Core Module Information
Module title: Contract Administration (GA)

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV08404
Module leader: Nirodha Fernando
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


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 2011/16 & NEC3/4 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;
• Other Scottish Building Contracts.
• Selecting an appropriate procurement route using a scoring matrix system based on a client’s requirements for their project.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

LO1: demonstrate an understanding of the legal framework and 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: demonstrate an understanding of the procurement options available in the UK construction industry
LO5: apply good practice in the selection of appropriate procurement strategies for individual projects;

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, 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:
This shall comprise a lecture of up to 2 hours with a linked 1-hour tutorial, held twice per day over a consecutive five day period. The face-to-face teaching delivered in Week 1 shall be supported by independent guided study and underpinned with work-based learning when back in the office and completing the assessments specified for the module (Weeks 2-15).

Lectures are supported by comprehensive student notes and classroom presentations (available on VLE). 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.

Formative Assessment:
The provision of formative feedback is a key component of the LTA approach underpinning this module. Formative feedback opportunities are built into each tutorial where students will be encouraged to engage with and reflect upon module themes via a series of different learning tasks. These provide opportunities for the module tutor to help with students' understanding and interpretation of module topics. This formative feedback is delivered in class time in response to student contributions both individually and collectively. Formative feedback arises via the discussion and analysis of tutorial questions, practical examples/cases and associated reflection on a range of learning tasks.
Formative assessment for this module takes two main forms:
a) Feedback on contractual matters through the discussion of various construction contract issues embedded in the lecture and workshop presentations.
b) Class exercise based on the compilation of a selection matrix, the format for which is used in part of the summative assessment portfolio.

In addition, one-to-one bespoke feedback is available on a weekly basis for any students who wish to discuss particular aspects of the module or the assignment out-with the class environment.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment in week 7 based on a Portfolio submission. The portfolio will require students to demonstrate essential contractual and procurement skills to complete a varied series of tasks relating to particular subjects relevant to contract procedures and appropriate procurement/contract selection. Students will be expected to commit circa 36 hours to researching problem solving and responding to various scenarios. The assessment will combine elements of class-taught contractual matters, choosing an appropriate procurement route for a scenario given in class and reporting on contractual matters researched though the Apprentice's workplace.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 18
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 36
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 3
Other Work based learning 135
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-5 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Contract Administration (GA)