CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT & LAW - 2017/8
Module code: ENGM222
Civil and Environmental Engineering
THORNE AM Dr (Civl Env Eng)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 118
Lecture Hours: 36
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Normal entry requirements for FHEQ Level 7
This module provides a comprehensive overview of UK law and the law related to tender evaluation and the award of contracts as well as the law of contract itself. The NEC4 contract duties of the Engineer Project Manager and possible situations for professional negligence are critically appraised. The module also demonstrates the application of CESMM4 to the measurement of civil engineering work, appraises the Client/Engineer Project Manager health and safety duties and responsibilities and illustrates the professional, ethical and moral responsibilities required of a Engineer Project Manager in undertaking the duties articulated in this module. The module also provides a comprehensive overview of the methods available for the resolution of construction disputes.
An introduction to the requirements of the Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement (CESMM4)
A comprehensive overview of the English legal system, common law, statute law
A broader view of the Tendering and Contractor and/or Consultant selection and appointment in accordance with the EU Directives and the UK's Public Contract Regulations.
An appraisal of the laws relating to Contract and to contrast the NEC4 (2017) and JCT 2016 contracts, including the contractual duties of the Project Manager/Contractor Administrator/Engineer.
An explanation of Law of Tort, professional negligence and professional ethical and moral responsibilities.
An explanation of Disputes and a comprehensive overview of the methods available for the resolution of construction related disputes.
A critical evaluation of the provisions and duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2008 and the other appropriate Health and Safety Regulations.
|Relate tendering to the role of the Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement 4||KT|
|Evaluate the main contractual issues relating to the provisions of NEC3 and the JCT 2011 Conditions of Contract||KCT|
|Assess the potential professional, ethical and moral issues raised by civil engineering project management activities.||KT|
|Explain the English legal system, common law and statute law and the various techniques and methods available for the resolution of construction related disputes.||KCT|
|In relation to typical civil engineering practice, demonstrate and critically evaluate important implications associated with the Law of Contract and Law of Torts.||KT|
|Apply the requirements of the EU Procurement Directives and the UK's Public Contract Regulations to consultant/contractor selection and appointment.||KCT|
|Appraise the contractual duties of the Project Manager/Contract Administrator/Engineer relative to managing/administering a civil engineering contract.||KCT|
|Critically appraise the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and other relevant Health and Safety Acts and Regulations in relation to liabilities in law.||KCT|
|Synthesis of data||T|
|Use of word processor, spreadsheet, drawings/presentation||T|
|Technical Report Writing||T|
|Information retrieval skills||T|
|Independent learning skills||T|
|Reviewing, assessing, critical thinking skills||T|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
The English legal system, Common Law, Statute & European Law appropriate to the construction industry, eg procurement, tendering,and health & safety etc
The function and essentials of a contract, letters of intent, restitution, mis-representation, frustration, termination, remedies for breach, liquidated and delayed damages.
Tendering, tender evaluation & contract award.
Contractor and consultant selection and appointment with reference to the EU Directive 2014/24/EU and the UK’s Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The Freedom of Information Act 2000.
NEC4 (2017) & JCT 2016 Contracts
The eseential features within the Construction & Engineering Contracts including their associated sub-contracts.
Contractual Duties of the Project Manager/Contract Administrator
The duties & responsibilities in administering NEC4/JCT2016 contracts as an agent for the client/employer and as an independent certifier including the duty of care owed.
The torts of professional negligence and nuisance
Law of Torts and professional negligence in contract contractual administration, management and control.
The health & safety responsibility of the project manager
Health & safety legislation and regulations for the management of construction and civil engineering work, including the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the Health & Safety (Offences) Act 2008, the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2008, the CDM Regulations 2015, EU Directives, Occupational Health & Safety and an Employers’ Health & Safety duties under common law.
An introduction to measurement in accordance to the provisions contained in CESMM4.
Professional, ethical and moral responsibility
Conduct requirements, ethical standards and moral principles for construction industry professionals, anti-competitive tendering practices and legislation relating to dishonesty and bribery
Dispute resolution methods and techniques
Disputes or differences, causes of disputes, dispute resolution methods, avoiding disputes
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:-
Deliver this module principally by lectures and the use of statute, regulatory and case law within; in-class and assignment studies where appropriate, to provide an appreciation of the law relating to project management/contract administration of construction projects.
The teaching and learning methods include:-
Legal systems Lecture (3 hours)
Contract Law Lecture (6 hours)
Tendering / Freedom of Information Act Lecture (3 hours)
NEC/JCT Contracts Lecture (3 hours)
Contractual duties of Project Manager Lecture (3 hours)
Law of Tort/Professional negligence Lecture (3 hours)
The management of Health and Safety for Construction and Civil Engineering work Lecture (3 hours)
An example of CESMM4 rules and measurement application Lecture (3 hours)
Dispute Resolution Lecture (3hours)
Professional conduct, ethical and moral responsibility Lecture (3 hours)
Module Revision and preparation for end of module examination (3 hours)
Preparation and writing case study and measurement assignments (20 hours)
Independent, directed and guided reading. (92 hours)
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a knowledge of UK law and its relationship to administration of civil engineering contracts. It also tests the students ability to apply CESMM4 to the measurement of civil engineering work.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Examination (Learning outcomes assessed 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, b, g.) (2 hours) (60%)
Coursework 1:- Contracts and Law case study assignment (Learning outcomes assessed 2, 5, 7, b, c, d, e, f, g.) (10hours) (20%)
Coursework 2: - Quantities/Measurement assignment (Learning outcomes assessed 1, e, f, g.) (10 hours) (20%)
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative assessment will be in addition to the above through a range of self-assessment questions provided within the comprehensive teaching notes and on Surrey Learn.
Students will receive written feedback on their coursework assignments as well as general verbal feedback in class
Reading list for CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT & LAW : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm222
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