LAW07025 2012 Construction Law

General Details

Full Title
Construction Law
Transcript Title
Construction Law
N/A %
Subject Area
LAW - Law
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2012 - Full Academic Year 2012-13
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Gary McGinty
Programme Membership
SG_JCONS_B07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and Costing SG_JQUAN_B07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying SG_JCONS_B07 201400 Bachelor of Science in Construction Cost Management SG_JQUAN_H08 201400 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_B07 201500 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_H08 201500 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_H08 201500 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying

The course will expand the learners legal knowledge to understand and identify the complexities of law surrounding construction project and contracts. The legal meaning and implication of key terms in construction contracts will be examined in detail. Issues relating to the administration of contract projects will also be considered. The main legal differnce between standard forms of contract will be idendified and evaluated. This module will combine a mix of theory and problems (based on case law) to illustrate the application of key principles.

Learning Outcomes

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


Critically assess the role, obligations and responsibilities of the employer and the contractor under both the construction contract and the general operation of the law


Demonstrate an applied understanding of the general law underpinning many standard construction terms and provisions which are encountered in the administration of consrtuction contracts.


Identify, evaluate and assess key legal issues and  differences between standard forms of construction contract


Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legal and statutory requirements for the resolution of disputes in construction contracts including conflict management and dispute resolution procedures within the construction process.


Assess and analyse legal concepts/facts and formulate legal opinion/advice on varying area of construction law

Module Assessment Strategies


Module Dependencies

Law - QUSU07001

Indicative Syllabus

1. Construction Insurance

2. Bonds, Guarantees and Security

3. Tendering and Contract Documents

4. Obligations of Contractor and Employer

5. Contractual Terms In Construction Contracts

6. Liquidated Damages

7. Delay and Disruption

8. Construction Legislation - Building Regs, Planning, Construction Bill/Act

9. Contract Types & Standard Forms Of Contract

10. Litigation In Construction

11. Evidence and the Expert Witness

12. Dispute Resolution - Mediation, Concilliation, Adjudication and Arbitration

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Esaay, Probelms, Assignment, Presentation, Quiz, CA Exam Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Any 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written Paper Final Exam UNKNOWN 70 % End of Year 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom 2 x 1 Hour Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Directed Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

1.      Keane  & Hussey.(2007)  Construction Projects: Law and Practise, Round Hall Looseleaf

2.      Furmston, M. (2012) Building Contract Casebook, 5th Edition. Oxford, Blackwell.

3.      Murdoch, J. (2007) Construction Contracts Law and Management. 4th ed. London, Routledge.

4.      Adriaanse, J. (2010) Construction Contract Law.3rd Edition, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan.

5.      Baster, J., Minogue, A., O'Reilly, M., Ramsey, V. eds. (2011) Construction Law Handbook. 7th ed. London, Thomas Telford Journals.

6.      Uff, J. (2009) Construction Law. 10th ed. London, Sweet and Maxwell.

7.      Knowles, R (2012) 200 Contractual Problems and their Solutions, 3rd Ed, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex

8.      Wood, D.,Chynoweth. P.,Adshead,J., Mason, J. (2011) Law and the Built Environment, 1st Ed, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex.

Other Resources

Legal articles, commentary and legal cases


Additional Information