Course Title: Select and prepare a construction contract

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: BUIL5984C

Course Title: Select and prepare a construction contract

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5256 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4338

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

David King

Phone: +61 3 9925 4334

Appointment by email

Program Manager
Ahmet Ertuncay

Phone: +61 3 9925 8375

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to select and prepare appropriate construction contracts, including the sections, clauses and conditions for low rise construction projects. The ability to interpret complex documents, communicate clearly and succinctly and negotiate are essential skills.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC4003A Select and prepare a construction contract


1. Identify and analyse the essential elements, sections and clauses of a business contract.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Various types of building and construction contracts are identified and the appropriate application of each type is analysed.
1.2. Essential terms and elements of a valid contract are identified and analysed.
1.3. Importance of identifying an intention to create legal relations is analysed.
1.4. Rights and liabilities of parties under a contract are identified and analysed.
1.5. Common building contract terms and procedures are identified and applied.
1.6. Circumstances that bring about a breach of contract are identified and analysed.
1.7. Legislative requirements are identified and applied.


2. Select an appropriate contract for the works to be undertaken.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. A contract, appropriate for the type of construction, is accurately selected.
2.2. Range of documents that collectively make up a contract is accurately identified and prepared.
2.3. Requirements associated with an offer and acceptance of a contract are accurately identified and applied.
2.4. Capacity of the parties to form a binding agreement in the form of a contract is confirmed.
2.5. Factors associated with the parties' consent to a contract are identified and applied.


3. Prepare the contract.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Expert advice is sought as required in the preparation of the contract.
3.2. Factors leading to the termination of a contract are defined, analysed and assessed during the preparation of the contract.
3.3. Contract rise and fall amounts are accurately calculated during the preparation of the contract.
3.4. Schedule of progress payments is assessed and included in the preparation of the contract.
3.5. Processes for applying for extensions of time are included in the preparation of the contract.
3.6. Final contract is prepared in consultation with relevant personnel and in accordance with the accepted processes of the organisation and legal requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Students will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency:
• Face to Face classes
• Simulated Workplace Learning
• Online learning via CANVAS
• Other forms of structured teaching and learning
Students will be observed and assessed through their planned activities throughout the duration of the course

Teaching Schedule

Session 1 - Introduction to the Course

                                Discuss assessment requirements

                                Introduce Acts, Regs and Standards

                                Discuss Legal Environment

Session 2 -  Review points from session 1

                                Essential elements of a Contract

                                Discuss general matter relating to a Construction Contract

                                Assessment quiz Part A

Session 3 - Examine different Types of Construction Contract

                                Detailed look at requirements of Domestic Building Contract

Session 4 - Discuss Remedies when in breach of Contract

                                Discuss Substantial Breach of a Contract

                                Termination of a Contract

                                Assessment quiz Part B

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed by the selection and development of appropriate contracts, which meet organisational and industry standards and relate to low rise building structures. Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written, oral, practical tasks and activities.

Assessment Tasks

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.


Weight %

Assessment 1

Complete Major domestic building contract / Scenario


Assessment 2

Online Quiz Parts a, b


These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element / Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1

Assessment 2























































To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.

Assessments                                                                                         Weight %
Assessment 1 Complete Major domestic building contract / Scenario               50
Due end of week 7

Assessment 2 Online Quiz Parts a, b                                                             50
Part A due end of week 6
Part B due end of week 8

Assessment Matrix

Element / Performance Criteria CoveredAssessment 1Assessment 2
1.1 X
1.2 X
1.3 X
1.4 X
1.5 X
1.6 X
1.7 X

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and learning Support: 

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. 
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are: 

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice 
maths and science developmental support and advice 
English language development 

Please Refer to find more information about Study and learning Support 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Equitable Learning Services (ELS).

Late submission: 

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager. 
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted. 
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date. 

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked. 

Special consideration: 

Please Refer to find more information about special consideration 


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. 

Please Refer: to find more information about plagiarism. 

Other Information: 

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.






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