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Construction Contract Administration (ABPL30039)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeABPL30039
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Contractual rights, obligations and construction contracts are presented. Construction legislation and statutory controls are also investigated along with contractual disputes and resolutions. A significant part of the subject aims to provide students with the basic principles and practice of administering building and construction projects in accordance with their respective conditions of contract. Various forms of domestic and international standard building contracts are presented along with the basic principles and practice of administrating construction contracts. Typical standard contracts are presented and analysed in detail. In particular, conditions of contract, role and responsibilities of parties to the contract, insurance and security, progress payments, variations to the contract, adjustment to the contract, delays, defects, completion of the works and retention monies are covered.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand the rights and responsibilities of the parties to a building and construction contract;
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the mandatory contractual procedures for administering the total project from inception to completion;
  • Critically analyse the fundamental principles of an effective procedure for administering construction contracts;
  • Build practical working skills in all areas of contract administration during the construction phase of a building project.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following skills and abilities:

  • communication skills;
  • analytical skills;
  • problem solving skills.

Eligibility and requirements


The subject below or an equivalent as approved by the coordinator.

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL30055 Construction Management
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Assignment 1 (equivalent to 800 words) due in Week 6, (20%);
  • Assignment 2 (equivalent to 800 words) due in Week 10, (20%);
  • One 3 hour exam at the end of semester, (60%).

Hurdle requirement: A minimum mark of 40% must be achieved in the examination in order to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAndrew Martel
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1x2 hour lecture per week, 1x1 hour tutorial per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

    Andrew Martel (Subject Coordinator)


Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 16 June 2018