Faculty of Law

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)


This unit will allow students to acquire knowledge and understanding of a specialist, and increasingly important, area of law. Construction Law: Principles and Practice examines the legal issues impacting on construction projects including the different types of contracts and project delivery methods. In this unit, students explore how construction contracts deal with a variety of issues that arise during the course of a construction project, including variations, latent conditions, delays and defective work, as well as related issues such as insurance and security. Students will examine the relevant legislations and learn to research and write on construction law issues.


A candidate who has successfully completed this unit should:
a.be familiar with the different types of contracts used on construction projects and the pros and cons of each;
b.understand risk allocation and the different methods of project delivery;
c.be able to apply the contract provisions that relate to various issues that impact on construction projects such as variations, latent defects, delays and defective works and the legal ramifications of each;
d.recognise the different types of insurance required for construction projects and be able to critically assess the contractual provisions relevant to them;
e.have knowledge of the various statutes and regulations governing the construction industry; and
f.be able to write clearly, concisely and logically on issues relating to construction law.


1,500 site visit report - 30% and examination (2 and a half hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting time):70%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

4 hours per week for 9 weeks commencing week 1


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104


LAW2100 or LAW2101 and LAW2102; LAW2200 or LAW2201 and LAW2202