Course Title: Construction Contract Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Construction Contract Law

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


Singapore Inst of Management


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Offsh1 13,
Offsh1 14,
Offsh3 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh1 17


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Offsh1 14,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh1 17

Course Coordinator: Norman Franzi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0497

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 008.08.74

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course BUIL1247 Introduction to Built Environment Law before you commence this course.

Course Description

This course will develop your skills and knowledge within the specialised area of construction contract law. The objectives of this course are to develop your critical understanding of construction contract legislation, And your ability to apply construction contract legal principles to practice. Topics covered will include:
Standard construction contracts;
Contentious clauses and the transfer of risk within contracts;
Various forms of contract and procurement methods;
Variations to contracts, claims, dispute resolution and related issues.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex construction management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse construction management stakeholders
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
  • Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe and contrast different types of construction contracts
  • Identify and communicate the main sources of contractual disputes within the construction industry
  • Compare and contrast different types of contract clauses
  • Identify, analyse and justify variations to contracts
  • Analyse the implications of variations in contracts, and claims, including in relation to dispute resolution
  • Analyse various forms of contract and procurement routes

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be able to engage in a variety of lectures and smaller classes. Learning activities may include class discussions, group work and problem based case study analysis.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The learning resources for this course will be communicated to you during the semester.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include individual exercises, case studies and examinations.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback and by individual consultation

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter- ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.