QUSU06019 2012 Introduction to Construction Law

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Construction Law
Transcript Title
Law QS
N/A %
Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
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

This course provides the learner with an introduction to both Irish and European legal systems. The learner will be introduced to the basic principles in law which underpin many aspects of the commercial/construction environment. It is intended that this module will provide the learner with sufficient legal to 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 knowledge and understanding of (i) the key features of the Irish Legal System and the Legal Systems of other countries and (ii)  the sources of law relevant to the construction industry


Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the fundementals of both the law of contract and the law of tort and assess how both underpin the key concepts involved in both the construction process and construction contracts


Demonstrate an applied knowledge and understanding of salient areas of law that impact on the administration and operation of a construction project and evaluate key legal scenarios relating to each.


Critically assess the role, obligations and responsibilities of the quanity surveyor and other proffesionals under both the construction contract and the general operation of the law (legal liability) evaluating underlying ethical considerations


Formulate legal advice/opinion based on the thorough examination of the facts and the application of legal concepts

Module Assessment Strategies

Important legal concepts and issues will be examined through class discussion/debate, individual/group presentations and problem type questions as well as written examination.

Indicative Syllabus

1.      Introduction to Law, Morality and Ethics

2.      Sources of Construction Law – EU, Constitution, Legislation, Case Law and ECHR

3.      Administration of Law – Courts, Personnel, etc.

4.      The Law of Contract – Formation, Termination, Discharge

5.      The Law of Contract – Variations, Collateral Warranties, etc

6.      The Law of Tort – Trespass, Nuisance and Negligence

7.      General Liabilities – Occupiers, Vicarious, Employers and Builders

8.      Liability of Construction Personnel - QS, Architect, Engineer, Contract Administrator, Project Manager

9.      General Commercial/Business Law - Sale of Goods & Services, Consumer Law, etc

10.    Employment Law - Employment Contacts, Unfair Dismissal, Equality

11.   Health and Safey Law and Regulations

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, Case Law Problems, Assignment, Presentation, Quiz, CA Exam Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 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 Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 1x2 Hours 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Directed 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.      Doolan, B. (2011) Principles of Irish Law, 8th Edition. Oxford, Blackwell.

3.      Clark, R. (2008) Contract Law in Ireland. 6rd Edition, Dublin, Roundhall

4.      Connolly, U., (2009) Nutshell Tort, 2nd Edition, Dublin, Roundhall

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

6.      Gardiner, N & B., (2011) Irish Health and Safety Law - A guide for small and medium business, 1st Edition, Dublin, Kite Books

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

Other Resources

Articles and Case Law provided on Subject Moodle Page


Case Reports

Additional Information