KB6030 - Construction Engineering Law and Procurement

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn how to apply the principles of the laws of contract and tort to the pre-contract, contract and post-contract stages of construction/engineering projects. You will to develop skills in applying the principles of contract law to the pre-contract, contract and post-contract stages of construction and engineering projects.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars and independent learning. The lectures will cover the theory of key principles relating to the contractual procedures within the develop-design-construct process. The academic staff member will also assign you some guided but independent learning materials with particular examples or case studies which involve general principles as well as contentious legal positions. In analysing these learning materials, you will form your own justified, persuasive and informed opinions which will be tested through discussion and debates in seminars, as well as from feedback received from the academic member of staff and through the assessment process.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic staff will guide you through the course using a series of lectures and seminars. To support your learning on topics covered in lectures, you will be expected to undertake individual research, followed by exercise and discussions of your findings with the academic member of staff as well as debate some of the contentious issues your peers. You will be expected to make substantial use of electronic sources for research purposes. The University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) will be used to facilitate and support the tutor-directed learning activities. These will include a variety of online activities such as quizzes and discussion forum to help you consolidate your comprehension of theoretical concepts.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will be expected to interpret the procedural role of the contract in defining and controlling project outcomes and planning and compensating for contingencies.
2. You will also be expected to appraise the relationships defined by a range of alternative methods of project delivery, contractual forms and locate and define liabilities, including post-contract liabilities.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will develop your skills in analysing the impact of the laws of contract and tort on construction/engineering transactions; make informed judgements by critically evaluating problems and prepare, deliver and defend succinct presentations and reports on complex administrative issues.
4. You will develop your skills in recognising the areas of potential disputes, and the means of their avoidance or likely resolution.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will also develop and reinforce the ethical characteristics of a Northumbria graduate as you consider the values that underpin ethics in procurement, contract procedures and contract administration of engineering and construction projects. You will have the opportunity to reflect on how these are linked to your own values.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Formative assessment will be used to allow you to build confidence and highlight any misunderstandings you may have of the theoretical and professional concepts presented in the module. Additional formative feedback shall be delivered to you verbally by academic staff during formally-scheduled teaching and individual or group activity-based sessions to help you learn and prepare you for the submission of your summative assessment.

Summative Assessment
Summative assessment will be by one examination that will assess your ability to satisfy all the module learning outcomes. You will use the University’s VLE to receive your feedback using appropriate digital feedback tools.





Module abstract

‘Construction Engineering Law and Procurement’ is a module designed to help you to develop skills in applying the principles of contract law to the pre-contract, contract and post-contract stages of construction and engineering projects. The contractual management process will be considered within the context of the alternative methods of procurement and project delivery as well as the cultural differences imposed by alternative standard forms of contract. Using a range of up-to-date case law, academic articles and industry reports, you will engage with current debates, evaluate case studies and review current developments in procurement and contractual procedures within the develop-design-construct process and how these contribute towards commercial success or failure. In a construction industry which heavily relies on correct interpretation and administration of contracts, companies employ and value professionals who have a sound understanding of dispute avoidance as well as the common areas of potential constraint, liability, dispute.

Course info

UCAS Code K251

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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