plus four specialist modules
Modules offered may vary.
An essential element of the operational environment of a construction project or organisation is the legal framework in which it operates.
There is a body of principles which should govern the efficient performance and management of construction operations, which derive both from legal principles and from the construction activity itself.
The module provides you with an introduction to the national legal system and the Law of Contract. You develop knowledge and skill in those aspects of contractual administration relating to the common types of contract used in the industry for building or civil engineering works of various sizes.
>Principles and procedures of law - construction process law relating to the construction process: broad understanding of the workings of the English legal system, the court system, principles of arbitration, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and adjudication, common law, industrial tribunals, the nature of tort, the law of tort and its significance to the construction industry, negligence, nuisance, trespass, statutory duties, liability.
>Liabilities and responsibilities of parties to a contract - identification of the main parties to a contract, description of the responsibilities of the main parties, typical contractual liabilities of the main parties.
>Organisation and practice of a company
law - detailed understanding of the English legal system, company law and legal status of companies; employment law, law of land and property, sale, purchase and rental of goods, health, safety and welfare, employer liability, subcontractor tax requirements.
>European legal requirements - main requirements of the European legal systems, tort, employment law, company law, contract law.
Learning and teaching takes place through a variety of mechanisms, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, analysis of case studies, group work and role play.
Topics are introduced in lectures and discussed through seminar activities and guided learning activities.
You have access to current publications, journals and libraries including electronic search facilities, the Internet.
Examination (50%) - a closed book examination
On successful completion of this module you will be able to:
>demonstrate an understanding of the nature and significance of the principles and procedures of law and legislation as applied to the construction process
>describe the liabilities and responsibilities of parties to a contract
>apply the principles and procedures of law to the effective organisation and practice of a company
>explore the relevant legal principles and requirements when undertaking a construction contract in Europe.