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SSUD71-308: Project Contract Administration May 2018 [Intensive - Weeks 5 & 10]

General information

Project Contract Administration considers the various forms of standard building contract, the basic principles and practice of administering building and construction projects, insurances and security, selection of a builder, variations to contract works, adjustments to contract sums and financial control, time in building contracts, payments, defects in contract works, subcontracts, delays, extensions, and completion of works and retention monies.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SSUD71-308
Subject title:Project Contract Administration
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x6 (Total hours: 18) - 2 x 1.5hours on each day of intensive
  • Seminar: x6 (Total hours: 18) - 2 x 1.5hour seminars on each day of intensive
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 108) - Recommended Study Hours (Out of class learning, research and study activities)
Attendance and learning activities: Students are required to attend all lectures and seminars, and complete any readings or other activities advised during lectures. Students are also required to engage proactively and contribute positively to discussions, analysis and case studies. The assignment is formative in nature and an important part of developing the knowledge and understanding required to fulfill the minimum requirements of this subject. In addition to face to face contact time on campus, students should plan to spend minimum of 108 hours undertaking preparation/out of class work/personal study for this subject ie. 104 hours spread over 8 weeks (assumes 4 hours reading completed prior to first intensive block). This is intended as a general guide only for planning the semester’s workload. More time may be required depending on the student's comprehension of the content delivered in class and aptitude for the subject.


Prescribed resources:
  • Greg Goldfayl (2004). Construction Contract Administration. 2 ED, Sydney: UNSW Press , 283.
  • Standards Association of Australia. Committee OB/3 - General Conditions of Contract,Standards Association of Australia. Joint Technical Committee OB/3, General Conditions of Contract General Conditions of Contract.
  • Australian Building Industry Contracts (ABIC) & AIA (2003). Major Works Contract MW-1. [Major Works Contract (ABIC MW-1 2003)] Australian Institute of Architects.
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Critically examine the rights and responsibilities of the various parties to a standard form of building contract.
  2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the mandatory contractual procedures for administering project scope, quality, cost and time.
  3. Develop practical working skills in the key areas of contract administration during the construction phase of a building project.
  4. Provide advice on the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of contract for building work.
  5. Demonstrate a mature understanding of rights and obligations of the parties to building contracts.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Skills Assignment § Major Assignment 30% Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4.
Online Quiz Mid-semester exam 20% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Paper-based Examination (Limited Open) ^ Demonstration of conceptual and detailed knowledge of construction contracts, as well as ability to navigate a standard set of general conditions. 50% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Pass requirement

50% overall, with a minimum of 50% in the final examination.

  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per calendar day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per calendar day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Introduction to Conditions of Contract, Insurance and Security, Administration Requirements, Defaults and Disputes, and Subcontracts.

Variations, Delays and Extensions, Interim Valuations and Completion

Approved on: Apr 30, 2018. Edition: 1.6
Last updated: May 23, 2018.