BLAR13035 - Building Contract Administration

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit covers the administration of construction contracts including: control of extensions of time, variation, site instructions; chain of responsibilities; reporting and quality assurance; management of sub contractors and suppliers; head contract management. It also develops an understanding of contract management including: specification and the preparation of building contracts; the assessment of tenderers and tender negotiation; project planning; worker induction; documentation control and records management; progress reporting; contract inspections; management of variations, extensions of time, breaches of contract; liquidation damages and reporting; project commissioning and defects liability period activities and responsibilities improvement mechanisms and processes.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 35%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 63.64% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Streamline the reading materials and topics in a combined form. Having to read the Topics and then go to suggested readings, supplied literature and then do some external research is heavy going even to some one with a lot of time to do the course.
Recommendation
Content and presentation will be revisited before the next offering.
Action Taken
Where necessary, enhancements were introduced during unit review after the last offering.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Was a very interesting subject, really enjoyed it. Neon was great, responded quickly to emails/forums and provided a lot of help. The course was easy to follow and the course material was all relevant.
Recommendation
Unit review will maintain the endorsement provided.
Action Taken
Study guide layout was retained.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
The assessment tasks are clearly explained and feedback was helpful. This was an informative unit.
Recommendation
The clarity of the assessment wording will be retained for the next offering.
Action Taken
Supportive comment was passed onto the lecturer.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Weekly lectures and feedback sessions would be beneficial. I understand this is an external correspondence course, however the lack of weekly sessions made the course disjointed and isolated. The single feedback session prior to the assessments could of been better organised. An email the morning of the session does not give enough notice for many to attend.
Recommendation
The timing of some term news releases will be revisited before the next offering.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Neon is a great teacher, who makes learning easy and enjoyable. His assignments are always easy to understand and are relevant to the course content. He never overloads us with too much information. I really appreciate his pre-recorded his lectures, they allow for me to watch ahead which works well with my work hours. All round a 10/10 subject. I hope to have Neon for more of my subjects at CQU!
Recommendation
Unit review will maintain the endorsement provided.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the role as building professional for clients towards the successful completion of the project.
  2. Compare the different types of building contract arrangements.
  3. Apply systems and management procedures for the control of contract documentation and cost control.
  4. Formulate a tendering process for collecting and analysing tenders.
  5. Explain quality management and quality control with regard to contract administration.
  6. Explain variation administration, contract scope changes and contract review and evaluate their implications.
  7. Conduct a site meeting and site inspection.
  8. Explain the administration requirements and procedures of project completion and hand-over.
  9. Use effectively a range of appropriate communication modes.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment