QUSU06019 2017 Introduction to Construction Law

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Construction Law
Transcript Title
Law QS
Code
QUSU06019
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
Department
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Gary McGinty
Programme Membership
SG_CCONS_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction SG_CCONS_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Economics SG_CCEOL_C06 201800 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Economics (Online)
Description

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;

1.

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

2.

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

3.

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.

4.

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

5.

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

Teaching and Learning Strategies

1

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.

Repeat Assessments

1

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

Part Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Live Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning/Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Indepedent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Live Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning/ Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning 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

Journals

Case Reports

Additional Information

None