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Contract Management (ABPL90335)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90335
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject examines the principles and procedures for effective contract management from both clients’ and contractors’ perspectives. Practices and techniques of planning and managing a contract through to a successful conclusion are presented.

Topics include: development of legal framework for project delivery (contract formation – principles and philosophies of contract drafting); contract negotiation techniques and execution; contract performance, monitoring and enforcement; managing project close-out; relationship management during the construction phase; project procurement and allocation of risks; payment systems; contractual responsibilities and liabilities imposed by general conditions of contracts; construction delay claims management; conflict and dispute management.
The subject also examines alliancing and partnering contracts, performance-based contracts as well as contract management in the context of BIM-based projects.
Contract management software applications are used where applicable.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Interpret, explain and compare the obligations and responsibilities imposed by selected general conditions of contracts used locally and internationally.
  • Identify potential situations which may have legal consequences and negatively impact upon the project delivery outcomes.
  • Analyse the complex and interrelated issues associated with contract management and identify when to seek professional advice on a project.
  • Manage and control the contractual environment of projects.
  • Identify, prepare, and analyse extension of time claims as well as explain the management and legal principles involved.
  • Differentiate and explain various conflicts and dispute resolution processes.

Generic skills

At the completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  1. Work effectively with other professionals on a project;
  2. Team building;
  3. Critical thinking and problem solving;
  4. Adapt to and work effectively in different contract environments, both locally and internationally.

Last updated: 21 August 2019