assessment * Health and safety management * CDM 2007 * Construction sequences and method statements * Delay analysis * Waste management and Site Waste Management Plans The final three chapters are devoted to individual case studies which have been selected to illustrate the practical application of the principles explained in the book and to provide examples of current procedures adopted by major contractors. The content is designed to provide a clear and comprehensive text for undergraduates on construction management, surveying and civil engineering degree courses.

Required Reading
2010-08-27 Management in the Built Environment in Ireland Gill & MacMillan
ISBN 0717148017 ISBN-13 9780717148011

A comprehensive introduction to the concepts, principles and practices of Management as applied to the Built Environment in Ireland.

Required Reading
2002-01-21 Construction Management in Practice Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 0632064021 ISBN-13 9780632064021

While most construction management books are project based, this book looks at management principles and techniques applied to the day-to-day problems facing a business in the construction industry. It covers: Business strategy Industrial relations Health and safety Managing people Financial management Quantitative methods The text includes end of chapter review questions and a range of illustrative examples. Since the book was first written in 1982 much has changed. The Second Edition has been thoroughly revised and takes account of the increased globalisation of construction, the move from public to private sector work, the drive for productivity, changing procurement methods, new emphasis on life cycle costing and much more. It will provide a valuable text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in construction management, surveying and civil engineering as well as offering useful insights for practitioners undertaking CPD activities.

Required Reading
2015-05-21 Procurement, Principles & Management Prentice Hall
ISBN 1292016019 ISBN-13 9781292016016

Now in its eleventh edition, Procurement Principles and Management has been essential reading for practitioners and students of purchasing and procurement for nearly 50 years. This new edition will provide the reader with a reflection of mainstream practice alongside insight into developing ideas and approaches. This book has been updated to cover the continuous change and development in the field of purchasing, and carefully balances emerging philosophies with proven and established thinking and practice in the profession. New features in this edition: A new and thorough consideration of contract law and negotiation Expanded treatment of many key topics, including ABC analysis, Kraljic, Bensau, and TCO A new section on risk New additional examples of services/tangibles procurement Additional material exploring off-shoring/on-shoring Increased focus on culture. Procurement Principles and Management is published in association with the Charted Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), which is the central reference point for the purchasing and supply profession. Details about courses, conferences and other service are available at Peter Baily, formerly Chief Examiner for CIPS David Farmer, formerly Henley Management College Barry Crocker, formerly Salford University David Jessop, formerly University of Glamorgan David Jones, Blackburn College

Required Reading
2005-01 Integrating Value and Risk in Construction
ISBN 0860176398 ISBN-13 9780860176398

This versatile toolkit helps clients and construction professionals integrate existing value management, value engineering and risk management methodologies from the initial concept of a proposed project to the successful delivery of the facility.

Required Reading
2000-06-12 Economic Theory and the Construction Industry Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 0333774795 ISBN-13 9780333774793

This revised edition of an established classic textbook brings the subject right up to date. It applies economic theory to the formation of demand on the construction industry and to the way the industry responds. This edition provides a topical assessment of the implication for competition of new methods of procurement, includes a new chapter on rehabilitation, repair and maintenance, and extends the use of theory to issues such as the problems of appropriate technology for developing countries, and contractors' diversification.

Required Reading
1993 Value Management in Design and Construction Taylor & Francis
ISBN 0419151206 ISBN-13 9780419151203

Value management (VM), first developed in the USA, is now a growing service in the UK construction industry as well as developing rapidly on mainland Europe. The quantity surveying profession has recently targeted it as one of its key services for development over the next decade.

Required Reading
2017-02-16 Total Construction Management Routledge
ISBN 1138908541 ISBN-13 9781138908543

A convergence of lean management and quality management thinking has taken place in organizations across many industries, including construction. Practices in procurement, design management and construction management are all evolving constantly and understanding these changes and how to react is essential to successful management. This book provides valuable insights for owners, designers and constructors in the construction sector. Starting by introducing the language of total quality, lean and operational excellence, this book takes the reader right up to the latest industry practice in this sector, and demonstrates the best way to manage change. Written by two of the world's leading experts, Total Construction Management: Lean quality in construction project delivery offers a clearly structured introduction to the most important management concepts and practices used in the global construction industry today. This authoritative book covers issues such as procurement, BIM, all forms of waste, construction safety, and design and construction management, all explained with international case studies. It is a perfect guide for managers in all parts of the industry, and ideal for those preparing to enter the industry.

Required Reading
2013-09-03 Project Control RSMeans
ISBN 1118139232 ISBN-13 9781118139233

The key to successful project control is the fusing of cost to schedule whereby the management of one helps to manage the other. Project Control: Integrating Cost and Schedule in Construction explores the reasons behind and the methodologies for proper planning, monitoring, and controlling both project costs and schedule. Filling a current void the topic of project control applied to the construction industry, it is essential reading for students and professionals alike.

Required Reading
2016-02-01 Procurement and Supply Chain Management Pearson
ISBN 1292086114 ISBN-13 9781292086118

This market-leading text continues its claim to be the most comprehensive textbook on procurement and supply chain management currently available. It is also of value to professionals and those specialists in other fields who need an understanding of the role and influence of this vital area of business performance. The subject matter has been brought to life using extensive real-life examples and a truly international focus on procurement and supply chain. This new fully revised edition covers new developments in the procurement and supply chain field, and offers increased coverage of project procurement and risk management, global sourcing and contract management, alongside a brand new chapter on Legal and Contractual Management. What's new? The entire content has been updated to reflect such changes as contract risk, EU Procurement Regulations, category management, procurement strategies and world-class procurement. Extensive research has been carried out on an international scale to reflect material changes in the procurement profession. New teaching resources, including an Instructors Manual and comprehensive PowerPoint slides available from Procurement & Supply Chain Management offers great value to those aspiring to be leaders in the profession and who are engaged in professional studies for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply examinations at both the Foundation and Professional stages. It is also a valuable source of practical and reference information for practising professionals. Dr Brian Farrington is the Managing Director of his specialist company, Brian Farrington Limited. They provide training and consultancy support to the public and private sectors of business. They work on major projects and high-value, high-profile and high-risk procurements. He has extensive experience in the USA, Canada, Southern Africa, Hong Kong and Europe. He has resolved major disputes and negotiated complex contracts, including outsourcing key business services.

Required Reading
2013 Construction Law
ISBN 0414023196 ISBN-13 9780414023192

'Construction Law' is a concise, straightforward account of all the law relating to the construction industry, ideal for students of construction law and those requiring an introduction to its practice. This edition has been updated to reflect the fast pace of change in this field of law.

Required Reading
2017 Contract Law
ISBN 1292147091 ISBN-13 9781292147093

Contract Law is designed to provide coverage of the fundamental legal principles at play in this area. Written in the authors' trademark clear and engaging style and incorporating a range of student-focused features, the book also introduces critical and contextual analysis to help you to develop your own critique and deepen your understanding of the law of contract.

Required Reading
2018-08 Law Express
ISBN 1292210125 ISBN-13 9781292210124

JOIN OVER HALF A MILLION STUDENTS WHO CHOSE TO REVISE WITH LAW EXPRESS Revise with the help of the UK's bestselling law revision series. Features: Review essential cases, statutes, and legal terms before exams. Assess and approach the subject by using expert advice. Gain higher marks with tips for advanced thinking and further discussions. Avoid common pitfalls with Don't be tempted to. Practice answering sample questions and discover additional resources on the Companion website.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

See Book List

Journal Resources

Journal of Public Procurement

International Journal of Procurement Management

Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management

International Journal of Public Procurement

Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management

Additional Information