This unit develops students' understanding of the responsibilities of various stakeholders as well as their liabilities by comparing different types of procurement systems and project delivery in built environment projects. The law relating to principles and practice of project procurement management  is also considered. Practical assessments will equip students to both develop skills in analysing contractual issues and facilitate relationships between various stakeholders in a project. The roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder, risk apportionment between various stakeholders and determination of risks to be covered by insurances, bonds or other risk allocation instruments are all investigated.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse a range of procurement systems to develop project delivery strategy for a variety of built environment projects;  
  2. Evaluate complex problems associated with contract management to propose procurement solution for built environment projects;  
  3. Critically review the general principles and application of contract management, including procurement strategies relating to tenders applied to projects; and  
  4. Analyse contractual risks for built environment projects and extrapolate principles to the allocation and management of a contract.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Individual Project (1000 words) 20%
Project Group Project (3000 words equivalent) 40%
Examination Final Examination (2 hours) 40%

Required reading

Various texts are currently being reviewed - it is anticipated that there may be one required text and up to two recommended texts. Current texts being reviewed include:

Fundamentals of Building Contract Management 2nd ed.
Uher, T.E. and Davenport, P. (2009)
Sydney:UNSW Press

The Aqua Group Guide to Procurement, Tendering and Contract Administration
Hackett, M., Robinson, I. & Statham, G., (2007)
Blackwell, Publ.

Building Procurement 2nd ed.
Morledge, R. and Smith, A. (2013)
Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell

Construction Contracting 7th ed.
Clough, R. H., Sears, G. A, and Sears, S. K., (2005)
New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc

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