Construction Law

Unit code: NBC3005 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
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Construction law is an important area of legal specialisation concerned with building and infrastructure projects. This unit introduces the Australian legal system, provides an overview of common law and statutory framework governing the construction industry and explains the liabilities and responsibilities of key parties in construction contracts. Project delivery methods and risk mitigation, dispute avoidance, management and resolution are also covered.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Locate and review relevant legal information in Australian databases;
  2. Apply contract practices, procurement procedures and standard forms of contracts for building and infrastructure projects;
  3. Critically analyse the relationships, liabilities and responsibilities of key parties in construction contracts;
  4. Assess legal risks related to construction processes, and devise associated risk mitigation measures; and
  5. Critically evaluate different types of dispute avoidance, management and resolution mechanisms.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Short questions for individual assessment
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Individual quizzes (4)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 40%
Group report [with 5% group member evaluation and 5% peer review]
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Group presentation [with 5% peer review]

Required reading

A comprehensive set of notes will be available which will contain further references and reading material. Students will also be directed to journal articles for supplementary reading as they become relevant and available.

As part of a course

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