Module title: Contract Administration and Practice

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV09111
Module leader: Mike Thomson
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying
Prerequisites

Module code: BSV07104
Module title: Property and Construction Business Law
Examples of equivalent learning: Legal studies to a level equivalent to SCQF level 7 in Commercial Law

2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mike Thomson
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Lectures are supported by comprehensive student notes (available on WebCT). Tutorials are based around self assessment questions contained in the tutorial exercises. Tutorials are interactive with discussions about the solutions to the questions posed. Students are encouraged to read outside the teaching units and have weekly directed reading.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
The key skills developed partially align with the RICS Quantity Surveying and Construction Pathway Competency: Contract Administration (T016); Contract Practice (T017); Conflict Avoidance, Management and Dispute Resolution Procedures (M006) at RICS Levels 1 and 2

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the contractual, legislative and statutory terminology/ requirements of a construction contract

Examples of knowledge comprised within this level are:

- The various standard forms of contract and sub-contract used in the industry
- Basic contractual mechanisms and procedures applied at various stages of the contract
- The roles and responsibilities of the administrator
- Basic contract law and legislation
- Contract documentation
- The various standard forms of contract and sub-contract
- When the different forms would be used
- Basic contractual mechanisms and procedures at various stages of the contract
- Third party rights including relevant legislation and the use of collateral warranties

Level 2

Implement administrative procedures necessary for the smooth running of a construction contract.

Examples of activities and knowledge comprised within this level are:

- Issuing instructions
- Dealing with payment provisions
- Managing change procedures
- Involvement with dispute avoidance
- Dealing with completion and possession issues
- Issuing certificates.
- Understanding general contractual provisions such as letters of intent,insurances, retention, bonds

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 115
Independent Learning Guided independent study 13
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-5 12 HOURS= 36, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Types of contract, applications and principal features.
Standard Forms of Contract - availability and applications; relationship to common and statute law and ordinary contracts.
Provisions of JCT 2005 in regard to:
Obligations of the Parties; Instructions; Variations; Completion; Practical Completion and Making Good Defects; Payments, Retention and Final Accounts; Insurances; Damages and Contractual Claims; Sub Contracting; Determination.
Other Scottish Building Contracts.
eContracts in the Construction Industry.
Dispute Resolution.
Relevant Case Law.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1 demonstrate an understanding of the legal framework and develop appropriate procedures associated
with the administration of the construction process;
LO2 explain and apply the general principles of construction contract procedures;
LO3 investigate, analyse and resolve contractual problems;
LO4 apply good practice in the management of contractual matters;
LO5 communicate effectively on contractual matters.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BSV09111 Contract Administration and Practice