Contracts play a vital role in nearly every aspect of construction. This subject provides essential knowledge of many legal aspects of construction contracts and practice in reading and interpreting contract documents. Using ‘real’ documents and scenarios, practical contract administration skills are developed that are directly transferable to the workplace. This subject breaks down much of the complexity often attributed to contracts and will allow the student to approach the administration of a construction contract with confidence.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Society & Design|
|Subject title:||Project Contract Administration|
Delivery & attendance
|Attendance and learning activities:||As successful completion of this subject is heavily dependent on participation during all scheduled sessions, attendance will be monitored. Most sessions build on the content of the previous one. It is difficult for a student to recover if a session is missed. It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on any content missed and to complete set work outside class. It is also necessary for students to engage proactively and contribute positively in discussions, analyses and case studies. The assessments are an important part of developing the knowledge and understanding required to fulfil the minimum requirements of this subject. In addition to ‘remote’ face-to-face contact time, students should plan to spend a minimum of 84 hours undertaking preparation/out of class work/personal study for this subject. This is intended as a general guide only for workload planning. More time may be required depending on the student's comprehension of the content delivered in class and aptitude for the subject. Please note that subsequent subjects assume the student has a full understanding of this subject - this content will not be repeated.|
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Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.
At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Critically examine and evaluate the rights and obligations of the various parties to a standard form of building contract.
- Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the mandatory contractual procedures for administering project scope, quality, cost and time.
- Apply practical working skills in key areas of contract administration during the construction phase of a complex building project.
- Provide advice on the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of contract for a specialised and non-specialised audience.
|*In-Class Quiz - Individual||Individual tests progressively through semester||40%||Progressive||1, 2, 4.|
|Skills Assignment||Evaluation of a 'real' contract, interpretation of it's conditions and performing various contract administration tasks.||30%||Week 10||1, 2, 3.|
|Take-home Examination||Timed take-home exam||30%||Final Examination Period||1, 2, 3, 4.|
Students must achieve a minimum 50% cumulative total for all assessment items to be eligible to pass this subject.
- * 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.
|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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Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.
Policy on late submission and extensions
A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.
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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.
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.
Additional subject information
Students will be notified of all assessment grades (except final exam) through the "My Grades" link in iLearn.
Examine the motivations for entering into a contract and consider ways that project success is rated. Examine their influence on the process and practice of forming the contract terms and conditions. Balance the rights of one party to a construction contract with the obligations of the other.1, 3, 4.
Review the range of types of construction works including: by market/sector; by client; by type of work; by size and complexity; and by services delivered. Identify common basic requirements of the construction contract and identify approaches to creation of conditions of contract. Introduce the AS 4000 Standard Form of Building Contract.1, 3, 4.
Review the typical parts of a construction contract and identify their purpose. Identify documents commonly provided as 'contract documents' and consider their purpose, including: Contract Drawings; Contract Works Specifications; Contract Bills of Quantities (priced)/Contract Schedule of Rates (priced); Contract Program; Scope of Works; Method Statement; Site Investigation Report; Pre-contract Correspondence.2, 3.
Review the meaning and purpose of Security and Insurance in the context of construction. Examine the AS 4000 conditions of contract to identify: the alternatives and processes available for their provision, and how they work and the remedies available if/when their provision is not made according to the contract terms and conditions.1, 2, 3.
Recognise the relationships between the various participants of a project and their responsibilities/relationships to the project, to each other and to the head contract parties. Understand the purpose of subcontracting, what it brings to the industry and a project. Consider the benefits of: adequate consideration, management and treatment of subcontractors and their works when planning the works and handling changes that occur during construction.1, 2, 3.
Examine the common causes of variations and the way they are provided for and administered in contracts and the AS 4000 in particular. Understand the responsibility and process for raising, valuing and claiming for varied work(s) in the terms and conditions provided by the AS 4000 contract.1, 2, 3.
Identify contract provisions for works progress and timing/ programming of works. Consider how progress is measured/assessed against what is provided in the contract provisions. Review procedures and remedies available in the event delays to completion are anticipated and/or extensions of time to complete the works are indicated.1, 2, 3.
Compare the relative scale of investment and cashflow for a typical construction project (product) with those typically seen in other industries. Understand how interim/regular valuation and payments for works completed enables more active 'players' in the industry and so improves competition. Follow the general principles seen in the industry for evaluation of works completed and the process of making application for and certification of interim payments. Look at provisions in the AS 4000 for this to occur and see how the payments are calculated and flow.1, 2, 3.