LAW08012 2019 Civil Engineering Law 402H

General Details

Full Title
Civil Engineering Law 402H
Transcript Title
Civil Engineering Law 402H
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Subject Area
LAW - Law
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Gary McGinty
Programme Membership
SG_ECIVL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVL_K08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering (Add-on)

The module will introduce the students to the salient and important areas of law that operate in the field of civil engineering and civil engineering projects.. The fundamental areas of both contractual and tortious liability are introduced and expanded further to include the law relating to construction and engineering projects.Key legislative provisions that affect the construction industry is also considered. It is intended that this module will provide students with sufficient legal knowledge to identify legal problems and create an awareness of where legal expertise may need to be sought.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate awareness and understanding of  the Irish Legal System and  the sources of law relevant to the construction industry.


Examine and assess the important legal areas of both the law of contract and the law of tort and critically assess how both impact on the construction/engineering process.


Identify and critically assess the role, duty of care, responsibility and liability of the Civil Engineer including the evaluation of the relevant codes of conducts and overriding ethical considerations.


Critically assess Health and Safety Legislation as it applies to the construction industry including the role, obligations and responsibilities of key personnel established under such legislation


Demonstrate an applied knowledge and understanding of the salient areas of law relating to Civil Engineering Projects and to formulate legal advice/opinion based on the thorough examination of the facts and the application of legal concepts.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques.

 This will include lectures  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 (70%), continuous assessment and course work (30%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Indicative Syllabus

1.      Introduction to Law

2.      Sources & Administration of Engineering Law

4.      Construction contract law

5.      Introduction to Tort Law & Negligence

6.      Negligence & Liability Construction

8.      Health, Safety and Welfare Law focussing on role of Designers

9.      Introduction to Land Law including ownership & easement

10.  Planning and Development Law

11. Building Control

11.  Environmental Impact Assessment and Appropriate Assessment



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 Essay, Project, Legal Problems, Quiz, Presentation 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 Wriiten Paper Final Exam UNKNOWN 70 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom 4 x 1 Hour Lectures 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Directed 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified On-Line Lecture 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Directed 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2010-12-08 Law & the Built Environment John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781405197601 ISBN-13 1405197609

Law and the Built Environment is a core textbook for all students undertaking compulsory law modules on construction, real estate and property management programmes. This single text provides an accessible introduction to the many areas of law studied by aspiring built environment professionals. Written by a team of lecturers with many years teaching experience in these areas, key principles of English law are placed in their relevant professional context and clearly explained in exactly the right level of detail for success in the modules studied. The book also focuses in greater depth on some specialist areas of built environment professional practice, including construction contracts, health and safety, rent review, dilapidations, and lease renewals. It provides an essential resource for students studying for qualifications leading to professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). It caters primarily for students studying these subjects at bachelors degree level, but will also be suitable for students on programmes at HNC and HND levels, as well as those undertaking professional examinations. It will also provide introductory reading for students undertaking masters level programmes, and particularly for the increasing numbers of graduates from other disciplines who are now studying on RICS-accredited masters degree conversion programmes.

Required Reading
2007-01-01 Construction Projects Round Hall
ISBN 185800473X ISBN-13 9781858004730

Construction Projects Law and Practice provides you with a comprehensive step-by-step guide to the law governing the construction process - from pre-construction to dispute resolution. It covers concerns such as regulation, building contracts, problems in construction projects, insurance and dispute resolution. Written by an unrivaled panel of nine professionals, drawn from both the legal and construction arenas, each section examines, in detail, a major legal or business issue from the perspective of the all the parties involved. It provides you with citations to key cases throughout, along with analysis of the factual circumstances that led to key decisions. This one volume reference manual presents you with a clear and unambiguous statement of the law related to construction.Construction Projects Law and Practice is the ultimate reference to this complex and heavily regulated industry and can save you time by helping you locate the right answers quickly.Editors:The Late David Keane was an architect and author of Building and the Law - 4th Edition published by the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland. Anthony Hussey is a practising solicitor specialising in construction law. He is also a registered Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.Contributors:Brian Hutchinson is a senior lecturer in law at University College, Dublin with a special interest in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Nap Keeling is a practising barrister. Eoin O'Cofaigh is an architect. Gerry O'Sullivan is a health and safety expert with Mulcahy, McDonagh & Partners. Patrick McGovern is a partner in Arthur Cox and specialises in Commercial, Telecommunications and Public Procurement. Yvonne Scannell is a senior professor in environmental and land use law in Trinity College Dublin. Fintan Valentine is a practising barrister.

Required Reading
2012-01-11 Powell9;]Smith and Furmston's Building Contract Casebook John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781119963882 ISBN-13 1119963885

The interaction between general principles and the provisions of the standard building and construction contracts is a central feature of construction law. The major part of the law is laid down in decided cases, and construction professionals should be familiar with these cases but the information is scattered throughout a large number of law reports. The fifth edition of Powell Smith and Furmston's Building Contract Casebook is designed to help construction professionals become familiar with those key cases. It brings together a wide range of cases on the main aspects of the law of construction contracts, states the principle established by each case and gives a summary of the facts and the decision. For the majority of cases, verbatim extracts from the judgment are included. The casebook presents the leading cases on each topic, together with many lesser-known but important decisions. A number of useful decisions from the Commonwealth are also included. Throughout, the author's approach is practical rather than academic.

Required Reading
2013-01 An Introduction to Irish Planning Law Goodman Publishers
ISBN 190454116X ISBN-13 9781904541165

An up-to-date introduction to the Irish planning system.

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Irish Planning and Environmental Law Journal, Periodical, Thomson Roundhall, Dublin


URL Resources


Other Resources

Case Law

Legal Articles/Commentaries