LAW4190 - Construction law: Principles and practice - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (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:

  1. be familiar with the different types of contracts used on construction projects and the pros and cons of each;
  2. understand risk allocation and the different methods of project delivery;
  3. 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;
  4. recognise the different types of insurance required for construction projects and be able to critically assess the contractual provisions relevant to them;
  5. have knowledge of the various statutes and regulations governing the construction industry; and
  6. 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%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104


LAW2100 or LAW2101 and LAW2102; LAW2200 or LAW2201 and LAW2202